Epic vs. Steam is just the latest battle in the dark history of DRM

Earlier this month, PC gaming fans learned that the long-awaited Borderlands 3 would initially launch exclusively on the Epic Store, not Valve Corporation’s older and more popular Steam platform, and a number of them exploded with rage. Steam users review-bombed the earlier Borderlands games, calling Epic Games a “scummy company” and its actions “a slap in the face.” Critics posted a litany of reasons to hate the Epic Store, ranging from minor feature complaints to serious concerns about privacy and security. They’d made similar protests against earlier Epic exclusivity deals, including the shooter Metro: Exodus. Other reviewers, however, were incredulous at the level of anger. “Review bombing? Seriously? Over your favorite choice of DRM… Read the full article…

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Emojis in Email Newsletters: What You Need to Know

You’re reading Emojis in Email Newsletters: What You Need to Know, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! Emojis have a long history. It began in the 1980s when Scott Fahlman, leader of Common Lisp, introduced to the world the first emoticons. We know them as happy and sad face. There was nothing fancy: just a combination of colon … Read the full article…

The Last of Us Part II: Capturing Wrapped for Ellie and Joel

Update 4/18: Following yesterday’s update that the final scene for The Last of Us Part II has been shot using performance capture, the last scene with Joel and Ellie is now finished as well, and “the most ambitious cinematic shoot” ever for Naughty Dog has wrapped. Posted by writer and director Neil Druckmann on Twitter, the announcement comes with a picture of Joel actor Troy Baker and Ellie actress Ashley Johnson in their motion capture suits with a champagne flute in hand. Druckmann included the caption “And that’s a wrap on Ellie, Joel, and the most ambitious cinematic shoot we’ve ever done. Tears were shed…” Read the full article…

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Joker Challenger Pack DLC Review

If there’s one thing that’s become readily apparent with DLC guest fighters appearing in the Super Smash Bros. series, it’s the unreal amount of care and detail put into making them feel right at home in Nintendo’s fighting game. Persona 5’s Joker is no exception. The first of the five planned Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Challenger Packs, which are available for $6 individually or $25 for all five, Joker may seem like an odd duck at first, given that his native JRPG isn’t even available on the Switch (for now?). But between the flashy fighting thief and his bombastic stage, the choice is a surprisingly fitting one. And even if you aren’t familiar with Persona 5, its signature slick design is present and eye-catching in almost every aspect of the Joker content. Read the full article…

20+ Best Vintage Fonts

Vintage fonts add a certain timeless look to a design that can’t be achieved with any other font. It’s one of the reasons popular brands such as Harley Davidson and Dollar Shave Club still use vintage fonts in their branding designs. In this collection, we’re featuring some of the best vintage fonts you can use to add that same classic elegant look to your own designs. These fonts are particularly suitable for various luxury branding designs, product labels, packaging, logo designs, and much more. This is a mixed fonts collection of both minimal and decorative designs. Have a look and see if you can find a vintage font for your design project (and remember, you can download them all with an Envato Elements subscription! Rumble Brave – Vintage Fonts Rumble brave is an elegant vintage font with a touch of Victorian-era looks and style. Whether you’re working on a poster, Read the full article…

Optimizing Performance With Resource Hints

Optimizing Performance With Resource Hints Optimizing Performance With Resource Hints Drew McLellan 2019-04-17T12:30:16+02:002019-04-18T11:04:53+00:00 Modern web browsers use all sorts of techniques to help improve page load performance by guessing what the user may be likely to do next. The browser doesn’t know much about our site or application as a whole, though, and often the best insights about what a user may be likely to do come from us, the developer. Take the example of paginated content, like a photo album. We know that if the user is looking at a photo in an album, the chance of them clicking the ‘next’ link to view the following image in the album is pretty high. The browser, however, doesn’t really know that of all the links on the page, that’s the one the user is most likely to click. To a browser, all those links carry equal weight. What if the Read the full article…

Smaller, cheaper Nintendo Switch coming this fall before more powerful version: Nikkei

Nintendo’s rumored cheaper version of the Switch is set to be released this fall, according to a report in Japan’s Nikkei newspaper. As previously reported, the device is said to be smaller and geared around portable play, but Nikkei says it will retain the ability to be hooked up to a TV. A more powerful “next-generation” version with a major redesign is further off, according to today’s report, although it’s not clear from the language whether Nikkei is referring to the enhanced Switch model that The Wall Street Journal has reported is likely to be coming this year. Nikkei’s report largely focuses on the internal culture and future challenges faced by Nintendo. Among other anecdotes, it cites that a major parts supplier for the… Read the full article…

Nintendo Labo director says VR was part of the plan from the beginning

Nintendo Labo VR, the cardboard accessory kit for the Switch, is up against a lot of expectations as the company’s official foray into virtual reality. It’s the fourth installment of the Labo series, which first launched one year ago to mixed reviews. Parents and schools lauded its tactile building experience and programming features as creative educational tools for kids, while some critics dismissed it as a novelty item that lost its fun after the first few plays. But Labo director Tsubasa Sakaguchi is unfazed by the detractors. “We’re not focused on the passive playing experience, but more of the emotion that’s evoked when you create your own controllers and play the games,” he says. “At the end of the day, you have to experience it… Read the full article…

How AI Can Improve The UX Of Websites and Landing Pages

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a vision for the future – it is already here and is having a significant impact on how businesses can improve their practices. One big way that AI is helping businesses is in user experience and design. With AI, businesses can seamlessly adapt their website design to comply with […] The post How AI Can Improve The UX Of Websites and Landing Pages appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…