Inspired Design Decisions: Pressing Matters

Inspired Design Decisions: Pressing Matters Inspired Design Decisions: Pressing Matters Andrew Clarke 2019-07-11T12:30:59+02:002019-07-11T11:07:54+00:00 As I’d always been at the top of my class during high school, I headed to art college full of confidence that one day I’d be an accomplished painter. This over-confidence didn’t last long though, because when I arrived, I found myself surrounded by conceptual artists, filmmakers, painters, performance artists, printmakers, and sculptors, who all seemed much more talented than I was. This was especially true of my friend Ben, a gifted painter who went to his studio late every night to work on several large canvases. Ben’s paintings had incredible depth because he built up hundreds of subtle layers of paint over several months. I didn’t have any of Ben’s patience. I needed to see results quickly, so my paintings were anything but deep or subtle. Compared to Ben’s, mine looked like paintings by numbers. It Read the full article…

UX Improvements For Keyboard Accessibility

UX Improvements For Keyboard Accessibility UX Improvements For Keyboard Accessibility Vitaly Friedman 2019-07-10T16:00:59+02:002019-07-11T11:07:54+00:00 How can we provide an accessible user experience for keyboard-only and assistive technology users without affecting the experience for any other users? We’ve kindly asked Aaron Pearlman, Principal UX Designer at Deque Systems, to share some practical tools and techniques to ensure that we’re all providing an inclusive and accessible experience for our users. As a part of our Smashing Membership, we run Smashing TV, a series of live webinars, every week. No fluff — just practical, actionable webinars with a live Q&A, run by well-respected practitioners from the industry. Indeed, the Smashing TV schedule looks pretty dense already, and it’s free for Smashing Members, along with recordings — obviously. We hope you’ll enjoy the webinar as much as we did! “UX Optimizations For Keyboard-Only And Assistive Technology Users” with Aaron Pearlman (Watch video on YouTube) Aaron Read the full article…

Nintendo announces a handheld Nintendo Switch Lite for $199

Nintendo has unveiled a new Nintendo Switch called the Nintendo Switch Lite. As the name suggests, this console is a bit cheaper than the original Nintendo Switch, but it comes with a few drawbacks. The biggest difference between the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Light is that you can’t connect the Switch Light to a TV. There’s no dock or port designed for TV connection. That’s not the only compromise you’ll have to make, as the Joy-Con controllers aren’t detachable. You can’t put your Switch on a table and keep the controllers in your hands for instance. Of course, you can buy Joy-Con controllers or the more traditional Nintendo Switch Pro controller separately. You’ll have to find a way to charge your Joy-Con controllers without the Switch — the Charging Grip could do the job for instance. But other than that, you’ll be able to play the exact same Read the full article…

In addition to original TV series, Amazon also making new ‘Lord of the Rings’ video game

(Amazon Image) Amazon is definitely geeking out over the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Amazon Game Studios announced Wednesday that it plans to develop a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game based on Tolkien’s signature fantasy work “The Lord of the Rings.” Amazon is partnering with Leyou Technologies Holdings and Middle-earth Enterprises, according to a news release. The game news is in addition to Amazon Studios’ separate development of an Amazon Original television series based on “LotR,” which was announced in November 2017. The game, which will be developed for PC and consoles, will be set in Tolkien’s vast world of Middle-earth portrayed in the literary trilogy. Tolkien’s book series was named Amazon customers’ favorite book of the millennium in 1999. “We’re committed to bringing customers games of the highest quality, both with our own original IP as well as beloved cultural pillars like ‘The Lord of the Rings,’” Christoph Hartmann, VP, Amazon Game Studios, Read the full article…

Nintendo reveals new Switch Lite, a smaller and cheaper version of popular Switch gaming device

(Nintendo Photo) Nintendo on Wednesday unveiled the Nintendo Switch Lite, a smaller and cheaper version of its popular Switch device. The Switch Lite is meant solely for handheld play, as opposed to the larger Switch that lets gamers connect to a TV. It also has a smaller screen; no kickstand; and does not come with detachable Joy-Con controllers — akin to the Game Boy or Nintendo DS. But it does have a new D-pad; a longer battery life; can play all Switch games; and allows for multiplayer via wireless controllers and Nintendo Switch Online. It’s also $100 cheaper than the original Switch, retailing at $199.99. The Switch Lite goes on sale September 20 in three colors: yellow, grey, and turquoise. There is a Pokémon-themed version coming out in November. “Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options,” Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser, said Read the full article…

Nintendo is updating the original Switch with a new CPU and storage

Nintendo just announced a smaller, cheaper version of the Switch today, but the Switch Lite may not be the only trick up Nintendo’s sleeves — the original Nintendo Switch is also getting a new processor and new flash storage chips, according to filings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The new chips could mean fewer slowdowns, faster load times, longer battery life, less heat… or perhaps none of these things. Nintendo submitted what’s called a “Class II Permission Change” to the FCC, effectively a request to tweak an existing gadget without having to get the whole thing recertified for sale in the United States. And there, it vaguely lays out the changes: In case you’re unaware, “SoC” refers to the… Read the full article…

Facebook reportedly signed a deal for Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed VR games

Facebook has reportedly signed an exclusive deal to put Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed games on its Oculus virtual reality headsets. The Information reported the news this morning, although it didn’t offer much detail about what those games would look like. The titles are apparently part of a larger push to acquire studios and back exclusive games, something Oculus has been doing on a smaller scale for some time. Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed owner Ubisoft has published several VR games, including the Oculus Rift launch exclusive Eagle Flight and the cooperative game Star Trek: Bridge Crew. It’s also released a couple of Assassin’s Creed-based “VR escape rooms,” but they’re only available at specific locations, not on home VR… Read the full article…

Amazon is developing a Lord of the Rings MMO

Amazon Game Studios has announced its latest project: a Lord of the Rings massively multiplayer online game that Amazon is developing in partnership with Leyou. It’s planned as a free-to-play title for both PC and consoles. The title was actually announced last year by Leyou-owned Athlon Games. At the time, Athlon was said to be working with an unnamed “partner developer,” which was revealed today to be Amazon Game Studios. Set “at a time long before the events of The Lord of the Rings” According to Athlon’s announcement last fall, the new MMO is set “at a time long before the events of The Lord of the Rings, exploring lands, people and creatures never seen before by fans of the Tolkien universe.” That may sound similar to Amazon’s… Read the full article…

Super NES Classic Just Came Back In Stock

If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use. UPDATE: The Super NES Classic is already gone again. Nintendo announced last year that it would stop production on the NES Classic and SNES Classic in 2019. We’re well into 2019 now, and listings for the retro systems have been disappearing from all the major retailers. As of right now, you can still get an NES Classic from GameStop at the MSRP of $59.99, but the price is higher elsewhere. As for the SNES Classic, it’s already gotten steep mark-ups everywhere it’s still available, though GameStop has refurbished units for $74.99. Here’s where you can still get the NES Classic and SNES Classic right now. Read the full article…

Namco Once Pitched Nintendo a Unique Looking Earthbound Game for GameCube

An interesting bit of Earthbound history was just revealed on Twitter courtesy of Baten Kaitos director Yasuyuki Honne. During Honne’s stint at Namco, he apparently pitched Nintendo a concept for a Mother game on the Nintendo GameCube. It had a distinct art style, to say the least. Honne revealed this secret Earthbound game in celebration of a new book about the late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata that was just released in Japan last week. Japanese lifestyle company Hobonichi, founded by Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi, published the book about Iwata. Read the full article…