7 Tips for Designing for Oversized Touchscreens

Touchscreens are everywhere. But they aren’t just on your phones and tablets. Designing for the oversized versions of touchscreens – think desktop computer size and larger – can present a unique set of challenges. How do you design for something so big, when you are so accustomed to thinking about thumb regions for screen design? Here’s a guide to thinking about oversized touchscreens and how to create something that users with interact with on an even larger touch scale. 1. Use Natural Gestures There’s a reason “swipe right” and “swipe left” are so popular – they are natural hand movements and gestures. Swipes might be a little more exaggerated than on a smaller screen When thinking about oversized screens, consider more than finger actions. Think about the entire hand. Most users will have to reach out to tough larger touch screens because they will be affixed to a wall or Read the full article…

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How To Make A Drag-and-Drop File Uploader With Vanilla JavaScript

It’s a known fact that file selection inputs are difficult to style the way developers want to, so many simply hide it and create a button that opens the file selection dialog instead. Nowadays, though, we have an even fancier way of handling file selection: drag and drop. Technically, this was already possible because most (if not all) implementations of the file selection input allowed you to drag files over it to select them, but this requires you to actually show the file element. Read the full article…

Yesojo’s Nintendo Switch projector dock is a dream accessory

 The Yesojo Nintendo Switch projector dock got a lot of attention when we covered the launch of its crowdfunding campaign last year, but at CES, it was on display and working, with the company ready to ship to its early backers. We got to spend some time with the portable projector, which gives your Switch a high-resolution screen you can take with you anywhere – and we came away very… Read the full article…

Every Overwatch League game will be streamed on Twitch for the next two years

 The first match of the inaugural season of Overwatch is set for 4:00 pm PST to catch the kids on the West Coast as they get out of school, kids on the East Coast as they finish dinner and kids in Asia as they get up in the morning. The two-year deal, which will include every. single. game. of the league’s first two seasons, includes every geography but China. Read the full article…

Indie survival game ‘The Flame in the Flood’ finds new life on Nintendo Switch

The Flame in the Flood Nintendo Switch may be the most indie-friendly game console the company has ever released. Every week more and more indie games are released in the Nintendo eShop, both new games and re-releases of games that came out before the Switch was launched. The Flame in the Flood by Boston-based indie developer The Molasses Flood is in the latter category. After successfully raising a quarter million dollars on Kickstarter in late 2014, The Flame in the Flood was released for PCs on Steam in early 2016. The Molasses Flood released the game on Switch in the eShop in October. The Molasses Flood provided me with access to play the Nintendo Switch release. (I was also a backer of the Kickstarter, and received the game on Steam when it released in 2016). From my experience, the game feels great on Nintendo’s hybrid console. The mysterious, flooded, post-apocalyptic Read the full article…

Nintendo races into 2018 with new titles, remastered ports, and game updates

What is the secret you’re seeking? I know it, I know it, ha HA! I can’t tell you! ? It’s hiding somewhere and no peeking! ? Go find it, go find it, scra-CAW! pic.twitter.com/uOzojBR7A4 — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 5, 2018 Nintendo is not slowing down. After teasing fans throughout the past week with a series of enigmatic tweets, this morning Nintendo announced a surprisingly large batch of new titles, remastered releases, and game updates coming later this year to their super successful Switch console. Highlights of this morning’s announcements include two brand-new Switch titles, three remastered Switch-exclusive releases, six cross-platform titles coming to Switch, and updates for three of 2017’s biggest Switch games. The United States’ fastest-selling game console ever is getting two brand-new exclusive titles this spring, with Kirby Star Allies set to release on March 16 and Mario Tennis Aces later in the spring. Kirby Star Read the full article…

Sony sells 5.9M PS4 consoles worldwide during holidays, tops 73M units to date

Sony CEO Kaz Hirai at CES 2018. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Sony says it sold 5.9 million PlayStation 4 game consoles during the holiday shopping season, bringing the total installed base for the company’s latest console to 73.6 million worldwide since launch. That is down slightly from Sony’s reported sales of 6.2 million PS4s during the 2016 holiday shopping season. Sony faced tough competition from a resurgent Nintendo, with its blockbuster Switch console, as well as from Microsoft, with its high-end Xbox One X and lower-priced Xbox One S. The holiday sales number for the PlayStation 4 was announced by Sony CEO Kaz Hirai during the company’s CES news conference in Las Vegas this afternoon. Nintendo recently touted the Switch as the fastest-selling game console ever in the U.S. Microsoft is slated give more details on Xbox One sales during its upcoming earnings call. Read the full article…

GPD Win 2 pocket gaming laptop announced for $649

Last year I wrote about the GPD Win, a clunky but ultimately impressive Atom-powered gaming laptop the size of a 3DS. Now, Shenzhen-based GPD has announced its successor, the Win 2. It’s looking like a much more potent device, but comes with a price tag to match. The Win 2 upgrades the original model’s Atom processor to a Core m3-7Y30 with integrated HD Graphics 615, doubles the RAM to 8GB, and increases the screen size to a 6-inch panel while remaining at 720p. The battery capacity has also been increased by nearly 50 percent, courtesy of two 4900mAh batteries. Otherwise, some design tweaks here and additions like rumble support there, the Win 2 is a similar proposition to the original Win — it’s a pocket-sized Windows 10 laptop with… Read the full article…

The suspect in December’s deadly swatting incident has been charged

In December, a dispute following an online wagered Call of Duty match resulted in the death of a 28-year-old Kansas man after a faked call led a SWAT team to his house. Los Angeles police quickly arrested Tyler Barriss, the man responsible for making the call, and this week, he was charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and two additional counts. The Wichita Eagle reports that Barriss made his first appearance in a Kansas courtroom on Friday, where authorities charged him with involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm and interference with law enforcement. He will appear in court later this month. District Attorney Marc Bennett noted that a decision hasn’t been reached regarding the role of the Call of Duty player who provided… Read the full article…

How to get your first CG job

When applying for a job, people often say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Well, we call BS on that.  In our industry, talent and creativity are obviously paramount. But that’s a little vague, isn’t it? What are employers in the VFX business really looking for? Production studio Saddington Baynes gives us the breakdown on just what it takes to make it in CG – from preferred career paths, to building a standout portfolio, and fitting in with office culture.  So! Here’s the inside track – how to work your way into a top digital artist position, brought to you by the people in the know at Saddington Baynes: ECD James Digby-Jones, creative director Andrew White and HR manager Poppy Boden. Where do I start? The majority of our artists are, generally speaking, ‘classically trained’. They’ve often got a degree or equivalent in fields ranging from:  Animation Read the full article…

Illustrator’s Survey shows most got more work in 2017

Pursuing a career as an illustrator is the dream of plenty of creative freelancers. More often than not it’s a chance to follow an artistic passion and to produce work that you’re proud of. But what’s life as an illustrator really like? To give you an idea, Ben the Illustrator has taken the industry’s pulse with his Illustrator’s Survey 2017. Having been self-employed in the creative sector for almost 20 years, Ben the Illustrator is in the perfect position to gauge the state of the industry. He’s experienced all the ups and downs that the sector has to offer, so towards the end of 2017 he decided to get feedback from as many fellow illustrators as possible to see how their results tallied. And today he’s announced that the results to the Illustrator’s Survey 2017 are in. Exploring everything from how illustrators got into their line of work to how Read the full article…

Destiny 2 Going Offline Tomorrow for Maintenance

Destiny 2 servers are going offline tomorrow to undergo maintenance. The maintenance is scheduled to last from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Pacific time, after which Destiny 2 Hotfix 1.1.1.3 will become available. Details are available on Bungie.net. Once maintenance begins, players will not be able to log into the game, and players already logged in will be returned to the title screen at 9:00 am Pacific. When the servers come back up, Bungie has confirmed that Faction Rallies will return, but the complete patch notes have not yet been released. Recently, Bungie outlined updates that will be coming to the game in 2018. The previous patch opened up Iron Banner and Faction Rally for players who did not purchase the Curse of Osiris expansion, following player feedback. Read the full article…

Tech & Telecom news — Jan 16, 2018

PRODUCTS & SERVICES Content: Video Time Warner’s HBO is under pressure from Netflix, now a leading competitor for Hollywood top talent, after becoming the largest global spender in video content. As they’re not able to compete with money, they’re turning to more of a sentimental differentiation, promising stars they will treat them with much more love… (Story) Content: E-Sports Activision’s recently launched e-sports league for its “Overwatch” franchise, that they’re distributing through Amazon’s Twitch app, has had what the company views as a strong start for a new league, with up to 425,000 concurrent viewers in the first 3 matches. Not bad for a game with approx. 35m players globally (Story) Games Tencent has formed a “digital partnership” with Lego to develop games, videos and a social media network for Chinese children. Lego, trying to re-activate sales in China after a slowdown, is putting emphasis on the “safety” of the products, as pressure Read the full article…

Top 10 mind-blowing games you HAVE to play in 2018

Nowadays, there are so many announcements about the upcoming video games that you can’t decide what you should play first. Considering this, here is a list of some amazing and promising titles for this year, but I have got to warn you: they are most likely to get you hyped within the first 10 minutes of gameplay, so a great suggestion would be to get as comfy as you can and prepare yourself for the ultimate gaming experience with these awesome masterpieces. 1. Far Cry 5 As everyone was probably expecting, Ubisoft is coming back to strike us again with some stunning graphics and a whole new story for us to discover. The world they built looks so realistic that you could actually say their in-game grass is as green as the one from your neighbor’s lawn, and let’s be honest… Who wouldn’t love to see the perfectly immaculate sunrays, the Read the full article…

Make the Leap of Faith for Fluxible Conference 2018

It’s generally not that quiet at the Fluxible Conference! It’s been quiet here at Fluxible headquarters over the last few months?—?almost too quiet?—?with little in the way of announcements. But that doesn’t mean we’ve been inactive, and now it’s time for us to share! For our first public disclosure of 2018, we’ve decided to be just like your favourite cool band and drop a new album with absolutely no notice. Well, not literally a new album, of course, though it’s certainly within the realm of possibility that we’ll do that one day. No, what we’re doing instead is announcing that Leap of Faith tickets are now on sale for Fluxible Conference 2018. What, exactly, does that mean? It means that you can register at the lowest possible price, but you’ll need to do so without us having released any information about our 2018 program. We’re able to provide a little context, though. Fluxible Read the full article…

Check out this web game where all you do is dunk on Donald Trump over and over again

One brave soul went ahead and distilled the United States’ new national pastime into a simple web game in which you slam dunk over President Donald Trump over and over again until you simply lose interest in the activity. Created by artist Jayson Musson, Dunk on Trump is about as simple as a game can get: you simply tap the space bar of your keyboard while a green-clad baller approaches the president, leaps up high, and scores two while posterizing Trump, who’s sent sideways offscreen. The experience isn’t a game so much as it is an interactive piece of art, and Musson says as much by describing his creation as “repetitive as shit with no win condition.” You can play it right now in your browser by heading to Musson’s website, where you… Read the full article…