PlayStation Classic Announced and Dated

Sony has announced the PlayStation Classic, which will come with 20 pre-loaded games and be released December 3 at an MSRP of $99.99 USD ($129.99 CAN, $149.99 AUD). Sony’s very own mini retro console will come with Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Wild Arms, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, and other ‘legendary titles,’ which will be announced before the year’s end, all in their original format. The PlayStation Classic is approximately 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, and Sony has emulated the original packaging as much as possible. Each unit will come with an HDMI and USB cable, and two original (pre DualShock) controllers, though you will have to buy a compatible USB AC adaptor, not included, to use the console. Read the full article…

Destiny 2: Forsaken Review

Destiny 2: Forsaken is everything I could have hoped for in an expansion to Bungie’s shared-world shooter – and more. With impressive cutscenes, including the gut-punch death of Cayde-6, it adds drama and a darkness that keeps me motivated. The raid offers intricate challenges and larger-than-life bosses to destroy for any team brave enough to face them for a chance at great rewards. Stunning new locations, like the Dreaming City, keep me in awe while hunting for secrets and a plethora of incentivisation improvements to the Power Level grind make Destiny 2 feel like the game I fell in love with again. This quest for vengeance, which begins with a grandiose prison-break sequence filled with witty wisecracks, introduces you to new friends like an overweight Fallen crime boss named Spider and returning faces like fan-favorite Petra Venj. Each brings a welcome voice that adds a new mystery to the universe Read the full article…

Fixed Elements And Overlays In XD: Incredibly Easy And Fun Methods For Your Prototypes

Fixed Elements And Overlays In XD: Incredibly Easy And Fun Methods For Your Prototypes Fixed Elements And Overlays In XD: Incredibly Easy And Fun Methods For Your Prototypes Manuela Langella 2018-09-18T12:30:32+02:002018-09-18T10:47:33+00:00 (This article is kindly sponsored by Adobe.) A fixed element is an object you set to a fixed position on the artboard, allowing other items to scroll underneath. This way, you get a realistic simulation of scrolling on desktop and mobile. With the new overlay feature, you can simulate interactions such as lightbox effects and submenus. How do famous brands use fixed elements and overlays? Well, let’s take a look at some examples to get some inspiration first. From left to right: 1) McDonald’s mobile home 2) A submenu slides up when you click on the hamburger menu. This is an example of an overlay. 3) Netflix’s Italian mobile website home screen. 4) Netflix sets its call to action Read the full article…

Flexbox: How Big Is That Flexible Box?

Flexbox: How Big Is That Flexible Box? Flexbox: How Big Is That Flexible Box? Rachel Andrew 2018-09-17T13:30:30+02:002018-09-18T10:47:33+00:00 This is the third part of my series on Flexbox. In the past two articles, we have looked at what happens when you create a flex container and explored alignment as it works in Flexbox. This time we are going to take a look at sizing. How do we control the size of our flex items, and what choices is the browser making when it controls the size? Initial Display Of Flex Items If I have a set of items, which have variable lengths of content inside, and set their parent to display: flex, the items will display as a row and line up at the start of that axis. In the example below my three items have a small amount of content and are able to display the content of each item Read the full article…

Loot boxes face scrutiny from an international coalition of gambling authorities

The world of online gaming is changing so quickly that players, developers, publishers and regulators are all scrambling to keep up with each other. Case in point: loot boxes, randomized in-game rewards that may or may not have monetary value or be purchasable with real money, are after years of deployment only now being scrutinized globally for being what amounts to thinly veiled gambling. A suggestive new study from British researchers and a just-announced coalition of governments are the latest indicators that the loot box phenomenon and its derivatives likely won’t continue to be the wild west they’ve been for the last few years. Many factors have led games to resemble services or channels more than pieces of entertainment with a start and end. And that in turn has changed how these games are monetized. As an alternative to a $60 up-front cost or a $10/month subscription, a game may Read the full article…

Lego designer combines Nintendo Labo form with Lego functionality

Although Nintendo’s Labo kits come with pre-cut cardboard and step-by-step instructions showing you how to make every fold, at its core, it’s a platform that leaves room for other interpretations and open-ended possibilities. And if anyone can get the most out of a platform that was made to be tinkered with, it’s a Lego designer. Industrial designer Vimal Patel first made headlines with his Nintendo Switch accessories like his Lego kickstand and steering wheel controller mount back in April. Now, he’s back with another video that shows him remixing the Nintendo Labo Variety kit with Lego. Patel’s experiments include using Lego to make sturdy piano keys, a fishing rod, and motorbike handlebars, as well as a controller variant that lets… Read the full article…

The Xbox 360 controller’s Xbox button masterfully solved the wireless multiplayer problem

In today’s digital age, it sometimes feels like hardware has taken a back seat to the software that drives out devices. Button of the Month will look at what some of those buttons and switches are like on devices old and new to appreciate how we interact with our devices on a physical, tactile level. Xbox button (Xbox 360) There are many baffling design decisions on the Duke, the original Xbox controller. The main one is that the giant Xbox logo in the middle doesn’t actually do anything. It’s the anti-button: big, glossy, attention-grabbing, and completely useless. Microsoft eventually fixed the Xbox button on the next generation of the controller for the Xbox 360, featuring it as a central part of its design: a 3D button emblazoned… Read the full article…

Bad North is a scaled-down RTS that’s perfect for the Switch

Real-time strategy games and consoles typically don’t go well together. The genre is all about managing a lot of different jobs very quickly, and, typically, the best way to do that is with a mouse and keyboard. But Bad North, which launched last month, goes against this conventional wisdom. It pares back the genre to its bare essentials, creating something that’s streamlined and approachable instead of overwhelming. It’s the rare RTS that works well with a controller. “We’ve made a conscious effort to resist adding a lot of complexity to the game,” says Oskar Stålberg, one half of Bad North developer Plausible Concept. The first thing you’ll notice about Bad North — or maybe the second, after its cute and clean visuals — is that it… Read the full article…

70 best tattoo designs

Getting a tattoo is a big deal. Whether it’s a classic or unique design you simply love or a picture or symbol that marks a meaningful event in your life, bagging the best tattoo design is a long and sometimes difficult process. Here, we’ve pulled together some inspiration that’ll help you choose the tattoo design that’s right for you. To make things simple, we’ve split the article into themes: flower tattoos (this page), tribal tattoos, mandala tattoos, dragon tattoos, cross tattoos, skull tattoos, geometric tattoos, anchor tattoos, animal tattoos, and couples’ tattoos. (If you’d like a slightly different take, check out these incredible examples of watercolour tattoos). Each of the categories contains more traditional tattoo designs, as well as quirky original ideas. You can navigate to the section you want using the drop-down menu above. Click on the images to see more of each tattoo artists’ work. Doodle art: 52 great Read the full article…

How UX Designers Can Innovate

Recently, I have written about different, often unexpected sources user experience designers can mine inspiration from. Whether you are stuck in a creative rut or want that motivational spark that comes from seeing masterful UX design, these wells of inspiration can help get the design gears in your head turning. However, that is only half […] The post How UX Designers Can Innovate appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

How To Create Emotionally Rewarding UX Designs

What makes a website’s design genuinely effective? Is it the way it looks or the way that it works? In truth, it is a little bit of both. Both the aesthetic and the functionality of a web page bear equal importance in the overall UX. Indeed, the way that a website makes a person feel […] The post How To Create Emotionally Rewarding UX Designs appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…