5 Design Ideas That Never Get Old

There are some design ideas and concepts that never get old, no matter how many times you see them. Today, we’re exploring these timeless design ideas that you can incorporate into your own work. These classic concepts are often deeply rooted in design theory. They might be trending styles that cycle in and out over time. They all incorporate elements that make a website design easy to look at, interact with, read and understand. And for that reason, these design ideas never seem to get old. In fact, you can call them timeless design styles. 1. Great Grids Grids are great when you have a lot of content. It’s hard to beat a good grid. Use it vertically or horizontally – or both – to create organization and visual flow. Grids are great when you have a lot of content or just can’t quite wrap your head around making photos Read the full article…

Review: ‘Swag and Sorcery’ from tinyBuild is a lot of things, but mostly it’s about the grind

tinyBuild, headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. and Amsterdam, is a development studio and publishing house dedicated to bringing out video games that are just plain weird. You can’t really accuse tinyBuild of chasing trends, being derivative, or winking at the camera. Many of its games are cheap, unique titles— Clustertruck, Rapture Rejects, Hello Neighbor, No Time to Explain — that often feel like dispatches from an alternate universe where they somehow make sense. Swag and Sorcery, from the same studios that created tinyBuild’s Punch Club and Graveyard Keeper, is a self-parodying attempt to streamline the modern computer role-playing game down to its base elements. There’s a village, there are a few areas outside of it that are full of monsters and loot, you’ve got a (goofy) quest from a (senile) king, and you have a crew of up to eight brave, idiosyncratic adventurers. At the start of the game, those adventurers Read the full article…

Alt-Frequencies is an interactive audio drama about government conspiracy and time travel

Time waits for no one, but occasionally, it does get stuck in a loop. So goes the premise of Alt-Frequencies, a new audio mystery in which players skim radio stations to uncover a government conspiracy. Alt-Frequencies is the latest game from Accidental Queens, creator of A Normal Lost Phone and Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story. Its latest tale — available now for mobile and PC — posits that our lives may be stuck in a never-ending time loop initiated by government officials. We just don’t know it yet. In order to expose the truth, players listen to different radio broadcasts, record relevant information, and send it back into the airwaves. It’s an interesting idea executed simply: swiping left or right will allow you to browse… Read the full article…

Game of Thrones Fans Spot Water Bottle in Series Finale

Spoiler Warning: spoiler for the series finale of Game of Thrones ahead. Eagle-eyed Game of Thrones fans spotted a plastic water bottle that accidentally made it into a shot of the series finale. The water bottle, which can be seen in the image below, was seemingly found by Twitter user @bethisloco and was soon spotted by several others. It appears in a brief shot as Tyrion is taken in shackles to the remaining heads of the great houses to decide his fate. The water bottle can be seen peeking out just behind Samwell Tarly’s leg while he’s sitting down. Read the full article…

Valve is making Dota 2 players pay to avoid toxic gamers

Dota 2 is no longer free to play if you want to have the best experience. In this year’s Dota 2 “Battle Pass” — a premium subscription that usually offers cosmetics and other optional curiosities to the game — Valve bundled one of the most important features it has ever created. Players who buy the Battle Pass can now use an “experimental” Avoid Player feature, which is supposed to keep toxic players away from you. Here’s a different way to say it: Valve is now charging players a minimum of $9.99 to avoid harassers. I’m glad to see that Valve is finally taking more steps to address its toxic player community and protect Dota 2 players from the worst of the bunch. But it’s telling that the company sees this as an add-on, and not part of… Read the full article…

GameStop is discounting games, consoles, accessories, and more today

GameStop is hosting a day-long sale today on games, consoles, accessories, and memorabilia based on movies, TV shows, and video game franchises. This is a rare opportunity, aside from Amazon Prime Day 2019 and Black Friday, to find popular games and console bundles for less than their usual prices. Before jumping in to see a few of the best deals, you should know that a membership is required before you can take advantage of today’s deals at GameStop. Its PowerUp Rewards program costs $14.99 per year to join, and it will earn you 10 percent off of used inventory as well as an extra 10 percent back in store credit if you trade in a game, console, or an accessory. So if you still purchase games on disc, a membership may be worth it for… Read the full article…