How well does Nintendo Labo cardboard hold up after a few weeks?

Ever since it was announced, the biggest question surrounding Nintendo Labo is about durability: just how long will a bunch of cardboard accessories hold up, anyway? It was a question that only time could answer; a few minutes with a cardboard piano isn’t nearly enough time to determine how long it will survive the clutches of an aggressive toddler. I’ve had a slew of Labo accessories around my house for the past three weeks, and I have been playing with them along with my kids (a two-year-old and five-year-old) quite a bit. Not daily, but enough to really put them through their paces. And aside from a few minor issues, the Labo kits have all held up wonderfully. The biggest issue so far has been with the piano. The cardboard contraption… Read the full article…

Microsoft still won’t say how many Xbox Ones have been sold

Microsoft is providing a vague update on its Xbox One sales today, after remaining largely silent for years on exactly how many consoles have been sold. “Xbox One sales are up 15 percent over the same period last year,” says Microsoft’s game marketing chief, Mike Nichols, in a blog post about “recording-setting” Xbox numbers. The blog post still doesn’t include any actual sales numbers, so it’s hard to tell exactly how well the Xbox One is doing. Either way, it’s encouraging for Microsoft that its Xbox One sales are growing this year after the launch of the Xbox One X. Microsoft happily provided sales figures when the console first launched back in 2013, but the company soon stopped reporting numbers after it passed the 10 million… Read the full article…

Jim Henson remembered with free whimsical font

Here’s a fun font that will have you joyfully flailing your arms in the air like the famous amphibian muppet. Meet Kernit, a free font set inspired by the work and characters of the legendary muppet master himself, Jim Henson. Nope, that’s not a typo, Kernit gets its name from a witty mashup of Kermit the Frog and kerning. But then again you probably figured that out for yourself. (It took us a couple of passes before we noticed it, ahem.) Developed by independent brand experience company COLLINS and MCKL, Kernit was created to capture the sense of fun and whimsy that Henson’s world has become know for. According to the designers, “it was also inspired by the bold, playful, rounded typography of the late seventies, which was so apparent in much of the Henson work.” Available in two weights, Kernit Bold and Kernit Outline, the retro fonts are deisgned Read the full article…

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Final Fantasy 7, Tomb Raider Among 2018 World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees

The four 2018 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees have been announced at The Strong National Museum of Play. This year Spacewar!, John Madden Football, Tomb Raider, and Final Fantasy 7 are added to the list which brings new games into the fold annually to recognize their sustained popularity or impact. Spacewar! for instance, was not added for commercial success but for its contribution in launching the industry and changing the way people thought about computers. The list was started back in 2015 and the new games join the likes of Donkey Kong, Halo: Combat Evolved, and Street Fighter II which were added last year. Read the full article…

Watch Red Dead Redemption 2’s tense new story trailer

Another year, another trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. Today, developer Rockstar showed off the latest footage of the upcoming open-world Western, along with more details on the world and story. Here’s how the developer describes it: America, 1899. The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed. After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions… Read the full article…

Getting The Most Out Of On-Site UX Research

If you Google image ‘UX designer’, your results will depict the same handful of scenes. You will probably get a bespectacled man hunched at a desk, sketching wireframes in a grid-lined notepad. Alternatively, you might get a bespectacled woman pensively studying a wall papered in post-its. You are also likely to get a group of […] The post Getting The Most Out Of On-Site UX Research appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony warned by FTC about potentially illegal product warranties

Six major companies including Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony have received letters from the US Federal Trade Commission warning that some of their product warranties may be in violation of federal law. HTC, Asus, and Hyundai also received warnings. You can read all six over at Motherboard. The FTC said that it sent warnings to six “major companies” last month, but it didn’t disclose which ones. Now, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Motherboard, we know which companies received them. All six companies are in hot water for limiting their warranties in ways that, the FTC believes, may be illegal. The limitations mostly revolve around requiring customers to only use a product with authorized parts or accessories and to… Read the full article…

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