I’m sick to death of people whining about mobile games somehow being inferior to ‘proper’ games on ‘proper’ consoles. If you have a ratings system, its full range should be used. If a game is really great, it should get a high score. If it’s not that great, it shouldn’t. I understand why it might break some people’s brains that the likes of Impossible Road might score similarly to a Zelda, but it’s insulting to mobile developers to suggest their games aren’t as rewarding or, for that matter, don’t reward investment.
The enthusiast accepts something for what it is. The snob rejects something for what it isn’t.
Continuing my tour of podcasts, I popped over for a visit with Brad Fortin and Tal Szajnowski of The Distraction for a talk about the iWatch, pundits, The Magazine, and lots more.
It won’t be long before I’ve infested every podcast you know and love. You’ve been warned.
I stopped by for a drink at The Menu Bar last week to discuss, among many other things, Flat UIs, iOS concept videos, the writing process, typewriters, and how to think about one’s own Web traffic.
This was a blast and I had a great time recording with Zac and Andrew. Enjoy!
Martyn Williams for Computerworld:
Facebook has attracted “just about” 1 million downloads of its Home application in its first month of availability.
Putting Facebook updates in front of users has led to a 25 percent increase in the amount of time they spend using Facebook, [Director of mobile engineering at Facebook Cory] Ondrejka said.
Obviously, Facebook has work to do to boost those numbers, but a 25 percent increase in use from those users is a good sign that Facebook’s idea isn’t something “no one wants”.
One of American literature’s greatest courtroom dramas is generating some legal theater of its own. To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee is suing her former lit agent’s son-in-law, Samuel Pinkus, and companies he allegedly started for failing to protect the Pulitzer-winning novel’s copyright. Lee, 87, alleges that Pinkus took advantage of her failing eyesight and hearing and assigned the copyright to himself and a firm he operated after his father-in-law, Eugene Winick — who had repped Lee since the book’s publication in 1960 — became ill 10 years ago.