Everything is a game that launched recently that successfully creates an interactive sandbox experience that lets players explore and find meaning in their actions.
The game allows users to take control of a random… thing. They can move around, scale, multiple, and dance. Once they want to be something else, they easily just point a cursor at it and now can control the new thing. They can grow up to the size of the entire universe, or become as small as atoms and particles. As they explore, clips from an Alan Watts speech play explaining the spiritual connection between all things in the universe.
“An extravagantly successful project… it is the rare game that may push you to want to lead a better life.” – Washington Post
They did have a bit of a backlash when they went on sale and Steam users got this notification 🙂
Why it’s Hot:
The developers really nailed down the UX/Game Design of allowing the player to explore and change the world with very few limitations (compared to No Man’s Sky which has many negative reviews)
Games that try to have more meaning generally aren’t as successful as this game has become
Why it’s hot: Our designers will soon be replaced by robots.
ALSO! TechDay, an expo of 600-ish disruptive NYC startups, is on Tuesday at Pier 84 from 10am to 5pm. It’s free but you have to register on the site first! A few of us will be going be going around 3pm if you want to join then or go on your own earlier in the day. It’ll be a good source for some local hotsauce 😉
The travel agency H.I.S. Co. opened the Henn na Hotel this week near the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu. The name comes from a play on the Japanese word for strange, and the hotel certainly doesn’t disappoint in that respect.
The Urayasu hotel is not the first robot dinosaur establishment to open in Japan, however. The same company opened a similar hotel in Sasebo, Nagasaki, in 2015. The original hotel was recognized as the first “robot-staffed” hotel in the world by Guinness World Records. A third hotel is planned to be opened in central Japan this summer.
You can watch a BBC review of their first hotel here:
Their new hotel features a robotic aquarium along with some more dinos:
X-Box One had an update recently where users can remap the buttons from one controller to be played on two controllers. This allows players that are new to gaming to join more experienced ones playing games. This Extra Credits video explains the feature and its perks.
Why it’s Hot:
Audience of people that like to watch games but not play, this gives them a great way to get a taste of the interactive aspects of the products
A family mode could be easily added into games so parents can play with their kids
Game industry has a big issue with accessibility, this allows people that can’t play a game on one controller remap them to something that works for them
No extra work for game developers, feature is right on X-Box and works across all games
Could add a whole new genre of Let’s Play channels or e-sports. For example, a competition where 2 people control 1 character in a game
This article does a great job at showing the importance of different elements on an app’s store page.
It goes into the differences between the two store.
Shows different layout options that change what content ends up above the fold.
And goes into detailed and sometimes surprising stats.
“60% of visitors decide to install or leave without ever engaging with the page. In other words, these visitors are only exposed to the creative that appears “above the fold”, and their first and only action is either tapping the install button or leaving the page altogether.”
Why it’s Hot:
App Store Optimization (ASO) is a crucial part for an app’s success. We need to keep all these things in mind when laying out the store pages on the app store.