Build Better Feedback Loops to Reinforce Good Habits
Behavioral feedback loops run unnoticed in the background of our daily lives, and affect which habits we stick with?both good and bad. Instead of letting feedback loops shape our lives in invisible ways, you can design them to foster better habits.
New ‘Clash of Clans’ Town Hall 11 Update Sneak Peek Shows Level 9 Wizard Tower & Laboratory
We are officially in Week 2 of the Clash of Clans [Free] sneak peeks of the upcoming (maybe early December?) Town Hall 11 Update, an update that will bring major changes to the game millions love. Today’s reveal showed some of the Town Hall 11 upgrades including the gold and elixir storages that will max out at Level 12. If you add all the resources together (including what the Town Hall itself will be able to hold post-update), you get a maximum capacity of 10 million gold and 10 million elixir. We also got a peek at the new Laboratory and the Wizard Tower, which will now go up to Level 9. Today’s sneak peek seems to pave the way for more info this week on specifically the Town Hall 11 buildings and upgrades.
The last couple of days we also learned that the village area is going to get bigger after the update, but at the same time the attack time will increase by 30 seconds to make up for the size increase. And also, you’ll be able to request or donate one Dark Spell to your clan mates, and the donation menu will show what’s already been donated. Overall, these latest announcements definitely weren’t as big as the ones last week, and from the looks of it the sneak peeks from this week won’t create the turbulence that last week’s reveals created. Of course, famous last words, I suppose. Stay tuned for more information tomorrow and for the rest of the week.
Fight as a Werebear and Become a Demon Lord in ‘Demon’s Rise: Path to Damnation’
The first Demon’s Rise [$ 2.99] game was a lot of fun, thanks to it having a ton of stuff to do, and a roster of character classes that was large and varied. Look, if you’ve ever wanted to rock out with a party containing a minotaur and a walking cannon, Demon’s Rise is the game for you. But what if you want to be evil instead? That’s what followup Demon’s Rise: Path to Damnation promises, the ability to possibly become a demon lord yourself.
The same core strategy gameplay is here, but now you’ll have an evil party to play with. Your actions and choices in battle and the campaign will allow you to gain or lose favor from the dark gods, with bonuses to be had for pleasing them, and possibly the ability to become a true demon lord. The story will be presented in a gamebook format, with branching paths to go through. Combat will feature many of the same elements as the original game, but with a new shadows system, arcane totems to power up, and a revamped critical hit system.
Demon’s Rise: Path to Damnation will be episodic with IAP for future episodes. The character roster will be trimmed down for this followup, with 10 planned for the initial release, but one of those characters will be a werebear, so, y’know, it’s not all bad. The current target release date is Q1 2016.
Announcing TouchArcade Device Buybacks: Get Paid Cash Sending Us Your Old Devices
Our Patreon is doing great, TouchArcade Deals is super popular, and today we’re adding a third option for people to support the site while getting something (in this case, cold hard cash) in return: TouchArcade Device Buybacks! We’ve partnered up with the guys at MyPhones Unlimited, who much like us are a super small and scrappy outfit, to give people an easy way to turn that stack of old iPads and iPhones into money. Since it’s a tiny operation, the overall overhead is way lower, which translates directly into the amount given for each device. If you compare our buyback rates with the other guys you should see us offering more (sometimes just a few dollars, sometimes way more) than the bigger device buyback web sites.
Here’s how it works, if you’ve never done one of these before: You go through our site, and select whatever it is you want to get rid of. You’ll get a quote for how much we’ll buy it for, and you put in all your information. We’ll send out a box with a prepaid shipping label so all you’ve got to do is put your device in it, tape it up, and ship it off. The dudes at MyPhones Unlimited typically receive devices in three days, they verify the condition, then mail you back a check which you’ll similarly receive a few days later.
One thing that we like a lot about their service is their device condition grading makes a lot more sense and feels a ton more honest than the other guys who might offer you an impressive quote for a “mint” iPhone… But (much like selling collectable cards), unless you legit took a brand new iPhone from the box and sent it off, they’re always going to find minor surface scratches or other regular wear and tear. It’s at this point that your quote gets downgraded to “good” condition, and you can either deal with it or pay to have your phone shipped back. MyPhones Unlimited totally skips this whole racket by just considering all working phones in “good” condition, with plain-English descriptions of what constitutes “minor damage” and their other grades. (And if you’ve got questions beyond that, you can either shoot ’em an email or call them during business hours at (479) 530-9337.)
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We get a small cut of all the devices that get sent in, so it really seems like a win/win all around: You turn devices that are collecting dust into money with barely any effort, and in the process you support all the awesome things that we do here day to day at TouchArcade.
If you have an older Mac, or your newer one?s just running a bit too slowly for your liking, you can disable some of the cosmetic animations to speed it up a bit. Defaults-Write has a solid collection of different Terminal commands that?ll do just that.
‘Harmony 3’ Gets Big Holiday Level Pack Update This Week
BorderLeap keeps on working on their stylish iOS games, with Harmony 3 [$ 2.99] getting a festive holiday update this week on Thursday, December 3rd. 50 new levels, featuring snowfall, yuletide symbols, and colors that feel very December-ish and holiday-esque. Plus, there’s all new music from Hammock, who’s done the hypnotic tracks for the series. The level pack will be available right away, and will actually serve as a good introduction to the game if you haven’t played it before, starting off easy before getting more and more challenging.
Along with the new level pack on Thursday, the game has a new hints system where you can get the next move on the board from the start, which should help you out on those more devious puzzles. Thankfully, you can use a hint once and get it for subsequent attempts on the level. The free update will be out on Thursday.
Cyber Monday: Pick up the Nvidia Shield for 0 (Down From 0)
In early October, I spent a few weeks putting the Nvidia Shield through its paces, and now that the new Apple TV is upon us, I’m leaning ever-so-slightly to saying that I prefer the Nvidia Shield way more. Well, right now it’s available on Amazon for $ 150, down from $ 200, which puts in in line with the price of the new Apple TV… Except the Nvidia shield includes a proper controller. So much stuff is totally cross platform these days anyway that there really aren’t a whole lot of things that you can only find on the Apple TV, particularly if you’re patient as most things are still launching with slight lead times on iOS.
What makes the Shield the cooler set top box is just how flexible it is. Here’s an example: I’ve got kind of a weird setup for my house when it comes to watching TV as I’ve got a projector with a huge screen instead of a typical TV with a tuner and everything. When I watch live cable TV it’s via the Xfinity TV Go app [Free] which in the iOS world only exists on the iPhone and iPad, with Comcast publicly saying there’s no plans for Apple TV support. (They even block AirPlay, so, it’s truly device-only.) That same app exists in the Android world, and while it isn’t on the Android TV store, it took me less than five minutes to get it installed on the Nvidia Shield via a supremely simple side loading process. So, inside the walled garden of the Apple world, you basically just shrug and say “Welp that’s cool, I can never do that,” versus spending a couple minutes watching a simple YouTube tutorial someone made.
The same process works for emulators, and all sorts of other crazy stuff that really makes the Shield do whatever you want it to, instead of what Apple allows. The PC game streaming stuff is really rad, and since Google doesn’t follow Apple’s totally ridiculous controller requirements, there’s a much wider variety of great games to play. Both platforms have their issues, for sure, but right now for things that aren’t the requisite watching iTunes/Netflix/HBO/etc content, I’ve found myself using the Nvidia Shield way, way more. …And now you can save $ 50 buying one if you snag one today.
‘Euclidean Lands’ Looks Like ‘Monument Valley’ Meets ‘Lara Croft Go’
Are you sick of gorgeous isometric puzzle games inspired by Monument Valley [$ 3.99] yet? Me neither! Euclidean Lands is looking like another game following in the tradition of that game, but throwing some new wrinkles into the equation. For one, you can rotate levels to alter perspective, but also can spin them around like a Rubik’s Cube to change where everything is. And there seems to be combat and a movement system perhaps like Lara Croft Go [$ 2.99] has. Mixing a whole bunch of things from a list of already great games? Hmm, sounds intriguing!
This game by Miro Straka is in the works right now, and will be for mobile, but few details beyond that are available other than it’s “coming soon.” While a pretty look does not a great game make, this really does look gorgeous and worth keeping an eye on in the coming months. Follow the game’s Twitter account for updates on the game.
The Best Ways to Get a Bartender’s Attention (Without Being a Jerk)
Getting the attention of the bartender at your favorite watering hole can be a daunting task , especially after work or on the busy weekends when everyone?s out for a drink or three. To make it a little easier, we sat down with a couple of bartenders who have been slinging drinks for years to get the best tips. Here?s what they suggested.
TouchArcade Deals: Learn To Code By Making Games – Unity 5 Developer Course (And 25% Off Coupon Code)
If you listen to us talk about development environments and game making on our podcast, Unity always comes up as the current king when it comes to ease of use, accessibility, and flexibility. Whether you’re making a silly physics sandbox game or something big and blown out like Hearthstone, Unity is the game engine of choice for many developers. Courtesy of TouchArcade Deals, we’re offering a Unity 5 developer course bundle that comes packed with 278 lectures spread across 49 hours of content which will teach you everything you need to know to get started in Unity and enhance your existing skillset if you’re already working in Unity.
Also, through using coupon code CYBERMONDAY25, you can get 25% off other eLearning courses we’re offering. These kind of things have been really popular, and seem to always get positive feedback from people who do them, as you can learn some really cool things, at your own pace, for just a couple bucks.