Monthly Archives: February 2017

Tell Us About Your Worst First Day on the Job

Tell Us About Your Worst First Day on the Job

Your first day on the job is always a stressful experience. You have to put your best foot forward, make good first impressions, learn the landscape of social relationships in the office, and actually do whatever you?re being paid to do. But it doesn?t always go so smoothly.

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The ‘Hearthstone’ Patch that Nerfs Pirates and Changes Ladder and Arena Is on the Way

The ‘Hearthstone’ Patch that Nerfs Pirates and Changes Ladder and Arena Is on the Way

We had a hunch that the big Hearthstone [Free] patch that will change the game quite a bit would hit today, and we were right. Even though it will take a bit for it to hit mobile, it’s definitely on the way. What does the patch bring? Well, a ton of huge changes that should rejuvenate the game. The first is the addition of floors in Ranked; you won’t be able to drop below certain ranks – 20, 15, 10, 5, and Legend – once you hit them. That should help the Ladder feel more fun and the level of challenge more appropriate for the rank, especially after the first week or so of the season. The other big change is the Arena shift from Wild to Standard and the change in card frequency; expect to see more rare, epics, and legendaries as well as more spells and fewer neutral basic/classic cards.

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The other huge change is the two nerfs that should hopefully reduce the power of Pirates and Shaman. The first is Small-time Buccaneer’s health going from 2 down to 1 and the other is Spirit Claws’ cost going from 1 to 2. There are also many other improvements, like better matchmaking for newer players, memory optimizations, and a ton of bug fixes. You can see all the changes here, and hopefully they will make the game more fun to play.

How ‘Nindies’ Could Keep the Nintendo Switch Content Flowing

How ‘Nindies’ Could Keep the Nintendo Switch Content Flowing

One of the interessting lines about the Nintendo Switch is how traditional console games seem to be in short supply. Nintendo’s certainly throwing a powerful opening salvo with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but the Mario game doesn’t hit until the holiday season, for example. And third-party efforts seem a bit limited. Certainly, this could be a bit worrying for anyone interested in buying the system. But in 2017, we’re beyond the age of being shy on content. And Nintendo, with their Nindies Nintendo Direct presentation on February 28th, seem set to ensure that there’s a steady stream of content to hit the Switch.

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Some cool new titles were announced, including SteamWorld Dig 2, turn-based strategy game WarGroove, and the March 9th release of Blaster Master Zero on the Switch and 3DS. Some ports including TumbleSeed, Enter the Gungeon, and Stardew Valley with multiplayer were also announced.

Now, waht’s interesting is that there’s a whole lot of games in the works. It’s at a point where realistically, there could be several new titles for the Switch every single week. And this is before any possible smaller, mobile-scale games hit, if they ever do. The genearl sense I’ve gotten from developers releasing on the Wii U is that the platform did rather well for them. It helps if you’re the main content supply on a system, too. Switch owners could find themselves not lacking for titles to play. Perhaps not from major third-party sources, but if Nintendo can profit off of the Switch hardware and first-party efforts, while indies help flesh out the system’s lineup, these could be rather interesting times for the hybrid system.

This Video Explains Why “I Don’t Have Time” Is a Poor Excuse

This Video Explains Why “I Don’t Have Time” Is a Poor Excuse

You can read all sorts of tips and articles on how to ?save time,? but as Laura Vanderkam points out in her TED talk, ?we don?t build the lives we want by saving time. We build the lives we want, and then time saves itself.? In other words, ?time is a choice.?

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‘Meganoid’ 2017 Reboot Almost Complete, March Release Possible

‘Meganoid’ 2017 Reboot Almost Complete, March Release Possible

Orangepixel has been working hard on the 2017 reboot of Meganoid, one of the solo developer’s earliest titles. And it’s coming along remarkably well! Like, it’s almost done. No joke. Orangepixel says the game’s about 98% done and on track for a March release. There’s 24 different consumable items to use in the game, from detonators to jetpacks. Don’t worry, free-to-play haters: “consumable” doesn’t mean in-app purchases: this will be a paid game without IAP.

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There are various ‘hacks’ you can unlock which will change up how the game plays. The levels will be procedurally generated, but you’ll have four worlds with three bonus areas to try and tackle. Even I thought this was a lot further out than expected, but I’m excited to check it out in March. Until then, the forum thread for the game is gonna be your friend to get more details on this game.

‘The Amazing Bernard’ Has Gone Free for the First Time

‘The Amazing Bernard’ Has Gone Free for the First Time

The Amazing Bernard [Free] is a pretty smart auto-runner/platformer where you get to create platforms and springs to keep Bernard going. Now, the game has gone free for the first time, and if you like smart, though not perfect, platformers, you should pick this one up. While the game has a few small issues – the jumping is on the floaty side and the whole game moves a bit too slow – it’s definitely entertaining and comes with a ton of content and great art. Amazing Bernard has 30 unique levels for you to power through along with a Challenge Mode, where you play all 30 levels in a row and gain bigger rewards as you go along.

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The developers have continued updating the game since it came out, with the most recent update adding new obstacles and challenges and improving the 3 Endless Runner stages with new obstacles and better control. The game is free, so go pick it up.

Seven Methods to Help You Stay Focused

Seven Methods to Help You Stay Focused

How many things are vying for your attention right now? Your phone? Email? Slack? Twitter? That nagging to-do list that just seems to keep growing? Modern technology has given us so many amazing things, but one of the awkward side effects has always been its ability to get in our face whether we want it to or not.

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Ankama’s New CCG ‘Krosmaga’ Lets You Play as a God

Ankama’s New CCG ‘Krosmaga’ Lets You Play as a God

Ankama, of Krosmaster and Dofus fame, has given us another interesting mobile game called Krosmaga [Free]and it looks pretty fun. This CCG will remind you a lot of Mojang’s ill-fated Scrolls in that you use cards to place units on a battlefield and take out the other player’s towers while protecting yours. In Kromaga, you play as a god and can unleash godly – and probably ungodly – powers upon your poor opponent. As with every CCG, you collect cards, build decks – or go with the premade ones the game offers – and go for either the PvP or the single player mode.

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The cards come from the Krosmoz universe, so if you’ve played any of the other Ankama games, you’ll recognize many of the cards in your hand. The trailer looks very nice, so I’m definitely giving this one a shot. The game is out now and is F2P.

The Label is A Premium Gaming Publisher Backed by FunPlus, Will Feature New Edmund McMillen Game

The Label is A Premium Gaming Publisher Backed by FunPlus, Will Feature New Edmund McMillen Game

There’s an intriguing new mobile games inititative that wants to be the “HBO of mobile games” called The Label, and it’s got some intriguing names behind the scenes, not to mention with content being created for the service. Robert Bowling, formerly of Infinity Ward, is behind The Label, with publisher FunPlus helping to back the initative. The Label will publish Bumbo by Binding of Isaac [$ 14.99] creator Edmund McMillen. As well, Guildlings by Threes [$ 2.99] developer Sirvo will be part of The Label, along with some interesting other titles from games industry veterans.

What many people will be happy to know is that the idea is that these will be premium games introduced through The Label. How well these will work out is obviously an open question, but if a publisher wants to try something dedicated from day one with premium mobile games, I’m intrigued to see how it plays out.

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What to Do With All That Loose Change You’ve Been Hoarding

What to Do With All That Loose Change You’ve Been Hoarding

Most of us have a stash of coins somewhere in our home. It could be a change jar, a drawer, or even a pile of the jingly, jangly stuff sitting on a window sill. You save it because, well, it?s money, but also because it?s a pain to carry around and actually use. Here?s what to do with that massive coin stash.

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