I'm the kind of record buyer that always reads album credits, and starting in the early 1990s, with the Pixies' "Surfer Rosa," Nirvana's "In Utero," and PJ Harvey's "Rid of Me" I noticed that all of these great sounding recordings were engineered by Steve Albini. The man is extraordinarily prolific, and to date has worked on 2,000 albums! I reached out to him a few weeks ago to talk about his work.
Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time is finally available, and with new plants, themed worlds, and more of the same great gameplay, this classic tower defense game sequel does just about everything right.
The original Plants vs. Zombies was a huge hit when it came out for iOS devices in February 2010. After more than three years, PopCap has finally released the sequel as a free-to-play game, but don't let the freemium model scare you -- in-app purchases are not required to finish the game.
More of the same great gameplay The object of Plants vs. Zombies … Read more
Math vs. Zombies is exactly what it sounds like -- you must solve math problems rapidly to stop zombies from attacking your character. The result may sound campy, but it's actually quite fun and adds an element of urgency to what would otherwise be relatively straightforward math homework. While the array of math seems to be limited at first, the interface, design, and game setup are all very well done.
Math vs. Zombies pits you, the math problem solver, against cartoon-friendly zombies (no blood and gore here). You must solve problems as they appear on screen to turn the … Read more
Apple and Samsung have been conducting private talks about working out their ongoing patent disputes, with Samsung pushing for a cross-licensing deal that would settle all outstanding litigation, according to a report.
Drawing from heavily redacted legal documents and unnamed people familiar with the discussions, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the two companies had face-to-face meetings in Seoul in December and seemed close to settling in February before the negotiations went astray. At this point, there's nothing to indicate that a settlement is near, the Journal said, though talks, according to the unnamed people, are ongoing.
The … Read more
It's another battle of the phablets in the Prizefight ring. LG's Optimus G Pro is the latest contender to try to take down the reigning champion, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Smartphone meets tablet with these big screen behemoths. The Galaxy Note 2 brings its stylus to the fight while the Optimus G Pro uses your finger.
LG's blazing Snapdragon processor and a 1080p screen is unmatched right now and Samsung's one of the most versatile feature-rich phablets we've ever seen.
It's a face-off for Prizefight supremacy. Which phablet is your Prizefight champion? Cast … Read more
Jordan Casey is no ordinary 13-year-old. The Irish prodigy is a self-taught iOS app developer and also the founder and CEO of Casey Games, an indie games company that he launched late last year. Some of his successful titles include Alien Ball VS Humans, Greenboy Touch, and Save The Day, the official game for National Children's Day in Brazil.
He's currently working on several more games and speaking at international conferences such as Cannes Lions, European Pirate Summit, Gamecity7, TedxYouth New Delhi, The Smartphone and Tablet Games Summit, BETT 2013, and most recently, TiEcon Conference in Silicon Valley. … Read more
Heads vs. Tails manages to take the least skill-based competition on the planet and create a compelling and engaging game out of it--albeit one that will not entertain for too long.
When you first open Heads vs. Tails, the options are limited. The higher-level "game" components remain locked until you've flipped the coin at least 20 times. However, that takes all of a minute to do and in the process you'll see why such a basic concept is so compelling. While no computer program can ever be truly random, Heads vs. Tails manages to imitate randomness … Read more
Got a lot of email from you about turbos and superchargers, the purposes and differences of each. Not surprising, since there are a lot of both showing up in all kinds of cars these days, not just in hot rides. So this week we lay out the difference by walking you through some cutaway engines.
We're pretty smart about the data on our computers and phones these days, but most people do not give enough thought to the fact that … Read more