Netflix is getting you ready for another season of Stranger Things. The show will be available on October 27, but if you can’t wait that long, there is now a game for you. The game, like the show, puts you back into the 1980s. It’s essentially a top-down RPG, with chunky pixel art. If you need to compare this in terms of quality, we’re talking Super Nintendo, not Classic. The game itself is surprisingly good.
You start off as Hopper, the cop. You are dragged out in the middle of the night to investigate a laboratory. It doesn’t take you long to find yourself knee deep in the same mystery from the TV show. You roam around Hawkins, interacting with characters from the show and try not to get killed. It seems like you spend a lot of time solving puzzles and flicking switches to unlock doors.
There is so much to love about this game, though. It makes you run halfway across town to deliver a new telephone to Winona Ryder’s character, for example. But also because it mimics the TV show so much. In the police station, Hopper notes how the cabinets are filled with owl attack reports. The game is designed in a really smart way, overall. But it shakes things up with the odd boss battle.
The game is available for Android and iOS. If you don’t have a compatible device, you will have to wait for the show to come back on. … Read the rest
For many a posts, I have suggested that there is a great divide between Android and iOS users. I also recently posted that the number of Android users far exceeds that of iOS users. It would seem that Apple is now looking at these numbers and trying to figure out what to do. Is it possible to persuade Android users to switch to iOS? To come to the dark side, so to speak. Or is it a case of brand loyalty, like I’ve suggested numerous times? Whatever the answer is, Apple is tackling the idea that maybe they need (or want) more people using iOS.
How are they doing this, you ask? They have been releasing short videos to showcase why their operating system is better. They released three earlier in the month, and then another three today. But I wonder how effective this strategy will be for them? If I’m being honest, the videos actually aren’t that good. They don’t necessarily explain what you’re getting. I should rephrase. They tell you what you’re getting, but they don’t explain it in a way that would make you consider switching. Let me explain. In one of today’s videos there is what is supposed to be a criminal taking over “your phone”. But he’s not able to get into the iPhone because it’s so secure. If I’m going to consider switching, shouldn’t you tell me how it’s so secure?
As I’m writing this, I am thinking about this from a marketing perspective. … Read the rest
There were a lot of announcements at the Google I/O Conference today. Almost too many to put in just one post. But I will highlight some of the more interesting ones to start. Or at least more interesting in my opinion. First of all, it is estimated that there are 2 billion android devices being used world wide. Two billion! That is almost 1/3 of the world’s population. Which is insane. It is almost 3 times that of the number of iPhone users, which is only at 700 million. That in itself is incredible. Which means there is a huge market to be tapped. So bring it on Google.
Let’s start with Google Home. So far, it’s just been able to give you answers to questions that you ask. I’m not trying to downplay this at all. That in itself is incredible. Not just from the perspective of Google Home, but in general. What’s really interesting about the next version is that the device is going to be more proactive. Meaning, if there is a traffic jam on your regularly route to work, it will let you know. Presumably, this would work for public transit delays and maybe some weather related events. All and all, this is pretty amazing. I wonder what else it could do? Maybe predict my mood swings? Just kidding. I am interested to see what kinds of things this ends up being able to predict.
And now onto Google Assistant. … Read the rest