Valve has officially announced the successor to Source, the engine in which the seminal Half-Life 2 was developed, at GDC 2015 today. Source 2 will be free for developers to use, a move that Valve's Jay Stelly says when combined with similar announcements from Epic and Unity, "will help continue the PCs dominance as the premiere content authoring platform."
In addition to announcing a new partnership with Samsung, which will bring its paid keyboard app complete with a themes pack for free to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge buyers, Fleksy made one more major announcement this week, introducing a brand new feature that you wouldn’t normally see in apps like this.
A few years ago, Matt Hall, the 39-year-old co-creator of the enormously successful Crossy Road, was a struggling, unprofitable video games developer living on an Australian sheep farm owned by his parents, chasing a dream of success that had come true for some friends but eluded him.
He'd formed a studio, named KlickTock, which he called a "one-man-band game development company dedicated to making games for everyone." It led to titles with names like Little Things, Doodle Find, Super Search 60 and Zonr. Before that, he worked at Big Ant Studios and Tantalus Interactive, both names in the Australian development scene.
The silver lining in giving Tinder a monopoly on the two-pronged flame symbol is that you can say things like "Rand Paul stole his new logo from Tinder."
This is the Tinder logo:
This is Paul's logo:
There are a couple notable differences here. First, Rand's flame is a little sharper, and a little redder — certainly a nod to the states that are most likely to endorse him in a widely speculated 2016 presidential run. Second, the flame distinctively flickers to the right. (Subtext: the winds are changing, give me money.)
Paul has been spending a lot of time in Silicon Valley recently, so maybe biting Tinder's logo was an honest, subliminal mistake. Or maybe he's just really hot for PAC money. Either way, it's not...
Google might have found an interesting approach to competing against the Apple Watch that we didn't see coming: The company is reportedly going to bring its Android-based wearables platform over to iOS, thus allowing iPhone and iPad users to buy Android Wear devices and pair them with their Apple products.
This picture is magical. This picture is confusing. This picture is full of amazing science. It's a weasel riding a flying woodpecker, and it's making you feel some #feels. Fortunately, weasel-woodpecker acceptance is within reach, and these steps will get you there.
1) Denial: is this shit real?
The weasel riding the woodpecker is the cutest thing right now, but I need to know if it's real or not. http://t.co/2QHu3fSJob— Angela Anderson (@angeandersonyyc) March 3, 2015
Okay tell me the weasel riding the woodpecker pic isn't real?!— Emma Lush Jane (@Emmzza) March 3, 2015
I'm calling it right now. The photo of the weasel riding a woodpecker is not real.— Dan Riskin (@riskindan) March 2, 2015
A few years ago, we seemingly couldn't go more than two to three weeks without hearing a story about how Apple's App Store review team either rejected an iOS app that should have been admitted or curiously let in an app that should have never been accepted. Now, in 2015, Apple has thankfully worked out many of the kinks that once plagued the App Store review process. But every once in a while, Apple's old habits resurface.
Most recently, Apple rejected the iOS app Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager because it references a well-known third party: Aldrin, of course, who was the second person to walk on the moon.
The crazy thing, though, is that Aldrin actually helped design and influence the game!
Sony is sounding a triumphant note today, announcing that worldwide PlayStation 4 sales have exceeded 20.2 million as of March 1st. The company's latest console is in a strong position as it continues to battle Xbox One and Nintendo's sagging Wii U. "We are so grateful for the enormous support from PlayStation fans worldwide, and we are truly humbled that gamers around the globe have continued to select PS4 as the best place to play," said Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House.
Along with the sales figures, Sony is pointing to a strong upcoming game lineup as an indicator that its momentum should continue right along. Not all of the console's exclusives have been standouts, however. The Order: 1886 has been praised for its...
At last year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sony unveiled its virtual reality headset, called Project Morpheus. One year later, the company has finally announced a release timeframe for the device: the first half of 2016.
"A year ago, we were hear at GDC to unveil Project Morpheus," explained Shuhei Yoshida, President of World Wide Studios. "And for the last year we all have seen the VR world explode. More people than ever have tried VR at a variety of events... this increased consumer exposure to VR has been very important." He explained how Sony has spent the past year tweaking its dev kit based on consumer and developer feedback. "We want to deliver a VR experience that lives up to our vision," he explained.
Even though it has raised nearly $6 billion, Uber had somewhat boastfully never made an acquisition — until now. Mashable reports that the company has bought deCarta, a platform for location services including mapping. The company will become a subsidiary of Uber, continuing to offer products including local search and turn-by-turn navigation. Of the company's 40 employees, 30 will remain at Uber, including its CEO, Mashable reported.
When I look at what Microsoft is doing with Windows Phone right now, all I can think of is the straggler Japanese soldiers who kept trying to fight World War II even though their government had already surrendered. With Windows Phone, Microsoft isn't just fighting a losing war, it's fighting a war that's already been lost. Nonetheless, a new report in The Wall Street Journal shows that Microsoft is still clinging to hope that Windows Phone will become a relevant mobile platform... if we just give it at least another six months or so.