If you haven't heard, Telltale Games has been doing some magnificent things with narratives and video games these days. First there was its masterful Walking Dead series that nabbed several Game of the Year awards last year, and now there's The Wolf Among Us. And now, iOS lovers, rejoice--The Wolf Among Us will be coming to the iPhone and iPad sometimes this fall.
You know him from Breaking Bad, you may remember him from Malcolm in the Middle, but now you might be able to say you know actor Bryan Cranston as "the guy from the Apple ads." The news first surfaced when a number of perceptive listeners noticed an all-too-familiar voice in Apple's new "Pencil" ad.
With MacBook Pros getting a refresh, now’s a good chance to get some sweet deals on refurb models, as Apple will be pricing that stock to MOVE. So if you’re in the market for the best full-powered laptop out there, you’ve come to the right place. What about iPad and iPad mini accessories going on sale, you ask? Well, just step inside, friends, step inside.
Of all the things Apple announced yesterday, few seemed so immune to criticism as the Cupertino giant's decision to make iWork free for all existing Mac and iOS users. However, Frank Shaw, Microsoft's corporate vice president of communications, thought much differently, as AppleInsider reports. In an official Microsoft blog post, Shaw derided the new iWork software, Apple's decision to make it free, and especially the idea of the iPad as a competitor to Microsoft's own Surface tablet.
CSR Racing was an unconventional entry for the racing genre, seeing as it included very little actual racing. Instead of steering around obstacles, you were tasked with dragging down a straight stretch of road, with timed control prompts like gearshifts used to influence your performance. Still, it became a massive free-to-play hit, spawning numerous copycats along the way. Follow-up CSR Classics offers much of the same tone as the original affair, though with the added element of classic hotrods to appeal to the gear head in us all.
Fist of Awesome is a game with time-traveling bears, a talking fist, and bears being uppercut by said fist. Suffice it to say, it's all a bit absurd; when your character is told not to think too much about what's going on in the story, it's advice that you would be wise to follow yourself. Underneath all of the silliness and some less-than-enjoyable attempts at humor, though, is a surprisingly fun action game when played in short bursts.
As he was wrapping up his Macworld 2007 keynote--you know, the one with the iPhone--Steve Jobs quoted Wayne Gretzky, comparing his playing philosophy to Apple's: "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been." It was a testament to Apple's innovation, its ability to see three steps ahead of its competitors.
The Mac. The iMac. OS X. The iPod. The iPhone. The iPad.
Critics like to point to this track record as proof that Apple is no longer innovating, no longer skating to where the puck is headed. There's a certain perverse logic this line of thinking: if tens of millions of people will rush out to buy a new iPhone just because it has a better camera or a fingerprint sensor, then Apple could conceivably rest on its laurels, failing to realizing the tide is turning before it's too late.
In Device 6, a new spy-themed interactive fiction game from Simogo (Year Walk, Beat Sneak Bandit), text is used with verve and clarity, as sharp prose maps out protagonist Anna’s journey around a mysterious island. It’s not just that Device 6 is text-based – it’s that the text dances around the iPhone or iPad screen. As Anna turns down a hallway, the words also bank at a hard right angle; when she climbs a spiral staircase, her story and your device screen spin with her.
And so we move on to the main event. Tim Cook took the stage again to talk about the iPad, calling it "our most advanced technology in a revolutionary and magical device." Phil Schiller took the stage again to announce what "we think we have the biggest step yet in delivering the vision." It's called the iPad Air, not the iPad 5, and it's thinner and lighter (much, mind you, as we've heard from the leaks that have surfaced over the last couple of months).
Apple kicked off its October 22 media event with a artsy video that served to set the tone for the event, revealing its design values. The video was previously shown at June's developer conference, and in some ways it seemed like a swipe at critics who claim that Apple's taking too long to innovate in some fields. Apple CEO Tim Cook also included some words about the recent launches of the iPhone 5s and 5c and iTunes Radio, as well as some words about the App Store.