Inclusive Game Design – very simple game

Starting to work on a game for children… a simple tamagochi where the character (a dog) on-screen asks to be petted… a real stuffed animal with switches will then know if the child has petted the right place.Click HERE to see the first version to test the code and switch… press any key on the keyboar to make it bark and move its mouth 🙂Now I have to add switches to the rest of the stuffed animal and create a more interesting (and pretty for that matter) dog on screen which will to be petted and point to where it … Continue reading “Inclusive Game Design – very simple game”

Helvetica

Went to see a great documentary yesterday called “Helvetica” – yes – the FONT!!It looks at the ubiquity of this font in today’s world – or at least the Western world – why some designers love it, some are “over” it, but mostly how it came about (Linotype, Switzerland – 1950’s – most readable font) and how the advent of computers made it even more widespread (it is the default font for computers).There were many amazingly beautiful still shots all through the movie illustrating Helvetica around the world.Worth checking out not only from a design point of view but also … Continue reading “Helvetica”

Happiness

For Computers for the Rest of You we had to read “Happiness In Everyday Life: The Uses of Experience Sampling” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeremy Hunter. For me the most interesting aspect of this paper is to show how smart nature is. Basically our bodies trigger happiness in us when we are socializing and doing activities that are not stressful but require us to think and use our abilities – from that we see that nature is basically tricking us into finding a partner and evolving into something better by giving us a “cookie” when we are doing such activities. … Continue reading “Happiness”

Inclusive Pong – version 1

So the new Pong is almost ready – have to figure out some mouseButton bugs… right now you can only adjust the settings of the game OR play it…To see the adjust settings game click HERE.To play the game without adjustments, click HERE.Will post the final version soon.As per the documentation I included, here are some features I still need to include: Allow user to change color of background Allow user to change color of text elements Include a color-blind mode – gray scale applied to the entire game Allow user to adjust the speed of the ball Allow user … Continue reading “Inclusive Pong – version 1”

iPhone SIM unlocked on a Mac OSX tested on Brazilian carrier roaming on T-Mobile!

After thinking I would have to go to an Apple store and invent some story that “a friend” messed up with my iPhone and it does not work any – I want a new one – I was able to unlock the iPhone for any carrier! It is a “painful” process but with the help of some sites and UNIX knowledge it is done. To start off with, make sure your iPhone is updated by iTunes (check for updates). Then you have to “unshackle” the iPhone. I used iFuntastic. Get it here. Got through the unshackle process. On the iPhone, … Continue reading “iPhone SIM unlocked on a Mac OSX tested on Brazilian carrier roaming on T-Mobile!”