Incremental games

Incremental Games are a recently recognised genre of video game that is popular on mobile phones and browser game sites such as Kongregate with the simple goal to earn as much ‘currency as possible. The currency itself can take many forms, but is basically an integer that is increased by performing a simple action, usually…

Big Data, exploitation, privacy and not being hosted

In a period of both getting and bidding for new projects a colleague said: “The thing about all these exciting things is that they always end in disaster”. To be fair my colleague had a lot on his mind, he is currently writing a project bid and has just sat through a presentation about a…

Unexpected Creativity

In gaming circles a ‘shit crayon’ is a term used when a user creates something amazing despite the barriers that have been put in front of them. The term was coined by popular game developer and writer Ian Bogost and draws from the concept of the magic crayon by Chaim Gingold in his thesis. You…

Installing Unity Remote

I found setting up the Unity remote is easy to do on Android, I expect that the iOS version is a similar easy process. The Unity Remote is found on the play store, there are a couple on there so make sure you get Unity Remote 4, it should be free and developed by Unity…

Getting information out of Google Scholar

The Google Scholar site doesn’t have an API, which is a shame and has left me to park one of my current projects on the sideline for now. I still spent half a day working out the best method to get information out of it so thought I would write up what I found in…

Notes on publishing PhoneGap / Cordova app to Google Play store

I’ve started making apps with Cordova / PhoneGap. My set up is somewhat unconventional as I am just creating the projects at the command line, writing the applications using web technologies and signing them myself. I am not using the PhoneGap build service or any emulators on my machine. I am however using Eclipse because…

What does Twitch have that edX doesn’t?

This week I have logged in to two different platforms in the hope of learning something new. Out of these two platforms the first pone I logged on to was called edX. It is an online platform and I was there to do an online course called ‘Big Data and Social physics’. I have been…

Creating youtube intro clips, banners and thumbnails

I’m constantly amazed by the quality of content being created by teenagers on social sharing services. I’ve been following stories such as Twitch plays Pokemon on Tumblr and have been amazed at the quality of some of images being created and shared around a single concept. Users of Twitch/Tumblr are not alone, teens on Youtube…

VHS effect on video and Ceefax slideshare presentations

I’ve always liked sci-fi that mixes new ideas with old technology, steam-punk and the such.  I had the idea of mixing some current elearning trends with 80s technology and having been playing with techniques to make new things look old, MOOCS on VHS and teletext and the such. I haven’t got very far at the…