Space Age Now Available for iOS

Space Age is a game of cos­mic adven­ture. Set in the retro-​​futuristic sci-​​fi world of 1976, it fol­lows a small but deter­mined band of inter­galac­tic explor­ers who land on a seem­ingly unin­hab­ited planet, Kepler-​​16. They soon dis­cover there’s some­thing both strange and famil­iar about this alien place…

This is one of the few times I get to actu­ally say “I’ve been test­ing this for a few weeks now and it’s great” because some­how I man­aged to get an invite on to the Space Age beta and play through it a bit — up until I upgraded my phone and was no longer a nov­elty user run­ning an iPhone 4 AND par­tially colour blind. Plus it’s set in the year I was born. So there’s that.

I only played through the first two lev­els but can def­i­nitely say it’s a blast to play. The sto­ry­line of the game is fun to get into and the nos­tal­gic 90s style game play is lots of fun. Neven Mrgan and Matt Comi, the devel­op­ers of the game under the com­pany name Big Bucket Soft­ware, do such a great job of min­ing nos­tal­gic ele­ments while still keep­ing the game mod­ern with game­play ele­ments, flow, style and user interface.

If you like this style of game, you should check out their pre­vi­ous game, The Inci­dent (iOS App Store, Mac App Store).

Pick up Space Age for only $3.99 in the App Store. Pair­ing your iOS device with an AppleTV and putting it up on the big screen via Air­Play would be a great way to play it.

They’re appar­ently work­ing on a Mac ver­sion of Space Age as well.

You can also pick up the sound­track for the game in iTunes — Space Age (Orig­i­nal Game Sound­track) by Cabel Sasser — if you need more 8bit tunes in your life.

Trailer

Direct link to trailer video

Game­play Preview

Direct link to pre­view video

Screen­shots

My Favourite iOS Podcast App Gets an Update

If you asked me before today which iOS app was my favourite since iOS 8 came out, I’d have told you Pocket Casts.

Then today Shifty Jelly updated Pocket Casts to ver­sion 5 and it became my slightly more favourite’er (it’s a word ok) iOS pod­cast player.

Then we noticed that not only was Trans­mis­sion, Kyle & Kenny Roderick’s awe­some pod­cast, fea­tured heav­ily through­out the web­site and app, they also used a hint of Show Me Your Mic’s art­work on their blog post announcement:

Screenshot 2014-11-06 21.08.50

Maybe some­day I’ll become blasé about see­ing my pod­cast show art pop up around the web, but that day is not today.

After you’ve set up Pocket Cast on your iOS device of choice, be sure to check out their web app at play​.pock​et​casts​.com.

By the way, here’s a few things that are new in Pocket Cast 5:

  • Refreshed for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
  • Hand­off sup­port. For those of you that use our new web player you can now tap one but­ton on your mac, and it will open the same episode in the web player, auto-​​loaded to where you’re cur­rently up to.
  • Action­able noti­fi­ca­tions. You can now add to Up Next and down­load directly from a noti­fi­ca­tion, with­out hav­ing to open the app.
  • Per pod­cast noti­fi­ca­tion set­tings, you can now choose to receive noti­fi­ca­tions for only the pod­casts you care the most about.
  • Auto down­loads any new episodes that come out for that pod­cast, a huge boon for the hourly pod­cast fans among us.

You Are So Loved”

When you are dying, you need to be told how loved you are.”

Yes­ter­day an hon­our guard solider was killed in my country’s cap­i­tal city, Ottawa.

The soldier’s name was Nathan Cir­illo. The name of the cow­ard who shot him in the back while guard­ing The National War Memo­r­ial is not worth repeat­ing. The cow­ard was later killed by the sergeant-​​at-​​arms.

It’s so sense­less and ran­dom. I don’t under­stand how some­one can make the choice to end another human being’s life.

iPhone 6 Slow-​​mo Comparison

I shot video of my brother-​​in-​​law over the week­end with the iPhone 6’s 240fps mode — also avail­able on iPhone 5S’ as well– and then wanted to quickly upload it to YouTube or Vimeo to share.

The prob­lem is under iOS (iOS8 too), the share sheet upload option appar­ently com­presses the footage more than using the native YouTube Cap­ture or Vimeo apps for iOS. But if you just go grab the video clip in your Cam­era Roll and try upload­ing to YouTube it doesn’t have the slow motion “effect” applied.

My Work­flow to Get Slow-​​mo Clips to the Web

I started by putting the slow-​​mo clip into iMovie for iOS, turn­ing on the fade-​​in/​fade-​​out options, choos­ing a theme which adds back­ground music and then saved it back to the cam­era roll. Slow-​​mo set­tings still intact.

Then I used the afore­men­tioned YouTube Cap­ture and Vimeo apps to upload to each service.

Which ser­vice does a bet­ter job of compressing/​presenting the video? (YouTube ads notwith­stand­ing. I pay for a Vimeo Plus account for client videos.

Vimeo

Direct link to video

YouTube

Direct link to video

Make sure the “HD” option is set.

Can you tell the difference?

►Daily(ish) 41: How to Be Successful in 21 Easy Steps

Link-​​bait title notwith­stand­ing, Chris talks a bit about how suc­cess is per­ceived in our cul­ture and his own strug­gles with run­ning a busi­ness and the suc­cesses and fail­ures along the way.

I ended up reveal­ing more of my own struggles/​issues with decid­ing to run a busi­ness than I had intended to on this pod­cast. This is me — warts and all.

Lis­ten to Daily(ish) episode 41.