FROM Sam Roberts
Game Designers and Developers Converge for IndieCade When the iPhone 5 was presented last week, Apple made a point of how its faster processor, better graphics and light, thin, larger screen will be a boon for video gamers. Increasingly people are playing games on mobile devices instead of on computers and consoles. So game designers are busy trying to target this booming market, and that includes independent designers—sole operators or small teams who create games almost as passion projects. Some of these games will go on display starting October 4 at the IndieCade festival here in Los Angeles. IndieCade founder and CEO Stephanie Barish and festival director Sam Roberts describe the changing landscape of the indie gaming industry, and how design plays a big role. If you want to experience one of these indie games for yourself, try Frances' favorite: Contra Jour , featuring a little eyeball that has to chase turquoise dots down globular hills that are shaped into slopes by your finger, all to the sound of soothing piano music. We have five pairs of tickets to give away to IndieCade. If you'd like to win, head over to the DnA blog to enter. A screengrab from Contra Jour, a soothing, almost meditative game BlindSide is a somewhat-terrifying "audio adventure" game using sound to create a virtual reality Top image is from the game Bloop that uses an iPad or iPhone's touchscreen as a gameboard
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
What does the Paris terrorist attack mean for Europe? There was another terrorist attack in Paris Thursday. A police officer was killed, two other officers were wounded, and the shooter was killed. Officials are calling the attack terrorism. There have been more than a half dozen terrorist attacks in France over the past two years.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
What the shooting at North Park Elementary means for San Bernardino In San Bernardino yesterday, two people were killed after a man opened fire in a classroom for special-needs kids. What does this say about a city that saw a 41 percent increase in murders between 2015 and 2016? Also, how do kids who witness school shootings cope emotionally?