While the iPhone SE (2020) is Apple’s latest smartphone, it’s definitely not the best phone the tech giant offers. This remake of the original iPhone SE looks like an iPhone 8 but features the internals of Apple’s iPhone 11.
The new iPhone features a 4.7-inch LCD display with a 750 x 1334-pixel resolution with an old-style 16:9 aspect ratio (modern smartphones feature an 18:9 aspect ratio or taller). Additionally, it sports modern Apple’s A13 Bionic chipset, a 12-megapixel primary shooter with an f/1.8 aperture and a 7-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera.
Apple also brought back Touch ID for the SE, and the smartphone still features Siri voice commands and Qi wireless charging.
With this nostalgic smartphone featuring a mixed bag of specs, an excellent rear shooter, but a less-than-stellar front-facing camera, a small LCD panel and Apple’s latest and greatest processor, who is the new iPhone SE really aimed at?
In Patrick O’Rourke’s review of the handset, he said that “the new SE is for iPhone users clinging to an iPhone 6, iPhone 7 or an iPhone 8, hoping that Apple would release an upgraded version of the smartphone featuring Touch ID, a small size and a design they’re familiar with.”
Is that person you? Personally, I would never consider the iPhone SE (2020), but I typically don’t use iPhones.
Let us know in the comments below if you’re interested in buying the $599 CAD iPhone SE.
This is the best video game bundle ever – Polygon
The Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality at itch.io is the best video game bundle we’ve ever seen. That isn’t hyperbole. For a minimum of $5 donation you get over “740 works,” including some of our favorite games. But what makes the bundle truly special is the purpose: proceeds will be split 50/50 between the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Community Bail Fund.
You can donate however much you’d like (naturally, we encourage more than $5 if you have the means) to get games like Oxenfree, Overland, Art Sqool, Wide Ocean Big Jacket, Quadrilateral Cowboy, Gunhouse, and Fortune-499.
These aren’t just good games; they’re exceptional.
The bundle also includes A Short Hike, one of our top 10 games of 2019, and A Mortician’s Tale, one of my favorite games of 2018, which taught me about eco-friendly mortuary services. That one game alone is worth the donation!
Seriously, do not miss this chance to play hundreds of games from some of the most talented independent creators while supporting a vital cause. And once you’ve grabbed the bundle, read our guide on how to support Black Lives Matter and the protests against police brutality.
Destiny 2’s first Fortnite-style live event was slow and underwhelming, but it’s a solid start – The Verge
Destiny 2’s first ever Fortnite-style live event just wrapped earlier today, and it was unfortunately not quite what some players were expecting. Instead of something monumental and game-changing for a key part of the game world, it was more of a slow burn alternative to a standard video game cutscene. And instead of delivering a strong narrative pay off on a season’s worth of otherwise dull and repetitive activity, the Almighty event ended without any meaningful change in direction or surprising new development.
For the last there months, developer Bungie has been building up a clash between the Destiny world’s artificial intelligence supercomputer Rasputin and a large planet-destroying ship called the Almighty. All of this past season’s activities have revolved around communicating with the AI character, a largely mysterious fixture in Destiny lore before this season, and doing a series of rehashed game modes and resource collecting in service of an eventual showdown between Rasputin and the Almighty. Over the last month, players were asked to participate in a mind-numbing number of public event activities to unlock an old Destiny 1 weapon and a brief story mission, with the promise of more to come at season’s end.
Some players expected the Almighty to actually crash into the game’s Tower social hub. Others expected a cutscene or perhaps some form of real-time space battle that would destroy or in some change the Tower. What we actually got was a severely understated form of the latter in which the image of the Almighty changed in excruciatingly slow fashion with new animations and, eventually, its destruction. Yet the whole execution felt a bit slapdash and underwhelming.
The event got off to a bumpy start when, at the scheduled 1PM ET start time, nothing appeared to happen. The delay, whether intentional or not, lasted for more than 20 minutes, but it did give players ample time to load into the Tower and to join in with any other collaborative antics other players were engaging in.
In my instance, a row of well-decorated Guardians laid down holographic staffs as if to make a last line of defense by using the “None Shall Pass” emote, a reference to Gandalf’s legendary line when facing down the Balrog in The Lord of the Rings.
Eventually, players began noticing subtle changes in the sky in the form of large clusters of laser beams arcing toward the Almighty. The process appeared to be dynamic, so the lasers grew closer over time, but at a painfully so pace that made it hard to track minute-by-minute movement.
The lasers made contact at around 1:50PM ET, nearly a full hour after the event supposedly first launched. (It’s unclear if there actually was an initial real at first or if Bungie purposefully designed it to be as slow-moving as it actually was.)
As we closed in on close to 90 minutes after the event first started, the ship began to explode in apparent slow motion. But that’s when the one exciting portion of the event kicked in, as the Almighty began crashing toward the surface of the Earth and bits of debris began flying off. This was the only actual dynamic part of the experience, as everything else felt like a series of subtle screenshot changes to in-game sky.
It ultimately ended with an exciting crash landing and a shock wave, and now the Almighty’s landing site appears to be a permanent fixture of the background of the Tower. If players end up inspecting some of the crash debris (after re-zoning in), Bungie is awarding an emblem.
Still, that the conclusion, which lasted under 10 minutes, required 90 minutes of build up and resulted in just an emblem and not much more illustrates the mismatched expectations Bungie may have inadvertently cultivated.
I think this is cool but you gotta give more of an indication of how much time people should budget. I figured this wouldn’t go past ten minutes
— Paul Tassi (@PaulTassi) June 6, 2020
We’ve never seen Bungie try something this ambitious with Destiny 2 before, and the end result was certainly exciting when you consider what could come next. The closest the studio has come is with 2018’s Forsaken expansion, in which the game’s new location, the Dreaming City, underwent a transformation after the very first raid team bested The Last Wish activity. But it was not at the scale of the Almighty event, and this is Bungie’s first real attempt at building a months-long narrative culminating in some form of shared experience for the player base.
Fortnite, although it’s best known for being a wildly popular battle royale game, has emerged over the last few years as an industry leader in what can only be described as live, simultaneous events. These are in-game events that happen in real time and are experienced only once by every single player who happens to log in and be present for the show. Fortnite isn’t the first of its kind to do this; massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) and online sims like Second Life have been experimenting in this department for years. But Fortnite features undeniably the most impressive and technically challenging versions of these events in all of gaming.
Starting with an in-game rocket launch back in 2018 and growing steadily more ambitious every few months with more complex and ever-evolving events like last fall’s black hole stunt, developer Epic has proven it has the technical chops to do what video games even just five years ago considered almost impossible. More recently, Epic held a stunning Travis Scott show that projected the rapper as a superhuman skyscraper-sized hologram for more than 12 million players and, last summer, concluded a multi-month storyline with a mecha-monster showdown, Pacific Rim-style.
Part of what makes Fortnite’s events so fun and feel so unprecedented is that they are so intricately built over time. Epic, through whatever technical achievements it’s built under the hood of its battle royale game (the developer has never shared how it pulls these events off), is able to change its map in subtle ways almost every day, adding clues to find and expanding teasers of larger events all without having to take down its server for maintenance. Some of its most successful feats have included a live event that then kicks players right into an all-new, changed game map, no update required.
Bungie’s approach is nowhere near that sophisticated, at least not yet. But the developer is trying something new and it’s clear the studio has taken ample notes from watching Fortnite. The Almighty grew ever-closer in the sky over the past season, and players logging into the Tower on Saturday morning noticed all the non-playable characters having shifted their positions to get a clear look at the ship’s descent. These changes were minor and it will be interesting to see if Bungie can step up its game for future live events, if it does indeed try them again.
Regardless of the overall quality in this Almighty event, experiments like these represent, for the first time, Destiny 2 living up to the series’ original promise of a shared, living, and ever-changing world. They help the game better straddle the line between shooter and MMO, even if it’s taken quite a few years and nearly two full games to get there.
[Indie Live Expo] That Tiny Spaceship Trailer + Xbox One News + Demo News & More – Gamasutra
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]
Game Name: That Tiny Spaceship
Developer: We Make Small Games
Release Date: 2020 (PC) / TBA Console
Platforms: Windows PC & Xbox One
Press Contact: [email protected] | 403 – 970 -5653
Calgary Alberta, Canada – June 5th 2020 – We Make Small Games is proud to be included in the Indie Live Expo being held by Playism and Ryu’s Office that takes place beginning tomorrow (June 6th) at 5 A.M MST. Because most of you will probably be asleep at that time, please find enclosed all of our announcements and media ahead of time.
EMBARGO: June 6th 7 AM MST / 9 AM EST
In our press kit you will find: Copies of our game’s key, several screenshots, full press release in two languages, an HD version of our most recent trailer.
- Single player space shooter inspired by the coin-op games and early home console games of the 1980s.
- 4 missions – Beware obstacles and hazards lurk off screen!
- Synth-wave inspired soundtrack
- Colourful cast of characters who have enrolled in the D.R.O.O.L institute’s program to become licensed single-occupancy drone pilots.
- Visual Novel sections in-between playable missions that explore our pilot’s academic struggles, interpersonal relationships and personalities.
Things Are Really Starting To Heat Up
With today’s trailer release we’ve revealed footage from our game’s second module – which is set above a blazing hot sun. D.R.O.O.L candidates will find that their craft can only take so much heat from the sun before the ship’s integrity starts to fail. Candidates will have to keep their ship from falling apart while dodging oncoming meteors, solar flares and at the end of a stage a large boss ship that can warp around!
Meet Our First Pilot
Players will be able to chose between 4 different playable pilots who will appear during “modules” (missions) while piloting the titular Tiny Spaceship as well as during Visual Novel sections that take place between modules.
We’d like to introduce you to our first revealed pilot, Urani!
Age: 18 (Earth Years)
Urani comes from a small, flooded planet on the outer edges of the galaxy. As such, they are an exceptionally strong swimmer. Ever curious, they joined D.R.O.O.L in order to have an excuse to explore the universe with impunity.
Setting Course For Xbox One
A version of That Tiny Spaceship will be released for the Xbox One home console after the Windows PC version has launched on Steam. That Tiny Spaceship on Xbox One will be published via the Xbox Creators Program and will be accessible in that section of the Store once published. More details surrounding the console version of That Tiny Spaceship will be revealed at a later date.
Regarding Release Platforms
When we originally announced That Tiny Spaceship back in May 2018 we specifically announced two platforms in addition to Windows based PC – Apple’s Mac OS and Open Source Linux as target platforms for the game.
Many things have changed in the previous two years – within the game’s scope and in the realm of desktop gaming as a whole. In regard to MacOS, the latest release has introduced changes to application development and troubleshooting any potential issues would require development resources that we do not have at this time. In regards to Linux support, the sheer number of distributions available could make official support very difficult.
Several third party options exist for players on MacOS and Linux to attempt to play our game. Abstraction layers and recent changes to some digital distribution system could potentially make That Tiny Spaceship playable on platforms that will not be officially supported.
Demo To Be Released In Summer 2020
A free playable demo containing the first Visual Novel section and the first introductory module will be made available on Steam later this summer. This will give players an introduction to That Tiny Spaceship and the game-play that we have to offer.
Minimum System Requirements (Revision)
Our Minimum System requirements have been slightly adjusted from the original specs announced when our Steam page went live. With the addition of the Visual Novel sections we’ll be putting quite a bit more HD art into the TTS than originally planned. To accommodate this the space requirements have been increased by 1GB.
OS: Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10
Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHZ
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: Intel HD 620 or Nvidia 950M / AMD HD 7970
DirectX: Version 11.0
Sound Card: On-board sound or stand-alone equivalent
“We Make Small Games” Logo, Branding and Zee Character © 2018 We Make Small Games “That Tiny Spaceship” Logo, Branding, Original Graphics and “That Tiny Spaceship” vector design © 2018 We Make Small Games.
©2018 Valve Corporation. Steam and the Steam logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Valve Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. All rights reserved.
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