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Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment 

Uh, what?!

The Summer Movie Season is dead 

A great case for why “Summer Movie Season” is now 10 months out of the year. 

Summer Movie Season is now just another marketing angle, the movies chosen for release during that window amounting to the multiplex equivalent of “maximum strength” painkillers.

And with everything from Avengers, to Star Wars, to Jurassic World, to Fast Seven all coming in 2015 “Summer Movie Season” would have to grow. We are seeing similar things happen in the video game industry. It used to be that the AAA titles were released in the fall. Now we’re seeing games like Watch_Dogs come out in May, and Mass Effect 3 came out in March of 2012!

Why multiplayer games are better in person 

But the advent of the online first-person shooter means that games like Goldeneye 007 and Halo are no longer the preserve of late-night sessions in the dorm room. Why play for nothing with your friends when you could be fighting against the world for new perks in Call of Duty? Major developers have all but ignored local multiplayer games in recent years, and now it’s up to the indie scene to pick up the slack.

Everything Sam Byford says here is completely true. Luckily, so far Halo has stuck to its local multiplayer roots, but it’s getting harder and harder to find games like this.

My favorite gaming memories come when playing local multiplayer. It’s the reason I own multiple Xbox 360s.  A contingent of friends used to come over and play 6-8 player Bomberman and Halo in my old apartment. There is really nothing more satisfying than killing your friends sitting in another room.

Personally, I hope there is more local multiplayer coming. Even if it’s not from the AAA devs.

The future that everyone forgot — Tech Talk — Medium 

Here’s a great look back at Danger and the Sidekick (or Hiptop as it was called outside the United States).

I think there’s a little too much looking to the past with rose colored glasses, and a little too much ‘we did this first’ (including ‘pivoting’…), reading Chris DeSalvo’s words with such enthusiasm is very enjoyable.

The new Apple: relaxed, playful, and trying to kill Google 

A huge article from Nilay Patel. This gives you some perspective on the keynote that happened today. It’s an absolutely wonderful read.

But look past the usual list of new features, and what Apple was really announcing was the next version of itself — a playful, relaxed, hyper-competitive giant that wants the next generation of products and services to be built on its platforms. That’s the game now, after all — the mobile revolution is over, and the war is now between Apple and the Google / Samsung alliance for the hearts of developers.

And that’s really what happened today in San Francisco. Apple’s Cook and Federighi seemed relaxed and confident — just as the company’s Eddy Cue did last week at the Code Conference alongside Iovine. After a series of weird missteps, executive shake-ups, and hurried redesigns, it feels like Apple’s organized around a clear new mission: to provide the dominant platforms where the next generation of innovation occurs.

Go read the whole thing over at Vox.com

10 Directors Who Should Direct Ant-Man 

Wow, this is a great read. Very thorough. The title is misleading, this is far more than a list of directors. It provides the methodology behind how Marvel chooses directors.

Three pages of director choices follow. And I absolutely love choice number 1.

Kinect Cut Could Lead To Two Interesting Xbox One Developments 

An interesting theory from Stephen Totilo.

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This article was first published in Empire Magazine Issue #2 (August 1989). A great/historic read about one of the most important superhero movies of all time.

A perfect morning read.

The Comic Sans comeback is the perfect expression of our cultural confusion 

My friend Mallory Blair wrote an essay about Comic Sans. 

It’s an absolute delight. Go read the rest of it!

Tumblr declares war on the internet's identity crisis 

What’s a profile if it looks like everybody else’s?

Ellis Hamburger spent some time with the fine folks at Tumblr to talk about the new look of the Tumblr mobile app on iOS and Android.

The new Tumblr app is built around a new feature called Appearance. By tapping a small profile icon next to your blog name inside the app, you can customize your blog just like you can on the web. You can choose a header photo, add a circle or square avatar, and choose among 33 fonts for your title and description. You can pick from a library of colors to dress up your title, description, background, and links, or plug in a specific color hex code like #FA4B2A. If you’d like, you can even remove your avatar, header, or description entirely.

“Now, it’s like your Instagram profile looks exactly, pixel-for-pixel, like everybody’s Instagram profile,” he laments. Karp is the first to admit that Tumblr isn’t exactly like Facebook and Instagram, but his vision for how digital identity should work can be applied more broadly. He seems to believe that our online profiles should change with us, and not just as the result of Facebook’s latest Timeline profile update.

This is obviously the thing I love the most about Tumblr. Your space is, your space, and you can do whatever you want to it. I like that sometimes I can spend a weekend uprooting my personal blog, or my work website so it is more reflective of me. And I like that some of this customization is coming to mobile.

To Karp, Tumblr is one of the only places where creators can truly be free to look how they want and post what they want. “On Flickr you can post photos, and on YouTube you can post videos, but now the major services have started to say, ‘Post your square photos,’ or ‘Post your six-second videos, or ‘Post your 140 characters,’” says Karp. “As far as modes of self-expression, they’ve gotten more and more restricted … Do we want every visual thing we enjoy from here on out to be square?”

One of the things I’ve always liked about Tumblr is that it requires you to be more creative than Facebook. It’s why I spend more time here, or why (as Ellis points out) “Tumblr users spend an average of 16 minutes on the site each time they log on, more than any other site”. It IS the place I can put my videos, songs I like, photos I took, and links I’d like to share… like this link for example.

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