“Oh, common! Are you kidding me? You are just a journalist. Do you need to go to this creepy asylum?” That was my first expression during the intro cinematic–yes, too early to be scared. Outlast, made and published by Red Barrels. This game provides awesome experiences for the players. Equipped only by camcorder which has limited battery makes this game looks so real terrifying.
“You are Miles Upshur, an investigative reporter whose ambition is about to earn him an intimate tour of hell on earth. Always willing to risk digging into the stories no other journalist would dare investigate, you will seek out the dark secret at the heart of Mount Massive Asylum.“―Outlast Prologue
“Brain! Brain! Brain!” Infect unfortunate survival and make them as our troops!
We can find so many endless-run games for our mobile phones these days, but Zombie Tsunami gives us unique experience. With various background and many kinds of attachments, this endless-run game becomes addicting game. Different to our imagination, Mobigame gives us different image of this creepy creature. We know that tsunami and zombie are horrible and creepy things, one is terrifying disaster and another one is creepy creature. But, the developers of this game combine and draw both of those things in different way, far from the image that we used to know.
X : “You rip-off my work without any permission.”
Y : “How could you say that? I didn’t rip-off your work. I just did a research by combining some ideas into the new one. I made my own.”
X :”No! That’s my idea. You should put credit on your work.”
Y :”Don’t you see the footnote on my work?”
X: “I will never share my work again.”
Y : “It’s up to you.”
Nowadays, we can see many similar stuffs in our life, not only stuffs but also traits in our life. Can we judge them as a form of plagiarism? Written by Austin Kleon, Steal like an artist, will help us to understand more about the true meaning of plagiarism and how to keep us creative by sharing our works and stealing. Stealing? It sounds like bad trait to be creative, doesn’t it? Let’s dig this book deeper!
“10 Things nobody told you about being creative.”
I ever wrote posting about plagiarism (Plagiarism is A Big Mistake(?)). Breony stopped writing traumatically because accusation of plagiarism from Levery. Honestly, it’s quite tragic, plagiarism accusation is alleged easily,especially in industry that’s forcing us to be creative everyday. Austin Kleon gives us different point of view about being creative without being afraid someone will rob our ideas or works. How? Read the rest of this entry
What a pleasure to work with great people in great company. Last Friday was my last day working in Gameloft Indonesia. Did you ever work in game dev company? If yes, I bet you know how interesting it is. Beside the unique culture of working, the people are unique and interesting too. We can use casual clothes when we’re working. I used to use slipper when working. Playing and laughing everyday. Well, we are playing while working and working while playing. Bug fixing and designing were some of my main tasks as Game Designer in Gameloft, but still, I needed to play the game to check it. What a happy life.
Happy news and sad news to get scholarship from Seoul National University. Happy that I can achieve one of my dreams and sad at the same time that I need to leave my besties in Gameloft. Working in game company is new experience to me. Before graduated from my institute, I only heard about office life in governmental offices–using uniform, boring routine, and so many boring activities I heard, except from my father, he was a lecturer who used to get projects and flied from one town to another town. Working in Gameloft was my best experience in my life. I started from zero as Junior Game Designer. Learning about the tools and game concept. One of my best chances while working in Gameloft was I could learn from many people in there about somethings new. I could learn about programming from programmer and art from artist. I even could improve my communication skill and my English by communicating with them. I had native teachers in there.
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Badland is one of mobile games installed on my smart phone. I’m not a big fan of mobile games so I’m picky enough to install certain games on my smartphone. This game has good rating on Google Play Store–4.5 out of 5, given by 515,079 users. Don’t worry, this game is available on App Store and Windows Phone Market too. This game has its unique parts as a mobile game. Let’s dissect this game to each part.
When you see the icon of this game, do you know what kind of main character it is? The developers called it as Clony– the fluffy puffy creature. Badland is side-scrolling action adventure platformer game and physics-based gameplay. At first time we play it, this game looks like endless runner, but actually it’s mission based game with different difficulty in each level, so that, we can include survival genre into its genre.
If you ever played Flappy Bird, yes, this game is using similar method, but much better. Tap the screen to make this tiny creature flies. More long you tap, more flaps you create to make this clony keep flying. We have to control the clony to avoid every obstacles and enemies in this game. Don’t be eroded by those dangerous gears and any sharp obstacle!
Beside gears and levers, we can find object which is like bombs or toxic spores that can make you explode. The challenge of this game is the collectable items which look similar to the obstacle and there’s no hint to show us whether the objects are dangerous or not. We need to learn and do trial and error in each level to know the rule of each level. At the first level, this game looks so easy. But, for the next levels, we can feel more difficult flow and design in it. We can find new power-ups after we jump to the next higher levels. The variation of the level designs and its game mechanics make this game always fun to be played.
There are some items that give our tiny fluffy creature certain power. We can find plethora to multiply the number of our clony. We can find item that can enlarge our character or shrink it. Make it lighter or heavier and it makes the level more difficult of easier at some levels.
Simple, but beautiful. Read the rest of this entry
Ramadhan already left me. So many things I’ve met in this holy month—the month that’s full of bliss. “Ramadhan moon, like an old friend.. Ramadhan moon.” That’s part of Ramadhan moon lyric, Yusuf Islam’s song that tell us about what happens in Ramadhan—what a lovely song, what a peaceful song. We already saw there were so many unforgettable moments that coincidentally happen in this moment.
We just passed the presidential election with all its conflict until now. Starting with presidential debate until the election day when I couldn’t use my right to choose one of them—bureaucracy and okay, I was lazy one to arrange my right to vote from Jember to Yogyakarta. What was your action in that moment? Being neutral? Standing on one side to another? Doesn’t care of anything? Observing? Or doing anything else? If we chose to learn and observe about the situation, actually, there’re so many things that could give us new knowledge about politics and how we face it. “So you pretend to be expertise in politics?” Nope. We just learn from this situation. Which will you choose? Learning something new and taking the gist of the situation, then choosing the right way to face this situation or acting like you know everything by just seeing and believing news from one side or unclear sources?
Perhaps some of you will say I’m not in the right position to give opinion about Presidential Election—may be you’re right. You already saw many phenomenal in our beloved country, right? Recent election was full of issues and its interesting stuffs. As far as I’m staying in Indonesia, this election is one of moments in Indonesia that’s full of enthusiastic. I never missed the debates. I heard people’s opinions. I observed the moderators in each debate. I saw the reactions of each team member. I saw reaction of people through the social media and discussion. Unfortunately, I saw smart people becoming dumb; people who didn’t know about politic becoming smart instantly. Now, which side are you?
Mostly Indonesian and may be mostly people tend to process information instantly and judge directly without learning and observing the information first. Tolerance and smart people are really needed in this country. Where are they? Perhaps they chose to silent or they chose to not care about all of these messy stuffs or their voices are covered by other unnecessary voices and opinions or people chose to close their ear from good stuffs. Read the rest of this entry
If you have someone in charge to manage you or many people, what do you expect from them? I bet, most of us want our leader to understand us well. If we position ourselves as an employee, there will be so many things that we expect from our leader. But how if we position ourselves as a leader? Is it the same or not?
“Choosen as president (leader) is not a final destination. The very first destination is leading (the country) and running the government–which is not easy” – SBY
Working as a leader is not easy. Everyone (should) know(s) that. But, why do most of people seem not understand? Below is just my opinion that I observed around me.
- No good and clear communication between leaders and subordinates.
- Leaders think they are good enough as a leader.
- The leaders think they put their eyes on their subordinates whereas the subordinates can’t see what their leaders do in their position.
So, what good criteria is leader need? I read some books about leadership, and no one of them suggests “be yourself”, be the best of you! You can see the difference right now, huh? Being a leader is not easy. Leader is not God, but leader is required to be more than him/herself, because people follow him/her. We can find so many articles on website about Good and Bad leadership. From What the Dog Saw, written by Malcolm Gladwell, I found interesting article on Chapter 3, about personality, characteristic, and intelligence. At the beginning of 1990s, psychology experts, Robert Hogan, Robert Raskin, and Dan Fazzini wrote brilliant essay, entitled “The Dark Side of Charisma.” Their essay argued that trouble manager can be categorized into 3 types.
- High Likability Floater
This leader has good career in his/her company. He/she never face the obstacles because he/she plays safe—never take difficult decision and never has enemy.
- Homme de Resentiment
This type always keeps his/her regret and silently plans something to take her/his enemy down.
The last one has interesting characteristic. He/she has energy, confidence and charisma. Manager with this type is one of bad managers. He/she doesn’t want to listen and receive suggestion from others. Sometimes, he/she pretends to listen but in fact he/she rejects. She/he doesn’t believe others could give her/him advantages. “Narcissist Managers tend to hold more meritorious than what it’s seen. Read the rest of this entry
Did you ever find *.9.png in your Android application folder? This is an image type supported by Android. You will find some Android applications having small images (only some pixels). Usually, it’s used on native Android pop-up or other screens from native. So, what is *.9.png? According to Android Dev’s site, *.9.png or Nine- patch is
..a PNG image in which you can define stretchable regions that Android scales when content within the View exceeds the normal image bounds.
For complete informations and properties how to use it, you can visit the site. So, what is the advantage of using this type of image? How do we make this image?
As far as I know, this type of image can help the developers to reduce apk size from assets side. Using this image, we can reduce the asset size but still get good quality of buttons. Before we start to make new .9.png image, better to know the structure of this image. Below is basic guide map I got from A Simple guide to 9-patch for Android UI.
- Scalable area
X/Y area that can be scaled based on your customization or text inside it.
- Fill area
X/Y area for the text/object inside it.
What tool can you use?
- If you already have android sdk, you can search the tools in ..\sdk\tools\draw9patch.bat. You will see image below at the first time you open this editor.
- Choose your button.png! I used image below.
Another post that wrote about most popular TED talks. Happy watching, bloggers. Because Ideas worth spreading.
Originally posted on TED Blog:
Some fascinating things to notice on this list, if you’d like to compare and contrast it to the most popular talks in 2012, and to the list we shared back in 2011: Amy Cuddy, Susan Cain, David Blaine and Pamela Meyer are all newcomers to the list, with Cuddy’s talk storming to spot #5 thanks to you sharing it. Meanwhile, Brene Brown’s talk has doubled in its number of views since 2012, with Simon Sinek and Mary Roach’s talks coming close to that line. And finally, Ken…
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