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I will say, this is one damn cool game. I really enjoyed playing through this – takes about 2 hours to go through this first episode – and I really can’t wait for the next episodes to come out. My favorite aspect of the game is that you are not really controlling the character of Hope, but rather “spying” on her surroundings, using the security cameras to see what’s going on, and then telling her where she should go – and to also hack the environment. It’s a great idea, and really suits the touch screen controls. You get quite addicted to jumping from one camera to the next, finding the best way to get Hope through the rooms. I did encounter a few times where she didn’t go exactly where I was expecting her to go, which resulted in her getting discovered, but it didn’t happen too often. Very slick presentation too, and as a backer (through Kickstarter), due to the complications of getting the game to us, they gave us a few extra digital “feelies” that are quite nice, including 2 episodes of an interesting documentary on the making of the game, and a nicely designed PDF of a “book” from the game, that gives you cool narrative background on the world. I’m happy they went the episodic route – like with the Telltale games, I like being able to play through an episode in one sitting, getting the full experience in one shot – and I think they did a great thing when you finish the first episode to tease the next one with a short video preview, done documentary style. 

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Books Technology

Designing Obama for iPad

Good news for those of us who can’t afford the beautiful — but $80 — Designing Obama book by Scott Thomas, which covers how design was brilliantly used during the Obama campaign (Thomas was the campaign’s design director). The project was funded through Kickstarter earlier this year, and with the print version now shipping, we also get an iPad version, priced at $5 — note that it’s listed as an “introductory price.”

The app is bare bones — it’s pretty much a PDF viewer — but the pages are beautifully rendered, and very readable when you zoom in (the only annoyance is that each page takes a second or two to load up). I haven’t finished reading it yet, but I’m absolutely loving it so far, and you can’t pass it up at that price.

It does feel like creating cheap iPad app versions of beautiful — and expensive — books is a great way of not only selling people on the real thing (try before you buy), but also lets everyone enjoy the book, even if they can’t afford the pricier option.

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Books Design

Using Kickstarter to Startup

I’m pretty sure I hate Craig Mod, and the reason is because he keeps writing awesome essays and is doing plenty of things — like starting a “publishing think tank” called PRE/POST — that make me jealous. You really do need to go read his latest journal entry, “Kickstartup,” which tells the story of how he used Kickstarter to successfully fund the new edition of Art Space Tokyo, sharing everything he learned from the process. And even though it’s long, don’t Instapaper it, because you’ll miss out on the beautiful layout.

Pictured, Art Space Tokyo covers drying, after they’ve been hand-printed.

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Art Books

Art Space Tokyo Success

Some great news today: as of an hour ago, the Art Space Tokyo team reached their goal of raising $15,000 to reprint/update the book, as well as produce a free iPad version. Keep supporting the project though, because I know they low-balled the amount (if you don’t reach your goal on Kickstarter you get nothing) and so every bit more will help make sure Craig and Ashley can both devote the amount of time necessary to making this as awesome as it deserves to be.

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Art Books Design

Reviving Art Space Tokyo

My friends Craig Mod and Ashley Rawlings produced this terrific book a couple of years ago called Art Space Tokyo, you may have heard of it — I’ve certainly plugged it and recommended it countless times to anyone I talk to when it comes to the art scene in Tokyo. It has unfortunately been out of print for quite a while now, but Craig and Ashley recently got the rights back (as Craig is no longer involved with Chin Music Press), and they’ve launched a Kickstarter project to not only get an updated version of the book back in print, but to also produce a free iPad version. So go, and support what will undoubtedly be an awesome pair of products.