For more than two years, Ryan Kuo has edited for Kill Screen. As he heads off to pursue an M.S. at MIT, he reflects on the life of iPad gaming that is now ending when he gives back the tablet to the company. When is an app more than an app?
With apps, games, multimedia, multitasking, and online functionality galore, Sony's newly released PlayStation Vita wants to be everything to everyone. Ryan Kuo argues that it is definitely one thing for one person: the hardcore gamer, whatever that looks like.
Lovely. I love watching Battleheart move. Because screenshots on Touch Arcade make the thing look like shovelware, but it's lovely in motion. The knight pokes an orc with his stubby sword and the orc flops onto his back and blinks in and out of oblivion.
As teenagers we spoke in likes. We would articulate our thoughts about a new interest, and we would fail. We used the word “like” to cover up our mistakes. This Radiohead album is like, like, um, kind of a—it’s like, you know, those electronic undercurrents that they’d like just begun to develop in their last album, we would stammer to a girl. And as college students we did the same. “I’m a Harvard professor,” wrote Lawrence Lessig in a review of The Social Network. “Trust me: The students don’t speak this language.” We were a far cry from Aaron Sorkin’s seamless script; we filled the gaps in our sentences with likes. Our thoughts and selves then appeared continuous.