You don’t have to be a huge sports fan to be pumped about this year’s Olympics, and it’s officially kicking off tonight with what’s will no doubt be an extravagant opening ceremony. The 2012 London Olympic Games promises to be a landmark event, and we can’t wait to watch the grand showing of athleticism, camaraderie, and spirited competition unfold. If you’re on-the-go and can’t be in front of the TV to catch all the excitement — or simply want to dig deeper into the action — we’ve got your back with a selection of handy apps and websites to access on your iPad to make sure you don’t miss a beat of the Summer Olympics.
Holy crap guys! My first article for Polygon. Super stoked! I interviewed Shawn McGrath, the awesome dude behind Dyad, and worked up this massive feature that digs deep into the game and the crazy DIY machine he build from scratch to show it a trade shows. I strapped into the thing myself way back at PAX East 2011, and it left an impression on me, to say the least. Really glad I was able to travel through time and work up this mega feature.
“Like most things that rise from the dead, the Penny Arcade Adventures series is a very different creature from what it once was. But for the creators of the popular gaming webcomic and new cohorts Zeboyd Games (the two-man indie studio tapped to complete the once-doomed episodic series), it’s good to see their creation finally walking within the realm of the living.”
One of the coolest things about being a freelancer is you can work from anywhere: a corner of your bedroom, an underwater sea pod, the middle of the woods, wherever. Putting together your ultimate workspace is a lot of fun, and I’ve always been fascinated with seeing how other writer folks, particularly people in the game journalism world, setup shop. As a fascinating experiment to indulge my own curiosity as much as anything else, I recently put out a call to fellow freelancers in the game journalism community to share photos and thoughts about their own personal writing spaces. Here’s the first batch. Enjoy!
“School is out for the year (or nearly so), and kids are more than a little antsy to get out in the sun and dive into a awesome medley of summer activities. While the distraction of friends, fun, and festivities is a welcome change of pace from pencils and books, it also tends to make their minds a little mushy as the year’s accumulated knowledge fades slightly. Of course, there are plenty of ways to continue learning through the hot summer months between school sessions without skimping on the fun. Not only will these apps entertain your kids, they’ll also help keep their noggins firing on all cylinders until the fall.”
“Smell that fresh, pungent aroma in the air? That’s the smell of gardening season rapidly approaching. Well, that and pollen allergies. Depending on your location, it might not quite be time to roll up your sleeves and dig your hands in the earth just yet. But if you’ve got tilling soil, planting seeds, and plotting out your veggie garden masterpiece on your mind, then the App Store has some cool picks to get those green thumbs twitching.”
“Indie gaming sensation Minecraft lets you build, mine, explore, fight, and adventure your way across a vast blocky 3D unhindered by rigid rules or strict handholding. Without being shoehorned into any particular path or style of play, it’s possible to dabble in many pursuits at your leisure. As such, we’ve assembled a sampling of some of the most interesting and unusual roles players naturally gravitate towards. What kind of Minecraft player are you?”