• Initial thoughts on Disney+

    Disney+

    I took a quick look at the Disney+ app on Apple TV this morning.

    The process of signing up was painless. Creating an account takes a couple seconds and you’re able to link your subscription to your Apple ID so I didn’t have to fumble around with my credit card. The Apple TV app itself is simple, easy to use, and apparently integrates with the Apple’s TV app, though I didn’t see this in action.

    I love having profiles for each user including the ability to specify a child account for my son. Signing into his account showed us content that was more suited for him whereas my account featured The Mandalorian, Captain Marvel, etc.

    Speaking of content, there’s almost more available than I will ever possibly be able to watch, with more coming in the new year as deals with Netflix and others expire. A couple that I’m looking forward to checking out first are — obviously — The Mandalorian, the 90s Marvel animated shows (Spider-Man, X-Men, etc), and some of the Pixar movies we don’t already have.

    Overrall, great first impression. I can’t wait to dig in deeper this evening.

  • The 100 best games of the decade (2010-2019): 10-1

    Overall, great list. I’m really happy to see some of my favourite games and series come out on top including The Witcher 3 and Dark Souls. The biggest shocker for me was not only seeing Kentucky Route Zero on the list but appearing so high. I’ve played a little of the game a couple years ago but this makes me think it’s worth spending more time and seeing what the fuss is about.

  • I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about accepting freelance design work. I’ve had a number of discussions with content creators and streamers who’re looking to get work done and I feel like I could provide that. Now I just have to drum up the confidence to get moving.

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    Three years ago today I married my best friend

  • I’m going to try converting my custom Ghost theme Outpost into one that would be usable on a Micro.blog site. I feel like it’s one of the main reasons I haven’t made a full switch yet and it would be nice to keep everything in one place again.

  • Blizzard announces Diablo 4

    This first look — particularly the gameplay footage — looks really impressive.

    I'm happy to see that — while Diablo 3 took the game's art style in a more lighthearted direction — this new game brings the look and feel of the second game together with the fluid gameplay of the third game. I can't wait to learn more in the coming months.

  • Google buys Fitbit

    Chaim Gartenberg for The Verge:

    Google has just announced that it’s buying wearable company Fitbit for $2.1 billion. In a blog post announcing the news, Google SVP of devices and services Rick Osterloh said that the Fitbit purchase is “an opportunity to invest even more in Wear OS as well as introduce Made by Google wearable devices into the market.”

    This purchase makes a ton of sense for everyone involved.

    I'd love to see Google roll out some sort of wearable that's an evolution of the Pebble — which Fitbit bought back in 2016 — and maybe even get the Rebble community involved in some way.

    Pixel phones, Pebble watches? I'm into it. I always really loved what they were doing back in the days before the Apple Watch and Wear OS, this could be the chance to see them come back to life in some form.

  • EA returning to Steam

    The first new EA game coming to Steam will be Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which will arrive on Nov. 15 — and incidentally can be pre-ordered starting today. Later this year, The Sims 4 and Unravel 2 will come to Steam. Next year, other EA franchises will return on Steam, such as Apex Legends, FIFA 20, and Battlefield 5 — all of which were previously only playable on PC via Origin.

    This is great news for players having to deal with the growing number of launchers on their machines. It also feels like a direct shot at Epic and their strategy of timed exclusives on their own store which I’ve felt for a while now has been consumer hostile and short-sighted on their part.

  • Exhibitor party @ TwitchCon 2019

  • Mixer should be everywhere

    It's been an exciting week for Mixer — one of Twitch's rivals in the streaming space. In a week that saw major streamers like Shroud and Gothalion jump ship, it's become clear that this is just the beginning of a long battle between the two services, which is super exciting to see. With that in mind, there's a big challenge that Mixer has to face sooner than later.

    Twitch is everywhere. No matter where I want to watch — phone, TV and/or console, computer, etc — there's a way to do so effortlessly. On the other hand, Mixer is painfully difficult to watch if you're doing so anywhere other than a computer or phone. This is a problem when I'm at home because I have little interest in sitting in front of my computer to watch a stream or on my couch staring at my phone.

    Mixer has an app available for iOS, Android, and Xbox but if they're serious about this whole thing — and it certainly seems like they are — they need to be everywhere. The iOS app strangely supports Chromecast but lacks AirPlay and not everyone has an Xbox. As Gothalion said earlier today, Mixer isn't an Xbox only platform but — to me — it sure feels like it based on the availability of apps and the user experience the available ones provide.

    AirPlay on the iOS app, Apple and Android TV apps, app for the PS4 and Switch, etc. It's a big list and this stuff takes time but this is Microsoft we're talking about here. If anyone has the horsepower to make this happen, it's them. Honestly, what good are all these big new streamers using the service if you can't watch them?