We all love a good idle game from time to time, don’t we? Good thing there are new and good ones coming out all the time, like Swarm Simulator: Evolution. In this game, you breed humble Drones to gather meat and eventually harness that power to do all kinds of crazy things like travel through time and evolve to higher forms of being. In order to get to these late-game points though, you need to be a good little drone and manage your colony optimally. Here’s exactly how to do that:
They’re using the best practices of interaction design and psychology to build products with your brain in mind. Here’s how they’re doing it: Be a feature Famed venture capitalist Fred Wilson insists that successful mobile products need to do just one thing well. App designers often forget the speed and attention constraints people experience while using their products. Testing your app in the office, while it’s connected to wi-fi and is the focus of your attention, hardly represents the hectic, real-world conditions experienced by most users. Mobile services not only compete for our attention with the other umpteen things we could do…
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Anyone who’s traveled to another country knows how frustrating it is to be geoblocked from streaming content that’s available back at home. Due to licensing restrictions, content providers like Netflix aren’t always able to provide the same viewing experience across different countries, and so some countries get access to a worse content library than others. Hypothetically, this shouldn’t happen within the European Common Market (to which the European Union belongs), which seeks to “guarantee the free movement of goods, capital, services, and labour,” but in reality there’s always some gap between theory and practice.
With all the new Hearthstone[Free] reveals going on, we’re sitting down for a minute to look over what we have seen and shed a little light on what were this weeks big meta-changing cards in the Witchwood expansion. We’ve already looked at some of the ways Glinda Crowskin, Lord Godfrey, and Hagatha the Witch may have an impact. Today we look at a few more cards that have some far-reaching implications on what a good deck might look like in the months ahead and one very special class that seems to be behind the curve at the moment.
Lady in White
We are in a Priest renaissance right now. While it may not be as dominant as Shaman or Druid were in their heyday, the groundwork for solid Priest decks has never been as good and there is no sign of slowing. Between Lady in White and Vivid Nightmare the stage is set for not only revitalizing old deck types but the genesis of stuff from out of left field. I like this card, I think Priest will continue to be a thorn in my side if my Jade Druid deck continues to be viable and I feel bitter but I’m not, because Priests deserve good decks too!
Late game Hunter has some issues, and Emeriss is here to help. He is going to play well with Kathrena Winterwisp and is probably going to be reliant on a few key factors. The Kobolds & Catacombs expansion leaned very heavily on a low or no minion count Hunter style that means that even with a hand full of cards, which Hunter seems to rarely be afforded if the game is still going at round 9 or 10, most of those cards will probably not be minions. Indeed the only two Hunter decks listed at the moment on Tempostorm.com’s meta snapshot have very little use for this card. Between Houndmaster Shaw, Emeriss and the low-cost spell options for early game I think a hybrid of low cost non beast minions with high cost beasts might be viable. At the very least it is an angle that has had a solid trajectory for 2 expansions that may just end up being workable with more pieces of the puzzle in place. This one may edge its way in.
Anything that encourages Mage to be throwing spells and benefitting in an additional way is worth strong consideration. Vex Crow is going to be the next Flamewaker or Mana Wyrm. While they are all susceptible to removal, the Vex Crow will open up some possibilities that never existed with these types of cards. Some may lament the RNG that this game sometimes involves, but a Mage throwing out spells and having a magic crow spit out small minions is goofy and flavorful and fun. Not to mention really strong, did I mention that?
So which class seems the weakest so far? Warrior
With this week’s reveals of Darius Crowley and the Blackhowl Gunspire, it looks like Warrior is going to be doubling down on middle-cost minions and the old charge-or-be taking damage schism that exists in the lineup. Granted now we are seeing this with Rush and Echo thrown into the mix but it does not seem like much new for Warrior as of yet. Does this mean that a combination of old and new cards won’t come together to make a solid deck? Of course not, but the point is that we really are waiting to be blown away by a Warrior card and the wait continues.
More reveals will be occurring in the weeks to come so stay tuned as we bring you the latest in Heathstone hype and expansion news! Special thanks to Hearthpwn.com for being a great database of Hearthstone resources.
A group of researchers, as part of a social experiment, paid liberals and conservatives on Twitter to follow a bot for a month that tweeted political views from the other side. Shockingly, rather than softening their own views or learning to understand the opposition, most participants dug in deeper. We’re not partisan out of ignorance, it seems, but because we fundamentally disagree. Social media echo chambers take a lot of grief. There’s a popular perception that people get stuck inside their own biased worlds and become oblivious to the ‘reality’ the opposing side understands. But perhaps they’re actually doing us…
In times when initial coin offerings (ICO) are raking in billions of dollars and raising the value of your company could be as simple as adding the word “blockchain” to its name, it has become crucial to question why businesses need their own distributed ledger – and their own cryptocurrency. This is precisely the question I found asking myself when I stumbled upon Synthestech: a cold fusion research firm purportedly developing cutting-edge technology for “transmutation of cheap elements into valuable elements and isotopes,” which has raised almost $ 600,000 in its own ICO. What makes this case particularly interesting is that –…
A decade ago, a deadly fungus ravaged amphibian populations around the world, pushing several species the extinction of several species.
It’s a sadly familiar story on a planet with no shortage of bad news for animals.
But recently researchers have discovered a croak of hope — some species may be able to adapt to this fungus and bounce back from its destruction.
Researchers working in Panama found that nine of 12 species that had been devastated by chytrid fungus had recovered, and that local frogs were less susceptible to the fungus than lab-raised animals. Because the fungus itself didn’t seem to be any different, the researchers suspected the amphibians had developed resistance to the disease, just as if they had been given a vaccine.
Ideally, amphibians everywhere would be able to adapt to the fungus — and do so sooner rather than later, since amphibian populations are rapidly declining and face unique threats from climate change.
Yet the discovery could also be a good sign in the larger scope of animal disease. Fungal diseases have become more prevalent and more deadly in wildlife in around the globe, for reasons that scientists still don’t fully understand. Unsurprisingly, humans — our affinity for global travel, insistence on trading exotic pets from continent to continent, and tendency to destroy habitats — are the number one suspect.
If multiple species were able to adapt to chytrid fungus, maybe they could develop resistance to other potent fungal diseases, such as the white nose fungus that has already wiped out up to 97 percent of some North American bat populations. In fact, this might be happening — there are early signs that some surviving bats are beginning to reproduce again, potentially passing along the genes that make them resistant.
Earth is rapidly becoming less biodiverse; some experts estimate that it’s already below “safe” levels for the planet, and extinction cascades are imminent. Animals have always found ways to adapt to disease and other population threats, but that’s become harder lately, thanks to humans. Indications that species may be able to survive to these new threats are rare, glimmering signs of hope.
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