Why Indie Game Devs Thrive Without Big Publishers

We deserve better. It's a common refrain among video game developers who work with major publishers. Churning out the latest iteration of Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed takes its toll: inflated workweeks and 12-hour days, lists of notes and changes from the faceless entities of EA and Activision and the like, with simultaneous requests to pick up the pace — all the while making a tiny percentage of the game's profits, not knowing if there will be another job when the project ends. "The publishing people all watch [a game] and then make passive, aesthetic appraisals of active, functional aspects of a game," wrote an anonymous developer, delivering a blistering attack of major game publishers. "This is because the bulk of execs can't and don't want to play or understand how games work." Read more...More about Gaming, Developers, Features, Publishers, and Video...

It’s Time to Ditch Your Wallet for Mobile Payments

Credit and debit cards have significantly cut back on the amount of cash people carry with them at a given time. But what if you could reduce the number of cards you carry to just one — or even eliminate your wallet entirely? In the latest video of our Mobile Minute series, Client Insights Manager Samantha Cruz discusses mobile payment technology, and the effects it will have on retailers and consumers alike. See also: With Educational Apps on the Rise, Textbooks Are History If you think mobile payments are just a trend, think again. "Whether it's designer-made, or made of pleather, Pew research sees wallets being obsolete by 2020," says Cruz. Read more...More about Mobile, Developers, Technology, Nfc, and Google...

13 Essential Tools to Check Cross-Browser Compatibility

With an endless combination of modern and legacy browsers for users to choose from (depending on their system capabilities), it's our responsibility as designers and developers to ensure the websites we build perform adequately. Testing multiple browsers on multiple platforms isn't just difficult — it can be virtually impossible without the correct resources. However there are tools that let you comprehensively test your website, and check if it successfully displays across various browsers, platforms and resolutions. That way, your users will receive a positive, user-friendly experience no matter what their setups are. Read more...More about Developers, Software, Features, Design, and...