Tag Archives | Interaction

…It’s TGI Friday: Spelunky?


Spelunky is a fantastic indie game from Derek Yu that puts you in charge of a spelunking adventurer that must make his way through an always varied cave to collect treasure, fend off spiders, and save damsels in distress that will reward your efforts with a health-restoring kiss if you can survive.

According to Derek, the levels are procedurally-generated, so that each time you play, the levels, items, monsters and so forth are all new and in different places than they were before. In addition, all the terrain is destructible, and there are quite a few ways in which the various game elements can interact with one another, so you’re always guaranteed a unique experience, and plenty of re-playability.

It’s not quite ready for a full release just yet, but it’s free, so you’re really not risking anything to download the beta (PC only) and give it a try.

Just don’t blame me if Spelunky takes up a good part of your otherwise productive weekend!


[Via: Wired: Blog – Game|Life]

…Sometimes sex can be silly?

Pearl Necklace

Though most of them are probably just names made up by bored teens needing to pass the time during PE (and hopefully never actually done to another human being), I Heart Chaos has put together a list of the 99 most degrading sex acts.

From classics like the Dutch Oven and the Pearl Necklace to unheard-ofs like the Western Grip and the Snowmobile, it’s a full encyclopedia of the strange and unusual names that people have given to even stranger and more unusual interactions between two people.

[(NSFW) I Heart Chaos – 99 Of The Most Degrading Sex Acts]

…QuickOrder will revolutionize the way you get coffee?


Phil Lu’s QuickOrder is an “iPhone/iPod Touch application that allows the users to purchase their favorite Starbucks drink without waiting in line”. It’s also a great example of what will be possible when the entire world lives in your cell phone.

Instead of actually interacting with a real live person, you simply point and click in your order, complete with customization and a kind little thank you area to remind your barista that someone actually cares about what they’re doing.

There is even a semacode system in place to verify your order.

Will this be the future of customer service? Considering the fact that this goes one step further towards a world where we cease to interact directly (and despite how beautiful and simplistic this looks), I sure hope not.



…Flow has an amazing icon?


A popular program’s icon is something that you probably interact with on a daily basis, so it’s always interesting to get into the mind of an icon designer to see just what decisions they’re making during their design process.

Sebastiaan de With is the man behind the new icon for Flow (an FTP client for the Mac that is heavy on both form and function) and his work is fantastic.

The end result is a swirl (or is it a flow) of colors that grabs the eye and demands clickage, but the steps that he takes to get to that end result are what’s interesting.

Flow there now.

[Cocoia Blog – Designing Flow’s Icon: Our Favorite Attractor]


[Via: Shawn Blanc]