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Submission + - Infinite browser universe Manyland hits 8 million placed blocks (manyland.com)

j_philipp writes: Manyland is an html5/ JS-based MMO universe created by a community and two indie developers from Europe. Everything in the world can be freely drawn and placed: From the cars, animals, plants, houses, bridges, to everyone's own bodies. Like Wikipedia, by default areas are editable by everyone (and removing a block leaves dust which can be used to undo the removal). Since the opening a year ago, over 100,000 different creations have been made, and now, over 8 million blocks placed.
Apple

Submission + - iPad 2-player "face to face" games (versuspad.com) 1

j_philipp writes: "For almost a year now I've been working on iPad 2-player "one shared device" games, a genre I'm absolutely in love with. The games are still all free, for now. Recently, I've switched to the terrific Corona framework, a middleware which makes it very easy to utilize things like a physics engine (Box2D), and do other game-related stuff. Before that, I used PhoneGap, meaning some of the other games are based on JavaScript and HTML (you can glean the full source of one of the games on the site). This week my new game, Siege Towers, got released. If you're a developer pondering your next project, maybe you can give Corona a try... a pretty fun framework."
Books

Submission + - A New Book About Classic Graphic Adventure Games (blogoscoped.com)

j_philipp writes: As a fan of the genre, I've compiled and edited a book called "Graphic Adventures: Being a Mostly Correct History of the Adventure Game Classics By Lucasfilm, Sierra and Others, from the Pages of Wikipedia". As the title says, it's collected from the pages of Wikipedia, with slight or heavy editing as well as additional material — depending on what was needed to make it work in book form — and with many additional creator interviews I conducted with people like Al Lowe (Leisure Suit Larry) or David Fox (Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken...). There's also many screenshots from the games. If you liked to play Loom, Monkey Island, Space Quest, Myst and many others, perhaps this is something of interest... and because the book is GNU-licensed, you can grab the free download if you like.

Submission + - New gadget photo comics (sallysellsyoustuff.com)

j_philipp writes: Slashdot, my neighbor and I are creating these gadget & tech toys photo comics. Today we've tested the Star Wars Force Trainer — which analyzes your Beta brain wave activity to measure concentration, allowing you to move a sphere with the power of your thoughts — and today we're also going live with the site. Let her know if you like the stories!

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