April 2017

How A Set Of Golf Clubs Captured Some Of Call of Duty: WWII’s Best Sounds

This article was originally published on April 26.

Assembling and capturing the sound effects for battles on the scale of World War II is a daunting task, one that Sledgehammer Games’ audio director Dave Swenson and his team are taking on for Call of Duty: WWII. From camping out to capture sloshing water in rivers to bashing up bits of trees and timber, Swenson’s hunt for the perfect auditory sensations takes him to interesting places.

One of the more interesting captures for Call of Duty: WWII happened on a golf course.

“One of the cool things I did… I love planes. Especially WWII planes, they sound really great. They’re hard to get though – not everyone has a WWII bomber that’s functioning and flying around,” says Swenson. “So I was reading the newspaper and there was a day where a whole bunch of WWII bombers were flying in and going to be doing a lot of takeoffs and landings at the airport.”

“I called the FAA and they wouldn’t let me on the airport grounds because it was too dangerous, so I checked out Google maps. I saw at the end of the runway there was a golf course, so I went …read more


Screenshot Saturday Highlights – April 29th, 2017

Eldritch woods, alien plains, shadowy streets, and more are your stops along the journey through this collection of Screenshot Saturday Highlights.

Crimson Hills
Loaded Games | PC
Set in the haunted lands of castle Baskerville, Crimson Hills puts you in the shoes of a brave detective solving puzzles, evading lurking horrors, and uncovering Lovecraftian mysteries in this first person adventure.

In The Shadows
Colorspace Studio | PC, PS4, Xbox One | Late 2017
The shadows are both friend and foe in this puzzle platformer. Dark beings roam the rooftops and surreal landscapes, but light transforms them, into doorways, ladders, blocks, and other useful tools to solve tricky puzzles
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Astromike
Mikea15 | PC, Mac | Free download
Crashlanded on a planet of floating platforms, isometric puzzler Astromike taks you with surviving a hostile landscape one step at a time. Deadly hazards await, forcing you to plan your route to dodge enemy turrets and more dangers.
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Elyra: Echoes from the Void
Alcyon Games | PC
Explorer Aida Nebul finds herself stranded on a distant moon in Elyra, a sci-fi metroidvania that follows your quest to explore the …read more


A Look At The Funko Pop! Collectible Phenomenon

This article was originally published April 26.

If you have spent time in a store that sells collectibles in the last few years, you may have noticed that a certain brand of vinyl figures have seemingly taken over its own share of the market. Funko Pop! Vinyls cover a wide variety of licenses and brands, including film and television series, video games, sports teams, and even cereal mascots. Love them or hate them, there’s no denying the all-encompassing phenomenon they’ve become. We spoke to Mark Robben, director of marketing for Funko, to get some insight into the Pop! Phenomenon, and learn about the licensing and production process for the figures.

Robben says that the now-iconic Funko design came out of a collaboration with DC Entertainment around 2010.

“There were just discussions with DC in particular, about coming up with a new stylized take on some of the characters,” Robben says. “And our artists at the time were influenced, in that case, by Japanese art and character design, looking at some of the things that have been done there with anime figures and whatnot. There have also been some early designs with plush, that had kind of a similar shape and feel to …read more


A Look At The Funko Pop! Collectible Phenomenon

This article was originally published April 26.

If you have spent time in a store that sells collectibles in the last few years, you may have noticed that a certain brand of vinyl figures have seemingly taken over its own share of the market. Funko Pop! Vinyls cover a wide variety of licenses and brands, including film and television series, video games, sports teams, and even cereal mascots. Love them or hate them, there’s no denying the all-encompassing phenomenon they’ve become. We spoke to Mark Robben, director of marketing for Funko, to get some insight into the Pop! Phenomenon, and learn about the licensing and production process for the figures.

Robben says that the now-iconic Funko design came out of a collaboration with DC Entertainment around 2010.

“There were just discussions with DC in particular, about coming up with a new stylized take on some of the characters,” Robben says. “And our artists at the time were influenced, in that case, by Japanese art and character design, looking at some of the things that have been done there with anime figures and whatnot. There have also been some early designs with plush, that had kind of a similar shape and feel to …read more


Bring Subterranean Depths To Technicolor Life In Scanner Sombre

Deep below the earth, it’s pitch black, so dark and far from the sun that you can’t even see your hands. All hope would be lost in Introversion’s Scanner Sombre if not for the game’s signature device, a LIDAR scanner that colors in the surrounding world and lets you embark on an adventure into the subterranean unknown.

With a hold of the trigger (or click of the mouse), laser dots coat the landscape, drawing colorful depth and substance from the darkness. The shadows become stalagmite and stalactite, claustrophobic tunnels and expansive caverns, structures once hidden in the endless dark.

Each step is guided by your hand, visually crafting the environment to move forward and learn more about the cave system. Reminiscent of games such as Gone Home and Dear Esther, Scanner Sombre promises a lean minimalist experience telling its enigmatic story through the landscape, discovered sights, and sounds. Your scanner transforms navigation into equal parts art in motion and cautious discovery, revealing secrets at the pace of your hand.

Scanner Sombre is available on PC and Mac for $11.99, from Steam as well as directly from Introversion’s …read more


Ballz is my new digital enemy and favorite mobile game

I’ve played my fair share of iPhone games, but few have taken over my mind and life like Ballz.
From Ketchapp, Ballz is about as simple as it is infuriating. It’s a mix between old-school Pong and Threes.
The player starts with a single ball at the bottom of the screen and a number of blocks, each with a number, floating at the top of the screen. Pulling back with a finger and… Read More …read more


We’re Streaming iOS Games Live on Mobcrush [Tasos Playing Hearthstone Tavern Brawl]

We’re streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There’s a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it’s really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you’re somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you’re on a mobile device, download the free Mobcrush app for iOS [Free], also available on Google Play. From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you’ll get alerts when we’re streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you’ll need to register over on Mobcrush first.

If you missed the stream, we upload archive videos to our YouTube channel, so just head over there to see previous streams and our other random video content. Additionally, if you would …read more


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[Podcast] China Business Cast: Ep. 60 Comparing Entrepreneurship Between East and West

Editor’s note: This originally appeared on the China Business Cast. China Business Cast is a podcast featuring experienced entrepreneurs and business people making things happen in China. If you want to learn from on the ground accounts of how business actually gets done in China, this is the program for you.

Journalist, author and media entrepreneur Rebecca Fannin is the founder of Silicon Dragon. She leads the news, events and research group and writes a weekly column about innovation and venture investment trends at Forbes.com.

She wrote two books about China Silicon Dragon and Startup Asia.

Rebecca great having you!

Listen to the episode here or subscribe.

EPISODE CONTENT:

  • I read some of your Bio here, can you tell our listeners what are you working on these days?
  • How did Silicon Dragon start? And how you came up with the idea? I guess the book came first, prior to the venture called Silicon Dragon
  • On today’s entrepreneurship world, I hear people say that it’s about time we stop comparing each ecosystem to Silicon Valley. It’s each for its own and has its own challenges and solutions to grow. What do you think of such a saying?
  • Living and experiencing the Chinese entrepreneurship world, as well as …read more

Replay Season Finale – God Of War

A new God of War game is on the way, and we’ll likely learn more about it at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Before that day arrives, why not bone up on the history of the series? In this episode of Replay, we take a look at Kratos bloody origins in the enhanced version of God of War for PlayStation 3.

We discuss the impact this title has had on the action genre, whether it’s worthy of the “greatest ever” discussion, and recap the series as a whole, including the PSP titles. We then shift gears to a less violent game that we think you’ll agree is one of the most ambitious games to date. Strange things happen during this segment.

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Powered by Your Toilet Paper Purchases – The TouchArcade Show #304

We kick off this week’s podcast talking about the drama of the week surrounding Apple cutting affiliate payments, making us entirely dependent on our Patreon. We’ve also got an Amazon referral link set up on http://toucharcade.com/amazon, and would really appreciate it if you do your shopping on Amazon through that to support the site! It costs you nothing! (Well, other than what you’d buy on Amazon anyway.) From there, we get into a pretty awesome podcast featuring the following games: Robot Unicorn Attack 3 [Free], Match Land [Free], Family Guy: Another Freakin Mobile Game [Free], Penarium [$1.99], Super Senso [Free], and Suck It Up [Free].

Don’t forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read ’em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below… And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

Patreon backers get access to a ultra-rad video version of the podcast (you can get …read more