iPhone OS 3.0 Summary

Apple is launching the marketing operations for what will be included in the new iPhone OS today. TimeDoctor Dot Org will list out the highlights so you don’t have to read all the liveblogs.

Only the important items are listed. Full details and executive sarcasm after the break, executive summary before it:

  • Developers can now charge for subscriptions, DLC, in-app purchasing of content, etc. Of course, Apple still takes their 30% cut on all this.
  • Bonjour-powered adhoc bluetooth pairing for multiplayer games and other applications.
  • Accessories can communicate with software over the dock connector or via bluetooth.
  • Fancy push notifications are in (sound effects, etc). Background processes aren’t.
  • Developer access to built-in music is in.
  • Copy and paste is in.
  • Landscape (including keyboard) mode in all of Apple’s apps.
  • MMS
  • Spotlight searching across many apps’ content.
  • Stereo bluetooth for headphones.
  • All developers have access to the beta versions of both the SDK and firmware now. NDA in full effect on beta versions.
  • Ships this summer. iPhone 3G and iPhone 2G get it for free. $10 for iPod Touch. iPhone 2G will be missing some features.

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Free iPhone Games and More Reviews!

mgs_touchMetal Gear Solid Touch is going to be released on Thursday, I’m extremely happy about this and hope it lives up to the Metal Gear Solid legacy of awesomeness.

In the meantime I’m giving away a few copies of Black Shades for the iPhone over the official TimeDoctor Dot Org twitter feed today and tomorrow.

This is a game I really love because I originally worked on the Linux and Mac OS X ports with my good buddies over at icculus.org. Hopefully some day it will see a modern update.

Just keep following the feed for some free goodies to redeem in iTunes and also check out my latest set of reviews of iPhone games over at AtomicGamer.com! Here are the games I reviewed for this edition of the iGame Squadron:

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  • WordFu
  • Chess with Friends
  • iDracula
  • Ancient Frog

If you do win a code, please let everyone know in the comments so they don’t have to try to redeem them after you have 😉

Disturbing NSFW ST:TNG Remix Part 2

The absurdity continues after the break in part 2 of ST:TNG. Part one is here. This post will continue to be updated as new episodes are released. As always the themes of ST:TNG may be unfit for younger, older, and living, viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Metal Wolf Intermission

After the break witness Metal Wolf Chaos, the finest XBox 1 exclusive, and bizarrely never released here. I played this one during my time as a microsoft tester. I wish they would bring it out on the XBox originals function of the XBL marketplace, at least.

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The “No Goo Left Behind” Act

World of GooYesterday I found out about the World of Goo sale on Steam, via CAG, just before it ended.

Today I’m rescuing a goo-lady of, shall we say, “Ample carriage?”

Regardless, I’m escorting her down a red carpet, oh and look now, she’s just killed all of her fans. The good thing about this shallow-yet-not-insubstantial debutante is that her fanbase is leading her to a series of gears that will grind her up into the raw materials of beauty.

At least, that is beauty as far as goo is concerned.

So what is World of Goo, and what am I talking about?

World of Goo is an excellent indie physics puzzle game from 2dboy. You can get it on Steam, or a boxed copy via this amazon link. It’s so overlooked that I wanted to give it a mention. Now is the time to go back and try it if you haven’t.

I was like you, having only played through the free demo on Steam, I ignored the atmosphere of the game and dismissed it as shallow cuteness. Just as shallow as the gooball lady?

Now, having played more in the full game, I can hopefully cure you of your apathy. Give World of Goo a chance. I’m only up to Chapter 3, but the game is definitely more substantial than you might think from having just played the demo. It is even available for Linux now! Apple fans can get it, too. One license from 2dboy’s site appears to let you play it on any of those three platforms, as well.

I dare you to try playing it without a smile on your face. Everything from the overworld to the tower-building metagame put one on mine. Each level left me feeling good about my intelligence for having completed it, the way a good puzzle game should. Beyond the demo you also find new kinds of goo that make the solutions to each puzzle feel different.

Even the music is brilliant, but don’t take my word for it, download the soundtrack for free, from the developer. Maybe not something you’ll listen to much before you’ve played the game, but it is demonstrative of the game’s quality.

That metagame I mentioned is also pretty cool, it keeps you moving through the levels, and gives you a reason to go back to them. You see, each time you finish a level you can have a few balls of goo left over. The metagame has you employing those gooballs as joists and struts in support of a giant tower that you’re building to compete with everyone on the internet. It is pretty nifty, you’ll see what I mean when you try the game.

Maybe you’ll even send some ample goo-people to the spinning gears of doom, too.

Ghillie Suits by Paul Masson

How not to be seen.

Are you tired of your normal Ikea shopping trip like I am?

Maybe you’re bored with the usual ho-hum browsing, collecting cheap crap, and finally queuing for the register.

Well the next time I’m going, I’m going in a ghillie suit made out of KÃ¥rtøn like this fine German fellow. Check out the awesome videos and more pictures of his hijinks over at his site. The videos are also included after the break, as his site appears be offline.

Unfortunately you can’t expect much of a reaction out of the German citizens in the videos. Apparently Performance Artists will randomly assault people in Germany, thus the Germans are surprised by nothing.

In America, however, you might be assaulted in a fine dining establishment by Orson Welles, after the break along with the videos of Urban Camo @ Ikea:

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50 Cent: Blood on the AtomicGamer iPhone Game Reviews

Yo Fitty!

50 Cent doing his best to appear interested, tough, and ready for anything.

Fitty, dey got some new iphone game reviews up!

50, not pleased with the iPhone's established genre of farting apps.

Naw man, it ain’t like dat, dey gets some shit that aint fart appz, yo!

50 Cent, hears, and is interested in, expanding his iPhone horizons beyond flatuence applications.

Yeah dawg, that is right! They got that shit up at atomicgamer! I heard they reviewed:

  • Days of Thunder
  • Galcon
  • Scrabble
  • Truck vs Grenade

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But yeah, and if you follow the TimeDoctor.org Twitter Feed, you’ll even get a whack at some free iPhone games soon, what about that, Fitty!?

50 Cent is now overjoyed, and will follow the twitter feed!