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Monday
Dec102012

The GAME.minder Interview #4 - Erin Reynolds, Nevemind

You're moving through a frightening dreamscape and something jumps out at you. Your pulse quickens. Suddenly, the dreamscape becomes unfocused and louder. No, you aren't asleep - you are playing Nevemind. The brainchild of Erin Reynolds, Nevermind is a survival/horror game that uses biofeedback to effect the world within the game. Nevermind was featured at IndieCade 2012, and Jeremy took some time to talk to Erin about the game, where it came from and where it's going from here.

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Friday
Dec072012

The GAME.minder Interview #3 - Christopher Badell, Sentinels of the Multiverse

Jeremy takes some time to discuss the analog side of gaming and how game companies can effectively use Kickstarter with Christopher Badell from Greater Than Games, makers of the popular card game Sentinels of the Multiverse. The "Shattered Timelines" expansion for the game just closed a Kickstarter campaign almost 1000% funded!

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Sentinels Of The Multiverse
Shattered Timelines (Kickstarter)  
Gen Con
Origins
Essen
Penny Arcade Expo

Sentinels Sidekick 

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Wednesday
Dec052012

Every Silver Lining Must Have Its Cloud

The future of GAME.minder began today, but as with any large changeover of this nature, there are problems that slip through the cracks. Overall, the upgrade has gone swimmingly, but you should be on the lookout for the following items just in case:

In general

The Hardy Boys and the Case of the Missing Minder

Provided you had an active GAME.minder account yesterday, all of your RE.minders are safe on our server. We only mention it because one bug we’ve seen related to logging in can make it appear that your RE.minder list is empty. DON’T PANIC. Try the following steps to resolve the issue. If you still have trouble, just let us know.

  1. Go to the Info tab and Logout.
  2. Press the home button on your device, then delete GAME.minder by pressing and holding on it, then touching the X.
  3. Download GAME.minder again from the App Store.
  4. Run GAME.minder and log in and your RE.minders should appear. If they do not, please let us know and we can try further steps.

Slowness:

Part of this move entailed moving to a completely new architecture, both on the hardware side as well as the software side. This means we are now operating at scale on a system that we haven’t used in this way before. What this means for you gamers is that GAME.minder is a bit slow right now. The good news is that since our new architecture is so new, we have several ways to combat this. Expect the speeds of everything to pick up as we work out the best ways to handle the load on the new server.

Security:

Another consequence of moving to a new home is that we needed to update our SSL certificates (that fun encryption that keeps your info safe). In the short term, we’re seeing some issues when you log into gameminder.com vs www.gameminder.com. Rest assured, your personal info is still safe. If you want to avoid getting SSL errors, you should sign into www.gameminder.com, not gameminder.com.

Push it Real Good

We’ll be ramping the notification systems back up over the next several days. Expect to see push notifications resume on Thursday the 6th and emails within about a week.

iOS App

The current version of the iOS app is 2.6 and it was released today. Older versions of the iOS app will no longer work.

We have one known bug on the iOS app that will cause a crash. When you launch the app, and attempt to search for a game before the app has had a chance to load any data from the server, the app will crash. The simple fix until we can push out an updated app is to just wait to begin typing in the search box until you see the games list load.

You may also see empty RE.minder lists in the iOS app. See “The Hardy Boys and the Case of the Missing Minder” above for the fix.

Android App

The current version of the Android App is 1.1.42 and it was released today.

If you got GAME.minder from Google Play, you should have no problems. Kick back and relax, content in the knowledge that you are way better than those iOS dupes.

If you got GAME.minder from Amazon, the update is still awaiting review. The previous version of the Android app should still function without a hitch, you just won’t get to see the fancy new icon (the rest of the changes are under the hood). If you are seeing SSL alerts, see “Security” above.

Thank You!

And that should just about do it. As always if you see any other problems, let us know. We’re very proud of where we’re taking GAME.minder starting today and we’re so excited for you to finally get to play with it! Enjoy, and as always -

Don’t forget to play

 

Tuesday
Dec042012

The GAME.minder Report #29 - My Hardware Brings All The Devs To The Yard

Here's something to do while you wait out the downtime!

It's all about hardware this week. Next Xbox, next Playstation, Oculus Rift and Ouya, which new hardware floats your boat? Jim and Jeremy run down the rumors and confirmations and what sounds good and no so good. We also chat misguided marketing in the indie world and the Hitman world, and what's coming out this week. 

And check out the brand new GAMEminder.com - coming December 5th!

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Headline Stories:

Oculus delays dev kits for Rift head-mounted display by three months
Ouya Dev Consoles are shipping on time
Humble THQ Bundle threatens to ruin the brand's reputation
Nets over 3.3 million (and counting)
PS4 and Xbox 720 rumor roundup
GAME.minder Report #7 (Gaikai)
Hitman FB game removed after a few hours 

Games Mentioned:

Coming out this week:

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary
AirBuccaneers, The Resistance Collection, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour,
Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed 

Jim's Pick of the week:

Mew-Genics

Jeremy's Pick of the week:

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

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Episode 29

Tuesday
Dec042012

The Big Update Is Upon Us!

(See the updates at the bottom of this post for live updates)

My fellow gamers, the day has finally arrived! At around 11:59pm, December 4th 2012, GAME.minder as you know it will go offline. At this point, we will begin the process of bringing the new system online. Assuming it doesn't become self-aware and nuke us all into oblivion, the new system should become available during the day on December 5th. Depending on where you live, it may take some time for GAMEminder.com to point to the new system.

(you can read about the update here)

Once we're online (we'll announce it here) there will be a number of new things in place: 

  • Web Gamers
    • GAMEminder.com will work without a hitch.
  • Android Gamers
    • Check your store for an update.
    • Your current client should still work but we've made some changes in the new client that will make logins smoother and moved to Google's new push notification system.
  • iOS Gamers:
    • Get the 2.6 update from the App Store.
    • Versions 2.5.1 and earlier will no longer work after midnight.

One last reminder

You MUST have an active GAME.minder account before the old system goes offline or you will lose your RE.minders.

We know that some of you are bummed about this but we promise, the new GAME.minder is gonna be pretty great, we'd love for you to join us!

We will be updating this post, as well as Facebook and Twitter, throughout the changeover so just check back to see when the all new GAME.minder is ready to go and as always-

DON'T FORGET TO PLAY® 

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