Playdate, a handheld console with a crank controller

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…And it was a good investment!


It’s a tiny little thing.

Very cool use of AR. Thanks.

They’re going to release it early 2020? Man this would have made a killer Christmas gift, for anyone of any age. I’m sure it will sell quite well anyway. Curious to see what games are in development and how that crank plays into it (other than the obvious fishing game).

Apparently, a fishing game was so obvious that every dev overlooked it until quite recently. One of the hardware guys said it wasn’t until the final weeks of development that a designer asked to create a fishing game. All the other devs thought someone else was doing one.

Zack Gage, creator of Ridiculous Fishing, is one of the developers, so I figured some form of that would be on there.

I thought Rami Ismail was behind that game.

There’s like 4 people who worked on it. It was actually brought it up during a GDC talk as an example of why using names is important for attribution by Zack Gage if I’m remembering right. Which is the only reason I know that.

The makers of West of Loathing announced on their podcast that they made one of the games (in collaboration with the Frog Fractions guy who is also on their podcast).

Okay, that’s the first time I’ve found AR useful other than when hunting Pokemon. Nice.

I’m intrigued. It’s not that expensive, it’s cute, and it sounds like they have some creative folks behind the games.

Panic being assholes:

http://www.nathalielawhead.com/candybox/playdate-the-la-zine-fest-weird-games-and-what-it-means-for-playdate-to-lose-its-name

I hope it was a misunderstanding. I’ve been aware of Panic for years and assholes is never how I’d describe them.

They best be careful as the CBS backed Giant Bomb has been using playdate in relation to video games for some time.

Panic has backed off a bit.

Cabel seems to have had entirely good intentions. Glad this seems cleared up both publicly and behind the scenes.

I’m not dunking on the word “walking sim”

No no, please do dunk on ‘walking sim’, it’s the worst.

I think I like the idea of this thing, more than I’d ever actually use it. Seems primed to be one of those dumb things you impulse buy, gawk at for a while when it arrives at your house, and then rarely actually pick up and use after that. Though saying that, I’ll openly acknowledge that I’m not someone who takes a bus or subway to work, and thus has a bunch of prime time to burn on something like this.

Looks like a well made gizmo though, and I like the clean look of it. Chances are I’ll buy one, because I’m one of those people, haha.

Welp, there goes the name I registered for my app that helps parents find friends and activities for their toddlers in their local area.

Didn’t realize it would also be used by a Queer games showcase AND a Tiger Electronics handheld.

If you can handle Gruber, he has the Panic guys responsible for the Playdate on this weeks Talk Show.

https://daringfireball.net/thetalkshow/2019/05/30/ep-252