Friday, June 15, 2012

Link roundup

1. Kotaku:

Arma II mod, DayZ, has spawned a ton of abnormally fun rounds, with players partaking in all sorts of activities outside avoiding and killing zombies.

But this one guy who stalks and terrorizes two players might be my favorite so far. He runs around in circles, chases them, and mumbles some really non-sensical, funny-yet-disturbing words at them. In fact, he freaks them out so much that they make a run for it, and decide the only way to deal with the situation is to kill him and rest easy.
2. ARG based on Thomas Pynchon‘s The Crying of Lot 49.

3. Forbes:
Walk into any Apple Retail Store when it opens in the morning and you might notice that all of the new MacBook Pro notebooks with retina display are positioned at exactly the same angle. Employees who open the store use an iPhone app as a level to tilt all the screens to exactly the same angle (the Simply Angle app is a popular choice to measure degree of inclination).
Touches like that are designed to encourage people to interact with Apple products, fall in love, and buy. Sounds nice, but I'd love to see analysis of the same types of techniques that have been added to JCPenney under Ron Johnson and entirely failed to lead to sales.

4. Nightmare fuel.

5. Neca's plush Team Fortress 2 scout and pyro are available for preorder at Entertainment Earth. The Gordon Freeman action figure, too.