Posts By: Max Smolev

Prometheus: this is what happens when idiots get into space

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Prometheus As many other sci-fi fans, I went to see the Prometheus. That “Non-Alien” Alien movie. Which is like a prequel but not quite, because writing clear prequel was too boring, so there. And I have to say I am both pleasantly and unpleasantly surprised. Pleasant surprise — visuals. These days nobody is afraid of […]

Diablo III: Launch night mega fail

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So, the battle with Evil is supposedly on. Except for Diablo III this Evil is way more real, and it’s name is “Error 37”. Yet again Blizzard managed to severely underestimate the load. And when hoards of users decided to log in… well… you get “Error 37”. Hardware is expensive, and buying enough for the […]

Review: Prototype 2 (4.5 stars)

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Prototype 2 A little while ago I watched the Prototype walk-through (thank you, Tetraninja), and figured it could be fun to try the second game. Hence, I bought and actually already finished the game. Surprising, but it turned out to be pretty good, though rather short, so I’m giving it four stars out of five. […]

Paper App: why half of users hate it

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I had a short Twitter conversation with one of my co-workers and brilliant designer, Elyse Holladay and she mentioned, how odd it seemed that so many people complain about the Paper app — free sketch application that takes “freemium” model to the extreme, so I thought I’d try to crystallize my thoughts on why would […]

Games and escapism — not so much escaping lately

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I have to admit, I play games to forget about my day. Heck, about regular reality at all. It’s a perfect way, really, or at least it used to be. Aside from being able to restore previously saved game state and try again (admit it, you wanted to do that with presidency — save the […]