Watch this video and then come back and read this post; I’ll wait:
Now that you have watched the beauty that is the development process of Monument Valley (one of the coolest games out there) I can tell you about a tweet I saw tonight that bothered me:
“Seems quite a few people have gone back and 1 star reviewed Monument Valley upon update because the expansion was paid. This makes us sad.”
I retweeted it immediately because holy crap! Earlier in the day, I had seen that they had released the update, which I promptly paid for and saved for later enjoyment. After seeing that tweet, I went to the App Store and wrote this review, entitled “Great Game, Worth the Money”:
The amount of work that obviously went into this game is astonishing; these are the things that we as a culture need to value by spending the money to support it. UsTwo is asking for a paltry amount of your pocket change in exchange for hard work, please don’t complain about it.
Jason Snell wrote a post about this tweet as well, saying “I can’t say I’m surprised, but I’m still disappointed that people think $4 bought them a lifetime subscription to Monument Valley.”
I think we need to go further than that by realizing that the developers could have just as easily created a new app called “Monument Valley 2” and priced it at $4. It still would have been a fair price and I still would have paid it. Keep up the
good amazing work, ustwo!
And everyone else, go buy the damn game!
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.