Clock Blocks

Haiku Review

Shoot the clocks before
Your time runs out and you die
Addictive like crack

This past weekend Mallory from Small Girls PR invited me and Robert to the Clock Blocks iPhone/iPad game launch party at The Bowery Electric.  I have to admit that I haven’t really played much in the way of games in the past decade and that my iPhone is pretty much just for calls, texts, emails, maps, and music, but Clock Blocks turned out to be incredibly compelling and addictive.  It’s actually more complicated to explain in words then to just play yourself (we figured out the idea in a few seconds and then ended up playing for almost an hour in an attempt to master it). Note to self: must do this games and beer thing more often.  Clock Blocks really is a timeless classic, with a Frogger-like simplicity and sense of excitement and the gratifying thrill of a classic Shoot ‘Em Up.

Try out the browser version of Clock Blocks on the 80d Games site and get it for your iPhone or iPad on iTunes.

Hulu for iPhone

huluForiPhone

My team for Designing the Future of Television was inspired by the buzz around a potential Hulu iPhone App. There were reports that it was “coming soon” back in April, but still no app yet. There are some hurdles to the app’s release, such as the need for sign-off from Apple and AT&T. Also, according to comScore, only slightly more than 3% of mobile users watch video on their phones, so TV for mobile still has a long way to go. While iPhones have native support of watching YouTube videos, having the addition of Hulu would increase consumer choice to include a variety of commercial and longer form content.

We also checked out the AT&T Mobile TV service, but we were less inspired. AT&T’s service basically makes your cellphone a TV tuner for live TV. But you have to pay for it, unlike traditional broadcast (as opposed to cable) TV, which is free as long as you have the hardware. Also, we are less interested in watching live TV on my phone unless it’s breaking news or a sporting event. The whole point of mobile phones was to free us from the tether of our landlines, and the whole point of video on demand is to free us from the standardized schedules of broadcast. While landlines and live broadcast TV still have their place, we find the on-demand video of Hulu coupled with the placeshifting of a cellphones a compelling and inspirational direction for the future of television.