Archive | November 2007

Congrats to Bunnie and the Chumby Team!

Chumby has been shipping for a while now and people seem to love it! I love that hacked Chumbies are already starting to roll in!!

Congrats, Bunnie!

More Photos At Flickr

Geometry Wars: Galaxies (DS)

The Nintendo DS version of Geometry Wars: Galaxies shipped yesterday. I picked up mine at GameStop along with Petz Wild Animals: Dolphinz (for Samantha). I don’t know if the dolphins game is any good, but Galaxies is incredible.

Some quick thoughts:

  • It uses the same control scheme that my homebrew game, Extreme Onslaught uses, but they’ve made it much more intuitive by using aiming graphics in the top screen.
  • The full Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved game (the XBox 360 Live Arcade version) is included. That was a nice surprise and a wonderful fallback if you decide you don’t like the Galaxies game.
  • Galaxies is fun, with a lot of variations on the normal Geometry Wars rules.
  • The drones (independent ships that fly next to you and have their own weapons and powers) really add to the variety and are a blast, especially for an RType/Gradius fan like myself.
  • To unlock new drones, planets and solar systems, you need to collect geoms (enemy wreckage) during normal gameplay. I don’t like that aspect of Everyday Shooter, so I was surprised that I actually enjoy doing so in Galaxies.
  • I’m looking forward to trying the multi-player game types.

Intuit and Homestead

At Homestead, we’ve been working with Intuit for years in various capacities. We share a lot of the same values and there is a lot of overlap between our customers. Both of us count small businesses as critical to our success and we’d like to think that those businesses can find success using our products.

Today, we announced that Intuit is buying Homestead. This relationship is really something special. To understand how special, read Justin’s (Homestead’s CEO) post on the subject, specifically these lines:

A suitable acquiring company for Homestead has to be a place that we all can feel as strongly about as we do about Homestead. It has to have a set of core values that matches the Homestead Creed. It has to have a hiring policy similar to our “no jerks, no idiots” rule. It has to believe in giving back to the community. It really helps if we can keep our brand, our offices, our wacky traditions, our identity. And we absolutely have to keep all of our people, and be able to maintain the sense of ownership and pride that we all feel today.

I’m happy to report that Intuit passed all of these tests with flying colors.

We will continue to be Homestead (great products, customer focused, quick release cycles, killer talent, quirky culture) while having the support of a large company that shares our values and motivations and has resources we’ve only been able to dream of.

On a personal note: I’ve been working with several Intuit team members on and off over the past several months and they are great people, passionate about their customers! Here’s to a healthy future together!

More commentary: Thai (my boss), Gordon, Andrew, and others.

Photography Hacks (HDR and Content-Aware-Resizing)

Gordon posted a new HDR photo and it looks great. Meanwhile, he also found an app that utilizes the content aware image resizing concept that was demonstrated a few months ago.

Geometry Wars: Galaxies, DS

3 more days until it is released!