Scuf debuts a modular alternative to the Xbox Elite controller

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Retro Gaming is officially making a comeback!

While Google’s Stadia is definitely making waves within the gaming community, this tiny, analog, black-and-white gaming device is promising to deliver sweet nostalgia to all us 80s and 90s gamers. The Playdate (such an adorable name) comes from app-developing company Panic, with design assistance from our favorite retro-synth-design-outfit Teenage Engineering. The Playdate is Gameboy-esque, with its bright yellow hue and pocketable avatar. It comes with a b/w screen, controls, an A/B button, pause button, and (wait for it) a crank!! The crank, folded into the side of the controller, can be flipped outwards and used as an actual control, giving Playdate’s native games a different UX altogether, and bringing a literally revolutionary new interaction and dimension to games.

The device will come with games developed by Panic, along with other reputed designers like Bennet Foddy, and new games will be delivered over the air to each device, every week for 12 weeks. The new games will be an element of surprise, and Panic’s even built a ‘new game’ light into the Playdate that will flash to let you know that there’s a new adventure waiting out there for you… a feature that’s sure to pique one’s curiosity and leave you in sheer anticipation for a new game to drop, especially after GoT’s finally over!

Designed as Panic’s passion project, it’s truly wonderful to see people not just chasing nostalgia (which is truly a powerful emotion) but also breaking the mold to create truly desirable products and experiences!

Designer: Teenage Engineering & Panic

UN study finds female voice assistants reinforce harmful stereotypes

For the record, the appropriate response to being called a slut isn't, "I'd blush if I could." But that's what Siri is programmed to say. According to a report by the United Nations, the fact that most voice assistant are gendered as young women is r...

The Morning After: The black-and-white portable console of the future

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. The new game system everyone is talking about can't do 4K, 8K or even 1K, but we're still excited about Panic's surprise Playdate portable console. On the other hand, it's time to say goodbye to Ouya and Consume...

‘Firewatch’ publisher’s Playdate gaming handheld has a crank

Now here's an entrant in the game console wars that you didn't see coming. Veteran software developer Panic (best known for writing Transmit and publishing Firewatch) has unveiled a handheld game system, Playdate, that aims to break the rules of gam...