Could we, collectively as a species, agree on just one thing? The Playstation 5 pushes the hyper-organic design language a little too far. Objectively, even though it looks better than the Xbox Series X (yes I said it… I like my gaming console to look like a work of art, not like something out of Minecraft), if the guys at Sony dialed down the organic, free-spirited aesthetic, the PS5 could easily be a stellar-looking gaming console. Speaking of which, feast your eyes on this absolutely beautiful alternative design for the PS5 by Riccardo Breccia.
Breccia’s reinterpretation of the PS5 comes from the same place as those who criticize the company’s existing design… it scales the height down dramatically and makes it look less like an upright folder and more like a console, taking a page from the 1st generation Playstation’s design. Breccia’s PS5 sports a circular form that harks back to the circular shape that punctuated the design of the PS 1st gen. One much even draw parallels to the Walkman/Discman designs of the pre-iPod days. The PS5’s redesign is a lot wider than you’d expect, given the components that sit within. Breccia’s taken the liberty to even detail out where the inner parts would fit, along with a detachable upper-plate that reveals the fan below, along with an SSD expansion slot. The front of the console features a disc-slot right beneath the PS logo, along with a USB port for connecting/charging your controller. The remainder of the ports, including the Power Supply, Ethernet, and HDMI ports sit on the back, obscured from view.
Overall, Breccia’s PS5 design does a good job of reducing the original design’s shock-value. Breccia’s redesign is sensible and simple (like the Xbox Series X), but does take the liberty of playing around with interesting forms, curves, form-separation, color-separation, and CMF, resulting in a design that should somewhat please both the people who love the PS5’s audacious design, and the people who appreciate the Xbox Series X’s overt simplicity.
Designer: Riccardo Breccia
If the phrase “Kids say the darndest things” was a board game, it would be the Story Creator – a game made expressly to help children develop their creative storytelling skills by giving them everything they need to form a plotline. The Story Creator, apart from being an incredible way to pass time during the pandemic (after all, how much TV can a child really watch?), is a fun way to help children develop and resolve storylines, creating their own fantasy tales with a bunch of characters set against a backdrop. The Story Creator game comes with multiple cards that help kids choose a plot, a background, and roleplayers. The children then use these cards to create complex storylines that only kids can weave. The story progresses as new plots, characters, and backgrounds are revealed.
The beauty of the Story Creator is that it’s engaging and hands-on. Rather than kids getting their parents to read them stories, the Story Creator really puts the kid in the driver’s seat, prompting them to conjure up a story of their own. The background, plot, and character/item cards help provide a steady framework for the kid to weave their story around, but things get more and more interesting as backgrounds change, new plot-lines emerge, and new characters make their grand entry. Finally, the story is brought to a close with a climax and a finale, resulting in the plot-line being resolved and all the characters getting their happy (or not-so-happy) endings. As the stories develop, kids exercise their creativity on the fly, prompting them to be quick and keep the flow of the story going. This quick-thinking even helps them develop a strong vocabulary in the process!
Each Story Creator board-set comes with multiple character cards, background cards, plot-cards, action cards, emotion cards, and even blank cards to help kids cover all the areas required to build their sensational storyline. Kids can take turns choosing their deck of cards, and building on the existing story, sort of like an Improv session. Moreover, the stories can be turned into videos too, as each card comes with a QR code that can be scanned and imported into the Story Creator app to build visuals around your child’s narrative. The next thing you know, they’ll probably be reading YOU bedtime stories!
Designer: Sam Corporation
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Story Creator – Board Game Made for Children’s Creativity!
The Story Creator board game lets kids pick a card from the plot, background, character, item, action, and emotion, and have them create a story according to the cards they have picked out.
The board game was developed in the form of a transparent card to help learners with their imaginations. Overall, it’s a fun and easy way to learn and become a creative thinker!
Plot Card (20)
There are 15 plot cards in total. From love stories to horror stories, make your own stories with the themes you want.
Background Card (20)
There is a total of 30 background cards, and you can create a story by choosing a background that suits your topic. Story Creator uses real photos for backgrounds to create a more immersive story.
Item & Character Card (20)
It consists of 20 items and 20 characters. You can make your story more realistically and descriptively.
Action & Emotion Card (10)
Kids will be able to express the emotion of the characters by selecting action and emotion cards.
How To Play
There are various ways to play Story Creator, 1. Creation 2. Mission 3. Relay mode. Kids may independently create their own stories or gather-up with friends/family to share and discuss their imagination.
Make Story on the App
Various mode allows you to create a story in a variety of ways. Children may naturally build creative story skills simply by playing games.
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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla had a strong launch a few weeks earlier, building on the success of Assassin’s Creed Rebellion and the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Ubisoft’s acclaimed title has seen many awards and record-breaking performance over the years, given its gripping open-world action-adventure gameplay. Now that we are talking about the exclusively released title for Windows, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and even the cloud-gaming platform Stadia – there’s something more you can rejoice about if you are a die-hard Assassin’s fan.
This is the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla themed controller by Nacon Gaming that’s completely kickass if you are from the Viking’s clan. The controller is a themed Nacon Revolution Pro Controller 3, tailor-made for every fan of this epic series which came into existence more than a decade ago as a worthy successor to the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time franchise. Since the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is heavily based on the Viking invasion of Britain set in 873 AD, this controller bears every single element of that age on it. The motifs on the wooden textured surface, the game branding, the joystick, the buttons, and the signature leather strap on one side of the controller.
For all the Assassin’s Creed fans who have been following the franchise for a long time, and are looking forward to adding (or already preordered) Assassin’s Creed Valhalla for countless hours of RPG action, this one is definitely irresistible. That said the controller is not for sale and for now Ubisoft is only going to give away three of these to the lucky fans who participate on their Facebook page on the post by tagging a member of the Viking clan. So, do you want to lay your hands on this one or perhaps win it for your gaming friend? Boy, this is going to be so much fun!
Desinger: Nacon Gaming