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Markus Nigrin
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Our trailer for 'Last Call: Paradise' is now out!

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Game UI question:
In my current project, I have a selection of items that is presented in a side-scrolling bar (in a landscape view), where the user needs to pick one. There will be >50 items, so that scroll area is rather wide. I want to narrow that selection by allowing to chose a subcategory in a space above that bar. There will be >8 categories.
Now, I could do eight buttons. Which doesn't look that great. Navtabs can't be stacked to eight or more. I really dislike the picker wheel for that (there would be one button "select category" and when that is pressed, the picker wheel would come up and the user picks a category).
What is your favorite way to present such a subcategory selection? I'm in a playful, almost game-like environment. Think of it as the scrollbar containing character items and you want to allow the user to narrow it down by "weapons, shields, helmets, etc." How would you do that UI?
Feel free to refer to an app where you like the approach.

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If you had to teach programming (games, in case it was not clear) to kids 9+ what would you use? I am partial to Processing, or JavaScript, but some of you on Twitter recommended Python, Ruby, and even Java (o.O!). Take into account I want to engage the kids and get them on a path of discovery and fun (no OO, pointers, complex data structures, less abstraction, etc. is a plus), but at the same time give them some useful foundations to grow from.

Anybody knows a good Netflix alternative?

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What movies do you recommend to watch with a 3.5yr old?

Spent two hours in the Air & Space Museum today. Although we made photo software for those "we take a picture from you, replace the background with something Space related and sell it at the exit for a horrendous price" once, I never understood who would buy such an overpriced picture.
But today I went because my 3.5yr old boy "earned" it as the reward he chose after collecting five stars over five nights going to sleep without additional calling. They took that photo in the very moment when he was beaming with excitement, just seeing his first airplanes.
Now I know who buys those pictures. And I feel like a target (group). Oh well :)
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