Android – Optimizing device performances with Greenify (without root)

I guess most Android users once tried to make their device more responsive by installing some tasks killer or battery improvement apps, that runs in the background.
But after trying some of those, I realized that, in the long run, most of them were causing responsiveness issues on my devices.

The slowdowns are caused by some apps that automatically restart after being killed by the utility app. Moreover, by running constantly in the background, all these utility apps are using some of the precious memory they claim to free!
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Is Star Citizen really a game?

I’ve been a subscriber of the Star Citizen newsletter for a while, just to see how the project was growing. I was browsing their website and landed on the funding page. I had no words: the guys had raised more than 60 million dollars for their game prototype.

During my past visits on their website, I was tempted many times to purchase a game pack, but the price for an unfinished game was just too high for me. But, hey, 60 millions! I want to see what this thing is.

Note: herd instinct, yep.

So I purchased the cheapest game pack (around $30) and started downloading the thing. And what a thing, I mean, that’s just… big! I let you judge by yourself: Continue reading

Balancing difficulty in Casual Games

While many casual games appeal users with their AAA polish (fancy visual effects and sounds), there still some games that look incredibly bad but still get amazing amount of interest from the players. How come?

Many amateur game designers (me included) are seeking to get their game in the top charts of the “Casual Games” category of the Play Store/App Store. But we misunderstand a powerful psychological tool that is notorious in the industry of casual gaming: the sense of accomplishment.

Disclaimer: I’d like to mention that I’m totally aware that this concept is well-known. I’m not claiming that I invented the wheel. The point of this post is to try to give an explanation on why some games just fail to keep most of their players in the long run. Continue reading

Writing your blog in English vs. your mother tongue

It has been some time that the idea of creating a real blog was tempting me and as I started working on the NapTime project as the communication manager, I thought it would be an opportunity to start one.
The purpose of this blog is to have somewhere to share my discoveries about the topics that I care about, and eventually showcase my projects for anyone that would be interested.

The dilemma

While installing WordPress on my server and thinking about the first post that I would write, I suddenly wondered: should I write in French (my mother tongue) or in English?
I took some time to think about it and I’ve summed up what I believe to be important considerations when it comes to deciding of your blog language.
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