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Stories Behind the Apps

CopQuest: Bob’s First Day

Editors Note:  From August 14-20, 1971, a team of researchers led by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo at Stanford University conducted the Stanford prison experiment (SPE) which was a study of the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard.  The experiment was conducted at Stanford University. The results of the experiment favor situational attribution of behavior rather than dispositional attribution (a result caused by internal characteristics). In other words, it seemed that the situation, rather than their individual personalities, caused the participants’ behavior.

When first learning of CopQuest: Bob’s First Day, and hearing the story of the insipiration behind it, the messaging around its social importance was clear.  More importantly, it placed the player in the role of Officer Bob.  Games are a great medium as they place the player in the role of Officer Bob.  The intent is to help the player understand the decisionmaking process that Officer Bob goes through and how those decisions lead to various outcomes.  The team, Verge of Brilliance, is currently finalizing a Kickstarter to complete the game.  We urge you to check it out here.

In this Edition of Stories behind the Apps, we are speaking with Evie Powell of Verge of Brilliance LLC regarding their new app:  CopQuest: Bob’s First Day.  Hi Evie, please tell us about your app!

“The shooting of Walter Scott became available on YouTube the day before our scheduled game jam… We pulled up the video and watched it and, of course, there were many emotions that erupted in the office that day. We were ranting: outraged and baffled. We laughed. You know, laughing that incredulous laughter that really doesn’t indicate humor as much as it indicates confusion and despair. We laughed at how overwhelming evidence had to be on the side of law enforcement before any kind of justice or accountability could be seen. We were then given the theme of our game jam event: social change.” –Evie Powell

CopQuest is a game about police brutality in America. Its game narrative is based on real incidents reported in current events.  It’s lighthearted where you wish it wasn’t. Conflict resolution is almost always heavy handed. It’s unendingly apologetic, sympathetic, and lenient to a system that is desperately in need of reform. No matter how many mishaps, things never change for the better.

Please describe what your app is and why it’s different from similar apps or competitors.

From a technology standpoint the game is novel in that it features a language understanding model trained by many players/testers.  We often describe it as a text-based adventure game with a modern twist but more informal than text-based adventures in years past. The players act as Officer Bob’s conscious and suggest actions for him to take. The player can type these actions in natural written language – so a player does not have to subscribe to a set format.

The game has been featured as a museum exhibit in Seattle. The game did well at the exhibit and feedback stated that many people would like to see the game in more places. As it exists today, the game is too short. We want to make a bigger, better, more polished version to release on many platforms.

Could you describe how you designed your app icon and user interface?

The app icon features Officer Bob in a defensive stance. We are still working on the specifics to make the icon as snappy and telling as possible

CopQuest is a text-based adventure game where the player makes use of an advanced text-parsing engine to interact with the observed game elements on screen. The player controls the protagonist by commanding him to interact with his environment, for example, “try looking at the desk” or “speak with the chief”. The player assumes the role of Officer Bob Allegedly, a rookie learning the ropes on his first day as a police officer. The UI is pretty simple and we have plans to make it even simpler with a “Speak to Bob” option, where the player presses a single button and verbally suggest actions for Officer Bob to perform.

What software development tools, people, or communities particularly helped you in creating the App?

Unity Game Engine Assembla (Project Management Tool) YouTube (for research) Loggly (Data Collection / Analysis tool) Adobe Creative Suite (Art and Design) Slack (Team Communication tool) Our backers on Kickstarter Original writer and advocate: PinkTreeLeaf Friends and family Historian – Daniela Hansen Musicians – Tom Miller and Evan Witt Ending Theme Musicians – C.O.R.N. Gang

What lessons did you learn in using these resources?

It takes a community to get a message like this out to people. It’s when people truly believe in a project and what it stands for that you get to see the best in people. I hope we can continue to build a game that inspires caring and positive change.

What would you say went right and wrong with development and release?

So far the kickstarter has been a challenge. We learned that prior to launching a kickstarter the majority of your funding sources should be secure.

Also, that UI is something that needs to be evaluated across many different player demographics when making a game that is socially conscious. Harder interactions or more old school interactions are fine for the “gamer” population but non-gamers really want to get behind the message as well. We are currently investigating more ways of making the game accessible to all.

Who is on the team and what are your roles?

Evie Powell, Ph.D. – Programmer / Designer / Writer
Havilah Farnsworth – Designer / Artist / Writer
Tom Miller – Music
C.O.R.N. Gang – Ending Theme Music
Vida Powell – Biz Ops
PinkTreeLeaf – Original Writer (now just a supporter)
Evan Witt – Original Musician (now just a supporter)

What was the team doing in life and work before you started building the app?

We were working on contracts and another internal project: Mebols. Mebols is a social game that features Pod Play, where people are using several mobile devices to form one big play space. The primary contributors of CopQuest form a development studio called Verge of Brilliance LLC.  We are all about making games that create meaningful experiences.

What are some apps you can’t live without or that inspire you?

Game Dev Story – a mobile game about being a game designer. Its inspirational; Facebook; Spotify – a music app AND social network; and Alpaca Evolution – a game that captures the heart of being and indie game developer.

What platforms are you publishing your app on?

iOS, Android, Web (via WebGL). Hopefully also Ouya, Xbox, and Playstation

What is the current status of your app?

iOS – The app is currently in development on iOS and there is no link available. Go to our website to monitor its status.

Android – Ask for special preview link for Android build which is not yet available on Google Play Store. 

You can currently play the demo on a non-mobile web device here.  

 

Discovering Great Apps for New Mobile Devices is Easy & Fun

appgiftIt was about two years ago this time the idea for powerslyde was born. There was a need after the holidays for the kids around us to have the ability to easily discover and share the apps their friends were playing on the devices around them. Now here we are after the holidays, many with App Store gift cards in hand or new mobile devices – wondering which apps to download and fill up those gigabytes.

This holiday season we are thrilled to have a solution to help sort through all the choices in finding the perfect apps for you. In the past year we have released powerslyde for iOS & Android devices and discovered a global community of like-minded folks who love to find & share great apps. Join us by downloading powerslyde for free today to discover what apps your friends have on their devices, share powerslyde with them so they can see your apps and start sharing apps easily with the slyde of a finger.

Here are a few quick tips getting started with powerslyde:

  • Invite New Friends – Get your friends and family quickly sharing apps by simply sharing the powerslyde app with them via email, your contacts or Facebook.
  • Create a Collection – Tapping on the ‘Collections’ menu allows you to create custom collections of your favorite apps to easily share to one person or a group of people with one easy action.
  • Sharing – Simply share a single app or collections of apps. Tap on the green share arrow in the top right corner, or on Share in the Nav panel to begin. Share apps to your powerslyde friends, your Facebook friends, your contacts, or by email. Hold the app icon for a moment, when the vortex appears just give the app a little slyde up and that is it Shared! You can do the same with a collection of apps by holding the collection, waiting for the apps to stack and then slyde and share.
  • Make Any App Private – While viewing the Apps screen, you can place your finger on the app icon and slide it to the right, you can lock or unlock the app so that is either visible or invisible to others.
  • Follow Friends – On top of the home screen there is a powerful search field, where you can type a full or partial name, letter, email and search for fellow powerslyde users. Take the time to follow others and see what great apps you may not own. We have found some of our favorite apps this way, and they didn't make it to the top of any charts.
  • Complete Your Profile – Add a photo, we’d love to see you!
  • Follow Ken and I – Search for us. We love having our powerslyde friends look at our apps, see who we follow, and discover great new apps.

We are thankful to all of you who continue on this journey with us. In the New Year we continue to focus on the people we are grateful for and are excited about the many incredible things to come in 2014.

We hope that you had a great holiday season and wish you an outstanding 2014.

Best Wishes,
Brett and Ken
Co-Founders
Powerslyde

powerslyde at TC Disrupt SF 2013, GMIC and AppConext

There is no shortage of incredible mobile and technology conferences for a start-up to show off their wares. We are excited about all the events and conferences happening this Fall, make sure to stop us or stop by and say hi!

TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013

Just about the best event we have had the pleasure of taking part in since our launch early this year was held last week at the San Francisco Design Center.  We were part of Startup Alley on Monday, which was jam-packed with about 75 early stage companies showing off their talent and technology to attendees. Between the amazing guests, outstanding startups and influential speakers – TC Disrupt SF was the place to be. 

TechCrunch reporter Jordan Crook @jordanrcrook stopped by to interview CEO and co-founder Brett Bauer @brettshared2you and the piece was featured on TechCrunch TV. Take A Stroll Down Disrupt SF’s Startup Alley

 

GMIC Silicon Valley

The Global Mobile Internet Conference will be held October 22-33 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. GMIC hosts mobile executives, entrepreneurs, developers, and investors from around the globe and across platforms to build partnerships, to learn from industry thought leaders, to better understand mobile technology trends, and to shed light on how mobile is positively changing the world. Powerslyde will have a demo table and is featured in both the AppAttack Competition and the G-Startup Competition. Head over here to vote for powerslyde and be entered into a chance to win an iPad!

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AppConext

On October 23 & 24 Seattle welcomes the first conference focused on the issue of App Discovery. Join us as the mobile industry learns from the innovators that are driving app discoverability opportunities, and hear the leading strategies that can help put apps in front of their target audiences. AppConext is the only conference that is focused exclusively on providing expert advice that can improve your discoverability tactics in an increasingly crowded app marketplace. Powerslyde CEO and co-founder Brett Bauer will be speaking on the below topic on Thursday October 24 at 2PM.

You Are Your Mobile Device – Why Social App Discovery & Sharing Through Friends, Family and Colleagues Fills a Void for Developers and Consumers 

  • Understanding social app discovery concepts and the altruistic actions of recommendations, shares, pulls and downloads. Who are your ‘Appfluencers'?
  • Developers & Brands: Taking advantage of unique app insights, metrics and data. How apps influence the presence of each other.
  • Into the Future: How can carriers, device manufacturers, retailers and developers ease the pain of cross-platform app transfer when consumers want to make a device switch or upgrade

​Powerslyde is offering a discount code good for $200 off any AppConext conference pass of your choice. The code can be shared with anyone that might be interested in attending the conference. The discount code for the conference is BB200. Register Today!

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MobileBeat 2013

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Powerslyde is a sponsor of MobileBeat 2013 tomorrow July 9 and Wednesday July 10 in San Francisco. MobileBeat is VentureBeat’s sixth annual flagship conference on the future of mobile. powerslyde CEO and co-founder, Brett Bauer will be moderating a roundtable luncheon discussion, App Discovery – Helping Consumers & Developers Find Their Way.

"Who is claiming the eyeballs and wallets by providing the best Mobile Experience, and what steps are they taking? How are the top brands in the world keeping up with this shift and who are they working with? Which upcoming releases and trends will help you make your design even sleeker, your technology stacks even faster, and your revenue streams even safer? Find out along side 500+ executives during two days of high-level discussions, breakouts, exclusive announcements, and networking sessions."

Powerslyde will be showing off beta version of the upcoming Android release, announcing our weekly recommended apps partnership with 148 Apps and talking about the new and unique insights we have started revealing around our Appcloud data and how apps are influenced by the presence of other apps. Have a peek at two new infographics revealing information around Top iOS New Apps and Leaders in Weight Loss iOS Apps.

Stop by the Palace Hotel in San Francisco this week and say hi!

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