Posts bySteve Palley

    Hey, What Happened?! STP 3.0!

    Do things feel a little different around Slide To Play? It’s not just you.

    After two months and change of frenzied development, we’ve launched a new version of the site. Yes, it may LOOK a lot like the old site we all know and love–plus some bugs we are working to resolve ASAP–but believe you me, this is not your Daddy’s STP. We’ve rebuilt the whole thing from scratch.

    Our original system served us very well for four years, so why would we make such a dramatic change? Because we had to. We outgrew our setup in the fall, resulting in downtime and other assorted nastiness. All of a sudden, we felt like we were losing our grip on our mission, which is to keep you up to date on the best games for your iDevice and make the App Store a better place for everyone. Needless to say, we were bummed.

    No longer. The new STP is fast, reliable, and up to date. It’s a platform primed for growth, just like the one we cover.

    You may already be noticing the snappier load times and the streamlined interface… and we’re just getting started. Many more improvements are on the way in the coming days.

    So, have a look around and let us know what you think in the comments. As always, STP belongs to our readers first and foremost, and we want to make this the best site it can possibly be.

      Parrot AR.Drone Buzzing Towards Release in August/September

      If you’ve followed the news much recently, you’re probably aware that the (somewhat controversial) new hotness in military tech is drone warfare–unmanned nastiness from above. European firm Parrot is showing off their iDevice-powered civilian version of the tech at E3, the AR.Drone, which is hovering towards U.S. retail early this Fall. (more…)


      E3 Video: Cammy and Zangief Coming to Street Fighter IV

      Who knew? Street Fighter IV wasn’t just playable on iPhone… it was actually pretty fun! And it’s made Capcom a bucket of cash on the App Store, too. One good turn deserves another: Capcom’s about to release a free update for the game that will add Cammy and Zangief to the fray. (more…)

        Dungeon Hunter II Hands-On Preview

        Gameloft’s gone sequel-crazy this year at E3, with follow-ups for many of its big franchises like Hero of Sparta and Let’s Golf waiting in the wings. Today, we spent some time putting the next Dungeon Hunter through its paces, and we think it’s looking mighty fine thus far. Details within! (more…)

          Padvance iPad Case Contest: And the Winners Are…

          After several hours of hard judging–including multiple fistfights, an extended filibuster, and some choice schoolyard name-calling–we’ve got our winners for Padvance’s iPad Case Design Contest! Inquire within to see which entry won the Grand Prize of a new iPad! (more…)

            Analysis: Apple Stirs Up iPhone Social Gaming

            One buzz-phrase that has often been applied to Apple, with no small amount of justification, is “disruptive change.” This is a company that has made a business of turning entire industries upside down with a single big announcement. Whether it’s wiping out feature phones, getting AT&T in a headlock, or backing the recording industry into a corner, Apple is the technology world’s greatest iconoclast.

            But the firm’s principles of creative destruction apply internally as well as externally. Sometimes, as was the case today, we suddenly realize that Steve Jobs and Co. have been paying attention to the goings-on in their proprietary ecosystems after all. (more…)

              Padvance Contest: Design Your Own iPad Case, Win an iPad!

              On STP’s last podcast, I promised that we would be running a contest and giving away an iPad to celebrate our launch of Padvance.

              After much discussion, we’ve decided to fall back on an old standby–the Photoshop Contest! (more…)


              iPad Day One Video Medley

              We’ve got quick hands-on videos of five big iPad launch games after the jump: Tap Tap Radiation, Zen Bound 2, Flight Control HD, Real Racing HD, and Call of Duty: World At War: Zombies! (more…)

                iPad Unboxing Video

                Well, what do you know– the UPS man finally came! In true tech nerd fashion, here’s a quick video showing off the iPad’s rather minimalist packaging. (more…)

                  Welcome to Padvance!

                  My iPad hasn’t actually arrived yet. I just checked UPS Tracking, and apparently its last known location is Ontario, CA–50 miles east of my current location… quite a bit further away than my local Apple store. Such are the wages of sloth.

                  While I wait, I wonder–not for the first time–what am I actually going to do with this thing? (more…)