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Why ‘P.T.’ is more exciting than ‘Silent Hills,’ and the future of the video game demo

As part of Verge Hack Week, we’ve invited great minds from around Vox Media to contribute their thoughts on the future of everything — from food to fashion to the written word. In this installment, we welcome Polygon editor-in-chief Chris Grant.

A mysterious new horror game for PlayStation 4 — simply titled P.T. — was revealed last week during Sony’s Gamescom press conference in Germany. Not only that, it was in development by the wholly unknown 7780s Studio… and a demo was available right then on the PlayStation Store. Something seemed off.

Does this sound familiar?

If you follow the work of Mr. Hideo Kojima, the celebrated game designer behind the Metal Gear franchise, you may recognize some of these tricks from his Metal…

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Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima are making a new ‘Silent Hill’ game

Director Guillermo Del Toro and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima are teaming up to make a new Silent Hill video game. The tenth game in the long-running horror franchise, apparently named Silent Hills, will also feature The Walking Dead and The Boondock Saints star Norman Reedus in the main role.

Silent Hills was announced by way of a PlayStation 4 interactive teaser demo called P.T. that hit the PlayStation Store earlier today. The short teaser asks players to navigate a darkened building while it bombards them with oddities, including weird radio transmissions and a small creature that looks like a sentient kidney taking shallow breaths in a bloodstained sink. The demo closes with the player seemingly escaping the building,…

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A weird copper shrub keeps this computer totally silent

Silent Power’s tiny computer doesn’t even really look like a computer. It looks more like a pot with some strange hedge growing out the top of it. But in fact, the whole package is half computer, half heat stink, with an oversized copper blob on its top side being used to cool the entire machine, allowing it to run without fans. It isn’t a weak computer either: though it’ll be inside of a small package (just 6.3 inches on its longest side), Silent Power says that it’ll include a Core i7 Haswell processor and a discrete graphics card from Nvidia.

The heat sink on top is a metal foam, which isn’t a new innovation, but is something you’re more likely to read about in a scientific paper than a spec sheet. The Silent Power PC isn’t ready to…

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The Silent Shout: Miniature sound installations concealed in mailed packages invade and travel through the public space

The Silent Shout

With thought-provoking art projects like “Geometric Porn” (an exercise in which simple shapes can imply something much more powerful—and, in this case, erotic) and “Enlighten the Unpredictable” (a hypothetical…

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Fathom’s Shorts for Australia: The travel site teams up with Qantas Airways to create a series of silent animated shorts as clever as they are amusing

Fathom's Shorts for Australia

Advertorial content: In the history of silent film, an artistic medium that dates back to the late 1870s, it’s hard to imagine a greater task being asked of such a few moving images: to get a person—who lives in New…

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Silent animation struts its stuff at Siggraph

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vimeo: 86295452#at=0 Supinfocom students Julien Hazebroucq, Emmanuelle Leleu, Morrigane Boyer, William Lorton and Ren Hsien Hsu secured the top spot for ‘Best in Show’ at Siggraph 2013 with their charming animated short A la Française.

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Automatically Toggle Your Android Phone’s Silent Mode Using Silence

Are you bored of having to switch your phone to silent mode every time you start work? Do you have a date and you want your phone to automatically go silent just in case you forget to do it yourself while at the cinema? Or maybe you’re the type that remembers to silence your phone but forgets to turn the volume back up afterwards?

The solution? Try Silence.


Silence toggles sound volumes and system settings automatically based on a predetermined schedule. With Silence, you won’t have to worry anymore about forgetting to silence your phone during an important meeting or having to go through the routine of silencing your phone every time you start work.

Setting Up Silence

First, download and install Silence from the Play Store. Open the app and press Add New Event.

If you create a new event, you can name the event, set the start and end times, the frequency of the event, and how long you need the event on repeat.

If you’re running Android 4.0 and above, Silence can also integrate with your phone’s calendar to work together with an existing calendar event.

Creating an event in Silence

After setting up the event, you can customise Silence. Silence can:

  • Change your ringer, notification, media and alarm volumes.
  • Toggle airplane mode on or off.
  • Toggle WiFi on or off.
  • Toggle mobile data on or off.
  • Toggle Bluetooth on or off.

You can also choose what Silence should do after the event. For example, you can choose the "Change back" option to have Silence change the setting back to the original state. Press Save to save the toggle settings and then press the Save button at the bottom of the screen to save the event itself.


Note that the app has a few limitations. Firstly, the app can’t whitelist contacts yet. This may be important if you often expect important calls or text messages, or have contacts that you cannot afford to ignore. Secondly, you won’t be able to set ringer and notification volumes separately if you’re running stock Android 4.0 and above. That feature requires either an earlier version of Android or a custom ROM that separates the two volumes. The free version is supported by ads, but there is an unlocker which removes the ads at $ 1.99.

Silent comics need no words to shine

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These silent comics use imagery alone to tell the story

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Silent But Violent

For the month of August, a series of guest posters will be fill­ing in on DWL with daily posts. This week’s posts come to you from the tal­ented folks of Studio 254: designer and illus­tra­tor Will Bryant, illus­tra­tor and edu­ca­tor Kate Bingaman-Burt,  designer Clifton Burt, designer Tina Snow Le and artist, designer and edu­ca­tor Jason Sturgill. Enjoy!


Claudius Aelianus was the design blogger for 2nd century Rome. Though limited to the rudimentary publishing tools of his day—as we are limited to ours—he “posted” about design that caught his attention, like this observation while on the banks of the Astraeus River:

..they have planned a snare for the fish, and get the better of them by their fisherman’s craft.… They fasten red wool… round a hook, and fit on to the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in color are like wax. Their rod is six feet long, and their line is the same length. Then they throw their snare, and the fish, attracted and maddened by the color, comes straight at it, thinking from the pretty sight to gain a dainty mouthful; when, however, it opens its jaws, it is caught by the hook, and enjoys a bitter repast, a captive.

What he described then is what we know as the fishing fly, a designed object whose recipe combines equal parts beauty and violence; form and function. And what is design if not form and function working together to achieve a desired effect? In the case of the fly, the form—feathers, fur, and thread shape an imitation “to attract”, while the function—the hook, performs the second part of the task, “to ensnare”. They work together as a tiny fish-catching machine.

The design of each fly is purposeful, made to imitate a specific insect —or other food— that a fish is likely to feed upon. The compositions are a perfect balance (yes “perfect”). The thread, feathers, and fur are arranged to suggest the wing, the tail, the thorax, of the imitated species. To remove one segment of the fly would be to disrupt it as a composition of biomimicry, thereby revealing it’s fraudulence to the already skeptical fish.

Often, when we speak of a “timeless” design, we’re speaking of, perhaps, a mid-20th Century lamp, a chair, or similar domestic object; things that are relatively recent. However, fishing flies are at least 2000 years old and their design has needed little change in that time. A replica of an ancient fly would catch as many fish today as it did then. Flies are members of a very small club of truly timeless designs.

The images here are watercolors by Charles F. Orvis, some of the most beautiful renderings ever made on the subject. They are from his 1892 book “Favorite Flies and Their Histories”. These pages were lithographs using 12 different chromium inks layered into a near-photographic quality. These images and many more are artdeco’s Etsy shop.



Many of the flies in Orvis’ book remain popular on streams today. The Royal Coachman, for example, named after its originator who happened to be Queen Victoria’s coachman (when he wasn’t busy fly fishing.)

And others with peculiar yet memorable names such as the Yellow Humpy, the Yellow Sally, the Parachute Adams (one of my favorites), the Chernobyl Ant (about that name), and the boldly named Irresistible.

And later this week, I’ll be on Oregon’s Salmon River with my current favorite fly, the Lime Trude. Wish me luck.

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Workcase Series from Defy Bags: Three strong but silent briefcases and a discount from the Chicago company

Workcase Series from Defy Bags

After debuting the Luxe bag earlier this year, Defy Bags is expanding on their line of cleaned-up cases for the urban commuter. With years of experience producing burly messenger bags—like those made from 24-ounce tarpaulin…

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