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Learning about “Continuity”

Learning about “Continuity” (photo)

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One day, you’re a bunch of students just trying to make something workable before the semester ends. The next day, you’re prepping your IGF-nominated, critically acclaimed game for release on the App Store. This is the story of Guy Lima, Ragtime Games and their title “Continuity.”

I had a chance to watch people play “Continuity” at IndieCade this year and it was a fascinating experience. The game takes two game types that your average person is mostly conversant in–the sliding tile puzzle and the “Mario”-style platformer–and fuses them together in an altogether new form. I spoke with Lima on how “Continuity” came about and the way it virally garnered buzz.

What were the inspirations for Continuity? Where did that come from?

The major place it came from was it was a student project, so we were trying to, basically, all of the decision were based on the fact that we really wanted to get something done in three months because the last time we did something it fell apart.

So a lot of the game design and aesthetics come from minimalism. Because it’s like, let’s get good enough done. And it turned out, in a lot of cases actually, good enough kind of forced us to distill the game down to something good as opposed to just feature creep.

And if you had to describe the game to somebody who had never heard about it before, how would you describe “Continuity”?

It’s one of those sliding tile puzzle games where you have to form an image, except that there’s a platformer drawn on top of that. You alternate between moving a character through the world and then re-arranging the world to move him from one place to another place.

When did people first start to notice the game?

The 2010 IGF deadline was kind of our own internal deadline to force us to get something done. When we got it out, then we just went ahead and put it online. We kind of weren’t really expecting anything of it. We were just glad to be done with it.

We never thought anybody was going to play it. Somehow, through IGF, someone got a hold of it and then that person must have tweeted it, and then someone else posted about it on Facebook or something. Some kind of social networking thing that we had no influence on at all, and it just took off from there. That was last December.

Yeah, as students, you don’t have any marketing or anything like that.

No. Well not even any marketing, there was literally one link to the game on the entire Internet. We had just kind of yeah, we sent it out there and someone found it. I have no idea. We’re still just so glad that people play it!

Playing “Continuity” can be illuminating because it becomes clear that the player himself can make things harder than they need to be. Think too hard on it and even the simplest puzzles will aggravate you. You’ll make three clockwise turns when two in the opposite direction would’ve solved it. You need to shift your focus, pulling out to remember what all the pieces look like and how they might fit together and then zooming back in to perform the jumps that will fetch you the key that unlocks each level. It demands a kind of high-speed zen approach that makes it pretty unique. Lima says that he and his cohorts are hard at work bringing the game to iOS devices soon, but until that happens you can go to [] and play it there.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…