It’s easy to resent having to work to access content, but Blackbar and Device 6 turn it into a digital artform
Notwithstanding the planet-wide marketing jizzfest over gamification, sometimes things that aren’t videogames are too much like videogames. Lately, for example, I have been enormously irritated by the fact that one of my favourite magazines has changed the way its iPad app works, all but destroying its usability. The New Yorker app used to present its articles in paginated form, so you just had to flick from one page to the next. But now there is no more pagination. You have to scroll.
What’s wrong with scrolling? Nothing – on a desktop or laptop computer. You can bang the spacebar or the Page Down key to scroll exactly one screen down. But on a tablet, there is no such shortcut. You have to drag the page yourself, pixel by pixel,