Cinemassacre iOS App Art and Beta Contest

Ryan / May 5th, 2011

Over the past 4 months we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to get ready for the launch of the Cinemassacre iPhone and iPad app. With the app you’ll be able to watch high quality versions of a complete and constantly updating library of all Cinemassacre videos including AVGN from anywhere in the world. The app is fully iPad and Apple TV compatible. We are holding two contests one for the app icons and another for beta testers. Check it out.

Art Contest

We’re excited for the launch, but now we need your help. We are looking for your best, most vibrant, eye-catching, app-selling app icon and splash screen. for the app. The top 1 submission will receive a $100 iTunes gift card, credit in the about in the app, a feature post on Cinemasacre.com with links to wherever you want us to link. 4 others will receive a credit post on cinemassacre.com with links to their work and their splash images will be included in a free downloadable iPhone/iTunes wallpaper pack on cinemassacre.com. Please submit a zip file with your submission to [email protected]. Contest ends Friday, May 13th. Use [Art Contest] in the subject line.

Here’s an example using the art from the awesome Marobot. Thanks to Chris from snippetspace.com for the demo. Contest Example

Image Dimensions
  • Icon Size: 512×512 This icon will be scaled as small as 50×50 for the spotlight icon on iPad. The iPhone 3 only displays this icon at 57×57 on the home screen so make sure your work looks good small and simple. This site has a great summary of all the sizes we will use. If you are submitting multiple images make sure they are similar or the same in subject as users will expect to see the same thing as the app icon at all resolutions.
  • Splash screen/wallpaper dimensions are as follows iPad: 768×1024, Non-Retina: 320×480, Retina: 640×960

Beta Contest

We need a few good men and women to test this thing. Send a short, convincing one or two paragraph email with [Beta Contest] in the subject line to [email protected] to sign up. We are looking for experience in testing and the iOS platform with some of the testers, but we do need more general feedback so please sign up! 10 winners will receive a $10 iTunes gift card, and early access to the app and our testing and feedback site. Contest ends when we sign our 10th tester.

Comments

  • May 5, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I wish there was an android app, that’d make my day.

  • Destro

    May 5, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Come on guys.Why only iphone???I think that the android users are more than the iphone ones.Also don’t we get a chance to try this application or play the AVGN game?We wait for this game so long and still no release 🙁

  • oak2

    May 5, 2011 at 8:10 am

    you should also come to the android phones

  • Etkar.H

    May 5, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Hehe, I sendt him a request for a Cinemassacre app for iPhone/iPod and he made it come true! Thanks again, James. 😀

  • rschott

    May 5, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Don’t think we’re done yet. Given the dollars involved with doing one of these things. I had to pick one or the other for our first app, and iOS was the natural choice. Mike and James use Apple products, it has twice the install base as Android, the app store is mature and strong, and the tablet story for Android isn’t yet well defined. If we’re successful with this I can almost guarantee you an android app will follow.

  • ZuppZ

    May 5, 2011 at 9:00 am

    We need this on Android ASAP!!!!

  • mrsleep

    May 5, 2011 at 9:17 am

    @rschott
    The only argument you made against doing an android app that was correct was about there not being a decent tablet, the other two reason are just dead wrong. Android install base outstripped iPhone months ago. And whatever mature and strong is supposed to mean, the android app store is just as robust.

  • viJilance

    May 5, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Screw apple products, they’re for the modern day pretentious, spoiled kid that has to get every upgrade each year just to be the coolest out of their friends.

    Kids these days have no imagination, and this…this right here will dig their hole even deeper.

  • May 5, 2011 at 9:43 am

    C’mon guys… seriously. So many of you act like you’re entitled to something. Before now, you didn’t even know that an app existed and now you’re complaining that it’s only for the iPod/iPhone.

    Listen, I’m an Android user myself, but it would have been a lot of work for these guys to develop an app for both platforms at the same time. They had to make a decision and they picked one. They even told you that an Android app will probably be on the way, so give it a rest!

    And don’t forget that you can still watch any Cinemassacre vid, anytime you want.

  • May 5, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I tried out my sister’s iPad a couple of months ago when she was visiting and I noticed a glaring error about it. When I tried to watch one of your videos with it, it says that Apple has yet to support Blip.tv with Adobe Flash. Don’t know if they’re doing it now, but I didn’t know if you guys found a way to surpass the problem.

    I think I’ll enter the art contest, and I might have an idea for your new icon!

  • May 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Could You give us some material to work with? Logo’s etc.? It’s going to be hard extracting the logo from headers ans whatnot…

  • tunaks1

    May 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

    awesome news, time to start on the art!
    Just one question, are we allowed to use images from cinemassacre’s videos? Or should all the art be from scratch?

  • CCCP

    May 5, 2011 at 11:51 am

    “Screw apple products, they’re for the modern day pretentious, spoiled kid that has to get every upgrade each year just to be the coolest out of their friends.”

    Coming from a guy who demands an Android compatible Cinemassacre app. The irony…

  • Devin

    May 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    While I detest the childish behavior of the people flaming the decision to go with iOS (we all have our preferences) I must agree with them that an Android version needs to be worked on lest you alienate a large group of your fans.

    I’ve been hoping for an Android version of TotB for a while now and even that hasn’t come to fruition…

  • May 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    So just for clarity, you want an icon that’ll sell the product in the iTunes store but also looks good t 512/512 for a splash screen – so just one image or two? Also, same comment as above guy; would be nice to have a zip file we can DL with site content like logos so we’re not extracting them from the website – unless you don’t want that stuff included.

  • aMondia

    May 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I have an Android phone fml. ;(

  • rschott

    May 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Here’s an example for the art contest Example I updated the post to reflect it.

  • AikoujOi

    May 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I’m thinking about the Beta contest, do I need any experience in anything? Guess I’m not 100 percent clear

  • May 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Signed up for the Beta-Contest, Still, could you guys supply us with a logo pack?
    *cinemassacre logo, clean high-res version* *not the low-res stuff google poops out*
    *AVGN logo*
    *board james logo*
    *Some other Logo’s/images you use a lot*
    *can’t think of any ATM*

    Would love to hear from you 😉

  • pobO

    May 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    seriously if you buy an android you deserve to cry..
    anyhoo, this app seems like something Ive been hoping for for a long time now. Cant wait

  • ForTheLulz

    May 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Nice! I’ve always wanted to watch AVGN on my iPhone without watching on YouTube. Thanks, guys!

  • May 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    You also should do windows phone 7 🙂

  • HawaiianKong

    May 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    You seem busy and all, but is that a ‘no’ to a new AVGN episode…?

  • Destro

    May 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I am thankful that you answered to are comments so fast.Thank you.I will wait for an android update!!! Also for all those that comment about the answer i don’t think also that the reason is that iphone has more users.It is just that iphone is apple and apple is suppose to be more stable than the companies that use or develop android stuff.Does actually apple sponsors Avgn? 😛 nahhhhh

  • deliciouspuppies

    May 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Let’s put our particular smartphone preferences to the side for a minute. What does this app actually do? Serve up video and text content? I can’t see it really needing too many phone-specific features.

    So thinking about it from a developer’s perspective, my first thought was “Wouldn’t an HTML5 mobile website be able to do the same job?”

    The advantage there is that every major platform supports the web and HTML5 video. As opposed to writing the same native app over and over for iOS\Android\Blackberry\whatever, or you could just write it once for the mobile web and be done with it. Anyone with a browser can just go to cinemassacre.com and see nice non-flash video on a site formatted for small screens. It’s far less hassle than re-implementing it for every platform.

    Then again, if you’re really into the idea of distributing this thing as a native app, you should really look into the cross-platform tools such as PhoneGap. These allow you to write a single codebase that cross-compiles to iOS, Android, and several other platforms. No re-writes, plus you get access to hardware features like GPS if you need them.

    Hell, if you really want to “roll your own” you could wrap a mobile site in a webview and build out native features from there. Sounds like overkill to me, though.

    Then again, it sounds like you already have been developing this thing for a while, so I hope you thought seriously about the pros\cons of taking the native iOS app approach.

  • JussiRM

    May 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Well I can watch flash content anyway from this website with my Samsung Galaxy S 😉
    Hopefully the app will be a success, and will follow with Android (and maybe others) release.

  • z1unknown

    May 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Adding something such as paying to view videos without advertisments would be better. I wouldn’t invest too much time and effort into this app since not many people have iphones. Becomeing a youtube partner or something is better for money then a pay to use iphone app.

  • May 6, 2011 at 2:14 am

    ” Android install base outstripped iPhone months ago”

    Actually, that’s quite wrong on several levels. What happened is that sales of all Android-devices combined overtook sales of iPhones. But we need to remember that in the past iPhone outsold Android. And what’s more, iOS runs of other devices besides iPhones (whereas Android is practically only running on phones). Comparing a platform (Android) to a piece of hardware (iPhone) is misleading at best. For facts on the matter, click here:

    http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/4/Apple_iOS_Platform_Outreaches_Android_by_59_Percent_in_U.S

    In short, iOS outreaches Android by 59%.

    So if we compare platform to platform (in other words, iOS to Android) we need to compare all the devices that use those platforms. So that means comparing Android to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. And fact is that iOS handidly outstrips Android. Not to mention the fact that Android is quite fragmented platform, whereas iOS not so much. And then we have the fact that iOS-users spend more money buying apps on the platform than Android-.users do, so it’s easier to actually earn money by developing for iOS.

    Public service announcement ends now.

  • Strazdas

    May 6, 2011 at 5:57 am

    congratulations on wasting 4 months of useless icrap app. well i guess anything for publicity, even if that means attracting the idiot crowd right?

  • May 6, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I’d like to give this a damn good go! I’ve designed for many apps (many college related apps) so I’ve the experience.

    I;’ve noticed from that screenshot that the app has a very generic iPhone design – which does mostly compliment the site design. But the likes of the blue disclosure buttons – I recommend making them red. I’ll be happy to supply these too, as obviously you want it to look as good as possible!!

  • May 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

    “congratulations on wasting 4 months of useless icrap app. well i guess anything for publicity, even if that means attracting the idiot crowd right?”

    Looking at your comment, it seems that the idiot crowd has already arrived ;).

  • deliciouspuppies

    May 6, 2011 at 8:00 am

    It’s dubious to say that because Android devices come in many different models, that each model counts separately in terms of market share. The reason is that they the various Android models have the same runtime and thus can run the same applications. It’s silly to pretend that the platform doesn’t matter, because developers write code for the platform, not any given phone.

    Anyway, if you want to talk about market share being the be-all end-all, I’d like to talk about the mobile web and HTML5. It has the largest user base of all, by far. A sick amount of people have access to this open standard, including all iOS users, all Android users, newer Blackberries, and even the smaller ones like Bada, WebOS, Symbian, and WP7.

    So, if anything, worship at the alter of the web and leave the silly partisan “my phone is better than yours” stuff behind for the kiddies to carry on about. All these devices and platforms are generally very good. Why would you care what other people are using?

  • May 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    “It’s dubious to say that because Android devices come in many different models, that each model counts separately in terms of market share. The reason is that they the various Android models have the same runtime and thus can run the same applications. It’s silly to pretend that the platform doesn’t matter, because developers write code for the platform, not any given phone.”

    Well, I didnt say that each device needs to be counted separately, so please don’t put words in to my mouth. But fragmentation is a problem. There are lots of different versions of the OS (even among new devices), while upgrade-path is sloppy. And there are lots of different screen-sizes, resolutions, processors, amount of RAM etc. If you want tangible examples of that fragmentation, go talk to Rovio ( creators of Angry Birds) or John Carmack. Rovio had to blacklist certain devices, because they simply would not run Angry Birds due to differences in hardware. And Carmack has complained about differences between various Android-devices as well, so he focuses on iOS.

  • RetroGamerK91

    May 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Will I be able to download the app on my iPod Touch? Yay or nah? Other than that, very cool, you guys. I was just thinking that to myself the other day, ‘Man, I wish there was a way to my Cinemassacre fix on my iPod!’. Looks like my question has been partically answered. I may try to enter.

  • spl

    May 6, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Some devices are just better than others, and btw fragmentation is everywhere. My old macbook couldn’t run Portal because it was pre-nvidia. Some PC’s didn’t have enough RAM for Vista. The G1 Android phone is too slow to run Angry Birds. The iPhone 3G can’t run iOS4 too well. Some websites only work in IE.

    We all live in a fragmented world, and we do just fine. Why is this suddenly a problem when people talk about Android?

    The Cinemassacre app isn’t like a game, it could probably run just fine on any smart phone.

  • recompile

    May 7, 2011 at 12:44 am

    iOS app? Okay… I guess that makes sense. Android and BlackBerry tablet users don’t really need an app because they can just use the website.

    Still, it would be nice to have an app for BlackBerry phones and older Android phones. As an added bonus, they wouldn’t take four months to develop.

  • May 7, 2011 at 1:23 am

    “Some devices are just better than others, and btw fragmentation is everywhere. My old macbook couldn’t run Portal because it was pre-nvidia. Some PC’s didn’t have enough RAM for Vista. The G1 Android phone is too slow to run Angry Birds. The iPhone 3G can’t run iOS4 too well. Some websites only work in IE.

    We all live in a fragmented world, and we do just fine. Why is this suddenly a problem when people talk about Android?”

    Progress of technology naturally means tat ole harraste does not run new software well. And iPhone 3G is about three year old device. But the problem with Android is that its fragmented right from the start. Different screens, memory, form-factors etc. Even different versions of the OS. And since software-updates to Android-devices are spotty at best, those devices might be stuck with that old OS for a very long time.

    Sure, computers have the same problem. But we are not talking about computers, we are talking about phones and other such devices. And no, we are not doing “just fine”. We just might be willing to live with it. well, others might not be, like John Carmack, who doesn’t develop for Andoid because of the issues. Rovio does live with it, but they too had to jump through hoops.

    What I’m saying here are just facts. This isn’t meant as an attack against Android (which has many positive qualities).

  • Lanlost

    May 7, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Hello James and Mike,

    As an Android developer, I would be interested in doing this app for Android if you would be interested. Not looking to get paid or anything, it would just be nice for all us Android people.

    Basically, I would just need your support in the form of “go for it!” I’d give you veto if it’s not good enough, that sort of thing.

    I’m on GTalk using [email protected] if you wanna discuss, axe me anything, tell me I’m good to go, etc..

    – Brent

  • May 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    SWEET! I’m a long time follower, but first time poster. Anyways, I just totally entered the contest, and I think it is totally awesome that you guys are looking for some talent out in the community. Very cool indeed!

  • llama

    May 8, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    No wait, Blake’s 7 is better than both 🙂

  • CyanideInsanity

    May 10, 2011 at 8:55 am

    The only icon i can think of is the camera-chainsaw possibly on an angle from corner to corner with the letters CM in the middle. Can’t wait to see the winners and get my hands on the app!

    BTW are you guys going to do a post showing all the contest entries, or at least a decent number of runner ups?

  • bnlvince

    May 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    it’s about time! I’ve been requesting this forever.

  • cdx873v

    May 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    aw who cares about all that iphone vs. android crap?! i’m looking forward to an app on my iphone. sounds great! and hopefully there will be a android app as well.

  • Mr.Waffles

    May 16, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Will this app be able to work on an ipod touch? I have always been wanting to watch your videos on one.

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