Pretty much better than anything at anything. This is a new friend, whom I affectionately referred to as Whitey.
Melissa Smith has done some fantastic work with these. I’m partial to Cap, but they all look good.
Maybe Apple’s most un-Darwinian support page.
Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth by The Dandy Warhols
God bless Zia McCabe (keyboard/tamborine), she got me through some “COUGH” growing pains. Still a great track.
Luke Plunkett on today’s Xbox One event:
“The lead-up to the One’s unveiling had been a parade of negative press for Microsoft, as allegations of forced connectivity, mandatory Kinect usage and the blocking of used games had people fearing that their control over the consoles and games they purchased was being taken away from them. That’s an important issue.”
We’re getting to an interesting area with these game specific consoles. They’re trying to be as sleek and nimble as the Apple TV and Roku like devices. They’re trying to be your central entertainment hub. It’s nice to think that our little hobby has matured to where we’re packaged with big ticket items like the NFL and ESPN. The gaming industry finally gets to run shoulder-to-shoulder with the elite entertainment and artistic industries.
I can’t help but feel we’ve brought the big three (Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft) to the prom, and now we’re seeing how they’re treating their dates. We’ve seen Nintendo. They picked us up early in a baby blue tuxedo, proudly wore as a badge - a symbol of their attention to the past. We still love them because they were there for us when we were younger, but they haven’t grown out of playing with toys in the mud. We agreed to go with them to the dance, but they ended up sitting in the corner in their own world, neglecting you in the face of the real world and your real world needs.
Today, Microsoft played it’s hand. We showed up to the dance together, but they found some cooler friends. We’ve always knew they were aspiring to move up in their social status. Now that they got sat at the table with the jocks and musicians and cheerleaders, they’re too busy to play D&D and read comics with us. I can’t blame them. Microsoft is an ambitious company and it makes sense that they would want to push the Xbox brand to the upper echelon of the public consciousness. They sat at the cool kids table and don’t want to leave.
Sony is still playing some cards to the vest, but they appear like an ex who has regrets about the way it ended and just want to get back together with you. They’re eager to show you how they’ve changed and want a second chance.
To me, the Microsoft Xbox One presentation seemed fairly standard, but the information that oozed out during the rest of the day turned me off almost completely. The rumors of “always on” turned out to be true. The measures against used, second hand and loaned games turned out to be true. For everything that I didn’t want, they offered no compelling wants. No exchange for the hardships and inconvieniences.
Don’t Worry About The Government by The Talking Heads
I can never tell if this song is ironic or not. David Byrne has an usual talent for sincerity.
It’s been quite a week for Nintendo. On one hand, Kotaku got EA to flatly come out and say that they have no games in development for the WiiU. On the other hand, Nintendo released a statement to Gamefront about their annexing of profits from YouTube videos featuring Nintendo products. One of the few remaining publishers ices out your console. You start being compensated a few hundred bucks a month from a guy who probably lives in a small apartment with roommates. I bet Nintendo needs a nap.
Nintendo is really just clueless. It’s not hard to point out where they fucked up. It’s more difficult to tally all the times they fucked up. They’re a machine built on nostalgia, but the gas is running out. Complacency within their own designs leads to cookie cutter Mario games and re-hashes of Zelda games. They take titles, place adjectives like Super and New in front of them and coast along.
The problem is, it worked. Before people realized they were being sold the pleasant memories of their childhood, Nintendo had people buying the same Metroid game over and over. Nintendo got fat, and with the novelty hit of the Wii, acted like they shit sunshine. They acted like the big men on campus because they were.
They still act like that, and it’s why their policies and business is going into the shitter. Yes, I know the 3DS is selling well for a handheld, but when every other division of Nintendo goes under, would you want to be a company only selling a handheld? Yes, go under. Nintendo can’t go under, they’re an institution. When a company misreads a market for long enough, they’ll go in the shitter. It just happens. It’s not too farfetched to see Nintendo come out with a Wii2, well before the normal their expected time frame for a new console, and basically have to take a bath on the entire WiiU. If they misread the market again, start to worry.
That’s why seeing strategies like getting YouTube rich should be worrisome to Nintendo fans. Based on the current evidence available, Nintendo doesn’t understand the market, nor the feelings of the enthusiast crowd. If Wii had held some of the initial market fervor, or the WiiU had been a hit, then maybe we could have some confidence in the Nintendo vision. But right now, they just seems to be poking around in the dark.
I get the feeling that Nintendo were treated like gods during Wii fever. They were infallible. Their old kings were still ruling, with nary an Angry Bird in site. When the market found new ways to make nostalgia, Nintendo failed to evolve.
Psycho Killer by Talking Heads
A whole band full of nerds. Love it.