Peter Molyneux, Hubris, and Emotions

Peter Molyneux

Love his dog as much as he loves his dog, or your pixels will be sad. Or something…

Perhaps Peter Molyneux could be seen as the M. Night Shyamalan of the video game industry:

  • Both had some rather excellent starts in their respective industries
  • Both created some very unique classices (P. M. and Black and White, M. N. S. and The Sixth Sense, etc.)
  • Both are strangely consumed by narcissism, “passion” and hubris
  • Both have fallen from their good graces and repeatedly created lackluster entertainment in the latter halves of their careers
  • Both have become a joke (more or less) in their respective industries

The only real difference is that one makes movies and the other makes video games. Continue reading

How Art, Creativity, and Innovation Detract From Productivity

Jimquisition

The Escapist : Jimquisition : Neutered

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Here is a link to the video that sparked the idea for this article. The embedding does not seem to be working with the site very well.

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Usually one of the biggest challenges in learning a language (particularly a second one) is getting past all of nuances, the “little things” such as inflection, tone, formal/informal, etc. One aspect that makes English such as difficult language to learn is precisely just how vague and indirect it can be. This can be seen with the sheer amount of synonyms and word choices available. All that a writer needs is a thesaurus by their side and they can literally say the same thing over and over again in a near limitless number of different ways. Continue reading

Faith or No Faith: Nintendo Wii-U, Struggling Sales, and Improving Morale

Nintendo Wii U

The Wii-U; yet another underdog console from Nintendo.

Every now and then it helps to deliberately ask people for their thoughts or views. In terms of Nintendo’s Wii-U, the overall consensus seems somewhat scattered. There is no shortage of articles lamenting the consoles poor sales, and recently it was announced that the Wii-U is still going to be sold at a loss:

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“Earlier this week, Nintendo’s annual report cited Wii U hardware sales as a major factor in the company’s 36.4 billion yen ($387 million) operating loss. In the same document, Nintendo [President] Satoru Iwata promised investors the company will ‘strive to regain ‘Nintendo-like’ profits’ in the current fiscal year.

Selling hardware at a loss is a decidedly un-Nintendo-like practice. Iwata made headlines last October when he first revealed the company would be losing money on each Wii U sold. However, the following month Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime downplayed the significance of the profit shortfall, saying ‘as soon as we get the consumer to buy one piece of software, then that entire transaction becomes profit positive.’” Continue reading

Rumor – Amazon’s New Console: Flooding the Market

Video game controllers

So many ways to play; a flood of gaming options.

Many have speculated that this may very well be the final full-fledged console generation. With heightened production costs, supposedly “inadequate” sales numbers, and increasing competition from outside markets; i.e. smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, digital download services, and so forth, it isn’t difficult to imagine.

Case in point; consider the rumors of yet another new console being released into the market, from a recent article via joystiq:

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“Online retail giant Amazon will enter the Android console market later this year, according to Game Informer sources. In a brief report, the site claims people with ‘knowledge of the in-development hardware’ said the Amazon console will have its own controller, will use Amazon’s own library of Android apps, and will ‘most likely’ be available by Black Friday.

Meanwhile, GamesBeat notes it’s ‘heard rumblings’ of the console, including one developer’s report that Amazon exhibited a version of it recently. However, GamesBeat also says a couple of sources weren’t sure if ‘Amazon was serious’ about developing it.” Continue reading

3rd Party Exclusives: The Declining Relevancy of Gaming Consoles

While perusing the internet, fiddling around on YouTube earlier this morning, this video showed up in my feed and it got me thinking. It mostly focuses on the decline on 3rd party exclusives and increasing dependency on 1st party exclusives:

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Pacific Rim and Other Terrible Movies

Pacific Rim

Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots on steroids.

What did I say? Did I not call this out before?:

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“R.I.P.D. wasn’t the only comic book movie to have a disappointing debut this weekend. The Bruce Willis-led ensemble action comedy Red 2 had a soft fifth place opening of $18.5 million, a lower gross than the original film had.

Meanwhile, Pacific Rim continues its domestic box office slide, falling to sixth place in its second weekend with just shy of $16 million. The movie, which cost almost $200 million to make and millions more to market, has a current domestic cume of $68.2 million. It has, though, made nearly twice that overseas.” Continue reading