Love his dog as much as he loves his dog, or your pixels will be sad. Or something…
erhaps 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
The Escapist : Jimquisition : Neutered
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.
sually 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
The Wii-U; yet another underdog console from Nintendo.
very 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:
“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
So many ways to play; a flood of gaming options.
any 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:
“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
The amount of love I have for this game is eclipsed only by my disdain for the creator. Sort of…
[Authors Note]: I am not saying that nostalgia or games made in this style are inherently terrible or do not have a place. I myself loved Fez, and even play games like Westerado quite frequently. Every now and then I’ll also download Winkawaks and play some hardcore Marvel Superheroes VS. Street Fighter or any of the Metal Slug games. I am also of the opinion that, relative to its time, the Nintendo 64 was in many ways the best system for the awesome ratio of awesomely-good-to-bad games it had, and I was a “Genesis kid.” Criticism does not imply hatred, so please, stay calm and read on.
irst, as per usual in these kinds of articles, it seems beneficial to clear up the distinction between the definitions of the most commonly used and often abused terms when discussing an emotionally-charged subject matter: Continue reading
hile 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:
Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots on steroids.
hat did I say? Did I not call this out before?:
“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