Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Big Dopey Elephant

"The point is, Nintendo is----fine. Nintendo can put out two or three more failing consoles and still not be broke. To me, I like to think of Nintendo as not dead---Nintendo's not dead. I like to think of Nintendo as just this big, dopey, happy--frustrating elephant that's walking along at it's own pace and there's nothing we can do about it."
"Come on elephant!"
"No elephant come on! Make a Pokemon console game already!"
"Nope, boppopopppoppoom" [1]

1. The Final Bosman - 'What About Nintendo?' 05/29/2013 [Link]

Monday, May 20, 2013

An Addendum to Black Noise

Where we go from what I described as incessant noise looks to have been bolstered by a very key development in how media content is presented to users in video games, chiefly videos. Don't get me wrong, it's a fine thing to have as an option to supplement content, but recently I've seen the general sentiment that borders on actively willing it to replace the methods we already have to deliver information. Change is a painful and inevitable process, but its not always necessary and innovation is never any guarantee of efficacy or effectiveness.

We've seen a lot of change in this generation of game consoles. A lot. How much of it has been for the better?

Detailing that change would be a waste of my and your time, so I'll cut to the relevance here, videos and what they mean going forward.


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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Jetstream vs Lightning Bolt

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Dark Descent | Fear of a Different Sort

Amnesia: The Dark Descent has been sitting in my Steam library for almost two years now. For someone who has a sort of noted preference for survival-horror games, I'm still not entirely sure why I never touched it until two days ago. It could have simply been the backdrop, which while dripping with atmosphere, isn't exactly the most rare setting in a game (I think Penumbra actually edges it out in that regard). It also could just as well have been the almost instinctual impulse of negation towards crowd praise I'm somewhat partial to. This isn't to say that Amnesia is a critical darling above and beyond reproach, just that it was/is consistently lauded for being one of the few games keeping 'survival-horror's essence' alive where most games have simply abandoned it. I always knew I'd have to take that bit of information into consideration when I finally got to it.

Monday, May 6, 2013

"Nice Hat."

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Black Noise & Quality of Commentary

Definition of WHITE NOISE:

a : a heterogeneous mixture of sound waves extending over a wide frequency range — compare pink noise
b : a constant background noise; especially : one that drowns out other sounds
meaningless or distracting commotion, hubbub, or chatter <the white noise of policy and politics in America — Joseph Nocera>[1]

Definition of BLACK NOISE:

Black noise is also called silent noise.
  • Silence
  • Noise with a 1/fβ spectrum, where β > 2. This formula is used to model the frequency of natural disasters.
  • Noise that has a frequency spectrum of predominantly zero power level over all frequencies except for a few narrow bands or spikes. Note: An example of black noise in a facsimile transmission system is the spectrum that might be obtained when scanning a black area in which there are a few random white spots. Thus, in the time domain, a few random pulses occur while scanning.
  • Noise with a spectrum corresponding to the blackbody radiation (thermal noise).[2][3]
Another somewhat amusing post from the guy who has his comments turned off[4]. It’s been in my older drafts for a long time though, and I’ve seen some semi-related commentary bubbling up recently so I thought I’d go ahead and hammer the rest of it out.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Nintendo & Me | I've Changed My Relationship to 'It's Complicated'

I trapped myself in my room over the weekend and went about completing Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU, and making some major progress in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. I've warmed up to my little Wii U, but I'm also kind of iffy on trying to care about Nintendo itself at this point. This seems to be the topic this week, as a string of Nintendo announcements has everybody questioning Nintendo's place and relevance for 'today's gamer'.