Watching Valve’s Dota 2 documentary. It’s about eSports. A subset of gaming that I still just do not understand. I’m not really a competitive person. The whole concept in the film is interesting, but I really just don’t see the point in gaming just for the sake of winning.
I like playing games to go to another world. Then again, I’m not really a multiplayer guy (unless we’re talking about Halo, Quake, Unreal or Titanfall).
For the most part I really just prefer couch co-op or single-player. I hated traditional sports as a kid and still do today, so it would make sense that I don’t like non-traditional sports. I don’t think it’s ‘stupid’, but I will say that to me it’s pointless. I don’t think I’ll ever understand it. Believe me, I’ve tried to like it.
Watched Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with Neil DeGrasse Tyson and it was awesome. I teared up a little when he did his tribute to Carl Sagan. Glad to see NDT, Seth MacFarlane and Fox/NG are bringing science to everyone in a smart/easy to understand way.
Sagan would be proud.
The X is the new Android device that’s coming out from the Finnish Windows phone maker, Nokia. It’s a terrible low-end device with one goal: Make Windows phone look interesting.
I really despise WP8. Why? It’s not what I’m comfortable calling a smartphone. With Android I get the power of Linux in my pocket. My Android smartphone is an actual computer. I can even get a terminal and do UNIX commands if I want. I can customize it, do whatever. It’s great.
With Windows phone I feel like I’m using baby’s first operating system. I understand that some people like the Windows Phone 8 experience, and for what it’s worth, I don’t think it’s totally terrible. It’s just not for a power user like me.
The reason I hate the Nokia X isn’t because Steven Elop wants to make you subconsciously not hate WP8, it’s because they miss the point of making an Android device. The version is outdated and has no Google Play Services. They’re entirely missing the point.
The thing that makes Android a great platform is the Google services. A lot of Google software is beautiful and great to use (Google Now, Gmail, YouTube, Drive, Hangouts, Maps and etc). They’re instead using it as a way to force people to use Microsoft services, even though when people get an Android device, they expect to be able to get stuff like Gmail, YouTube and the like. Something they won’t be getting.
You see, Nokia is just too good to work with Google on any sane level. Even when they have the audacity to use the AOSP code for Android, they don’t even use the most recent version. Nokia would rather make a terrible low-end Android device with no access to Google Play or other Google services just to make an investment they’ve made into the world’s worst performing platform seem justified.
It’s disgusting that they’ve sunk so low that they have to resort in making Android look bad and re-skin it to such absurdity so consumers will give a shit about WP8 and ‘tiles’. They clearly don’t. It’s evidence in WP’s <5% marketshare over the last 3+ years.This phone wont even do good stateside because it will likely have the same price-point as the insanely popular Moto-G (a phone that is basically stock Android). It’s doomed to fail, and Nokia is doomed to make irrelevant devices for an irrelevant company for eternity.
FTL: Faster Light
Dust: An elysian tale
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I’ve decided that I’m going to review Indie Games on my YouTube channel, 9bit.
I will be writing a review for this blog, but there will be a video to go along with it.
I have a few games in mind, but the first one is Monaco.
I’m a huge fan of podcasts. I love the medium, and am a podcaster myself. Here’s a list of my favorites.
#1: The David Pakman Show
#2: The Majority Report With Sam Seder
#3: The Jimmy Dore Show
#4: The Linux Action Show!
#6: Linux Unplugged
#7: Coder Radio
#8: Ear Biscuits With Rhett & Link
#9: Doug Loves Movies
#11: Jay And Silent Bob Get Old
#12: Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project
#13: The Matter Of Fact Podcast
#14: Star Talk Radio With Neil Degrasse Tyson
The Nintendo WiiU is a next gen console, and an innovative one at that. It is also, apparently, very polarizing. You either think it’s neat (like me) or you want to pull out your book of acronyms and buzzwords to talk about how it’s a DreamCast, or a failure.
The WiiU has been out for a year(ish) and it is already being called the final walk for Nintendo. It’s said that it’s the straw that finally breaks the camels back, and that it’s just going to sink Nintendo into imminent failure.
I am totally disappointed in the industry at it’s current pass. I’m disappointed in the fact that fake gaming journalists are allowed to create irrational hyperbole in the form of pseudo-intellectual news posts. Posts that people believe willingly because it’s now cool to hate on Nintendo.
A lot of a consoles traction is based on perception and marketing. Now, I realize that Nintendo has NOT done a wonderful job in the marketing department, and maybe sales aren’t doing the best they could, but honestly, what’s hurting the WiiU for the most part isn’t even the WiiU. It’s that before the console even shipped you saw a ton of idiotic d.o.a. group-think floating around. It still persists to this day. Most of the negative press the WiiU gets is irrational and not very fact based. All this does is hurt public perception, and public perception of your product is more than half the battle.