It’s the Year of the Pig!
I wonder what Ganon’s doing to celebrate?
Happy Chinese New Year, folks. Lots of stuff to get through this long and lazy Sunday, and I’m late. So off we go without ado.
Megaton – in the next few days expect something huge to hit our TP section. Jaws will drop. Fans will gasp. Servers will crash. All thanks to a remarkable young man named Jacob.
Hello Goodbye – after about a month online, newbie Zelda resource 5rupees.com shuts down with a whimper. Site will likely be scraped by the end of this coming week, so check out what could have been while you still can. Alas, we hardly knew ye. Link
NINTENDO & FRIENDS
Gentle Genius – in an interview with Talk Asia posted on CNN.com, Shigeru Miyamoto touches on his philosophy toward game violence when asked why Nintendo hasn’t gone down the lucrative guns-n-gore route: “My personal thought is, and I think it is the same with Nintendo, that before thinking about how to handle violence in video games, I think it is important to think about pain people feel.… Looking at the overall picture, it is important to understand and feel the pain that people might have. We make our games based on that philosophy, using means other than violence.” Some nice tidbits on his start with Nintendo, play for everybody, naming it “Wii” and risk assessment. He says Nintendo has the opportunity to take the lead. Wherever Miyamoto goes, I follow. Link
20/Twitchy – older than it should be for inclusion in this column, but an important weapon in the war on concerned parents. Eureakalert.org sings this little ditty about a 20% increase in visual acuity for gamers trained on action-heavy titles. “When people play action games, they’re changing the brain’s pathway responsible for visual processing. These games push the human visual system to the limits and the brain adapts to it. That learning carries over into other activities and possibly everyday life.” Games are good for you – spread the word. Link
Sound of Silence – Mike Jackson (fear not, young ones – not that MJ) over at computerandvideogames.com problematizes the Wii’s declining momentum in Japan and crappy ports as the hype winds down and the possibilities sink in. It’s not all gloomy – he sites that most 3rd party developers didn’t get final Wii kits until close to launch, and the overwhelming success (read: license to print money) of the VC as reasons to keep hope alive. Link
Wii Want! – MTV.com catches up with Reggie and asks the big question – where the heck is the hardware? Nintendo’s now set to crank out a million Wiis a month so supply should start satisfying demand on that front, but the DS Lite will be scare until March. Nintendo literally sold out in mid January. One of the many problems your company can face when you’ve gone from industry disappointment to darling in just a few short years. He also mentions Metroid’s delay-guaranteed brilliance again and ends with good things come to those who wait. No disrespect, Reggie, but you might want to switch up the message a bit between DICE interviews so people don’t think you’re just a corporate shill. Oh, wait. Link
Garden Grows – ex-patriots of the now defunct Clover Studios form a new company called Seeds. Translated from their intro: “We are the Seeds that caused the vibrant flowers Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Steel Battalion, Viewtiful Joe, and Okami to come into bloom. Although we alight upon a different earth, even though the soil is different, our hearts – closely pursuing the dream of “play” – have not changed.” That’s a damn fine pedigree for a new studio. And they’re hiring, so if you are Japanese and something of a genius you might be in luck. Link
i versus p – engadget.com digs through the Nintendo of America forums to find a possible problem with 480p versus 480i output on component cables. Truth time folks – I haven’t got a clue what these things mean. I just bought a TV I don’t have to wind. Link
Meta-Midna – 4colorrebellion.com snagged this pretty-pretty of Midna playing the Wii. Ooo, existential. Produced by Litonico from the N-sider forums, who has a whole gallery of 3D Nintendo eye candy for your shock and awe-ing. Link
Highbrow – Not for the faint of brain, gamepolitics.com posts an excerpt from Dr. Henry Jenkins’ blog about game culture and the politics of fear. New Massachusetts legislation would have violent games equated to hardcore pornography – Jenkins puts the smack down on folk out of touch with the New Media. Link
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