Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story coming to the States

Surprised these petitions for these two games went anywhere with Nintendo.
From Ars.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

MMD Cup 8

Two weeks late (internet eons) or something but he finished it.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Landing on Itagaki's face

From a talk on how Dead or Alive 2 was released unfinished without his knowledge:
"I thought I would quit making games," Itagaki recalls, adding that he began to stay home, drinking from morning to night, and crying as he watched the Bruce Willis movie, Armageddon, with his daughter, and listening to its theme song, "I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

No one's forcing you to read this

I hate this argument.
It is such a trite garbage argument but it doesn't quite fall into fallacy because of the few cases where it can actually apply.
I will let smarter people do the talking for me on this one, as I find it hard to offer a concrete counter to it most of the time.

Because when Google's chairman, Eric Schmidt, told NPR's Andy Carvin, "G+ is completely optional. No one is forcing you to use it", he implied the only time a service should come under critical scrutiny is when it is mandatory.

This simplistic theory of critical discourse is perfectly incoherent, implying that in a marketplace, the only role "consumers" have is to buy things or not buy things, use things or not use things, and that these decisions should not be informed by vigorous debate and discussion, but only by marketing messages.

After all, no one forces anyone to eat at a restaurant, so why should we review it? No one forces you to see a movie, so why have any informed public discussion about which movie you should see this weekend? No one forces you to take a job, so why rank employers? No one forces you to go to universities, so why should we debate which ones are best and which ones are worst?

-Cory Doctorow