Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Weekly Link Round-Up

After yesterday's post, I think we need to have a bit of a break from the serious discussions. So let's round up some of the gaming news around the internet that may break our sanity. Joy!

- Metro UK did a round up of 18 things that today's kids could never handle with 90's gaming. Big emphasis on this article coming from the UK because there are some quirks with gaming overseas that we didn't see in the 90's in the U.S. While some products were universal such as Mario and Sonic, the magazine GamesMaster threw me for a loop. I didn't know it was a thing, and I use to collect gaming mags.

But yes kids of today. Nintendo Thumb is a thing. If you'd like proof, head to my YouTube channel and check out my Extra Life stream from last year with Super Mario RPG. I pulled out my SNES controller for it, and had hard-core thumb soreness for the next day. My thumb still hurts sitting here thinking about it...

- A study posted on PLOS ONE, which is an open academic website to allow public use of scholastic content for free (about damn time too!) looked into how a man's status and performance in a video game can alter how they interact with other people, women in particular. Since it's a long arse entry, I'll sum it up for you: if you're sucking at a game, you're more likely to be hostile to women. If you're good, you're more likely to be a gentlemen.

That pretty much goes in conjunction with my theory that all gamers are dicks until they start winning. You get the good vibes, some happy endorphin's, and everyone benefits from it. But you're still a dick. You're just a dick on a winning streak. :)

(Please note the high amount of sarcasm in that last paragraph.)

- Business Insider dives into why classic video game series die, and are rarely resurrected. Though I wonder if he's been looking around and ignoring the reboots. Tomb Raider and Hitman I'm talking to you. While the premise of the article is interesting, the writer never actually dives into the "why." He drones on and on about these cool reboots of Battlefront and how fans are bringing back favorites like Shenmue, Okay. Then why are other series not returning from the grave? Why are these games specials and not the others? Is it all just about dollars and figures? Some researching and explaining would be great. Thanks.

- The College Fix (and I truly don't know if this is a satire sight or not - it's listed as a college student driven editorial board for the political "right," pulling articles from around the U.S.) re-posted an excerpt that medieval imagery is being pulled and reformatted for video games by the "far right" to legitimize white male supremacy. Um. Okay then? The example used was the image of Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur. The British National Party (BNP) uses the sword to promote "Englishness" according to the original writer. Because it's patriotic, and symbolizes justice, courage, and fighting for the wrongs of the world. And it's in a story that features white men, and one white woman - Guinevere, Arthur's wife, who doesn't do anything in the original tale. Feel free to take this with a huge grain of salt. Maybe some vinegar too.

- Finally, because no idea is too crazy in video games, there's a dating simulator for orcs.


I'll just leave the link here and go about my business.


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