Friday, May 27, 2011

Oh Hey Bro, Gamecube? Sweet!

Life is hectic right now at Northwestern University as we enter the final stretch. Luckily, after this last week or so of hell (and slice armadillo heaven this Saturday), I'll be finished with my freshman year.

As such, there'll be little time for trivial acts like blogging. I'll be too busy doing important things like reporting on video games, which you'll see later. To tide you over here's some of the nonsense I've been doing here at NU. Bropocalypse Now (episode 1?), my team's entry for last Fall's Campus Movie Fest.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Why I Love Donkey Kong

Oh, Donkey Kong. You started off as Nintendo’s first Mario villain. But you’ve gone on to become a platforming hero in your own right. And you’re my favorite Nintendo franchise, outside of Smash Bros. of course.

Friday, May 20, 2011

So I saw Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides...

Before starting this, I think it’s important to state my thoughts on the Disney’s mega-franchise Pirates of the Caribbean as a whole. I’m usually not one for swashbuckling adventure but the first one is a fine self-contained romp. I was taken aback by all of the plot threads and mythology building of the second one and despite how awful that movie ended up being, that part of it was intriguing.

At World’s End, however, completed the series’ transformation into The Matrix by going so far up its own ass in terms of resolving plot threads, being three hours for no reason, and just being an absolutely insane, ridiculous spectacle that I actually kind of love it. Is it “good”, not really. But it is epic and ambitious and I always appreciate when movies try to take big risks and fail (Ang Lee's Hulk) like that instead of just playing it safe…

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mind Dump 4- Whoever wins...

Yeah one of these again

Okay, I’ve been teaching myself how to use Abode Flash for like five years now, back when it was Macromedia Flash. It’s an awesome program but it’s also incredibly dense and confusing. Even after all these years I still feel like I’m barely tapping its potential.

It’s also incredibly useful to journalists for making cool interactive stories which is why our lecture today was dedicated to the program. I can’t blame them for going incredibly slow for the sake of those just learning the program. However, while everyone else was learning the most basic, simple functions, I did this…

Friday, May 13, 2011

Mind Dump 3- True Stories Bro

While fictional media like movies and comics have their plethora of dumb, dumb stories, often times I find myself pleased by the knowledge that sometimes the dumbest stories are the most true.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The new Nintendo VP, Project Cafe, and why you should care

Today Nintendo of America announced that Scott Moffitt will become their new Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

What is this? Boring video game industry news? Why is this interesting?

It could be a hint of how the company plans to present its next console. It could be proof of how "hardcore" Project Cafe will be.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

So I saw Thor...

The arrangement of the words is supposed to remind you of a hammer I guess

I'm real busy so there's little time for posts. Also the next topic I want to cover is kind of a big deal.

But in the meantime, here's a partial list my immediate Thor movie reactions...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Twitter and its ilk, smart uses for dumb media

Apparently going to a journalism school in the year 2011 involves hearing a lot veteran journalists talk about the growing importance of “new media” and “social networks” like Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other stuff like that. Don’t get me wrong. I love technology and certain aspects of the internet, the nerdy anti-social part. That’s why I've always begrudgingly adopted services that connect real people to other real people instead of impersonal avatars. Don't judge me.

I think the difference between journalists and people in the know about technology is that journalists are aware of new technology like tablets and will always get excited because they are new. Tech people on the other hand are jaded and knowledgeable enough about technology to recognize when the new stuff is cool, like Facebook, and when it’s less so, like Twitter.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Oh hey

Osama Bin Laden is dead. 

I was thinking about writing how this'll affect the upcoming elections or how, even in these circumstances, celebrating the death of somebody is a little weird.

But not now. Yeah, closure is good. This is pretty cool. Really cool.

New post coming soonish

By the way Kotaku is a gaming blog. I know right?