Yesterday when I speculated that Diana Prince might be Bruce or Clark’s love interest in the Man of a Steel sequel, some of you took what I was saying the wrong way. I was speculating who Diana Prince might be “acting as”, not how Wonder Woman will be defined. I can totally see Diana under cover for most of the movie as Diana Prince before revealing herself as Wonder Woman.
Hope that clears that up.
Since I just reblogged the first part, I feel I should also reblog this.
It’s PlayStation 4 review day! I’ve done a little bit of the dirty work, reading reviews of the PS4. I read three to completion and pieces of two more. Here are the two I’d recommend reading right now:
Polygon. Justin McElroy’s review is not only beautiful, but the most informed review I’ve read. There’s a also a very concise video that rounds out the whole thing. You should definitely read this review.
While Sony in 2006 was focused on driving adoption of the Blu-ray standard, envisioning another home media boom that never quite materialized, Sony in 2013 has no such distractions. The PS4 isn’t built to sell 3D TVs, or Blu-ray discs or any other corporate mandate. It’s a gaming console, a clear message that Sony has been quick to repeat.
Kotaku. Stephen Totilo’s review is very good. It’s the kind of thing he really likes diving into.
The PS4 is just starting, and as it is, it is hard to experience the PS4 without thinking about the machine that came before it. The PlayStation 3 made an incredible journey, from rotundResistance and Lair-playing machine to the console of The Last of Us, Puppeteer and The Unfinished Swan. The console got skinnier. It got better. And it wound up playing some of my favorite games ever.
Both Kotaku and Polygon will be updating their reviews as time goes on. As the libraries change, as software is updated you’ll see the scores increase… well hopefully they’ll increase and not decrease. It’s a very interesting method to reviews, but one that I support 100%.
What do you guys think the greatest accomplishments in the nerd community in the last 5 years, 1 year, and month are?
I don’t often answer questions publicly, when I do get them (more likely when I do notice them…) I answer privately. But this one felt worth answering to everyone.
The greatest accomplishment of the nerd community in the past 5 years has been charity. Say what you will about the guys at Penny Arcade, but they have created an enormous charity, Child’s Play, on behalf of gamers. The success of Child’s Play has created a deluge of other charities in the video game community (like Extra Life, which just had a bunch of events). And that’s phenomenal. That’s something that needs to keep happening.
The past 1 year, is tough. I’ve been gravitating towards reading more content that either doesn’t have comments or actually has a community that doesn’t boil my blood and fill me with hate. I don’t know if that’s because I’m reading newer publications like The Verge and Polygon or if it’s because we’re actually growing up as a community.
The past month… I’ve been really out of the loop the past month. I’ve had work trips to LA and Kentucky, both very different places. Have we invented time travel this past month? No. Then I’d have to say, Microsoft and Sony working with the people who preordered consoles at Blockbuster to make sure they get them on launch day. That’s a pretty awesome accomplishment that wouldn’t be possible if giant corporations weren’t in touch with their users.
I’ve been reading Nilay Patel’s editorials for years, and even had the pleasure of working with him for a short time. The introduction to this piece on the Xbox One may be the best thing he’s ever written.
For as long as the Xbox has existed, it has been called a Trojan horse.
It’s easy to understand why: the tech industry has been trying and failing to displace the cable box as the primary entertainment device in the living room for years with little success, just as the Greeks fought and died for a decade attempting to breach the walls of Troy. Products like Microsoft’s WebTV were unceremoniously cut off at the knees by vengeful cable companies intent on protecting their interests, and platforms like Windows Media Center have been soundly rejected by consumers for being too costly and demanding. Meanwhile the petty gods of content have capriciously meddled with strategy and planning, but none have been powerful enough to shape the final outcome.
If, like me, you really like coffee or robots or both this is a really interesting read. I don’t think that this is going to completely replace Starbucks, but it’s great to read about the merging of coffee and technology.
“What we’ve created is in essence a small food factory that absolutely replicates what a champion barista does,” says Nater. Briggo roasts its own beans—sourced by a pair of coffee supply veterans who between them spent a combined 40 years at Starbucks. “We have calibrated this machine to pull espresso shots to the same specification as an Illy or a Stumptown or an Intelligentsia. We’ve just done it without the human element.”