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 Jul 12, 2015 - 07:18 PM - by Michael
RIP, Satoru Iwata
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Gamecube/Nintendo The President of Nintendo has apparently passed away, unexpectedly.

Nintendo has their own
very short announcement on the matter as well.

Iwata was an interesting part of the Nintendo legacy - he was at the helm through crazy growth and strong products like the Wii explosion, as well as the lackluster sales preceding and following. It'll be interesting to see what Nintendo does with someone new at the helm.
 

 Jul 06, 2015 - 11:36 AM - by Michael
Let there be Robot Battles
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Personal Stuff/Random News ... it is ACTUALLY on. (Courtesy of the Telegraph)

"We can’t let another country win this. Giant robots are Japanese culture. But you know, we really need… Melee combat."
On a YouTube comment underneath its own video, MegaBots said: "Suidobashi accepted the challenge! And demands hand-to-hand combat!"
However, it did not say whether or not it agreed to the terms.



 

 May 13, 2015 - 08:38 AM - by Michael
Regarding pixel art!
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Personal Stuff/Random News Sad days, but... pixel art is hard. A developer hanging up the low-res hat explains why.

The pixels in Mighty Final Fight contain actual information. To illustrate, I drew a higher- resolution extrapolation based on the information coded into these little squares. As you can see, I was able to infer a ton of detail and depth from Guy, but even though both examples use virtually the same amount of pixels, I could barely do anything with Rambo.

Techniques like those used in Mighty Final Fight, we have only retroactively come to call “pixel art techniques.” If the artists of the time had access to better production tools, I’m sure they would have been thrilled. “Pixel art” was never a thing – nobody was thinking “I think we’ll go with pixel art for this game.” Rather, they were simply working in the “H-est D” available to them.
 

 May 05, 2015 - 08:12 AM - by Michael
16-bit Star Wars
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PC Games/Hardware/Microsoft Let's be honest here... whose inner child can't help but melt at this?


View on YouTube
 

 Feb 27, 2015 - 11:29 AM - by Michael
Goodbye, Spock.
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 Jan 28, 2015 - 09:23 AM - by Michael
James Randi Retires
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Personal Stuff/Random News I can only say: You're an amazing individual and thank you for the years of insight, laughs, and logic.

James Randi retires from the JREF.

At 86 years of age, I feel that it’s now well time to officially retire, so I’m stepping down from my position with the JREF – the James Randi Educational Foundation.

This doesn’t mean that I’m retiring from my battle against the so-­called psychics, faith healers, paranormalists, and the assorted frauds I’ve encountered in my worldwide wanderings. I’ll in no way relax the critical attention I’ve given to them over the last busy 73 years, I promise you. I’ll still lecture and write, here and abroad – but now on my own time – not on the exhausting schedule that I’ve had these past few years.

I can celebrate the fact that there now exist so many very active, eager, and competent skeptical organizations – on an international scale – some of which may very well have come into being because of the example provided to them by the JREF.
 

 Jan 20, 2015 - 08:58 AM - by Michael
More Star Wars on GOG
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PC Games/Hardware/Microsoft GOG is keeping the hits coming - More Lucasarts games kicking out today.

Included are some really fun ones, like X-Wing Alliance and the original Dark Forces.
 

 Jan 07, 2015 - 09:50 AM - by Michael
Archive.org gives you DOS Games
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PC Games/Hardware/Microsoft There's not really much more to say on this - Archive.org has put up an online DOS emulator with over 2,000 games available on it. It's a beta, but still a great resource.

What are you waiting for? Get playing!
 

 Dec 07, 2014 - 04:54 PM - by Michael
Ralph Baer, RIP.
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Personal Stuff/Random News Usually I try to write something when someone passes on. But I really have almost nothing to say for Ralph Baer's passing.

Well, except this.

Thank you.
 

 Dec 05, 2014 - 06:24 PM - by Michael
New Star Trek
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Personal Stuff/Random News For those into fan productions, Star Trek New Voyages / Phase II have their newest episode, "Mind Sifter", up for watching.

This is the first one NOT featuring James Cawley as Captain Kirk.

Episode link: http://www.startreknewvoyages.com/?page_id=5083.

Synopsis: When the crew of the Enterprise is forced to accept the death of Captain Kirk, Spock and McCoy must come to terms with their own grief, but when Spock discovers a plot by the Klingons to send Kirk back in time in order destroy the Federation, it will take all the courage and abilities of the crew of the Enterprise to rescue their beloved Captain in time before he succumbs to the horrific torture of the Mind-Sifter.
 


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