Thursday, 28 February 2013

Masahiro Sakurai Needs A Stand

Masahiro Sakurai, an industry veteran behind the Kirby and Super Smash Bros. video game franchises, apparently has been having health troubles. Calcified Tendinitis, and ruptures in the muscles in his arms. Considering his job demands that he test video games sometimes, this is troublesome(quick: name the number of games that can be successfully played with only your left hand.)

This guy is one of the few heroes we have in an industry of snakes. He's endured a lot of pressure and a lot of crap from publishers. And yet, nearly every game he is a part of has an undeniable mark of his influence. He went above and beyond in managing the production of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, even going so far as performing the written updates for the official website.

It'd be a shame for him to have his abilities damaged this soon in life. Although, I imagine he's probably regretting the control scheme he gave Kid Icarus: Uprising right about now...



Sunday, 24 February 2013

Gmail Priority Inbox Ad

I saw an ad on youtube for "Gmail Priority Inbox". No voice-overs, nothing fancy. Just a simple, easy-to-understand presentation of stuff Gmail does. It has music I can only describe as swanktastic. And it's only a couple of minutes long.

THIS IS WHAT ALL ADS SHOULD BE. Especially on the internet. Quick, uncomplicated and mildly enjoyable. There is so much noise in advertisements, so much desperation from people with a terrible need for attention and no ideas. I will gladly sit through this ad for Gmail, a service I already use, and refrain from pressing the Skip Ad button(or from turning ad-blocker back on). I can think of few commercials that earn this privilege.

I will be saddened to discover if I am unable to simply watch that ad on its own, independent of Game Grumps episodes. Look out for it if you get the chance.



Friday, 8 February 2013

2012 Blacklist

Before I announce my Fave Things of 2012 list, here now are several things that would have been my favourite of the year, if they didn't fuck up spectacularly in some way. Here are the things that I have disqualified.

Here is this year's Blacklist: