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Fun and Frivolous Stuff!

The Nintendo GameCube is still awesome – Games, Homebrew, Modding and More – MVG…


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Date: January 02, 2019

01) The Nintendo GameCube is still awesome – Games, Homebrew, Modding and More – MVG


“The Nintendo GameCube was released in 2001 and was considered a failure with only 20 million units sold. We revisit the Nintendo GameCube, look at some of its innovations, perform some mods to the device to open up some cool new features, and show you what makes the Nintendo GameCube still awesome in 2019.”

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Is It Time For A ‘Gamers Union’?…


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Date: December 19, 2018

01) AAA Games Company Crash Isn’t Coming….It’s Already Here!


“I have been thinking about the next big games crash and how it seems like it’s right around the corner but then I realized it’s already happening”

This is probably going to sound crazy, but…

…I wonder about the possibility…of a “gamers union”…”nonprofit” type of company…One which is “owned” by masses of gamers, as opposed to financial profiteers looking to exploit gamers.

It probably would be very difficult to make work…It might fall apart fast…

…But just imagine…hundreds of thousands of gamers…maybe a million of them…tossing a few bucks a month into these companies…and instead of “dividends to stock holders”…the “dividends” would be actual games produced, by the company which was built by and for the gaming community.

If nothing more…this is a revolutionary concept.

I suppose…it’s like a spin on “kickstarter games”…but you start out with a goal oriented, organized body of gamers…with a combined capital that allows them to employ and direct professionals in the game industry…They get paid…They produce…They release…They refine…They are solely accountable to the gamming community…And the gamers get all games produced by the company.

Incidentally…I also have a ton of games I’ve never played…mostly RPGs…I once collected them.

I have an original cartridge of Earthbound, which I’ve barely even played…There’s a whole slew of games, which I need to play…it would take me years to get through them all.

I barely buy video games, anymore…and with Steam constantly having lots of deep sale options…I just don’t see any incentive, in buying games upon release…especially given the tendency of companies to release unfinished games.

…Why not just wait, giving the company chance to work out the problems?…and chancing to score a deep discount in price?


Note:

I had forgotten about thequartering’s campaign against “pedos”…Honestly, I only discovered him in the aftermath of that, where I think he did make one or two brief references to it…but it’s not something I’ve come to primarily know him for…

…I knew in the back of my mind, that there was some sort of reason why I was choosing not to share his videos…I just genuinely could not recall what it was.

I already put the above post together, and wrote something unique for it…so, it’s getting posted…”icky people with stinky ideas, who cant get along with others”, be damned.

…I’ve never considered completely cutting off all dialogue with, and acknowledgement of, “anti pedos” to be a good practice, anyway.

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Sony Japan President Says PS4 Censorship Policy Is To Match Global Standards And Protect Kids…


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Date: December 03, 2018

01) Sony Japan President Says PS4 Censorship Policy Is To Match Global Standards And Protect Kids

“Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan president, Atsushi Morita, finally addressed the censorship regulations that Sony has employed for PS4 games, speaking at the Japan Studio “Fun” Meeting that took place in Tokyo, Japan on December 1st, 2018. The event was themed around a celebration of SIE Japan Studio’s projects, but was also open to some fan questions. The news was picked up by Japanese gaming blogs like Ebitsu.net and Mutyun.com, which briefly covered some of the topics Morita addressed while at the meet-and-greet.

Morita explained that there was no “profound meaning” behind the decision other to match global regulation, saying…

“Regarding the regulation of the depiction of content, it’s simply a matter of matching global standards.

“As for the freedom of expression… we have to think about what might be unpleasant for children and shield them from those things while also thinking and assessing ways to find a balance [for that expression].”

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The Untold History of EA’s Long (and Rich) Pay-2-Win Love Affair [2017]…


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Date: December 02, 2018

01) The Untold History of EA’s Long (and Rich) Pay-2-Win Love Affair


“This video started out as a review for Star Wars Battlefront II, but as I researched the commercials behind it, I began to uncover a consistent pattern from EA that began as early as 2006, and has since come to define much of our industry as other publishers have sought to recreate EA’s success. This is the story of Andrew Wilson’s golden goose and how it saved EA but cost us AAA gaming in 2017.”

Interesting video…

It used to be…you bought a game…you got that game…you played that game…

…These days…you buy the game…take it home [or download it]…install it…and along with playing it, you get numerous opportunities to spend more money…on back end sales.

…There’s the expansions…there is DLC…and a gambling sort of thing called “loot boxes”, where you pay money…but don’t know exactly what you are going to end up with, for the cash that you just forked over…You just really, really hope, that it’s something really good that you want.

I haven’t really been into the games that are plagued with this [or, maybe it’s just that I’ve lacked the money to buy much of anything, over the last five years?]…which I presume are largely shooters, and action based games…sports games…

…So…I’m fairly disconnected from “loot boxes”…But, I generally think they’re a bad idea…

If they’re going to sell something, they should put a price on it and sell it.

I like purchasing a game, getting what I paid for and being left alone to enjoy the game…not being expected to dump more money, while playing the game…They need to keep real world sales transactions outside of the actual game play…If people want to spend more money, they can search out these sorts of purchases easy enough…We don’t need our games being invaded by them.

I have played The Sims a lot over the years [1, 2 and 3]…and one thing that really grinds my ass, is the way EA forced items to show up in The Sims 3 [at the very top of all selections in your inventory], which were online store items you had to purchase, if you wanted to use them…

In short…they constantly forced a sort of “ad” in front of you, trying to get you to buy something new [a DLC item], which you could not turn off…and it pissed off a lot of people.

I don’t need to see online store items I’ve not even purchased, while I’m immersed in playing a game…

…So…I am somewhat familiar with these kinds of annoying, aggressive and unwanted practices.

It wasn’t until about four years ago, that I finally completed my Sims 3 collection [though, there’s still several “stuff packs” I don’t own]…and “left behind” The Sims 2…As I really started playing more seriously, this crumby business tactic really put a stain on my opinion of EA…Yes, I still purchased The Sims 4 base…but, I haven’t purchased anything else from EA since.

…And I just cant get back on that treadmill, repurchasing all the endless rehashes of all the previous expansion packs…I’m kind of astonished, that The Sims 4 has not faded into irrelevance…

Not sure what they are doing, which distinguishes The Sims 4 from it’s predecessors, and expands upon the series…And for as much money as they want…I don’t believe I’m much interested anymore.

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The Free IQ Test…


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Date: November 19, 2018

01) Free-IQTest.net

“The average IQ is 100. Have you wondered what your IQ score is? Our original IQ Test will give you a fast, free and accurate iq score. Take our quick free IQ test and find out just how smart you are.”

I’m pleased to announce, that my IQ remains comfortably above average…at 122…

This is consistent with how I’ve been doing on these tests, over the years…One year may be a few points higher, or a few points lower…but, 122 is right in the neighborhood, for me.

…I’m never joining MENSA…and at this point in my life, I’ll never reach the point of being an IQ genius…

…But I’m still more crafty, creative, explorative, perceptive and insightful, than the average mind.

…If only I could get myself up eight more points…I’d be Gifted!

…So close…Yet, so far away…

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Dueling Surveys: What Thanksgiving Side Dish Are You?…


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Date: November 17, 2018

01) What Thanksgiving Side Dish Are You? – BuzzFeed

02) Which Thanksgiving Side Dish Are You? – Brainfall

BuzzFeed:

“Congratulations! You’re cranberry sauce. You bring a much-needed dose of sweetness and flavor to the party. You’re also far-and-away the easiest side dish to prepare, so thanks for making our lives better.”

Brainfall:

“Your personality is light and pleasant on the surface, but there’s still a certain depth to your character.”

I do love both cranberry sauce and stuffing…I’m satisfied, being these two different side dishes.

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