Oh man, some stuff has happened in the last week, right? We have a new government here in Australia and a lot of people are unhappy about. Obviously not as many people than are happy with it, I guess, because…you know, democracy? Anyway this is our new Prime Minister:
I can see clearly now, Lorraine has gone. She was the worst.
Ok, so Dickwolves are back. I could go on about it here but MC Frontalot wrote a fairly comprehensive blog post about it on Google+ so just read that instead and that should fill you in on what’s what.
Christopher Sawula has written a guest post over on Play the Past about historical interpretation in the Assassin’s Creed series, especially the latest entry Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Also on Play the Past (which I think I am starting to fall in love with) is a feature on the technologically deterministic nature of video game tech trees. Get on it.
Kill Screen reached out to a number of Jewish game designers – including Warren Spector – and asked them Is there a Jewish identity in videogames?
I loved S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. It was the first Ukrainian video game I had ever played and it was unique among the first person shooters of its time with a combination of RPG and survival horror elements mixed it. Polygon has a feature on GSC Game World, the developers of S.T.A.L.K.E.R., that looks at the company’s collapse and what happened to the nearly 200 employees that found themselves out of a job.
Microsoft recently acquired Nokia for $7.82 billion in an attempt to weasel their way further into the smartphone market. The Financial Review interviewed Frank Nuovo, the man behind the designs of Nokia’s most popular phones, who says he knows why the company has failed and warns that Apple could be next if they don’t learn from Nokia’s mistakes.
Texas continues to try to limit evolution in school textbooks.
I understand the National Academy of Science’s strong support of the theory of evolution. At the same time, this is a theory. As an educator, parent, and grandparent, I feel very firmly that ‘creation science’ based on biblical principles should be incorporated into every biology book that is considered for adoption. Students should have the opportunity to use their critical thinking skills to weigh the evidence between evolution and ‘creation science.’
That quote was from one of the textbook reviewers. I suspect they don’t understand exactly what “evidence” is. I think this is the evidence they’re referring to?
Ars Technica have an exhaustive article about creating the ultimate creative content OS out of the best bits of Mac, Windows and Linux. Warning: it’s really long.
The Dissolve continues their Conversation series by discussing the merits and flaws of belated sequels.
Stop motion is kind of the coolest, and PBS Digital Studios have a nice 8 minute look into this ancient video art form.
Someone has used a Lego Mindstorm to create a home-made kindle scanner. This combines two of my favourite things: awesome robots and fighting DRM.
I’m going to leave you this week with an important message from Sarah Silverman, the NRA’s newest spokeswoman. Enjoy!