Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

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Why So Hard On E3?

June 8, 2012

Now that E3 2012 has wrapped up, opinions on the event from all around the net are pouring in. I’m looking around and am given a turn by some of the words that have been used to describe it: Atrocity. God AWFUL. Shameful.

Now I grant you I was a little disappointed as well. I’ve even made my share of snarky remarks, like about the Wii U and Wonderbook and how the industry appears to be hell-bent on adding new peripherals to make us gamers look more and more like ridiculous fools while gaming.

Still, I have to wonder if my sentiments derive from just not being all that interested in this year’s showings. But even to that end, I doubt I’d use a word like “shameful” to describe the time and effort that companies and developers have put into making any of the games/technology showcased over the last few days. In fact, I think it’s anything but.

I’ve actually been quite impressed by some of this year’s games and tech at E3, even the stuff I have no desire to play/use at all. Quite honestly, a game like The Last of Us would probably give me disturbing dreams. But to say that innovation is dead because The Last of UsWatch Dogs, Splinter Cell, Tomb RaiderDead Space, Black Ops, Star Wars 1313, etc. etc. etc. are all just variations of the same game (an assessment I’ve come across more than a few times on various gaming sites in the last few days) because you get to swear a lot and/or shoot people in the face? I think that’s a little disingenuous. That’s basically ignoring all the other little things that can make a game unique, everything from story to graphics. I was personally excited that E3 2012 was a year of a handful of new IPs.

I also notice folks have been pretty hard on the all the press conferences, but especially Nintendo’s — after all, no price and no release date for the Wii U as well as the rehashed franchises and already released third-party titles. But while I may not want a Wii U, I think what it’s capable of is pretty amazing. Same goes for Microsoft’s Kinect and SmartGlass app, really; I may not end up using either, but I can’t deny that what it does is incredibly fascinating stuff.

Was E3 really so bad? Or have I just gotten out of touch due to my little break from gaming?

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A Weekend Of iPads, Breakdowns and Moose

June 1, 2010

Okay, so, um…a few days ago I joined the evil Apple cult and bought an iPad for my husband (it just came out Friday here!). I’d been thinking about getting it for him for a while, ever since I realized I’d been a pretty crappy wife this past year. Last Christmas was a crazy time and so I never got him a real present. I didn’t give him anything for Valentine’s Day either (well, other than the obvious thing) and so I wanted to make up for all that, and with our anniversary and his birthday that’s also coming up it also gave me a reason to surprise him with something BIG…but that’s it for him this year, my bank account is crying!

My husband is by no means an Apple geek, but he does love new gadgets. What also makes the iPad a perfect gift for him is that he spends an appalling amount of time traveling for his work. I liked the idea of giving him a light, slim device with a nice big screen he could easily whip out anytime while idling in an airport terminal, or while on a plane or train to watch movies, read ebooks, or play games.

It also came in handy this weekend on our vacation up to the north. He certainly wasted no time downloading apps — lots of games and books for the daylight hours lounging by the hotel pool (I got a sunburn on my shoulders, ouchies), and for the night time, this awesome app called Star Walk. We spent hours on our balcony holding his new toy up to the starry sky, watching a live representation of what we were seeing displayed on the screen, which followed along with our movements. Most impressive app I’ve seen so far, and definitely more effective out in the rural country side, where there’s hardly any light pollution.

My husband also managed to find himself an MMO game, called Pocket Legends. Okaaaay, that’s just way too much. I don’t think I will ever play an MMO on an iPad…

All in all, it was a nice relaxing weekend, except we ran out of gas on the way back home, and broke down on the parkway right near an exit ramp (how embarrassing). There was also this big bag of garbage lying in the middle of the highway nearby which had been reported to the police, so there just so happened to be a couple of cops nearby to assist us (how serendipitous!) One of them actually offered to take me in his cruiser to the nearest gas station to get some gas (how exciting!)

I’m sure my hubby also found the games on his iPad to be a great distraction while sitting by the side of the road waiting for me to get back. Ah, technology, what a wonderful thing you are. Obviously, I thought getting to ride in a cop car was way more fun. I got to sit in the front because the officer said the backseat was for perps only (in any case, it was taken up by the big stinking bag of garbage at the time).

Anyway, because post-weekend blogging is always more personal for me, I leave you with this interesting bit of Canadian wilderness we saw by the side of the road while on our way north:

I hope everyone had a pleasant weekend (and Memorial Day, for our neighbors to the south).