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Wii U
2011.06.08

Wii U

Nintendo just presented to the world the new console, which, by the way, several details were already known.

Wii U. Is the name of the new console. The name is a reference of We and You. In the paper, the idea is nice but after a basic field test, it reveals to be a terrible choice. The president of Nintendo of America, Reggie, said that Nintendo is now going to pay attention to the individuality after so many years dedicated on generating the gaming culture to a multitude of public.

The main attractive of the new console is the controller. It has a big tablet-like screen that receive a video stream from the console (it does not process anything). This means that one cannot play their games during trips or even at the backyard. It must be close to the main machine. Another curios fact is one one of this new controller will work on each machine just because it is like displaying another game for another TV. It will bring interesting effects to in loco multiplayer games for sure.

Note: the golf wiimote+wii u controller demonstration is embarrassing. I imagine someone actually putting the screen at the floor to see the ball from above. OMG

Despite the obvious excitement of all Nintendo staff, the whole product is should be considered more as a Wii HD (it will finally output HD video and have more competitive processing power). I personally doubt that major games will support the new controller like WE MUST. The rationale is simple: its too costy to design a product with a so limited scope.

Games are expensive to make. And spreading your product to the wind, selling to all video games, computers, digitally and physically would reduce the risk. But if you can only sell to Wii U due the exclusive controller, it would quite risky. It is not a coincidence that Wii exclusives are generally small companies or small products. Unless developer companies start to develop similar functionalities using alternatives tablet/phone/computer combinations.

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I am particularly skeptical about this move. I always wondered about Wii and DS merged gameplay, but betting it will be the future is quite strange. Well, Nintendo has a great pedigree about gimmickry.

Game of Thrones
2011.05.20

Game of Thrones

This year i watched several TV shows. Battlestar Gallactica (which i hated), Downton Abbey (which i loved), Breaking Bad… But Game of Thrones, oh my… Game of Thrones is an amazing show!

I’ve read the book as soon as I’ve heard that it would become a show produced by HBO. HBO series are generally very well conceived. I still remember Rome. The book is very good, with a great environment and great characters. I still have to read the others books from the A Song of Ice and Fire seriesΒ (A Game of Thrones is only the first book), but that one is great enough to make me happy.

Back to the TV show…

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There are several characters that you can empathize – you can understand their motives and actions. No one is purely good or purely evil. The show does a great job by presenting them with a reasoning depth. This is a great achievement because the story uses dozens of characters.

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The cast is great. It’s natural to question some cast choices when we read the book first. When reading, we only could imagine their faces and quite often we did not pay attention to some details that the author really put there. But in Game of Thrones, I liked all the choices. I was particularly afraid to see the implementation of my favorite characters: Arya, Tyrion and Ned Stark. But all 3 impressed me.

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The first and second episodes exaggerate a bit in sex scenes. I liked πŸ˜‰ but some people might complain. Violence, that I thought would be pure gore, was quite moderate. The adaptation took the advantage of one of the book’s greatest features: the cliffhanger ending on each chapter. We finish a chapter or a episode wanting more.

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Most of the critics are a bit correct about the difficulty on following some parts. It’s due the rich and complex universe created for the books. The producers had to choose if the series would or not contain the deep ambient. And they chose yes. I agree, but there are several other films and shows that are much worse (ex Matrix trilogy). I really really recommend to see Game of Thrones. The opening sequence will be enough to you embrace this amazing series.

My Rating:10β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Metacritic: 86
Rotten Tomatoes: 89
Bulletstorm
2011.03.09

Bulletstorm

With the promise to bring back the fun to a popular genre – First Person Shooter -, the Epic’s Bulletstorm is a mess.

One of the main problems is the core idea: stimulate the user to perform vary the play style by using different weapons. The player now is psychologically forced to vary. And because this concept is presented and used in the main campaign, several times the player will stop to pay attention on the story – which will comment later – in order to

Several of the “skillshots” are too dependent on luck, like killing several enemies at the same time in a specific condition. It brings a lot of frustration. Its a immense TODO list to be executed.

The other pillar of the game, extensively advertised, is the bad language. Fun at the start, it becomes a annoyance by the end of the game because the player feels it is forced and unnatural.

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The story, i must say, is terrible. ALL the characters try to look bad but be good ALL the time. The players’ character best friend, the cyborg Ishi, thru the WHOLE game goes back and forth saying “Ow… the pain is huge. The computer is trying to dominate my mind”… we simply not buy it. I would say that the 4 characters of the game are among the worst I ever seen.

The visuals are amazing. Even with a modest pc you will still get a fantastic looking game. The loading time are impressively quick and there were only few times when the framerate dropped. Unreal Engine showcase.

The curious part is that the game play is actually good. If the player were not “forced” to worry with the long TODO list, it would be much better. I didnt play the multiplayer yet, but if it follows the chaotic formula of the single player campaign combat, I think people will like at first but the annoyed soon.

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My Rating:6β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Metacritic: 82
2010 Art Review
2011.01.10

2010 Art Review

2010 was a great year. This was a not typical year for books. The list is quite short. This list is what I could remember.

Games

  1. Most, but not all, I finished
  2. 3 Cards To Dead Time
  3. Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None
  4. Agatha Christie: Murder On The Orient Express
  5. Amnesia
  6. Assassin’s Creed 2
  7. Borderlands
  8. Cities XL
  9. Civilization V
  10. Darwinia
  11. Dawn Of Discovery
  12. Democracy 2
  13. Donkey Kong Country Returns
  14. Dragon Age: Origin
  15. Epic Mickey
  16. Europa Universalis III: Heir To The Throne
  17. F1 2010
  18. Fallout: New Vegas
  19. Fifa 11
  20. Gratuitous Space Battles
  21. Harvey Teh Attorney
  22. Kirby: Epic Yarn
  23. Little King Story
  24. Mafia 2
  25. Mass Effect 2
  26. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
  27. New Super Mario Bros
  28. No More Heroes 2
  29. Rock Band Beatles
  30. RUSE
  31. Settlers 6
  32. Settlers 7
  33. Shatter
  34. Super Matio Galaxy 2
  35. The Saboteur
  36. The Secret Files: Tunguska
  37. Thief
  38. X-Com: AI

Movies

  1. 2012
  2. Alice In Wonderland
  3. Alien 3
  4. Aliens
  5. Angels & Demons
  6. Avatar
  7. Bounty Hunter
  8. BrΓΌno
  9. Clash Of The Titans
  10. Crazy Heart
  11. Escape From New York
  12. Fantastic Mr Fox
  13. Funny People
  14. Ghost Writer
  15. Gosford Park
  16. Green Zone
  17. Halloween
  18. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Pt 1
  19. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
  20. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
  21. Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
  22. Hot Tub Time Machine
  23. Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
  24. Inception
  25. Inglourious Basterds
  26. Kick Ass
  27. LA Confidential
  28. Law Abiding Citizen
  29. Murder On The Orient Express
  30. Near Dark
  31. Paprika
  32. Paranormal Activity
  33. Prince Of Persia
  34. Princess Mononoke
  35. Pulp Ficiton
  36. Robin Hood
  37. Shanshank Redemption
  38. Sherlock Holmes
  39. Shutter Island
  40. Taxi Driver
  41. Terminator Salvation
  42. The A Team
  43. The Blind Side
  44. The Fisher King
  45. The Silent Warrior
  46. The Sound Of Music
  47. Time Bandits
  48. Twilight
  49. Up
  50. Up In The Air
  51. Where The Wild Things Are
  52. Zombieland

TV Series

  1. Death Note
  2. Fullmetal Alchemist 1-10
  3. House S6
  4. Lost S6
  5. Naruto 1-20
  6. Mad Men S01 S02
  7. Breaking Bad S01

Books

  1. Some of them I used the audiobook
  2. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  3. Butcher’s Hill – Laura Lippman
  4. Dramatica
  5. Screenplay – Syd Field
  6. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  7. The Blue Ocean Strategy – W. Chan Kim And RenΓ©e Mauborgne
  8. The City And The City – China Mieville
  9. The Comic Toolbox: How To Be Funny Even If You’Re Not – John Vorhaus
  10. The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
  11. The Murder On The Links – Agatha Christie
  12. The Naked Face – Sidney Sheldon
  13. Y: The Last Man – DC Comics
Automatic Translation
2010.12.07

Automatic Translation

Brazilian guys, I’m sorry.

But keeping a two language site manually is simply not worthy.

I’m going to write only in English for now on since i write most about worldwide subjects.

Google will be responsible for translating everything for me πŸ˜‰

There is a new button that will translate without any page reload, which is awesome.

Note: All Portuguese content were already deleted!

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