Wait a sec… Arrested Development, Bioshock?
It all makes sense now!
The reboot of Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson premieres on Fox tonight at 9pm EST
This is just a friendly reminder that the reboot of the best science series ever produced starts tonight. Since it features IHC’s favorite astrophysicist, you can bet that I’ll be watching it. I’m not sure if it will reach the lofty height of Carl Sagan’s original, but you’ll never see me complain about a program aimed at increasing the public’s understanding and appreciation of science.
Whatever the exact truth of the new generation of consoles sales – and it is still certainly early days for the PS4 and Xbone – it looks pretty clear that the console market overall has a big problem: aka the C-word, market contraction.
It’s not just new flagships failing to sell as well as new consoles used to; previous generations of consoles are evidently not sustaining long-tail sales as once they did either. Sales of the PS3/360/Wii are declining at an alarming rate compared to the transition from the prior outgoing platforms (PS2/GC). Those consoles stuck around selling in larger numbers for longer than their current-gen equivalents so there’s a wider market collapse going on.
Why the shrinking console market? There are likely multiple factors in play here. Not least increased gaming competition from mobile devices. And, well, increased competition for free time in general. Since 2007 mobile apps have taken off, social networking has gone mainstream, mobile gaming has spawned huge casual gamer franchises like Angry Birds and Candy Crush and the rest, and mobile messaging has gone massively over-the-top to make IMing your buddies free and easy (and yet another pull on free time).
Those are good reasons, but here’s another one. The average console buyer is in HIS 30s. The same group of people whose spending power is affected by a global recession. $500 is a lot to ask of someone if his current console is still working, can still play the latest games, and has a huge backlog of used titles that he could pick up for a price that’s about the same as a movie ticket.
Angry birds or Candy Crush are the games you play on the subway or doctor’s office. When a gamer wants a indepth game with a storyline or what-not that’s when they play the consoles. Yes there is PC games, but that to me has always been apples and oranges. PC gamers are a different breed.
Again this article has a number of good points, but I think it’s incomplete. Check the used game sales, and check to see if the usage of the Xbox 360 or PS3 have gone down in the past couple years, my bet is that they haven’t.
When I say usage, I mean usage not sales. The market could be saturated. There also has been a glut of proper games in the past couple of years (where I agree with the article). So check to see if they’re being used for Netflix or other streaming media as well as games.
ALL of you are awful. Every last one of you, from the Nice Guys (tm) to the foodie girls that are “living it!”
I just want you to know as I die here alone and unloved, that I sincerely hate all of you. I have never met a single person from that site EVER, and I’ve been off and on for years now, with a single redeeming quality.
If you ask me, you all deserve each other.
The Name Is Mylo
When I said that I felt bad for Britta at the end of the episode, a very nice person replied with:
But she was the mother of a successful revolution, she won everything! I think that part was 6 or 7 months, not minutes @MyNameIsMylo— Community Coffee (@Gistobe)March 7, 2014
And they’re right… sort of but not.
Here’s the thing with revolutions, when the people that are fighting for “freedom” or whatever they become as bad as the oppressors when they’re in power. Britta’s intentions were good, because she wanted freedom for the 1’s and 2’s but as soon as she had that power she made the 5’s the underclass.
It’s very subtle and very clever writing. It’s also superbly played by the cast of Community. It’s a tough thing to make something as horrifying as political purges into something understandable and funny.
But near the end of the episode Britta is now in charge, people listen to her, they accept her, and if you noticed NOBODY calls her “the worst.” Her usual railing against the system was what got her accepted this time.
If you haven’t noticed Britta’s main thing is acceptance. You can really see it particularly well in the episode “Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality.” It’s been that way for a long time now, go all the way back to Season 2 Episode 1,”Anthropology 101.” Or even further back to Season 1 “Football, Feminism and You”
Now where it goes wrong for Britta is that her acceptance is taken away at its height by Jeff when he killed Meow Meow Beenz, the very tool she was using for her acceptance.
You can argue that it was for the greater good, you can argue that it was for his good rather than Greendale’s to return to the status quo. But the one thing you can’t argue is that she knows that her acceptance is gone and is defeated when Greendale goes home.
And that’s why I felt sorry for her. She had everything she wanted (as twisted as it became) and it was taken away. If I was a Greendale student, I would have given her a hug and take her for some coco because it was a rough day on her.
And it would be cool if she said yes.
Shaq is partnering with a new studio called Big Deez Productions, which claims to be made up of industry veterans from franchises like Halo and Street Fighter. The game itself is described as “a modern-day take on the classic beat ‘em up.” You, naturally, play as Shaq, fighting off waves of foes, using a variety of martial arts moves. The developers promise a co-op mode and destructive environments, while the early screenshots look suspiciously like Street Fighter IV. The sequel is slated to launch on PC, with mobile devices possible if the campaign raises enough money. The stretch goals are particularly strange: if you donate $500 Shaq will follow you on Instagram, while $750 will get you a personalized YouTube message.
Wow just what I always wanted, if I give a millionaire $500 he’ll join the illustrious 84 followers (really I have that many now?) on my instagram.
It would almost be worth the $750 if I could make him say what I want. But I’m pretty sure kids with cancer get that for free so I’m not really seeing the benefits here.
Actually if he wants this so badly, how come he just can’t just give “Big Deez Productions” the money? He’s worth $350,000,000.
Shaq, just do another Icy Hot commercial, you’ll get your stupid game.
Kelsey Grammer’s Dad was murdered; his little sister was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by Freddie Glen; both his twin half-brothers died in a scuba diving accident; and his best friend was killed in 9/11
And you thought Down Periscope was Fraiser’s only big tragedy.