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If you’re still trying to process Prometheus, I’ve compiled a few links with media that should be able to help you along the way.
First, Episode 49 of Remember When. My pull quote from this one is “entertained, but ultimately disappointed.” Give it a listen.
Next, Red Letter Media’s Half in the Bag for Prometheus. There’s also a second spoilerly video filled with the lingering questions that have been part of the basis of most of the discussion about this movie. Both are worth a watch.
Finally, this follow up from Hit Fix addresses issues with the movie in spectacular detail. Very much required reading.
Any other good links worth noting?
For me, Superman matters.
He’s a person who’s lost everything – his home, his parents, his life, his entire people and world. In exchange, he’s been thrust into the unfamiliar and given virtually limitless power over those around him. Despite the mountain of misfortune heaped upon him, he doesn’t look for revenge, or to transmit his pain and loss onto others. He isn’t trying to blame anyone. He recognizes the great gifts that he’s been given and uses them to help those less fortunate than he is.
In a world where we hear news daily of those with all of the power remorselessly taking from those who’ve lost everything, what character could be more relevant to our next generation? What better example could be set than that of selflessness in the face of adversity? What better lesson than that of power being used for the good of everyone who might be powerless?
I give a fuck about Superman because he’s never been more relevant to the world I live in.
“I Give a Fuck About Superman” - Justin “SixOkay” Korthof [Source]
// Gotta be tough being the resident Superman expert when something like this hits the Internet. This is a well-thought response and certainly worth the few minutes it’ll take to read.
“ And so the Lana Del Rey-bashing economy moves faster than the actual Lana Del Rey economy, a reminder of how free people feel to clobber someone, especially a young woman, for the crime of art. Not always artful art, but that matters less than the elevation of the mundane into something worth exploding. Ms. Del Rey generates so much anger precisely because she does so little. People don’t know what to do with this unformed thing they’ve been told they need to care about; crushing it is easy, almost humane.”
“Dissected Long Before Her Debut” [NY Times]
// Side note, I need to get back to what I started this tumblr account for: sharing stuff I’ve read that I found interesting. I suppose I could expand the “scope” of this blog to stuff I find interesting but that’s just an excuse to reblog puppy pictures. I can be better than that, right?
“ Women don’t want to get into a relationship where they’re playing second fiddle to an obsession. They shouldn’t be required to and shouldn’t be made to feel guilty for it either. Just because Magic has created value for you doesn’t mean that it will create value in your relationship. Women are allowed to make these decisions for themselves.”
[To My Someday Daughter - Geordie Tait, starcitygames.com]
// I could, rather I should quote this entire post. It’s a fantastic read.
“According to statistics cited by In-Stat, Microsoft expects huge pickup in USB 3.0 adoption beginning in next year. The chart jumps from less than 10 percent to almost 100 percent between 2011 and 2014.” (via Screened)
“ Even though Batman and Wolverine appeal to slightly different audiences, we can still use this method to compare them. Just by a quick glance, we can draw interesting conclusions and see patterns that suggest that Wolverine is more repetitive — which we actually can confirm by reading reviews, as they often use the word “repetitive” when describing Wolverine.”
“Pacing And Gameplay Analysis In Theory And Practice” - Gamasutra
// This was a really fascinating read. The in-depth analysis of each game provides some excellent detailed analysis that is worth your time if this topic, or these games interest you.
“ [Games are a] highly engaging and very important vertical for us, and so that’s why we broke out a separate team for it. That’s why we increased both the engineering team and my team. It’s a very important vertical for us, and we need to continue to grow it, because the users are highly engaged, highly happy, they refer their friends, and it drives a great deal of engagement and revenue for us.”
“ It seems that as the [mobile] platforms continue to grow and mature, the differences between them become increasingly small.”
“ It certainly hasn’t resonated with consumers as anyone would like. Given the install base of Windows Phone devices, our games have actually sold quite well, and it monetizes very well for customers who have a Windows Phone. There just aren’t enough of them right now.”
Many developers initially took a wait-and-see approach, biding their time until the conditions of the market improved. PopCap, for instance, waited until the operating system reached version 2.2, which introduced the ability to save applications to an SD card. Gameloft first decided to enter the market when more powerful phones were released, allowing the developer to bring its high definition mobile games over to Android.
That being said, most developers still take an even more cautious approach to the platform, porting successful iOS titles to Android as opposed to developing original experiences. Generally speaking, games that sell well on iOS will also sell well on Android.