Nintendo Releases a Rough Draft as a Final Product

The image above comes from Gonintendo, the first is the 2DS that I’m sure you’ve heard so much about by now. From right to left you have the following:

On the far right is the 3DS XL, the first semi-decent, next-gen handheld system from Nintendo. Its’ battery life is still undesirable, a joke compared to past Nintendo handhelds. It also still has the 3DS emphasis but is still solid and useful with a clamshell shape.

In the center is the 3DS, a piece of crap that barely lives long enough to let you know that it exists. Shoved into the lower corner of the system is the 2nd class citizen at Nintendo right now, also known as the dpad . Don’t forget about the afterthought, the backwards compatibility.  Very poor scaling is the name of its’ game, in combination with none 1:1 symmetrical screens – it’s a pos that should have remained a concept.

Very first is the 2DS, it’s a Ben Heck rough draft that Nintendo found. Nintendo heard us cry for a 3DS without 3D and a solid battery life and games but didn’t want to fulfill it properly. So instead they take something that Mr. Heck would not have ever released, maybe a joke that he scribbled on a napkin (This is just a joke, Ben does awesome work). From there they decide to release it under the guise of appealing to parents. You cannot protect the screens like the entire rest of the DS and 3DS line can do. You can not angle it like the rest of the DS and 3DS line. Heck, it looks like a cheap piece of crap. Not even the original DS Phat looked like crap.

I look at it and I see an anorexic Gameboy DS. In this use of “DS” it doesn’t mean “dual screens” or “developer’s system”. Oh not, it means “Dual-screened Slate”. It’s creative, it’s new and it’s totally unheard of. Instead of releasing something that fans could rally behind and love, they release a cheaply priced, mono sound reject in a very grudging and snide manner. Nintendo doesn’t care about its’ fan or its’ market. At least not beyond being able to do anything they want like a retired prude. We get the message Nintendo. You couldn’t publicly say F U to the fans so instead you released the Wii U. Wii U Nintendo. Wii U with a splintered broomstick.

Is Intel Lying?

They’re promising us Quadcore Atom chips in touch screen laptops running Windows 8 for $200 by the end of the year? Naw, probably not. If they have to release it themselves then they will. They may experience a delay in their plans but to have such a laptop available by the end of this year running Windows 8 would be unreal. Sure, that doesn’t give us the rest of the specs that matter (storage, ram, gpu performance, screen size, etc). Will a $200 laptop with a touch screen, Windows 8 and an Atom cheap be worth spending $200 on? Let’s speculate, add your opinion below.

Leap Motion SDK Is Now Available For Linux

I’ve been waiting for this moment ever since I received my development unit. It’s not that I couldn’t use Windows, I was running it originally, I just chose to move away from it. I have tested the limits of the device in processing raw motion data thoroughly, now it’s time to play around with that power. It is only available for Ubuntu for now but hopefully support will become more distro agnostic. In the meantime I’ll try running the sdk via Alien, my crappy internet connection is making this a very long but eager wait! Everything below the banner is from the newsletter that detailed the updates the new SDK brings.


SDK 0.7.6 released with Linux support, new finger tracking

The latest version of the SDK was released last night with some great new features:

  • Beta release of the Leap Linux SDK for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 12.10, or newer. It’s early, but we’d love your feedback and support in bringing our software to this important platform.
  • New finger tracking, which handles a greater variety of finger orientations and positions (such as parallel to the Leap device). This allows for more stable finger tracking across a wider range of movement, especially for thumbs.
  • New screen projection functions, which provide perpendicular projection onto located screens (press “B” twice to see in Visualizer).
  • Device standby mode will now automatically engage after non-use for 5 minutes. Device will re-engage within 1 second of seeing a hand. In the future this will be configurable and much quicker to resume.
  • New settings to enable/disable WebSocket connections and to adjust device frame-rate and range sensitivity (this will help with people who are encountering some environmental interference with their device).
  • Expanded documentation: complete references for Java API, Objective-C API, preliminary API references for Python and C#/Unity.
  • Bug fixes including NaN values in JSON data sent to JavaScript clients and CircleGesture::duration.
  • New device firmware to improve robustness of firmware updates.

We’ll be improving the build over time, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on the latest SDK thread.

Nook HD, the Reading King

This tablet features a bright, 7″ screen with a 1440×900 screen resolution. It’s a brilliant screen to use for reading books, web pages and magazines. It’s just almost awful as a tablet – out of the box that is. Leapinlar’s thread is how you make a Nook HD into one of the best 7″ Android tablets around. It allows for using the Play Store and installing apk’s outside of Barne’s ‘N Nobles limited app store. Since their tablet is running a modified version of Ice Cream Sandwich and maintain’s apk compatibility with stock Android, they just block the sideloading feature of the system.

Oh the Arc does look nice but the screen tech and resolution are inferior to the Nook HD.

I wish that Barnes ‘N Noble would copy the Kobo a bit by working out an agreement to have the Google Play store on their device. It’s not likely to ever happen since they have their own store that they’re trying to push hard. What would be possible would be to get more aggressive with obtaining apps. It’s so dry in their store that the Sahara could be mistaken for the Pacific if you sat its’ inventory next to it. All I want is Opera, a few games and a few utilities. Other than the poor app selection it’s an awesome device.

The screen is killer, the sound is full, the battery life is great and the Poetic Slimline case that I use with it is nearly perfect. The next Nook better have a front facing camera with the same eye tracking uses that the Galaxy S3 uses. It can be annoying having the screen dim on you while reading a lengthy passage. It’s very hard to believe that with all of their foresight, B&N missed that application.

They were ahead of Amazon on having a tablet, they have created some excellent features (synced voice recordings with books) and seem to have a very passionate and talented time behind the project. They’ve also stood their ground against Microsoft while it was legally attacking all OEM’s that used Android. B&N is scrappy and very full of heart, I only wish for their success and constant progress with the Nook brand, tablets and content in the future.

Pioneers – Nerd Women Who Led the Way

Great piece on the best women, Nerd Women. These are the ladies that contributed to history and society that may have fallen by the wayside in your studies of them. Take a look!

Nerdy But Flirty

In honor of Women’s History Month, I wanted to do an article about the nerdy women in history who paved the way for our current crop of glamorous geeks! I discovered (to my joy) that there are a TON of ladies to choose from. Though they may not have ever received the recognition their male counterparts did, they are proof that women nerds have been here the entire time.

So check out these ladies who were nerds before it was “in.”


Ada Lovelace

Patron nerd of hacker heroes and math mavens

Ada Lovelace

Augusta Ada King (bordn Augusta Ada Byron), Countess of Lovelace, was born in 1815 and died in 1852. She was not only the single legitimate child of Lord Byron, but also a mathematician and a writer. She has the distinction of writing the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine, from notes she wrote for Charles Babbage’s…

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Nintendo, Return To Greatness

Please do so. It’s like they know exactly what we want before we want it and decide that they will either go all out and give it to us or flip us the bird and go the other way. They just don’t care, they don’t care not one bit. You’d never believe that they were one of the first gaming companies to experiment with the internet in a meaningful way from their actions. They just don’t care or if they do then they have a hard time showing it.

Let’s take a look at their most recent Nintendo Direct, a video broadcast whose purpose is tell us Nintendo’s intentions directly.

Miiverse crap, boring.

TVii crap, boring

Oooh, free updates are coming! System updates will allow for a more responsive system since they’re focusing on launching games faster and returning to the main menu more quickly. Wait, is it slow now?

Virtual Console is late to the party, it will come in a few months. You do have the “opportunity” to beta test it for 30 cents a month. No, Nintendo didn’t call it a beta test but they will be granting you access to an unfinished service while charging you for it. Hey, they sold you an incomplete controller and sell incomplete handhelds so don’t be surprised.

I am a gamer. Very simply, I play games. I enjoy other mediums but when I decide to play games I go to a device that can handle them very well. I prefer to pick up a controller or a mouse or whatever it is I’m using and start playing as soon as possible. That’s a primary function of gaming consoles, getting us into the game fast and at home.

Somehow Nintendo decided that it was fine to start their broadcast off by telling us about an actively censored and invasive social service, video streaming on a dumb-tablet that’s tethered to your tv and updates to their software that honestly shouldn’t have been needed this soon in the game. As awesome as the concept of the Wii U is it does seem like it was released prematurely. Nintendo usually handles their first impressions much, much better than this. I guess that when you can update and iterate as often as you like, the quality incensed by Shigeru Miyamoto’s saying of “a bad game that is released is bad forever” much seem restrictive. Just get that crap to a “good enough” level then toss it out there!

This broadcast lasted for about 36 minutes, why did it take about 9 minutes to start getting to anything related to new games? Nintendo decided to focus on gimmicks instead of depth. No, I’m not calling the Game Pad a gimmick. I communicate from the context of a gamer and about gaming. In gaming, anything that doesn’t add to the actual gameplay experience is a gimmick. Doesn’t necessarily make it bad because it’s a gimmick but did they really need to get some over-anxious fans and reporters up at 6 in the morning to tell them they can post drawings from Scribblenauts on their social network? Why couldn’t they have just blown us away with the games first and then tell us that in order to complement these awesome experiences that we could use Miiverse features X and Y to do Z? Nintendo is too focused on non-gaming things now. I appreciate that you want/need to diversify but please don’t do it at the neglect of your core market. People were crazy over the Wii but with the U it’s like some insult was directed at someone before getting to “U”.

The Virtual Console is a thing of beauty – for Nintendo. They have monetized roms and an inferior packaging and access for them. Sure, we can backup game saves and will eventually get GameBoy Advance games but why wasn’t this available at launch? Hulu was ready. We’re only getting NES and SNES games this spring. The NES alone should not have been placed on the backburner to get something like Netflix going.

To make matters worse, you still have to manually transfer games from your old Wii to the Wii U via an SD sard. Nope, we still don’t have a Wii Channel to just add all of our games to a Nintendo Network account so that we can redownload them. Games are still tied to the console and not to the account. If you want to play the game in Wii U mode, not Wii mode, you will have to pay $1 for NES games and $1.50 for SNES games as long but only if you’ve already bought them.

Nintendo, please tell why I should spend $349.99 for console with a tethered tablet controller when I will be able to buy a Wikipad Tablet that can go anywhere in the world for as long as its’ battery lasts? A tablet that runs Android and powerful enough hardware to play all of your released and unreleased Virtual Console games via emulators without trouble? I can take this anywhere in my home, on the bus, in the car and have my game saves backed up too. Tell me, please.

Nintendo Says:

Bayonetta 2: “The scale of the game is completely different this time so it feels like you’re fighting the last boss from the very beginning.”

Nintendo didn’t say you could speak yet.

I need that right n-






And this Atlus game too!


Nintendo: Because I hate you!

That is all completely messed up. Nintendo is capable of bringing content to its’ platform that gamers care about but they are increasingly trying to screw with access, player experience and console focus. Nintendo, make games. Focus on the games, focus very hard on the games. Solely Microsoft and Sony customers don’t care much for you because you usually target different portions of the market or fail to bring very serious challenges to them in their bloody section of it. Apple, Android, PC and other customers don’t care much about your efforts to diversify when you try to offer them a poor value proposition with what should be the nuclear bomb of your arsenal – video games. Sometimes it seems like the people of the company are so deeply entrenched in an insular culture that they have disconnected from their customers. Right when I’m ready to flip the bird completely you announce initiatives that show that you’re somewhat going in the right direction or at least show that you have talent.

Beautiful. It’s not the Zelda that I want but your talent graphically and technologically is there. You’re promising us that the next real entry in Zelda will be a return to basics. I will hold you to that. I’d rather receive games closer to the quality and craftsmanship of the 90’s than the general public masturbation of some you N64 and beyond work entailed. That’s not to disparage you Nintendo, I just want consistency in your quality and focus. I honestly don’t know how we went from games like Link’s Awakening and Ocarina of Time to Phantom Hourglass and Skyward Sword. There is obviously something wrong there and as a fan and a person that loves to play games I’d like it if you would fix it and return to greatness. That’s it. I don’t hate you, I just want the greatness that you’re capable of Nintendo. Do it. Do it now.