In the video above, check out republican presidential candidate and Godfather's Pizza founder Herman Cain quoting some inspiring words he attributes only to "a poet."
Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it's never easy when there's so much on the line.
That poet? Disco siren Donna Summer, singing The Power of One, the theme song for Pokemon: The Movie 2000.
As NY Magazine points out, Cain has previously attributed the lyrics to the ending theme to the 2000 summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, however that's not true. This also isn't an isolated incident, as he's repeated the same quote a number of times. According to the Bennington Vale Press, Cain owns his love of the movie: "I didn't want to see it, but I did it for the children and the grandchildren. A powerful piece of cinema." For those who haven't seen it, in short the movie is about a greedy pokemon trainer who nearly ruins the planet's climate by refusing to heed the warning of experts. Powerful.
Herman Cain has previously called being gay a sin and a choice and has made the imaginary threat of Sharia law a cornerstone of his floundering campaign, so it's possible that this is actually the most reasonable thing he's ever said.
If you're reading this site chances are you spent this past weekend in one of two ways: Enjoying Up Your Alley 2011 in San Francisco or enjoying EVO 2011 in Las Vegas.
DigitalLit and I happened to be at the former dressed in leathers doing things we can't talk about here and Kayo Satoh aka Kayopolice was at the latter dressed as Street Fighter's C. Viper playing (non-competitively), commentating, and generally just being adorable.
Who is Kayo Satoh you ask?
The twenty-two-year-old is known for her successful modeling career in Japan, her prowess as one of Japan's top Tekken and Street Fighter players, and for being quite the cosplay enthusiast. And also for how she was born: as a boy; a fact she unveiled in September 2010.
The competitive fighting game world might seem like a harsh place and while it in many ways can be it is also a subculture sub-subculture? that has ethnically diverse, female, homosexual, and transgendered(Ed. Note: Originally this read transgendered, and as Mittens points out in the comments, should have read transgender. We will endeavor to make sure such is used in the future.) transgender people as some of their most notable members.
Do you ever remember going to the school library, browsing through the various books available to see if anything looked interesting? Remember coming across some of the well-worn older ones in the fiction section that had ambiguous, monochromatic illustrations printed on the cover? Remember how they seemed a little cheap but at the same time carried a bit of an enticingly creepy ambiguity about the story within? UK artist AJ Hateley certainly does and has created several as a part of his/her (I'm really not sure of AJ's gender; the Tumblr blog is ambiguous) project on Tumblr called "Thirty Days of Video Games." The illustrations are fantastic and do a magnificent job of evoking that slightly eerie-yet-fascinating vibe that some old fiction paperbacks have and cover a wide swath of games, like Super Mario Land, Left 4 Dead, Fallout 3, and Shadow of the Colossus (which is my personal fave of the bunch so far). Head on over to the Tumblr blog and give the artwork a look-see, and you lucky UK residents can even buy prints starting at the low, low price of £1.50.
And I will express personal gratitude in some presently unspecified-yet-enthusiastic and moderately publicly inappropriate way to the person who makes Majora Quest Series: A Link Adventure Novel a real thing.
Moving on: I've had a long and difficult relationship with handheld gaming devices - a history with which I will not bore you right now. That being said, I have recently found myself in possession of a 3DS and while the current selection of games doesn't exactly leave me overwhelmed with options, something totally unexpected - something other thanthe Ocarina of Time - has me hooked on the little system: .MPOs. "Whatever do you mean?" you may ask. Simple: 3D jpegs.
In full disclosure, I'm a photography nut. Actually, I'm a photography something-else-that-rhymes-with-"ut", but this is a family site. I have no fewer than ten cameras in my den, ranging from a 50 year-old twin-lens reflex beauty(which takes pictures that absolutely spank the modern cameras I've played with...sigh...) to a "prosumer" Canon body that I bought during my recent near-wholesale capitulation to digital photography. Now, to add to my collection, I have a stereoscopic camera - my 3DS. It may not be a Mamiya, but it's opened me up to a new way of taking, and viewing, pictures.
So this time, I'm going to take the commonly accepted concept of "romance" and apply it to game development. Seems like a connection that doesn't make a lot of sense, at first. Games are just fun ways to pass time, romance is that mushy, gushy stuff best saved for Lifetime Network and real life. What do we want romance in our games for? And where does Romance fit into Halo, or
There's some very good reasons why the best games deeply involve the concept of romance in their creation, and more importantly, in their execution. During this article I'm going to talk a little bit about what romance means to me, and how it affects a game during its design and after its release.
Before he became a suspicious, murderous mess loosely presiding over a corrupt corner of the ocean, Andrew Ryan had a posh life in New York - but not a comfortable one, with his fiery ethics opposing modern society at every turn. That's one part of the story told by the first Bioshock novel, Bioshock: Rapture. Published by TOR and written by John Shirley (The Crow, Black Butterflies), it chronicles the creation and dissolution of one of the most ambitious and politically charged settings in any video game.
While Rapture itself is the brainchild of Irrational Games, it was later given over to 2K Marin to enact a sequel, which carried Ken Levine's blessing but not necessarily an archival approval. Part of what made the sequel stand out as a cash-in was its deathmatch multiplayer, supposedly taking place during the genetic haywire of Rapture's civil war. (Rather than undergo a horrifying and irreversible transformation, players got to fight over a 'Big Daddy' powerup for a moment of awesome stompyness!) It's unclear from the Amazon description whether the novel will include such powerups, but whether it does will certainly color purists' perceptions of it.
Bioshock: Rapture may also answer some questions about how the Ryan/Fontaine rivalry ended in such disaster while still apparently staying within the confines of an objectivist utopia. To get a feel for the period language and setting, check out the preview on TOR's website. The full book is $17 for paper, or $10 as an eBook. Commerce!
Are you a fan of The Guild, Nerd Princess Felicia Day's hit web series about a lovable gang of socially awkward MMORPGamers? Do you own an Xbox 360? Are you a fan of playing dress up?
Well have I got news for you!
Available today in the Xbox Live Avatar Marketplace are costumes made after the series' six main characters: Codex, Bladezz, Clara, Vork, Tinkerballa, and Zaboo. Also on sale are Clara's wand, Codex's staff, and Zaboo's staff.
The best part, though, is that our friends at The Guild have gone out of their way to make each costume available for both male and female Avatars. So worry not gaymers who don't subscribe to Microsoft's gender binary; dudes can don Codex's skirt and ladies can rock Bladezz's chainmail! Kudos Guildies for being so inclusive!
Now I'm not one to saunter about town wearing heels and a skirt, I'm more of a flip flops and flannel type, but I have always wanted to be as fierce as Tinkerballa.
Well today I can be my Avatar can be! That's a start. Now I just need a tangible Tinkerballa costume and I'll be ready for The Guild's upcoming fifth season premiere.
This winter I found myself with time on my hands, and a blog I frequently read happened to make weekly mention of RuPaul's Drag Race. While I had heard of it while living in Chicago, and saw advertisements to view it in bars, I was usually too much of a busybody to sit down and watch. So, sitting down, I was rather amused by what I saw.
Therefore, following Ms. Pandora Boxx on Twitter (and a few of my other favorite queens), one weekend I happened to notice she was making reference to mowing down zombies in Dead Rising 2. Huh, thought I. I do not recall having recently interviewed a drag performer, so figured I would send an email out into lonely space.
Much as she was on RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 2, Pandora is an absolute delight. Effusive and bubbly in a manner that made it easy to remember why she won Ms. Congeniality that particular season.
As many Minecrafters may already know, pistons have been the big news out of the impending release of beta 1.7. When I first heard of them I wasn't too impressed. So...we can make combustion engines now? Then I saw the video and my mind started buzzing. The possibilities for channeling water or lava...for doors, for hidden entrances. This could be very, very cool indeed. And, it will likely mollify me given that the long-rumoured "adventure mode" has been officially pushed to a distant release of 1.8. Apparently, the gang at Mojang just has too much to work on to get it up to scratch, so it goes once again to the edges of our radar.
So far, we know that adventure mode will include massive underground caves featuring elements that already exist in the game tweaked to provide a more traditional game-like experience. This will be part of the regular game, and not a separate element, like survival vs creative mode.
Still to come, but which Notch has only hinted at, are sky maps featuring islands floating above the clouds, "integrating single player and multiplayer" (wouldn't it be lovely to have a Nether portal or sky portal to take you to and from your single player map and multiplayer map...or from one server to another?), friend lists, and the mod api. Oh, and whatever Notch is referring to when he tweeted this spoiler.
Beta 1.7 is slated to drop soon, and then 1.8 may be the last major update until the game goes final in November.
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