TL;DR 3/27/12: Playstation Network, Flying Bird Man, Mass Effect 3, Ghost Ship

TL;DR 3/27/12: Playstation Network, Flying Bird Man, Mass Effect 3, Ghost Ship

March 27, 2012 11:56 am 13 comments

 

Okay, you may have noticed that I missed a couple of TL;DR’s. That’s because over the weekend I went to St. Louis for the Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds Symphony. It was amazing and I recommend you go to one if you ever have the chance. Anyway, let’s get this thing started. It looks like researchers at MIT have discovered that memories are stored in specific neurons and can be triggered at will. Take that knowledge and throw a little technology at it and we may eventually be able to sell memories. I can’t wait to blurt out, “I know Kung-Fu,” without it being a joke.

Gizmodo

 

Everybody Slow Clap

I really don't have the proper words to make fun of this guy as hard as I should.

 

What would be your brilliant scheme to hide out if you were an AWOL soldier? Would you steal a billionaire’s identity and use his debit card to pay your bills? No, huh? You sure? Yeah, you’re right. That does sound like it could draw some attention. Too bad nobody told Brandon Lee Price that.

Washington Post

 

Not Today

It would've been cool to see what amazing creations would have popped up.

 

Two PSP titles have been pulled from the Playstation Network because they can be used to in a Vita exploit. The exploit allows homebrew programming to run on a Vita in PSP mode. Hot Shots Tennis and MotorStorm Arctic Rift are going to be unavailable until they figure out a fix. Either that or the games are gone for good.

Joystiq

 

Psych!

The only Birdman I'll ever need.

 

The flying bird man turned out to be a hoax. It was the work of a Dutch CGI artist who’s pretty good at his craft. That’s a shame because it would have been awesome.

Gizmodo

 

Ahhhh… My Brain

Now with 30% less effect.

 

Ok, if you haven’t been paying attention lately, I’ll bring you up to speed. A lot of people were unhappy with the ending of Mass Effect 3 so they took to the internet and now it’s going to be changed. The really bad thing is that one group was using Child’s Play to get attention for their cause. People were unsure who they were actually donating to, so it caused a huge mess. I miss the days when people finished a game, discussed it for a while, then moved on. Now we’ve got a world full of people with an unwarranted sense of entitlement that gripe until they get their way. Shame on you, Bioware, for giving in to them.

Penny Arcade

 

Surprise!

Is that a dead Conehead?

 

A ghost ship that was lost since the tsunami in Japan was spotted about 100 miles off the coast of Canada. I think it should be renamed Harbinger. Why? Because as early as this October the west coast could start seeing debris from the disaster.

Gizmodo

I’ve been playing Armored Core V quite a bit and I think for the first time ever I’m going to end up getting a couple months of Gold for my Xbox Live account so I can do some multiplayer action on it. What have I become? If you have a copy and want to play send me your gamertag in the comments or on Twitter, @kelknaughty.

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  • Bioware is probably trying to bolster its image a little after the last fiasco on the internet about how bad SWTOR was. By which I mean, how trolls destroyed it and how they are continuing in the destruction process of the company as a whole.

    • They're not really doing anything that is actually hurting Bioware. The people that are pissed off are people that already paid for the game. They disagree with the ending, so they're demanding something for free from Bioware. It's a sad state of affairs.

    • Kelly Mariomario Loubagelbagel McNaughton Yeah, but I'm saying there is an extreme negativity that exists about the company as a whole. There has to reach a plateau at some point where this nay saying becomes a stigma that cripples the industry if they don't try to placate the gamers demands. Still, I agree with your comment, it isn't right to bend to the demands of the players if it means eradicating your initial vision for a few less people whining.

    • David Fink Barrentine Yeah, if enough people just keep hating on the company just for the sake of hating it could ruin them. My biggest gripe about them at this point is their lack of a backbone and not supporting their writers that worked hard for the initial ending of ME3. That just seems like a big slap in the face to their employees.

    • Kelly Mariomario Loubagelbagel McNaughton Now here's an argument I've heard before, "The new ending is supporting the writers because it pays them to continue writing." Any thoughts?

    • It's almost like they're saying, "That's cool and all, but I think the fans know better."

    • David Fink Barrentine They may be getting paid to write a new ending, but the fact that the original ending was seen as something to be done away with seems like a slap to the face.

    • Kelly Mariomario Loubagelbagel McNaughton That's what I thought as well. I can't recall who actually presented me with that rebuttal in the first place, all I remember is wanting to lay out the analogy of child rearing and babysitting. It's as if Kanye West looked at the game and said, "I like what you're doing and Imma let you finish, but…" This should be where fan fic picks up instead.

    • David Fink Barrentine Pretty much. I bet if the original ending was something that was as fan-servicey as the new ending is going to be, people would have had just as many fits about it.

    • Kelly Mariomario Loubagelbagel McNaughton As stated before though, 30% less effect. What's the point of even providing the game if you can choose an ending of your choice? It doesn't have the same punch as it would being that there is only one ending or various endings based on the imagination of the "writers" and not the "players". It would be like me producing a game of DnD and saying, "Now provide me with the way each of you wants this game to end and we'll say that's what happens." To be fair though, I haven't played the Mass Effect series so I don't know exactly what all the complaining is over. I just know there is a slew of it.

    • David Fink Barrentine I haven't played the 3rd one, but 1 and 2 both only had one way the game would end. A couple details would be different depending on some of your choices, but there was no getting around The Citadel being attacked or going toe to toe with a Reaper.

  • I have to say that I was a little disappointed with the ending of Mass Effect 3, but the game was great. I was unhappy with the somewhat forced option to buy the Prothean DLC, but I really felt shortchanged in the end of the game having grown to like the Prothean and the other characters in the game. I never signed any petition to change the ending, but I for one will be happy to experience a new ending. I don't get caught up in all of the trolling or whatever it is called that people think is destroying Bioware. I didn't buy into the hype of SWTOR, but I would likely judge the game for what it were if I played it. I don't get the big deal. Here's a company with a product that people didn't like enough to request improvements on it. It's as simple as that. They are creating a better ending to please their customers and fan base. It's a paradigm shift in gaming, but it's a tactic as old as the profession of manufacturing products for customers. I am not sure what all the fuss is about with wishing Bioware would stick to their guns. I think they did, and the customers will be happy.

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