Tremendously important nuggets of wisdom I can chew on in lieu of the Styrofoam-like filth the airlines call “food”:
- The breed of geek which eagerly leaps onto the latest bit of technology and desperately embraces the obsolescence of all that has come before are, curiously, incredibly offended by the notion of being obsolete. I had assumed that panning Ultimate Ghosts ‘N Goblins was going to engender the greatest amount of hatred I’ll ever seen in my game writing career, but that was before I had suggested that hardcore gaming types are largely immaterial in Nintendo’s vision of the future. And for mentioning the fact that American consumers aren’t Nintendo’s top priority. Given the reactions these comments prompted, you’d think I’d told people their mothers no longer loved them. It’s true, though. Your mom doesn’t love you. Get off the computer for once and send her some flowers.
- According to Square Enix’s list of TGS titles, the Mana series is officially being referred to as a Final Fantasy side story again. Which means that barring a SaGa resurrection, there’s nothing coming from the Square side of the company that isn’t in some way linked to the FF series. And come to think of it, SaGa is basically what became of Final Fantasy II. Remember when Square was totally great and Final Fantasy actually had some brand integrity? Man, last year seems like it was so long ago.
- For those who have asked, the new iPod nano is almost painfully swell. (This is different than painfully swelling.) It’s actually somehow even smaller than the original, although the aluminum construction feels winningly durable. The battery life is completely insane, too — after two days of constant use, it was still only about 2/3 of the way empty. I ended up running the battery down by letting it play into empty air for six or seven hours. Given that its storage capacity is eight times that of the Shuffle, which was introduced a year and a half ago, you can probably start counting down the days until the 1TB nano arrives. It will be inserted into your sinus cavity and stream HD video directly into your brain, presumably through the very same Matrix-like brain hookup Kutaragi promised for the PS2. (It’s coming any day now, honest.)
Actually, I don’t think those nuggets are going to be very filling. Guess I’ll have to resort to cannibalism instead.