The relationship one has with their morning alarm is at odds with itself. It’s not a welcome interruption, when it violently pulls you from the throes of your natural and much-needed REM cycle. But at least it serves a purpose: waking you up in time in the morning. When you’re already awake, however, it’s no more than an annoying sound; a taunting reminder that you didn’t sleep that night. Continue reading
I went to bed ready to spring up at 8:00am and pop down to a nearby coffee shop. Since my motel’s wi-fi turned out to be less than reliable, I hoped to use the coffee shop’s wi-fi to send in the previews I had stayed up until 2:00AM writing. Sure, that admittedly large time-frame accounts for a lot of procrastination, but bear in mind I had been awake since 4:00AM the previous morning. My brain had dulled considerably by that night and my body wasn’t having me wake up that early.
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“Dude, you’re going to be so busy… …you’re not going to have time to be nervous.”
That’s a paraphrasing of Area 5′s Matt Chandronait’s advice to me, given on Rebel FM in response to a letter I wrote about the anxiety I felt leading up to my first E3. Despite my respect for the man, I kind of wrote him off at the time.
“Thanks…that’s useful.” I said to myself, sarcastically and out loud, as I sat, alone, at my computer.
3DS: No reason to bury the lead: the 3DS blew everyone away. Yes, we got to go hands-on (just with a visual demo). The 3D sans glasses is real and it works (and it blows your mind). The face features a slider to adjust the 3D (even down to 2D), and a new “slide pad.” The top screen is now 3.5 inch widescreen; bottom screen is still a touch panel. Has three cameras for taking 3D photos and plays 3D movies. Motion control and gyro control. Online all the time, downloading new content in the background (and NO SUBSCRIPTION FEES). Lots of big promises made in the form of both 1st and 3rd party support. We were teased with Mario Kart, Starfox, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Resident Evil, Batman, Guitar Hero, Saints Row, Madden, Dynasty Warriors, Assassin’s Creed, and (wait for it) Metal Gear Solid: all new, unique experiences for the 3DS. Developers talked about seeing it as a tool for the future of more than just game development. Continue reading