I recently updated my Nintendo 64 emulator, Project 64, after finding out it had an update this past year, and downloaded new graphics and audio plugins, Glide 64 and Azimer’s HLE Audio. After doing this, I realized that two games that had major graphical and audio inaccuracies before on the emulator, Paper Mario and Yoshi’s Story, were now mostly fixed. I decided to take advantage of this and start playing these games. However, I also knew that I could buy these games on the Wii U and Wii, as well as the original Nintendo 64, which I do own. I was tempted to buy them but am strapped for cash. For now, I’ve decided to stick with the emulator versions but am still on the fence because of the benefits and detriments of emulators.
Gamers, I come to you today a defeated man. Partially because I had an overwhelming month where I find it hard to concentrate on just one or two games. Mostly because I had to stop playing a game due to technical issues. In fact, please forgive the lack of pictures and polish I typically put into these.
I didn’t grow up with the Transformers. I didn’t watch any of the cartoons, I didn’t get any of the toys, and I am not interested in the recent movies. So I don’t have any knowledge of the storyline or any connection with the various characters. Despite this, I had a blast playing Transformers: Devastation because it doesn’t require you to know this universe to have fun. If anything, it’s a great introduction to the series that is liable to motivate people to look for more. It succeeds in being a great representation of the franchise while also succeeding purely on its own merits simply because it’s just so much fun.
In this world of content information and frequent updates, it’s hard not to get caught up in it. That is to say it’s hard not to be influenced by information at a constant rate. This has both good and bad repercussions. For example, it’s impossible not to learn something everyday. We are constantly learning from news that’s posted everywhere online, from Facebook and Twitter to RSS feeds and the websites we visit regularly. It’s impossible to be kept in the dark about anything, at least for very long. However, this also means that we can never be wrong. Continue reading “The Influx of Information”