So the question of the day for June 13, 2012 is a simple one.
Would you pay $300 for the Wii U, or is that price too high?
Andy Rooney discusses how Americans remember their ex-Presidents, and how what we read, see and hear about them from media sources shapes our opinion of them. These days, we are actually very lucky, as we see much more of our Presidents than ever before. Every major speech foreign and domestic is readily available to view online, and is often covered in the news media both online, on TV, blogs, and in other sources.
Additionally, we have something that other generations could only dream of… the ability to interact with our Presidents or their official PR people on a daily basis, and see minute-details and news about them via social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and through unique formats like youtube, live-video feeds and chats, virtual Google+ Town Halls, and the like.
As such, I would reckon that the modern American is much more in tune with what the American President, in this case President Barack Obama, is actually like, than people had in previous decades. And it is only thanks to the amazing advancements in technology that we have made in such a short period.
For example, I was able to quickly and easily watch former President George W. Bush and current President Barack Obama together at Bush’s official portrait unveiling, it was covered in the TV news, posted online at many publications, and was easily found via CSPAN. In the old days, it’d barely get a mention in the newspaper. And very few people would have seen the actual speech, much less in its entirety.
And that should leave us very thankful for the wide variety of information and resources that we have at our fingertips in this day and age.
Previous Andy Rooney On Videos:
* Andy Rooney On the Middle East. Utah and Utaq, Mesopotamia and Persia, Iraq Half the Size of Texas [Posted On October 28 2012]
* Andy Rooney On WWII and Covering the 8th Air Force Division During World War II [Posted On July 11 2012]
* Andy Rooney On Ex Presidents [Posted June 13 2012]
* Andy Rooney On His Critics [Posted June 1, 2012]
* Andy Rooney On Lists and Magazines [Posted May 26, 2012]
* Andy Rooney On A Woman US President and Why We Haven’t Had One. Plus Ar Women Smarter Than Men? What Countries Have Women Presidents [Posted May 21, 2012]
* Andy Rooney On Computers, Bill Gates, Off Being On (Start) and Typewriters (Andy’s Funniest Video) [Posted May 9, 2012]
* Andy Rooney On eBooks and eReaders… Physical vs digital (Kindle, Nook, etc.) [Posted May 2, 2012]
* Andy Rooney On the 5 Worst Inventions of All Time [Posted April 25, 2012]
* Andy Rooney On Saving, Investing, Money, Finances, Bailouts and the National Debt [Posted April 19, 2012]
* Andy Rooney On President Obama’s Election [Posted April 14, 2012]
* Andy Rooney On the Death of Osama Bin Laden [Posted April 12, 2012]
This is a much earlier release than was originally intended, as the game was supposed to hit in July. But since the game is done now, the developers thought it’d be dumb to sit on their hands until later. Cool right?! :D
Additionally, fans of the Penny Arcade comic-based videogame who purchase On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode 3 on Steam will get an extra goody! Buy it on Steam during the first week of its release will net you a full copy of the Indie darling “Cthulhu Saves The World”! The Steam version also supports SteamPlay and Mac gamers will be able to play the game once it hits Steam.
Here is a video of the game in action, which features a completely different style from the former two games in the series, and was made by Indie Developer Zeboyd Games, makers of Breath of Death VII and Cthulhu Saves the World, as well as other retro-style modern RPGs.
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode 3 is also scheduled to hit Android and iOS in the future.
It isn’t too hard to imagine actually, because it has, in some ways, ALREADY BEEN DONE. Miyamoto was behind many of the decisions in the Metroid Prime franchise developed by Retro Studios, including the decision to turn it into first-person from a third-person viewpoint; early on in the development of the very first Metroid Prime game. And the rest is history.
Although technically Nintendo dubbed the Metroid Prime series a “First-Person Adventure” and NOT a First-Person Shooter.
So… that leads to today. Miyamoto says he specifically wants to create a first-person shooter game that utilizes the Wii U and it’s Wii U GamePad Tablet Controller to its fullest. One can only imagine the possibilities. And if Miyamoto were to do an FPS, you know it’d be much different, very creative, innovative, and unique from the girth of gritty, FPS games that saturate the market. And it is very likely that it would be a family-friendly game.
Sadly, this project idea only exists in the mind of the Nintendo master, and is not something he is yet working on. As he is currently to busy with other projects. But it is a very interesting prospect!
“I actually do kind of want to make a first-person shooter, but I don’t have time. Rather than necessarily the question of ‘What kind of weapon do I have?’ in a first person shooter or ‘What kind of effect does that have on an enemy?’, I think that the structure of a first-person shooter is something that’s very interesting. Having that 3D space that in theory you are in and being able to look around and explore that—particularly being able to do that in conjunction with another person—is very interesting.”
Miyamoto also discussed how the Wii U GamePad Tablet Controller could be used as a new “window” into the game, allowing you to see aspects around you that aren’t presented on the screen; and how interesting it’d be to have two players doing this at once within a first-person shooter world. *the mind wobbles*
Here is a video of the Wii U Panorama View Demo, which shows off how you can look away from the TV and see another window into the action, in this case with a real-life actual video! IMPRESSIVE.
All of this was revealed in an interview with Kotaku, be sure to read the full interview. It’s very interesting!