Thursday, May 19, 2011

Link roundup

1. Blade Runner cityscape animated gif.

2. From a long, somewhat rambling, but quite interesting article on the ongoing failure of Square:

it's no secret that seven out of ten game pitch documents here in The West are plastered with concept art pulled shamelessly from, with asterisked captions under every tenth or eleventh image: "This art is copyright Some Talented Individual From The Internet—she or he is not our employee, though this is definitely the sort of thing we would want an artist to do; in fact, we might hire this person." I don't see anything wrong with this method. Well, in Japan, they do: You can't photograph your friend hugging a plastic statue of Colonel Sanders without a representative of Kentucky Fried Chicken theatrically weeping and groping his face at you. It's confusing and weird.

So what I'm driving at is this: they say Japan is on the skids—re: games, anyway—and they say that The West is on the smooths. I tell you what—the smooths are pretty smooth, up in here. And I tell you what again—in Japan, they wouldn't use some kid's art in their pitch document. They'd have to offer the kid a lifetime contract first. So, in this manner, I present you with a hypothesis that Square-Enix has accumulated—through numerous expansions, attempted expansions, and maybe-superfluous conglomerations, so many artists that a nuclear physicist wouldn't feel wrong assuming that they were probably—and definitely—the most important members of the company.
3. Fingerprint scanner that works from several feet away. Via.


  1. There is a major problem with the article about Square-Enix. It is written by Tim Rogers, whose gimmick is to write fiction as much as fact.

  2. No kidding? Can you give an example?

  3. Tim wanted to be the video game version of Hunter S. Thompson, and used a gonzo journalism approach, though "exaggeration" sometimes passed into the realm of complete fiction. Tim himself has admitted in the past that some of things he wrote were exaggeration. He became famous for writing long rambling pieces that weren't actually about the supplied subject. Outside of favored sites, he would also write pieces to troll certain audiences.

    I can't link to this stuff as it is years old, and some of it is no longer even online. (The InsertCredit forums are long gone, for example.)

    He may have mellowed over time, but Tim of the past taught people to take anything he said with a grain of salt, and in certain areas his name was even usable as an insult.