Saturdays! For us Mon-Fri, 9-to-5ers it’s the the day where we collapse into a shambolic heap, our minds aching from a week of hard, back-supported brain labour. Lots happened this week, defying any attempt to speak my creaky brains on any given topic. I’d start writing then something else would happen, distracting me like the proverbial magpie. Shiiiiiiiiny! Caww! Caww!
So yes. “Digest”. A good word, smelling strongly of stomach acids and putrescent biochemical processes. But also: News presented in manageable, ‘bite-size’ chunks to aid your cerebral stomach! Without further ado…
I hope y’all noticed I have a Twitter feed now (Look right)——>. An experiment. Good for updating the blog when I don’t have time to update the blog, but proving too much to process as a form of entertainment. How does anyone cope with the flood of information? Not sure it’s ‘me’ yet. Time will tell, as he always does, the chatty sod.
So how are you all today? Hopefully excelling at whatever you do, like this guy? (Okay, crap pun. What do you want from me? It’s Saturday and I’m only just up!)
E3 was a thing that happened, where Sony and Microsoft got up on stage and prostituted themselves for their rabid fans. “NEW CONSOLES!!!1!”, they screamed, in their best smooth marketing voices. Microsoft, as long feared, marched up to their audience, took away ALL the toys, whacked a few knuckles with a wooden ruler, and laid down some harsh new ground-rules. Because #SCREWYOU is the new black in console gaming (PC owners have been getting this particular shaft for years). BUT THEN…! In swaggered Samuel L Sony, who pimped their new Italic console like absolute muthafucka’s, yo, and just basked in the waves of other-than-MS love by simply leaving everything as it had always been (Mostly), to the delight of just about the entire global population. Fandom, predictably, went nuts. You can probably feel the raging e-peen touching you from where you are. Enjoy.
In summary, in the wake of E3 seemingly everyone now wants a PS4 and only uneducated Mums/Dads will ever knowingly buy an Xbox One.
Matt Lees summed up Sony’s appearance best.
BUT. (I like big BUT’s, I do not have the capacity to dissemble) Gaikai. Sony bought Gaikai. Backwards compatibility through Gaikai is not what I call backwards compatibility. It’s re-presenting old titles through a new streaming server-thin client service. NOT the same. And deeply worrying for if GaiKai were to take off Sony would have MORE control over their content than even Microsoft want. And you’d have LESS. Watch that space like a fucking hawk, people. Trust Sony at your peril.
Plucky Scandinavian Web-Browser also-rans, Opera, recently revealed their bold new browser for desktops. We knew they were switching browser engines from their own long-developed ‘Presto’ to the open-source ‘webkit’ (and then followed Google towards webkit fork, Blink) but few could have predicted this would mean basically skinning Chrome with the Opera logo and some Opera design sensibilities. Long-time fans went nuclear. Every subsequent development release of Opera Next on their Desktop Team blog has been met with hundreds of aggrieved fans baying for blood and howling at the removal of, well, just about everything they ever liked about the Opera Browser. Opera themselves remain tight lipped about the browser’s future, to the frustration of just about everyone.
Personally, I quite like it. Opera 12.15 was, in my opinion, quite bloated. The browser had also long suffered from poor website compatibility, struggling to keep abreast of even the big sites like Facebook. Suddenly, all that is gone. But then, so have many of the things I actually loved about the browser. I jotted down some first impressions:
- Smart design elements
- Reassuringly site-compatible
- Occasionally impressive
- Mail client removed, thank god! Cause of waaay too many delays and crashes on my system.
- Stash is a good idea. Me like.
- No bookmarks? Freedom!
- Where are all the features??? So much is missing!
- Scrolling is terribly jerky
- Chrome by any other name…yecch
- No ‘Paste and Go’! ‘Tis the Dark ages once more!
- Combine the search box with the address box but provide another HUGE search box on the Speed Dial page? Madness!
- Discover tab is very conservative at present, not very many sources. Daily News Digest might be a better name.
- No Bookmarks? Madness! Might cause trouble later, but they are working on some form of implementation, apparently.
Again, time will tell. I’ll be interested to see what makes it back in for the version 15 full release but I suspect we’re in for the long haul on this one now that Opera are basically starting from the drawing board again.
Superman returns (lol) to our cinemas after Superman Returns failed to excite anyone except your mom. I have not yet seen “Man of Steel” so if anyone spoils it for me I will kill you. I know where you live…
Everyone loves a big bang, especially when they go multiple.
Earth Rings. I’ve spent waaay too much time thinking abut stuff like this.
…Is anyone else seeing the Opera logo? Tell me it’s not just me.
I’d forgotten they were doing another 300 movie. Hunh. Not sure it needed a sequel…judge for yourself. Good to see Xerxes again, though. Although can it hold together without Gerard Butler?
Until Next Time…