Odyssey: A Flamethrower of Flavor and Fun Times
Super Mario Odyssey’s timing could not have been better for either the Nintendo Switch platform or the genre of a depleted 3d platforming entourage. Recent indie Kickstarted games like Yooka-Laylee and A Hat in Time were fueled on the back of nostalgia. There is a LOT of money to be made by fueling nostalgia. Certainly Odyssey takes the well deserved nods from its Mario predecessors, but it’s also a masterpiece of today for the innovations it tries and the risks it takes.
The other day, MasterMewking discovered that Gamecube controllers are usable for the Nintendo Switch in tandem with the adapter released for Smash 4 in the latest software update. This is huge news for Switch owners who thrived in the Gamecube era as well as Smash Bros fans looking for hope and hype. I’m going to talk about what this means now for the Switch and what may be seen in the future.
A year ago I made predictions for how the Kings would fare.
Last year I predicted a 39-43 record, unaware that the Kings were going to dump their leading scorer and playmaker DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings finished with a 32-50 record, a loss less than the previous season. Not too bad considering the talent on paper looked significantly less after that trade. Funny enough that record in 2015-2016 was their best record since 2007 where they had a WHOPPING 38 wins. Yeah the Kings are not a juggernaut in any tense of the word, unless you think nautical because they are often sinking. Of course, being a loyal and true delusional Kangz fan, it’s time to miss the mark again!
I am of the opinion that everyone should have a set of ice breakers in their back pocket when getting to know people. I also sweepingly find people love talking about themselves and what better way to encourage this than with a question? Of course some individuals get stressed at questions that have too many upfront dimensions, especially for some of the first encounters with an individual. Below is my list of questions I bust out when the time calls.
Dusk. – Jinsang
Genre: Chill Hip-Hop / Lo-fi
Vibes: Miyazaki, Rain, Mellow, Somewhat Jazzy
Cartoon shows have some of the most catchy and nostalgic jams out there. Seeing how I don’t have much room to share my appreciation for these songs during my current jam and video game OST bits, I felt I’d start a new segment.
A week or so ago Reddit gave its sweet hug of death to a site powered by Spotify and The Echo Nest’s resources. The site (http://static.echonest.com/BoilTheFrog) allows you to take two relevant artists and form a playlist that tries to go from one artist to the other artist. The hope is that you can get a blend of music that flows well between each song from different artists until you’ve found up at the other one; and sometimes this is truly the case! Generally the listener can pluck from the list the very moment the genre shifts. Regardless, this site is amazing, very resourceful, and a fun party trick.
My absolute favorite part of Spotify is just how easy it is to increase your library. Since I am a high volume listener it can sometimes be tedious to find *new* music I enjoy often. One extra benefit of this site is it can help you grow your library if at all by giving you more names you can slap into that search box to increase the odds of you finding music you like. This is neat.
I was listening to a RadioLab podcast yesterday and heard a phrase I thoroughly enjoyed and thought others would find amusing.
That phrase is: “Muphrey’s Law” (aka Skitt’s Law, etc)
Muphrey’s Law goes: “If you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written.”
There are plenty of reasons I find this phrase amazing. For starters, the play on words off Murphy’s Law is fantastic. Also I see the re-emergence of grammar Nazis (just check YouTube comments for a popular unfunny vlogger) who frequently set themselves up too easily.
Link to Term of the Day #1
Pogo – No Worries
Genre: Chill Electronic/Acoustic
Vibes: Indoor days with a light drizzle outside, Sunday mornings, Low-key inspiration
I was checking out the website for Nicalis, a game development and production studio responsible for helping games in production like Cave Story +, Binding of Isaac Afterbirth +, Redout, and 1001 Spikes. I recently navigated to their web site and HOT DAMN it is sexy. https://www.nicalis.com/
All of the flavor, from the characters out there from their respective games to the detail and audio was incredible. I am highly inspired by their design and approach to a website that is largely marketing heavy with some blurb of who they are about.