I still can’t believe Iwata is dead. I found out about his death while at JFK International Airport waiting for Trish’s parents to arrive. I was completely stunned.
I still am.
I spent the week in New York City visiting with developers and publishers checking out a bulk of the games shown off at E3.
I got a chance to hang out with a slew of folks during a big PlayStation event, got my hands (and head) on the HTC Vive virtual reality headset, played some Electronic Arts and Activision games and then visited Nintendo’s New York office to see the company’s E3 builds.
It’s always fun to get to spend time in the company of so many talented people.
What I read that I liked
Emanuel Maiberg has a neat story over on Motherboard about the doctor who treats eSports athletes and their injuries. “If you don’t rest the body doesn’t have a chance to heal itself, to go into a homeostatic state and say okay, now I can repair myself,” Dr. Levi said. “Whether it’s non-stop gaming or non-stop MMA training, the body doesn’t like that, and there’s a price.”
Bijan Stephen writes about Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new book Between the World and Me in an article entitled How to Live Within a Black Body. “If you were to map the black bodies destroyed by American police this year, you would have what looks like the shadow of a cancer creeping steadily across the lower 48; the names would bloom across the states in the way that a malignant lung tumor might, from as common and as lethal a cause. In his latest book, Between the World and Me, journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates interrogates the effects of a life lived under the gun, aware of the ever-present violence that is systematically and relentlessly perpetrated against black people in America.”
An examination of how Facebook’s news feeds work by Victor Luckerson. “How a controversial feature grew into one of the most influential products on the Internet”
Colin Campbell exams the life and death of Electronic Arts’ soul, in this deep dive into one of the world’s biggest game makers. “If EA’s brand marketing was a call to action for the game developer as a person of note, its computer game packaging was a love letter to the games themselves and to the art of media.”
I love the Smithsonian Magazine, mostly because seemingly everything they run, I love reading. In this article, Kimbra Cutlip breaks down the deep impact the Scopes Trial had on science journalism. “John Thomas Scopes was Dayton’s high school football coach and substitute biology teacher. Portrayed today as a hero of great conviction, Scopes did not specifically recall teaching evolution. He did, however, believe the law was unjust, and the town leaders were able to persuade him to stand trial for their cause, although their cause had little to do with evolution. Their aim was simply to draw visitors and their wallets into town for the trial.”
A moment of self-aggrandizing introspection
Back when BioShock came out I managed to convince Ken Levine and the head of the Ayn Rand Institute to talk about objectivism in the game.
I finished reading Ernest Cline’s Armada. It’s not as good as his first, but I enjoyed it. (I hope to write something about that for Polygon soonish). Most of my week was taken up by traveling back and forth between my house and the city. It’s an hour and a half to two hour trip each way, so I end up not doing much more than working and chugging along on a train (and working) on those days.
My brother and son have started working on putting together a Twitch channel of sorts. I’m not sure yet if they’re planning on doing a podcast dealio or a streaming thingie. It sounds like it could be fun though.
This weekend we’re going to have a cookout and invite some friends over. I plan on doing a lot of nothing. That and trying to decide if I should switch from Comcast cable to Fire TV and an assortment of apps.