Weekly Gaming/Tech Thread #65 – In Memoriam Of A Fellow Spartan
On late Saturday night, I heard the terrible news that a good friend and fellow Spartan who went by the name of ECM passed away. Many of you conversed with him here on the site, where he had been commenting just a few days ago.
He had an incredible knack for understanding politics and culture, being the sharpest person I’ve ever met in that regard. Many of you know that from your conversations with him here and elsewhere; he also was never afraid to stand up for what he believed in and he always had strong reasoning to back up his arguments.
Where ECM really left his mark was on gaming and game culture although he did not like to brag about it. As another friend stated about him: ” …[his] hatred of self aggrandizement, combined paradoxically with tremendous drive and restless ambition, was a hallmark of his character.”
His real name was Eric Mylonas, becoming known on the gaming scene as a writer and editor for Diehard Gamefan Magazine (often known just as Gamefan). He eventually became the Editorial Director for the publication, backing-up his craft with a deep understanding of what made games fun and being able to articulate those points.
He used to write a blog and make a webcomic called Waxing Erratic and eventually moved into creating popular game-related T-shirts on Teepublic.
He also wrote a number of game strategy guides for Prima that you can find on Amazon if you don’t have one already.
Here is an editorial he wrote in the Nov. 2000 Gamefan that was an excellent example of his wit and writing ability. There’s a PDF archive of his writing in Gamefan compiled by one of his long time friends here. (NOTE: Link updated to a much more friendly PDF viewer format than the 7GB file)
While I never had met him in person, we frequently chatted online in both text and voice after I met him through his comments on my arcade blog back in 2008.
For the past several years, we’ve participated in a weekly game night where we would play an online multiplayer title. His gaming ability was a thing of talent, he being able to carry everyone through the toughest spots. But it wasn’t just that – he was just a good friend to hang out and have fun with.
For those that knew him on a personal level, this news has been particularly difficult to deal with – it still feels unbelievable. He was a good man and a truly loyal friend whose wit & humor was combined with a kind heart – someone I considered to be a close friend.
I frequently sought his advice on projects I was working on as I knew that I would get honest and insightful feedback. I offer the deepest condolences to his surviving family, his girlfriend, his many friends and his fans. Rest in peace and may God rest his soul…Until we meet again. You will be missed.
Player Unknown Battlegrounds Players Take To Steam Pages To Demand Devs Region Lock China – Due to various problems that Chinese players are causing in the game
‘Lost’ Footage Of Phear (Atari Jaguar) Posted To Youtube – This is how Tetrisphere on the N64 got started but it was a bit different on the Jag.
Muh Diversity Focused IGDA Developers Survey Is Out – “The number of respondents who felt that diversity in the workplace was very or somewhat important was at its highest in the history of the DSS”. I guess they’ll need to have a few more spectacular flops before they figure out what gamers want.
Nintendo’s Direct Mini – On Thursday, Nintendo provided fans with their first Direct of 2018, calling it a mini-direct since it is less than 15 minutes in length (typically they are about 45). That was all the time they needed to pack a nice punch however as Dark Souls Remastered (which is also coming to Ps4 & XB1), Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition, The World Ends With You Final Remix, Kirby Star Allies, Mario Tennis Aces, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA, SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy(SJW heads exploded with this one, which will be uncensored in the West), Fe, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and more for the Nintendo Switch. And yes, it is starting to look like Nintendo will be bringing everything released to the WiiU to Switch. Might as well.
Sega’s House Of The Dead Is Back – Sega pulled off a nice little surprise this morning with the announcement of a location test for House Of The Dead Scarlet Dawn. This new entry in the series will be exclusive to arcades (at least for now) and promises to deliver a far more fearsome experience than previous installments of the game. In good part, that is achieved through the use of the enclosed cabinet along with special effects like seat force feedback and air blasters. This will likely start showing up in American arcades by the end of the year. Read more about it at Arcade Heroes.
NVIDIA At CES 2018 – It wasn’t just about the games for nVidia as they were more than happy to show of their latest autonomous car tech. They get into their latest gaming tech in the last part of the video, where they also showed off a big format 4K gaming TV:
Homebrew Of The Week: Silver Valley (Sega Master System) – If you still have a Sega Master System lying around and want some sidescrolling hack-n-slash action for it, then check out this new title that has been released for free. I’m not aware of anyone making a cartridge of it though so an emulator will have to suffice:
Insufferable Prick Logan Paul Reaps What He Sows – Of course, YouTube only took action after a mountain of outrage came along from Japanese users
CES 2018: More Spinning Holograms – I saw some of these at IAAPA 2017
This past week saw the arrival of CES 2018 and with that it means there is a lot of tech news to digest. From what I am seeing, VR is not the Big Hype this time but self-driving/autonomous vehicles are.
Robots & Cars – Kelly Blue Book takes a look at several companies and their robotic/future tech. I’ll start with some of Honda’s robotic vehicle creations that were on display at the show but if you want to see everything KBB looked at, go to their Youtube channel:
Best TVs of CES – As always, there are many new TVs to gawk at during CES, here’s a video that takes a look at what they consider to be the best:
“Weirdest Tech” At CES – Weird might be subjective here – I think what would be easier to define is useful vs. useless 😛 This guy takes a look at some of the things he found to be weird:
He wasn’t alone though in finding oddities:
Ossia Shows Off AA-Sized “Forever Batteries” – Ossia is a company that has been working on wireless power and they were at CES to demonstrate their Cota wireless power transmission tech. While they have different components to receive the power, the piece that received the most attention were the AA battery sized “Forever Batteries”. You can see them in this older demo video:
Space Pr0n Of The Week: More Than Meets The Eye With Andromeda – What I love about astronomy is seeing the creations of God in their cosmic majesty but also in finding things that the naked eye can’t see. Such is the case with this picture of the Andromeda Galaxy, enhanced to show clouds of ionized hydrogen in red.