Feb 08 2013

The Final Countdown: Awesome Astronauts, Venom Returns and Shorter Games

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Go here to see astronauts more badass than action heroes.

“Please excuse the brevity of this article. A true list of everyone who was awesome in space should be everyone who ever went to space. Everything is cooler in space. It can even make the Facebook-angle self-shot awesome.”

The Countdown

Venom could be in Spider-man 2 – [FilmDrunk]

When time slips away: A request for shorter games – [Insert Coin]

The best Pierce Hawthrone quotes – [TVOvermind]

A gallery of simple life hacks – [Izismile]

Hello Kitty launched into space – [GeeksAreSexy]

Adorable celebrity instagram photos – [Pajiba]

A really amazing speed painter – [TheChive]

A 100% grilled cheese – [Neatorama]

DiCaprio dating another Victoria’s Secret model – [TheBlemish]

Download all the Oscar scripts – [ScreenCrush]

Today’s girl is Aubrey Plaza – [Maxim]

Triumph the dog crashes a wedding – [BroBible]

Awesome production art that didn’t make it – [ToplessRobot]

Ten great horror documentaries – [Gunaxin]





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One response so far

  • Thoreau

    Paul, great blog on Forbes regarding shorter games. I could not agree with you more. I love playing video games, but more and more often I find myself choosing other forms of entertainment because I know I won’t have the time to give a game my full attention. I’m especially fond of single-player, story-driven experiences, and with those types of games, there’s really not much payoff unless you play through to the end of the story. Thus, when I do have free time, I often choose to read or watch a movie, because I know that I will be able to reach the end of those particular stories within a reasonable amount of time. With gaming, I barely have time to keep up with the franchises I’ve loved for years, let alone delve into anything new. I think this is really unfortunate, because there are new IPs from this generation (Bioshock, Red Dead Redemption, to name a couple) that I’m keenly interested in exploring, but know that I never will because my life is only getting more busy, and if I can’t find the hours to get into those games at this point, I can’t imagine I’ll find that time at any point in the near future.
    I really hope developers begin to take us time-constricted gamers into account. Shorter games at a smaller price-point (but with AAA production values, of course) would be great. I’m sure there are also other options that could help too– I, for one, would love to be able to save every game at any time, and then pick up exactly where I left off. No more searching for save points or checkpoints, or the end of a stage/level. No more wasting valuable gaming time replaying part of the game you’ve already played because you had to leave before reaching a checkpoint or end of level, etc. This type of thing would be extremely appealing to me. For example, I never hesitate to start reading a book, because I know that if I’m interrupted, I can always mark my spot and begin again exactly where I left off, whether I come back to it 10 minutes, or two weeks later. Wouldn’t it be nice if gaming were the same way? If I knew that even a gaming session as short as 10 minutes would still get me 10 minutes closer to the end of the game, and that I wouldn’t have to replay those 10 minutes if I were interrupted, I’d be much less hesitant to turn on the console at any given time.
    I could go on and on about this, but the bottom line is that I enjoyed that blog of yours. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who has a hard time fitting gaming into my busy life– and if it’s hard for you, especially considering that gaming goes hand-in-hand with your profession, it’s only logical that it would be hard for those of us for whom gaming is pure hobby.

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