13: I Remember When There Were 151

January 8, 2013

1. Apple Making A Low-Cost iPhone?

We’ve been hearing this for years, that Apple is going to make a cheap version of the iPhone for people who can’t afford the version with premium components. That’s a mistake in my mind, as Apple doesn’t have a tendency to create stuff that its executives wouldn’t use personally; a cheap iPhone would fall into that category.

If Apple is making a “cheaper” iPhone, it would be an iPhone nano. Much smaller, thinner, lighter, fully aluminum and available in a variety of colors. $99 off contract and highly ideal to pre-paid buyers. Think of the current iPod nano but with some phone components built-in.

2. Overkill

The next Human Centipede flick will feature a chain of 500 humans connected via orifices. This franchise is becoming so absurd that it isn’t even an insult to cinema anymore.

3. Warner Bros. Embraces Animation

While Warner Bros. has produced animated flicks in the past — Happy Feet Two, that Owl movie, etc — it hasn’t attacked the genre as other large studios have. Starting in 2014, however, expect to see one animated flick from Warner Bros. per year.

Given its history, however, don’t think that this means that Warner Bros. plans to churn out good animated flicks.

4. Pokemon X And Y

One day Nintendo will make a MMORPG “Pokémon World”. Until then, though, the trailer for the upcoming Pokémon games, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, makes me want a Nintendo 3DS. The gameplay looks pretty incredible* and I’d wager that Nintendo has another winner on its hands.

Pokémon X and Y will be released worldwide sometime in October.

*I have, as of this writing, watched the trailer five times.

5. 500 Days In A (Simulated) Mars Mission

While it’s disconcerting that a 500 day simulated mission to Mars causes sleep problems, it’s fascinating to wonder when we’ll make the actual journey.

6. Nokia Open To Android

It’s good that Nokia is keeping an open mind about alternative platforms, but it seems to me that the reason Nokia is even slightly relevant is that it’s Microsoft’s premier partner with Windows Phone. Giving up that position to be just another phone manufacturer could be unwise.

7. Dish Wants Clear

Dish Networks is offering to purchase Clearwire for $5.15 billion. Unfortunately, Clearwire has a strong partnership with Sprint which basically kills the entire idea of a buyout. But this is certainly fun to think about.

Disclaimer: I used to be employed by Clearwire, although I did almost nothing for the company.

8. Who Woulda Thought: Robert Pattison And Kristen Stewart Like Mexican Food!

You have to love the gossiping media.

via @cambio on Twitter

9. Virtual Assassins

I’m not sure if this is good parenting or bad parenting: Instead of taking away his son’s computer, a Chinese man hired expert gamers to assassinate his son in the online games that he plays to discourage him from playing.

More or less a WTF of the Day.

via @sidewaysburnout on Twitter

10. Age Appropriate

One of the silly arguments which I got into on Twitter a while ago was whether or not it’s socially acceptable to like Pokémon as an adult. My argument: Hell to the yes. His argument: Hell to the no. With the Pokémon X and Y announcement, it’s appropriate to revisit that discussion.

So is it socially acceptable for adults to pick up Pokémon X or Y in October?

Hell to the yes.

Most of my fondest gaming memories involve the Pokémon games. While I haven’t been to one in a few years, I’ve attended Pokémon conventions as a little kid and as a young adult, and the audience at the conventions I’ve attended range from pre-teens to middle-aged adults.

Pokémon — be it the video games, trading card games, or TV shows — transcends age. As it’s okay to like Cinnamon Toast Crunch as an adult it’s okay to like Pokémon as an adult. Fun things aren’t restricted to minors and the idea that it’s not socially acceptable to have fun is absurd.

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