I’m standing in front of a cave, my assault rifle drawn. I’m shooting at a steady stream of identical aliens. I do this for an hour, hoping an alien will drop a good enough item so I can finally feel okay about walking away. That moment never seems to come. That’s Destiny.
I’m sprinting across a battlefield alongside two friends. A massive alien gladiator wielding an equally massive shotgun chases us all over, his minions appearing on all sides. We shift and maneuver, coordinate our defensive strategy on the fly, cry out for help, rush to one another’s aid. For twenty minutes we survive by the skin of our teeth, until the boss goes down in a tower of flame. We circle back to where he fell and start to dance. That’s Destiny, too.
I’m urgently calling into the microphone to five teammates, frantically strategizing against a series of challenges that are so demanding and mysterious that we initially didn’t have a clue how to proceed. I’m surprised to find myself more stiffly challenged by a video game than I have been in ages. We battle, we lose, we learn, and we regroup. We are becoming an increasingly well-oiled machine, split into squads, calling out positions to one another. Just when it feels like we’re not going to make it, a moment of calm emerges from the chaos. Did we… Have we… Yes, we’ve survived to a new checkpoint. We begin to cheer—throaty, honest cheers, shared between relative strangers, filtered over a network from six different gaming headsets. That’s Destiny, as well.
Destiny can be a cruel, exploitative game. It is deliberately unsurprising in so many ways, yet brilliantly bold in others. It’s usually a lot of fun, except when it aggressively isn’t. I can’t stop playing.
Kotaku has the most thorough and on-point review of Destiny to date. If you’re not sold on the game yet, read it. If you are, find me on PSN (pixelsguy).
Phone makers should build their products with the expectation that lots of us will take indelicate photos of ourselves and our loved ones. When we do so, our phones should step in with options for protecting such photos, and should apply extra scrutiny when the people who are snapping them are underage.
Timely but ludicrous. The idea that some data should be more protected or sensitive than other data, based on its subject, is asinine. Automagically protecting some data means the threshold of protection for other data is lower. OEMs and, more importantly, cloud service providers, need to be treating everything as if it’s as sensitive as a nekked selfie or tax return. Anything else is just making weak links in the chain.
The following statements are true, and not incompatible: Private development is essential to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s success. But a lack of affordable housing is a citywide emergency. Brooklyn Bridge Park can sustain itself through its public-private model and still have some affordable units built on its edges. The Brooklyn waterfront can and should stay green without becoming a luxury enclave, because this city gem is nobody’s private backyard.
I just moved out of Park Slope/Gowanus after effectively being priced out over six years. I love Brooklyn, but some folks need to get some perspective. NIMBY has no place in this city; there are too many of us and there’s no more space on the islands. Travel four blocks in any direction and a neighborhood changes. This is Brooklyn, not Battery Park City. Love it or leave it.
Free money for CoinStar or TD Bank, though. Just before I moved, I brought a forty pound bag of change to TD bank. $140 in change. Seemed like a much better idea at the time to walk to the bank than take a cab.
The Hobbit may only be split into three films because of conservative editing and an appetite for ticket sales, but they really do bring Tolkien’s world to life every bit as well as the LoTR trilogy. I like them.
Taking a sharp turn away from the lush island jungles of the top-rated Far Cry 3, Far Cry 4 is set in Kyrat, an untamed region currently ruled by a despotic self-appointed king. But don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the achingly beautiful views; Kyrat is a wild land full of perils. Once again, players will be able to craft their own stories as they travel through this exotic open world teeming with wildlife – using their wits along with an assortment of powerful weapons and diverse vehicles.
YES. Far Cry 3 is one of the best title of the last generation. Stoked for the next.
Levar Burton and team want to bring Reading Rainbow fully digital - from libraries and iPad to the web and classrooms. As of midnight on its first day, the Kickstarter has been funded $1.4M and counting. That comes from 31.5K backers with an average pledge of over $45. It’s brilliant.