The Nukezilla Sunday Supplement – May 29th 2011
Gil Scott-Heron died on Friday, aged 62. You can read this Guardian article about him. Above is, in my opinion, the greatest Gil Scott-Heron track. A biting deconstruction of American culture and politics in the 1980s. You can read the full lyrics here.
Modern Warfare 3 preview: war is still pretty much the same – Ars Technica. “The lights dimmed, the virtual shooting began, and, while everything looked great on that huge screen and my ears began to ring, the whole thing felt redundant. These are new situations with new weapons, but is there anything here to get excited about?”
Keeping the Dream Alive: The Men Behind Dreamcast Homebrew – Gamasutra. ”Sega’s final console may have been discontinued in 2001 and had its very last official release in 2007 — many years after software from big publishers dried up — but dedicated developers are still supporting the system with unofficial releases. Gamasutra finds out how and why.”
Hollywood shuns intelligent entertainment. The games industry doesn’t. Guess who’s winning? – Guardian. Charlie Brooker argues that videogames are appealing to the intelligence and curiosity of gamers in way that makes movies look simple and childish. Very nicely put.
History & Politics
Far Too Strange for Fiction: Nixon, Tormented Tragic Hero – New York Observer. A review of a book on Richard Nixon, one of the most controversial presidents in United States history. It delves into his paranoia, politics and the reasons that led to his eventual resignation.
Evidence of Water Beneath Moon’s Stony Face – The New York Times. “Scientists analyzing bits of hardened lava from long-ago lunar eruptions found about as much water as in similar magmas on Earth.”
Behind the scenes at Today, the most influential programme on British radio – The Guardian. A great look at the running, style and staff who create the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.