Super Mario 3D World on Smartphone

I have played  and completed Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8.  Super Mario Bros.  on Smart phone will help Wii U and 3DS, since it makes Nintendo richer.  It would help fund Mario Kart 9, Super Mario 3D World 2,  and Super Smash Bros. 5 on Wii U.  The New  3DS was released this year so Nintendo hardware stays relevant.  Sony publish a Xperia running Android, but it failed.  Playstation Portable and Playstation Vita were  lagging far behind  DS and 3DS sales.  A “Phoneboy” with 4G LTE would  work as long as it runs Android.  A Phoneboy  running quad core CPUs and 4 GB of RAM.

Home video

I finally backed up 4 VHS tapes, one  VHS 4 hours long onto 5 DVDRs.  That is 10 hours of 20th century footage.  The next step was to convert these to 720×480  x265 format. I am in the process of converting to x265.  The mp4 goes onto sdcard for Android.  I have 30,000 on my hdd from scanned and digital camera.

Discs and DirecTV are in demand again with US gov regulating Internet

Netflix takes up 1/3 of the total US Internet access.  Now American will support Hollywood and foreign industries by buying DVDs, Blurays, and Bluray 4k along with paying for DirecTV and Dish Network like in the early 1990s-2000s.

Yeah, actually go out and put a satellite dish on top of your house for ‘cable tv’ instead of relying on your cable provider for Netflix!

Videogame reviews killed my videogame job

The negative reviews at  IGN.com (6 years ago) and Gamespot ultimately decided my career.  I grew up with N64 and looking at what happening to Wii U and console. It wasn’t a good fit.   I like collecting them and completing them. Also the industry looks to be changing constantly and the turnover seems higher than information technology.  The gamespot and the IGN blogs were testing this industry for FREE! it seems as though these are pretty dark times to be working in the gaming industry.Square-Enix and Capcom have seen much better days. Far from their 90’s glory, but I don’t think they will fade quickly. However, the gaming public is sick and tired of paying $60 for crap games only to have to spend more money for DLC. , cause everyone loves those shallow pointless games.I was once a huge Final Fantasy fanboy but Squaresoft was purchased and the series has gone to hell, so there goes my interest for a console. A 360 would have interested me for Lost Odyssey but one game isn’t worth a $400 bill. The gaming industry never ceases to amaze me with its stubborn refusal to adapt to market demands and its inability to learn from its peers in the entertainment industry pertaining to its current hot issues. It’s probably going to take a few more major firms going under and/or splitting up before they get their acts together.

As CEO of Sega of America in the early 1990s, Tom Kalinske oversaw the company during its glory days, when all eyes in the industry were glued to the titanic struggle for console superiority between the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis.

Times have changed, to put it mildy. Kalinske left Sega in 1996 and soon signed up with educational entertainment company LeapFrog, where he remains a vice chairman today. The intervening decades have seen Nintendo’s best days as well as its worst, and the company sits in a distant third place in the current console race. Meanwhile, Sega hasn’t been the same since Kalinske left. The Sega Saturn bombed. The Dreamcast signaled an end to Sega’s days as a first-party hardware maker, and the ensuing decade-plus as a third-party publisher hasn’t been all wine and roses, either.

“[Sega] seem to have made the wrong decisions for 20 years.”

Kalinske spoke with GamesIndustry.biz earlier this month at the DICE Summit, just days after Sega announced staff reductions and the relocation of its San Francisco offices. Though Kalinske said he doesn’t keep especially close tabs on the mainstream gaming space these days, he was shocked to hear his old company was pulling out of San Francisco. And while it might have seemed a foregone conclusion that Sega couldn’t compete in the gaming industry once giants like Sony and Microsoft got involved, Kalinske dismissed the notion.

“It was not inevitable,” Kalinske said. “It could have been avoided if they had made the right decisions going back literally 20 years ago. But they seem to have made the wrong decisions for 20 years.”

Regardless of Sega’s ability to best the deep-pocketed intruders, Kalinske said it could have joined them had the right decisions been made.

“One of the key reasons why I left Sega is when we had the opportunity to work with Sony, when [Sony Interactive CEO] Olaf Olafsson, [Sony Corporation of America president and CEO] Mickey Schulhof and I had agreed we were going to do one platform, share the development cost of it, share the probable loss for a couple years on it, but each benefit from the software we could bring to that platform. Of course, in those days, we were much better at software than they were, so I saw this as a huge win. We went to Sony and they agreed, ‘Great idea.’ Whether we called it Sega-Sony or Sony-Sega, who cared? We go to Sega and the board turned it down, which I thought was the stupidest decision ever made in the history of business. And from that moment on, I didn’t feel they were capable of making the correct decisions in Japan any longer.”

Regardless, there’s still hope for Sega as a brand. And Kalinske should know, having helped breathe new life into flagging brands numerous times over his career, from giving The Flintstones a jolt with the introduction of a line of vitamins to bringing Barbie back from the brink in the early ’70s. There’s never a shortage of experts willing to pile dirt on a brand before it’s truly dead, but as Kalinske emphasized in his DICE talk, “The Experts Are Always Wrong.” That said, brands aren’t immortal, and Kalinske did identify one thing strong enough to kill them.

“You have to really make a lot of mistakes to kill a strong brand.”

“Stupidity,” Kalinske laughed. “They’re hard to kill. You have to really make a lot of mistakes to kill a strong brand. I do think some great brands obviously have been destroyed, Atari being one of them. Why didn’t that survive? I think there’s a lot of bad decision making involved in killing brands like that. I hope Sega isn’t the same thing.”

But even a destroyed brand has some value, some potential for future success. The Atari brand still exists, and people are trying to resuscitate it with a mix of familiar franchises, real money gaming, and fitness apps. Kalinske said even he and original Atari founder Nolan Bushnell saw value in it, as they attempted to acquire the name somewhat recently.

“And we failed in that effort, obviously,” Kalinske said. “It was maybe five years ago. We weren’t able to put it together. At the time it was owned by the French, and the French didn’t want to sell.”

Moving back to the big brands of today, many analysts and experts have called on Nintendo to get out of the hardware market and bring its valuable stable of intellectual properties to new platforms, specifically mobile devices. While it’s another case that might fall under Kalinske’s “The Experts are Always Wrong” dictum, he thought they might only be half-wrong in this case.

“I don’t think [Nintendo] should give up hardware or consoles,” Kalinske said. “I am surprised that they haven’t formed a division to extend the IP. I’d love to play some of their games on my iPhone or iPad. It’s really a form of marketing for them in a sense. They wouldn’t even need to make that much money off it, but it would keep their brands relevant with the users, including people that are older, like me. So it seems to me it’s a marketing mistake, but I don’t think they should give up what they’re doing because they’re damn good at it.”

“I don’t think [Nintendo] should give up what they’re doing because they’re damn good at it.”

In some ways, Leap Frog faces the same dilemma as Nintendo. It has its own hardware and software built using a proprietary language, so anyone wanting to play LeapFrog content has to play it on LeapFrog devices. And while the company makes consoles and tablets, they aren’t exactly as ubiquitous as an iPad.

“We’re struggling with that,” Kalinske acknowledged. “It’s a big internal issue and there’s a lot of work going on in that area I really can’t talk about. But from my perspective, I would love to see a way [to have LeapFrog content on mobile devices]–so long as it was profitable, because you don’t want to do these things if they’re not at least a little profitable. And that’s what they’re struggling with, because most of the education content on iOS doesn’t make a profit. Almost none on Android makes a profit.”

Kalinske’s complaints with the educational app market on mobile devices should sound familiar to anyone who’s worked on entertainment apps in recent years.

“There’s an awful lot of stuff available that’s losing money and isn’t very good,” Kalinske said. “So you have a mess out there right now. This is one of the criticisms I have of Apple. They should take a look at all the educational content on their site right now, it’s terribly confusing to parents, and they ought to do a better job of curating that. Put some standards in and make sure that anything saying it’s educational actually is, and get rid of a lot of stuff that isn’t very good.”

That seems unlikely to happen in the near term. Kalinske has been in the interactive edutainment field since 1996, and one constant he’s seen is that the seismic overhauls that reshape interactive entertainment every few years don’t seem to happen at the same pace.

“It’s really hard to make a profit off doing education well. It’s pretty easy, relatively, to do entertainment well.”

“Education’s been much slower,” Kalinske said. “The adoption of really good technology has been much slower. It’s still slow. It’s still happening. It’s great to see Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS), but it’s not great to see MOOCS that are boring. My whole thing has been to figure out what the great curriculum is, and then figure out ways to make it fun and interesting, whether that’s for a young child or a college age student. Why does it have to be dull and boring lectures?”

There’s a reason behind that slower pace of adoption for educational games, and it’s one Kalinske said he learned back when he was still at Sega.

“We were doing the Pico, and Pico was a really good system for young kids,” Kalinske said. “And we were doing $100 million in business from the Pico and its software. But it had a lower gross margin on it than obviously, entertainment software. And this is again during that time when Japan was making decisions for me. And they said to me, ‘Stop wasting your time on that. It takes too much effort and too much money. You could just do another Sonic title and do a lot more revenue, a lot more profitably. It’s easier.’ And it struck me. That’s why Disney hasn’t been that good at education, or any of the other big entertainment companies, like Sony. Because it’s hard. It’s really hard to make a profit off doing education well. It’s pretty easy, relatively, to do entertainment well.

“With the amount of storage that one can do today at a reasonable cost, no matter what the subject is, if we wanted to present that curriculum to children or even teenagers in a way that was most interesting to them, we could do that today,” Kalinske added. “And we’re not doing it. And that frustrates me.”

Nanobots for surgery

The Mach 7 Navy Gun

sing electromagnetic energy instead of gunpowder or other combustible fuel, this rail gun fires 23-pound shells a distance of 100 miles or more at seven times the speed of sound — Mach 7. The Navy expects to conduct seaside trials in 2016, after more limited testing in defense labs. A rail gun projectile will cost as little as $25,000 — far less than the current cost of an attack missile, $500,000 to $1.5 million. And one warship could hold hundreds of projectiles. Multiple rail gun shells could also be fired in sequence to blow apart incoming missiles.

Doctors Inside Bodies

Early research is promising for development of medical “nanobots” that could be introduced into a soldier’s bloodstream or tissues, capable of releasing treatments for everything from a sore throat to malaria or maybe even the effects of chemical or biological weapons The nanobots, part of an area of research called In Vivo Nanoplatforms, would work at the molecular level, hitching rides on a natural protein in the body. One day they might save the lives of soldiers where combat medicine or medevac services are lacking, and they could eventually find their way into civilian applications, too.

A “Flying Humvee”
This rugged transporter would take off like a helicopter and fly like a cargo plane. When they land, some versions under study by Lockheed Martin, United Technologies and Textron would even be able to drive off like, well, a Humvee. The concept vehicle, dubbed the ARES, would be similar to a small version of a V-22 Osprey transport, which already provides the Army and Marines with a huge operational advantage in difficult terrains. One of its most promising capabilities: quickly moving soldiers and gear over minefields and past roadside booby traps without having to call in a bomb squad first. The military wants the air-to-land vehicle to be extremely rugged, utilitarian in design, easy to operate and simple to fix.

Silent-Running Motorcycles

Imagine off-road dirt bike engines that make no sound. They would be powered by tough, powerful battery packs, allowing warriors to sneak up quickly on an unsuspecting enemy. Such designs are in the works at Logos Technologies and electric bike maker BRD. The electric two-wheelers would have just a small reserve of gasoline in case of an electric failure, plus a secondary fuel source, if needed, to escape danger.

Ship Lasers

Easier to turn, aim and fire than today’s heavy shipboard antiaircraft weaponry, laser guns will give sailors a more precise bead on the enemy. So precise, in fact, that naval vessels will be able to zap and disable an approaching enemy boat’s engine, allowing sailors to capture and interrogate their combatants rather than killing or wounding them. This technology will be especially useful in close-to-shore patrols, where ships are more vulnerable to attacks from small boats. Several companies are involved in building the so-called Laser Weapons System, including Raytheon and San Diego-based defense contractor Kratos. It will be tested soon aboard the USS Ponce, one of the workhorses of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

Newer Rom Collection

I knew there was Dreamcast, PS2,  Gamecube, Wii ISOs back in 2005, but they were all torrents with 0 seeds. Ten years later, these roms are on FTP servers. I began downloading NDS roms in 2007, because those were only a couple hundred megabytes and are on my old list. In 2010, I was downloading Saturn and Dreamcast ISOs.   Last year I began downloading  2 Gigabyte ROMs for Gamecube, PSP.

Gamecube

Super Mario Sunshine  (1.0 Gigabyte)
Super Smash Bros. Melee (1.0 Gigabyte)
Mario Kart Double Dash (1.2 Gigabyte)
Metal Gear Solid Twin Snakes (2.4 Gigabytes 2 files)

Playstation Portable

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (850 MB)
Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles (603 MB)
Daxter (975 MB)

These Roms for the late 2010s when Retro-Bit manufactures Gamecube clone, PS2 clone, Wii clone for $80 once these patents expire like what happened with NES, Super NES, Genesis and GBA patents.