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sexta-feira, 22 de maio de 2015

Mario Kart & Mad Max

Vrum, vrum, vrum.

quarta-feira, 20 de maio de 2015

Just a bookmark

Quite nice, no?

quinta-feira, 14 de maio de 2015

Boss fight!

These drawings are creations of Nick Derington.

To check more works from him, just click here.

domingo, 10 de maio de 2015

Last month in everyday1music

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of last month in!

If this is the first time you see this, besides writing crazy things here and drawing weird things over there, I also take care of the website, and, at every 10th day of the month, I post here a list with every song featured in the previous month there at the website.

Here is this month's list, have fun!

apr.01 - ♬ Velocette - Mentira Ideal
apr.02 - ♫ Calle 13 - La Bala
apr.03 - ♬ The Paddingtons - 21  5th most played 
apr.04 - ♪ Kula Shaker - Mystical Machine Gun
apr.05 - ♬ The Flatliners - Drown in Blood  3rd most played 
apr.06 - ♫ The Jellybricks - Their Own Way
apr.07 - ♬ The Len Price 3 - Turn It Around  2nd most played 
apr.08 - ♪♪ Fremont - Trees To Stone
apr.09 - ♫ The Sleepwalkers - Come Around
apr.10 - ♬ [Alexandros] - Droshky!
apr.11 - ♫ Mutineers - Infidelity  The most played 
apr.12 - ♪ Whiskey Moon Face - So Long
apr.13 - ♫ The New Mendicants - Out Of The Lime
apr.14 - ♫ paionia - Natural Born Lover
apr.15 - ♬ The SAFES - Hopes Up, Guard Down
apr.16 - ♫ The Pearlfishers - To The Northland
apr.17 - ♫ The Vickers - The Only One
apr.18 - ♬ Linkin Park - Castle of Glass
apr.19 - ♫ Tesla - Rock Me To The Top
apr.20 - ♬ Rocketboat - Lost  4th most played 
apr.21 - ♫ Jets Overhead - Killing Time
apr.22 - ♬ The Dawgs - Shot of your love
apr.23 - ♫ Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds - Doin' Crimes
apr.24 - ♬ Sorry and the Sinatras - Valencia
apr.25 - ♪♪ Guster - Long Night
apr.26 - ♫ The Rubinoos - I Want To Be Your Boyfriend
apr.27 - ♪ The Shins - Past and Pending
apr.28 - ♫ The Dentists - I Had An Excellent Dream
apr.29 - ♬ Blossom Toes - Love Bomb
apr.30 - ♫ Plod - Neo City

terça-feira, 28 de abril de 2015

Moral behavior in animals

Right? Yeah, I know.

sábado, 25 de abril de 2015

To read: a story about Shigeru Miyamoto

If you like videogames enough to have the curiosity to learn more about the history and the names behind the game world, it is very likely that you already heard about Shigeru Miyamoto.

Despite the fact that he worked his whole life on Nintendo, creating famous characters and series like Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, among others, even if you never played his games, they have reached you, because they influenced the industry in many ways. He also had significant participation in design choices of game controllers and consoles, another thing that also had great influence on the game world.

Back in December 2010 the magazine The New Yorker had a special story about him, telling about his childhood, about how his childhood had impact in his later games and showing a little about his ways of thinking games and his role inside Nintendo today.

It is not a short text, I myself had it saved on the cellphone to read here and there, but is worthy of your time, specially if you like games, or Nintendo, or creative people.

From everything that I read, I wanna comment briefly about two parts of the story that got my attention and that perhaps can give you motives to read the whole thing.

The first one is when he speaks about what he considers to be his great occupation inside Nintendo. He says it is ningen kougaku - something like "people engineering" - in other words, to act as some sort of mentor in almost all projects developed inside the company with the intention to stimulate talents, teach values, point directions and so on. That's why any Nintendo developer, when giving a interview, alway have a tale like "and Mr. Miyamoto was the one who gave us this idea", or "that suggested this change", or "that made me think about this". I don't know if it is something more personal about the way I feel about the corporative world and all the rest of the days of today, but I find to be fascinating people really willing to share what they know and to help other people to accomplish things, offering opportunities and a help that is really a help. Leaderships that have something to add and that do add, you know what I mean?

The second part is about one of these teachings that he tries to pass to the teams, something that he calls kyokan - something like "sharing of the common feeling". The example he gives to explain it is to image a man, let's call him "Mr. Mario", and let's imagine that he is a father talking about his son. If the person that is listening to Mr. Mario also have a son, he can connect to the things Mr. Mario is saying in a personal level. This relation of understanding of emotion is kyokan.

In games, this concept is found when a experience is being created to make the player feel some specific emotion, being it of wonder, of wining, of evolution, of challenge, of sense of adventure, that is the same that the team developing the game had when imaged the game or that was intended the player to feel.

One of the examples he gives is the way the difficulty of a game should gradually rise, in a way that the player without noticing is being prepared to more complex situations that would look hard enough to feel like a challenge, but since he is prepared to be there, although the challenge is real, it is balanced in a way that the player can beat it and get a feeling of accomplishment, of evolution and so on. If you ever played a Mario, or a Zelda game (just to name two), you know how this feeling is present. I think it is very interesting to see that the focus is on the emotion, given that the build up a game is a more mechanical process. If we think a little, it really makes sense. What makes we love games is not the process of running and jumping endless cliffs to avoid or stomp on the head of a turtle, it is the emotion we feel when we do it. It is about feeling, not about looks or deeds.

Drifting a little, I like to see how this experiences we have in games are retained with the player after the game is finished or shutdown. Many people would have more courage to face the challenges of life if they had before faced challenges in games. Who plays or have played videogames for some time and have to deal with people that have never played a thing knows what I mean, no? And just to use the word of the day, if you know what I mean by this, you and I have kyokan (oh, yeah! fireworks!! hahahahaha!)

So, if you are interested in reading the whole story about Mr. Miyamoto, and I hope you are, just click here.

quinta-feira, 23 de abril de 2015

Drawings by Dima Phase

These drawings above are creations of Dima Phase, from Ukraine.

To learn more about him click here. For more of his drawings click here.

sábado, 11 de abril de 2015

How do dogs "see" with their noses?

The video below shows some very interesting things about the nose of dogs. Hit play to smell it (ha!).

sexta-feira, 10 de abril de 2015

Last month in everyday1music

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of last month in!

If this is the first time you see this, besides writing crazy things here and drawing weird things over there, I also take care of the website, and, at every 10th day of the month, I post here a list with every song featured in the previous month there at the website.

Here is this month's list, have fun!

mar.01 - ♪ The Milk Carton Kids - Snake Eyes  4th most played 
mar.02 - ♫ The Zutons - Confusion
mar.03 - ♫ Polar Bear Club - Screams In Caves  5th most played 
mar.04 - ♪ Dr. Dog - The Breeze  The most played 
mar.05 - ♫ Guster - Satellite
mar.06 - ♬ Bodyjar - One In A Million
mar.07 - ♫ The Neighbourhood - Alleyways
mar.08 - ♫ Velocette - Igual a Nada
mar.09 - ♫ Valise - Dreamcatcher  3rd most played 
mar.10 - ♬ ZOX - Better If It's Worse  2nd most played 
mar.11 - ♬ The Visitors - Journey By Sledge
mar.12 - ♫ Get Dead - Kerouac's Teeth
mar.13 - ♬ Eagles of Death Metal - I Want You So Hard
mar.14 - ♪ Alesha Dixon - Knock Down
mar.15 - ♫ Alanis Morissette - Hands Clean
mar.16 - ♫ Phoenix - Armistice
mar.17 - ♫ Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
mar.18 - ♫ Archers of Loaf - Might
mar.19 - ♫ Paul McCartney - Save Us
mar.20 - ♫ Jamiroquai - Blue Skies
mar.21 - ♪ Belleruche - The Itch
mar.22 - ♫ Ocean Colour Scene - Get Blown Away
mar.23 - ♬ Banner Pilot - Hold Fast
mar.24 - ♬ Zebrahead - Falling Apart
mar.25 - ♫ The Films - God Bless Your Heart
mar.26 - ♫ Longpigs - Jesus Christ
mar.27 - ♫ Made Violent - Talk About It
mar.28 - ♪ Coast - Last words
mar.29 - ♫ きのこ帝国 - スクールフィクション (School fiction)
mar.30 - ♫ The Clash - Rock The Casbah
mar.31 - ♪ Ronin - Far Out