Genyo Takeda, known for working on some of Nintendo’s most iconic games, consoles, and tech, will be stepping down from the company this June. Takeda, 68, was hired in 1971 by future Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi, and got started by creating the gun game that nearly sunk Nintendo (not by his doing, but due to the oil crisis of the late-1970s). However, he would go on to produce and direct classic games (like Punch-Out!!, Pilotwings 64, and Dr. Mario 64) and technology (like tapping the NES cart’s RAM to back up save data, the N64 controller’s analog stick and headed up the Wii’s development) as he had long been part of Nintendo’s technology brain trust.
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In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, implementation and lasting legacy of the MiniDisc media format.
1) MiniDisc Community Portal [minidisc.org]
2) The Oddity Archive, Episode 120: MiniDisc [https://youtu.be/HRlm7_ARJjI]
3) “RIP MiniDisc, 1992-2013” by Sascha Segan for PC Magazine, February 1, 2013 [http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415014,00.asp] Continue reading “MiniDisc – Doc’D #62”
It appears that this past weekend, a Quality Assurance tester at Traveler’s Tales (TT) Games (LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Batman, et al.) had tweeted an image of a Wii U tablet controller that appears to have undergone a slight redesign since last seen at last year’s E3 event. As of now, the tweet in question had been removed, but thanks to the “magic” of the screen shot, the image shall live for-evv-vuur.
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Some number of years ago, there was an announcement of the wonderful technology called Super Wi-Fi. It was proposed to off fast, high-speed internet through the vacant spaces between TV network transmissions. Currently, the first public network that is now actively using Super WiFi is in Wilmington, North Carolina. Now, why Wilmington exactly. Well, it’s pretty simple; Wilmington (mainly its county, New Hanover County) was … Continue reading It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Super Wi-Fi!!