Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Net Neutrality Day

As I've already given a piece of my mind many many years ago on efforts to "regulate" or exercise some degree of dominion-based control over the Internet with the SOPA and PIPA agenda:

http://commander-eon.blogspot.com/2012/01/sopa-and-pipa-agenda-few-elaborations.html

It's long been predicted that it would eventually come down to ISP-based discretion and control with regard to packet traffic. It's like putting toll gates on "private" roads. July 12, 2017 marks the day for anyone who has some grain of understanding of the fundamentals and principles at stake to take a stand and air his or her support for net neutrality.

Here's a primer on what Net Neutrality is:



So what can be done? The decision is really out of most people's hands as those in power technically have so many ways to make excuses for their all-encompassing edict on this matter.

The best way is to put it out there. To air the sentiment and maybe influence or inspire people to take a stand. These gestures might as well be trivial, but let it be said that we didn't take this sitting down doing nothing.

Say something, put it on:


It's given me the world and has expanded my consciousness to concepts and ideas that would otherwise be inexistent. The Internet is the greatest democratizing tool that propagates education and awareness to humanity, more so as it pushes American liberal democracy that is meant to stomp out ignorance and opaque multi-partisan philosophies and beliefs that merely divide humanity instead of establishing a realistic spectrum of idealist polarities that people can work their differences with.
 
Our socio-political perspective from left-wing to right-wing requires structure and it is through a medium like the Internet that people are enabled to work and "argue" within a framework and not outside of it, which typically involves anarchist tendencies to tear everything down and prefer chaos over logical form.

All compositions, statements and opinions of the author are copyright © Earl T. Malvar 2009-2015. All rights reserved. There is no honor, respect, admiration, intellectual and academic dignity garnered through plagiarism.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Nintendo SNES Classic Is Ready for PREORDER

Finally! Everyone was anticipating its arrival. It was inevitable. And it's almost here!

*Update: PREORDER FOR THE SNES CLASSIC IS ALREADY IN THE AMAZON LISTINGS! http://amzn.to/2ubtFKi



September 29, 2017

*Image from http://www.nintendo.com/super-nes-classic


http://amzn.to/2ubtFKi

*Image from http://www.nintendo.com/super-nes-classic


*Image from http://www.ign.com


The preorders will be up for grabs soon and Nintendo just announced they'll be pumping out more, but will cease production by the end of the year.

Honestly, the only real threat here is the army of scalpers who don't really want the unit but will have no problem quadrupling the price of this classic console that has bought joy to the pre-"millennial" generation, i.e. Gen X and Gen Y, and has inspired a movement in video game development through the decades.

There are absolutely so many great titles and it's a shame they will only put in 20 games + a 21st unreleased title in Starfox 2. Rumor has it that there will be less storage capacity for this retro unit to discourage modders and hackers from mashing in tons of SNES titles.

THE REAL SHOCKER HERE IS THE ABSENCE OF CHRONO TRIGGER.

For now, retro gaming fans are anxiously waiting to grab their units before profiteers do.


All compositions, statements and opinions of the author are copyright © Earl T. Malvar 2009-2017. All rights reserved. There is no honor, respect, admiration, intellectual and academic dignity garnered through plagiarism.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Back to Hunting: Sega's Valkyria Revolution Vanargand Edition

So after miles of driving and collecting names and numbers of store supervisors and electronics section staff, my hunt for an NES Classic and a Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Master Edition ended in futility. I was so close to nabbing one when I visited one Target store (late by a few days after someone drove about 80 miles to get an LoZ BoTW Master Edition).

I didn't stand a chance when they were up for pre-order months back and I wasn't about to fork out money on eBay to the benefit of scalpers, so on I went scouring stores hoping to get them at retail price. In hindsight, the extra effort cost me more in time, gas, and car mileage than what I might have paid for on eBay; or maybe not since the mark-ups aren't exactly wallet friendly for limited edition Nintendo stuff.

Even on Amazon's Marketplace, the prices are ridiculous.


So after the Holiday bank account drain, I'm back to searching titles worth adding to my library. I lost out when I bet against Nier: Automata and cancelled my Collector's Edition Preorder. The reviews have been up there and people are saying the visuals and gameplay have been surprisingly superb.




The latest installment to Sega's Valkyria Chronicles franchise is on top of my list: Valkyria Revolution. I almost missed out on this deal, too. Apparently, retailers are listing this as standard, but there's a kink to the pre-order deal, because they're actually going to be Valkyria Revolution Vanargand Editions for the first batch.

  

A Soundtrack CD and a variant of the box art won't hype up the excitement to be honest, but I think this could be a start for the next round of collectibles this year for me. It also doesn't hurt that the gameplay of Valkyria titles are as entertaining as the top titles out there.



 

 

All compositions, statements and opinions of the author are copyright © Earl T. Malvar 2009-2017. All rights reserved. There is no honor, respect, admiration, intellectual and academic dignity garnered through plagiarism.