++Nintendo Switch: Just whittled away a few seconds of my life watching this (too long)video about Nintendo's Switch device arriving in March of next year. It seems comically *low* tech to me and hardware-centric? It's both retro and new at the same time. Don't get me wrong. I've written about my love for the old Blackberry buttons so I love things manually manipulated and tangible. And as a tinkerer and fixer type am all in favor of things you can blow into, unjam, jimmy, Terry Lewis wiggle or reposition to get working again. That's what these parts and pieces look like to me. The more things are wifi'd and made Bluetooth (like the removal of the physical headphone wire) the less it feels like one has control. Then again, when the info is transmitted in a nonphysical form there's no danger of spilling Mountain Dew on it.
I dunno, so weird mixed feelings of mostly boredom at the first part of the video, but a real materialization of my thoughts the other day about stadium/international gaming at the end of the video. The last piece is that nation-less cyber currency, yo. And who gets control of it when the gamers go to war!? Also it's weird how gaming is both isolating (he's on a plane removed from socializing except for when he shows the girl, "Look, I am alone, but with you!) and yet a socializing force once they get to the stadium. Also on a side note.. not to get too Hathaway, this came true as I predicted! (i.e., Gameworld wanting to be movieworld.)
++Creaked open the Inbox for the first time in ages and Ween is rereleasing a live album and hey whaddaya know via Stereogum our old pals Black Kids are back and asking are you in or out, in our out? No crispy opening guitar riff like in Boyfriend How to Dance but I'll take it.