Goodies: July 14

Good morning eveyone! It’s a beautiful, steamy summer day here in the midwest. Supposedly my employer is okay with people wearing shorts, but I’m still not comfortable enough to be that casual at work. Maybe come August when it gets really hot.

The news that hit me the hardest this past week was the untimely passing of Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata. He was an incredibly powerful force not only inside Nintendo, but his contributions to the gaming world as a whole are immeasurable. He was an amazing person by all accounts, and he’ll be missed by millions. This excerpt from Polygon’s retrospective struck me as the quintessential Iwata story. More leaders like this, please.

Iwata analyzes the game logic from Pokémon Red and Green to bring it to the Nintendo 64 for Pokémon Stadium. While serving as president of HAL Laboratory, Iwata ports the code in about a week. ‘I was saying things like: Is that guy a programmer? Or is he the President?’ Pokémon developer Game Freak’s Shigeki Morimoto said in an Iwata Asks.

Oh yeah, and today is double video day. Enjoy!

New Music

  • Currents by Tame Impala (coming out Friday for some reason)

New Movies

New Games

  • Rory Mcllroy PGA Tour Golf (Multiplatform)
  • God of War 3 Remastered (PS4)

Links of Note

  • Apparently there are 4 Kinds of Introverts – New York Magazine
  • It’s 2015 – You’d Think We’d Have Figured Out How to Measure Web Traffic By Now – FiverThirtyEight
  • Time Management is only making our lives worse – Quartz
  • IBM Discloses Working Version of a Much Higher-Capacity Chip – New York Times
  • New Target store takes you inside the connected home – Wired
  • Starting Fresh – The Brooks Review
  • Why desktop apps are making a comeback – Medium
  • With NASA’s New Horizons, it’s finally Pluto’s time to shine – Mashable
  • Miyamoto on the loss of Iwata – Destructoid
  • Satoru Iwata’s Lifetime of Accomplishments – Polygon
  • What happens when an Apple guy explores Material Design? – Medium
  • Brett Terpstra reviews Dash 3 – MacStories

Swag of the Week

Ernest Cline’s new book, Armada is out today. I haven’t read it yet, but if it’s similar to his last book, Ready Player One, we’re in for a treat. Will Wheaton is narrating the audiobook too, which is a plus.