Ok, I'm still working on the new maps for the Second Renaissance TL, and I'm happy with where that's going, but I got a thought that I need to get out that has nothing to do with sci-fi, geopolitics, or cartography: Video Games.
Now like most of you, I've been keeping a close eye on what Microsoft and Sony are doing with the lead up to the next round of the Console War. To be honest neither party impresses me that much, and neither company are making games that I wanna see get made anymore (don't get me wrong, I'm buying Killzone: Shadowfall and Infamous: Second Son the first chance I get). Now I could go on and on about the big two, but the company I'm really interested in right now, and the company with the most untapped potential to make some great games than anyone could get into is Nintendo.
Now at the moment Nintendo is continuing the incredibly bad decision of not hiring decent engineers to design their controllers, and letting old men from the last decade of game design to continue to dictate where the company goes. The best thing that could happen for Nintendo and the consumers is for them to go under after a disastrous run of the Wii U and the 3DS. Why? Because it could open the doors for a competent person to take them over (though internal revival or being bought out) and get their company to start making real games again. Nintendo needs to stop being Nintendo from 1997 with better graphics and become the Pixar, Studio Ghibli, or Pendleton Ward of video gaming.
To do this would require some pretty drastic changes. First they need to fire, basically, all of their executive staff (especially that idiot Fils-Aime), hire an all new cash of game designers NOT from Japan which is producing a steady stream of shit as of late, and tell Miyamoto that silent protagonists stopped being necessary for a world as bright as the Mushroom kingdom back when cell phones and video game soundtracks had the exact same number of available tones. We need a new generation of game designers who, much like the process the comic book industry goes through periodically, will come in and basically insert fan fiction they've been refining for decades into the storyboards. Imagine of we got a Zelda game that looked and sounded like Princess Mononoke, or a Mario Game with a more cell shaded art style and a Princess Peach with more personality, like a non-sugar based Princess Bubblegum. Imagine if Nintendo started to be THE company that catered to small time indie developers with small budgets and big hearts. These are the things that could make Nintendo great, and get games to be taken seriously as an art form because it would show the casual gamers that video games can be great works of art along side film and literature.
Just a thought.