• I’m loving Resident Evil Village. It’s not that I didn’t think I would, but I wasn’t sure it’d feel as much like an RE game as it does. I think Capcom has found the sweet spot between the full-on horror of 7 and the survival, creature scares of the original games.

  • Unpopular opinion: Carnage is a wildly overrated Spidey villain and the subtitle “Let There Be Carnage” is not good.

  • Manitoba issues new health orders for people to continue ignoring

    Caitlyn Gowriluk and Darren Bernhardt for CBC News:

    Earlier Friday, Manitoba reported 502 new infections — a height the province hasn’t seen since the peak of its second wave in November.

    Intensive care units in Manitoba’s hospitals are seeing a swell from the latest wave of cases, prompting health officials to ramp up critical care systems to meet the influx of patients.

    This news is sad, frustrating, and, frankly, embarrassing. How many people have to get sick or die before Manitobans finally start taking this seriously? We all want this to be over. The sooner we follow these health orders, the sooner we get out of this mess.

  • Tesla privately admits Elon Musk has been exaggerating about ‘full self-driving’ ↦

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been overstating the capabilities of the company’s advanced driver assist system, the company’s director of Autopilot software told the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

  • Today was my last day at Amazon. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most talented designers in the industry over the past year. I’ll be catching my breath for the next week before heading off on a new adventure.

  • I’ve been spending the past couple of nights building a RetroPie with my Raspberry Pi 4. I was able to pair my extra bluetooth Xbox One controller to it, download all the game meta data, and link my Retro Achievements account. It’s nice having something to play the classics on.

  • I ordered the new Siri remote for our main Apple TV and a couple AirTags. Surprisingly, the remote will get here after the AirTags, which I assumed were backordered into oblivion.

  • Biden's speech drew 26.9 million viewers, down from Trump in 2017

    Thomas Moore for The Hill:

    President Biden’s first speech to a joint session of Congress drew 26.9 million viewers, according to figures from ratings company Nielsen released Thursday.

    […]

    The audience Wednesday night was a roughly 43.6 percent drop from the approximately 47.7 million who tuned in to former President Trump’s first address to members of the House and Senate in 2017.

    While I’m sure it wouldn’t account for the full amount, I’d be curious to know how much of that 43.6 percent was watching online. A lot has changed in four years in regards to how events like these are broadcast.

    I’d have to think that another contributing factor would be that many people tuned in to the 2017 speech to see how far off the rails Trump would go which, refreshingly, was not the case last night.

  • If this pandemic has taught us anything about work, it’s that employees should be able to do their jobs where they feel most productive. Remote jobs are here to stay and any company that doesn’t embrace that, at least somewhat, is setting themselves up for failure.

  • Behind the controversy at Basecamp ↦

    “At the end of the day, they are not interested in seeing things in their work timeline that make them uncomfortable, or distracts them from what they’re interested in. And this is the culmination of that.”

  • Marvel's Avengers PlayStation exclusive Spider-Man DLC delayed

    Tom Ivan for VGC:

    The content roadmap is arguably headlined by a newly announced Black Panther expansion coming to all players during “summer and beyond”, Crystal Dynamics told IGN there’s no chance that Spider-Man will arrive before then.

    I don’t know that I’ve ever bought a game that promised additional content that wasn’t immediately available or, at most, within weeks of the game’s release, not months. Given the roadmap changes, experience and gameplay rebalancing, the Creative Director leaving… I’m starting to wonder if we’ll see Spider-Man in the game at all.

  • Spotify is okay with Joe Rogan’s anti-vaccine remarks ↦

    He’s a comedian, not a doctor. Why anyone would seriously ask for his thoughts on whether or not they should take the vaccine or, worse yet, base their decision on his answer to that question is beyond me.

  • GG moving from Discord to Guilded

    GG on Twitter:

    In recent months the mod team has found that our community has grown too large for Discord’s functionality, and have been looking for the best course of action to stay organized.

    Nothing about this makes sense. The number of members in the GG server, as of this writing, is 970 with roughly 250 of us online at any given time.

    For comparison sake, the Minecraft Discord server has 700k members, the maximum that the app allows for, with around 150k online. Discord is built to support communities of considerably larger size than that of GG.

    In my opinion, this is a bad idea and I can’t help but worry about what’ll happen when similar decisions and changes are made within GG itself. Rather than uprooting the entire community and forcing us to use a different app, add a couple more mods and tidy up the existing channels to keep things under control.

  • I enjoyed today’s Apple event and will be grabbing a new Siri remote and a couple AirTags. I like the updates to the Podcasts app and I’m hopeful that the new subscription features will help podcasters increase their revenue.

  • Do we still need E3? ↦

    Perhaps E3 doesn’t need to go, so much as it needs to change. It serves as a good anchor for these conferences in the summer, though I would like if it focussed a little more attention on the companies that need it.