Video game previews, subway stations, and hackers – it’s all in this week’s What I’ve Been Reading:
- In the wake of the Aliens: Colonial Marines controversy, where the game’s demo looked nothing like the final product, there has been a lot of talk about video game previews. Stephen Totilo of Kotaku writes about the good and bad points of them. I can’t recall any other recent instances of a video game preview differing so markedly from a final product, and now that this has become such a huge controversy, I don’t foresee it becoming a common occurrence. There’s no need to do anything rash like swearing off previews for good. Kotaku’s new preview policy, where they declare how much of the game they’ve played or seen, is more in line with what the video game press should be doing.
- Did you know that there’s a secret subway station in New York City? It was supposed to serve City Hall, but the track was too curved for it to be usable. Sophie of Travelettes has the details.
- There’s been a lot of talk of the media’s role in the ongoing Oscar Pistorius murder case. Alyssa Rosenberg of ThinkProgress explains why the Olympics have a financial interest in maintaining Pistorius’ “good guy” image.
- Man, I’m linking to Stephen Totilo articles twice this week. The dude owes me. In any case, take a look at this fascinating piece about an Australian hacker who goes by the moniker SuperDaE. The guy managed to get his hands on next-gen console devkits, but his home was eventually raided by the Western Australian police.
- Finally, a huge dose of cute and nerdy: a physicist proposed to his girlfriend using a mock physics paper. (She said yes.)
Everybody, altogether now: “Awwww!” Okay, enough sentiment. Back to work, the lot of ya!