A lot of links this week. Enjoy! (Or don’t. I can’t force you to enjoy things.)
- Christian Donlan of Eurogamer explains why wackier video games are making their way onto the market. He attributes it to the rise of indie games, as well as the availability of cheaper middleware and easy-to-use distribution platforms.
- Remember when we thought were going to run out of IPv4 addresses and we’d all have to switch over to IPv6? Well, that hasn’t happened yet. Lee Schlesinger of Network World explains the stopgap solutions that have postponed the great switch.
- Carlos Diuk of Facebook Data Science tracked Facebook timeline posts around the time that couples began relationships and found some interesting results. Here they are.
- We’ve all heard that getting eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night is essential for our health. (I’m lucky if I get half that much.) Stephanie Hegarty of BBC News Magazine explains why sleeping for eight hours straight might not be such a great idea. Apparently, we’re supposed to sleep in two four-hour stretches.
- By now, you’ve likely heard of the wacky social phenomenon known as Twitch Plays Pokémon. For those of you who haven’t, some guy hacked an old version of Pokémon Red so that it would accept button inputs via Twitch chat. The result is thousands of people playing the same video game at once, and it’s pure madness. Patricia Hernandez of Kotaku analyzes the phenomenon and shares some of the memes that it has spawned.
- Earlier this week, it was reported that Irrational Games, the studio that made BioShock and BioShock Infinite, is essentially shutting down. Writing for The Conversation, Brendan Keogh explains how taking Irrational’s press release at face value does a disservice to the dozens of people affected by the layoffs. I understand Keogh’s frustrations, but I think he’s being unfair. The games press reported on the press release without much further comment because it was the only information available at the time. Articles about what might come next for studio head Ken Levine followed, because speculation is easy, and it doesn’t require much research. Figuring out the story behind the story takes a lot more time and research. Those pieces will come out in due time, and they’ll be better for the research that went into them. A hastily assembled “investigative” article patched together from NeoGAF rumours and cryptic Tweets wouldn’t have done anybody any good.
- Katie Collins of Wired writes about an Indiegogo crowdfunding project to print out Wikipedia as a volume of about 1000 books. I think the people behind this are missing the point of Wikipedia.
- Caitlin Flanagan of The Atlantic has a lengthy exposé on American college fraternities. It’s a long piece, but it’s essential reading for anyone who has even a passing interest in the Greek system and the dangers to which it exposes young adults.
Y’all better get reading if you want to get through all of that. Take care, dear readers. I’ll be back next week.