As usual, I’ve been reading stuff on the Internet this week. Here’s a sampling:
- There have been a lot of flashy saves at this year’s FIFA World Cup. That means the goalkeepers are doing well, right? Joshua Robinson of the Wall Street Journal explains why this isn’t the case. The goalkeepers wouldn’t have to make flashy saves if they were more aggressive and grabbed more stray balls in their box. Still, Robinson has nothing but praise for extraordinary keepers like USA’s Tim Howard or Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas.
- Harry Mackin of Gameinformer writes about collecting in video games. He makes the distinction between mindless collecting and collecting that makes good use of the game’s mechanics to feel inherently rewarding. As for me, I’m usually too lazy to do any substantial collecting. I’ll nab a collectible if I see one, but I won’t go out of the way to hunt them all down.
- With mo-cap becoming an increasingly used technology in film, the question of who gets credit for performances has become a hotly-debated topic. Actors obviously provide the baseline body language, but animators often enhance it and modify facial expressions in order to craft the final product. Bob Chipman of the Escapist examines the issue in detail. Personally, I’m for giving the actors credit in the relevant acting categories at awards shows, and the animators can receive credit in the technical categories.
- Finally, this may be fake, but the managers of a restaurant have compared security footage at their establishment from 2004 to security footage from this year. What they found was both sad and hilarious. (Courtesy of Maia McCann of Distractify.)
Okay, I’m done. Bye bye.