Polynauts Central (13/9 Archived)

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It's Thursday September 13th and this is Polynauts Central, at Polygon on The Verge.

We now know the iPhone 5 details, and whether you're disappointed or not it's time to batten down the hatches and get ready for your local WiiU launch details later on today. Until then though, why not read the details of yesterdays Apple event, and Japans WiiU announcement right here via the links below.

  • For comics, manga and anime and if want a nice organised place to talk about those, then head on over to Crisis on Infinite Polygons Issue #5 for chaosbirdomaid's BreadKnights' all-in-one thread.
  • If you want to talk game related art - or even art in general but be sure to head over to the thread by Paradox Me called The Polygon Gallery of Fine Arts and grab yourself some cheese, olives and a glass of wine.
  • If you want to talk about, or discover new music then Shinta has a thread for you simply called Music.
  • If you want to talk about any movies or television shows with fear of spoilers then go to PrinceLUDA21's Polynauts: The Movie: Episode 2 thread.
  • Zombie711 feels that snacks should have a thread. Won't somebody go talk waffles with him?


1: Press Reset: Episode Three - 'Tighten up the graphics' by Polygon Staff

In the days leading up to my transition to Vox Media from life at a digital agency, I hadn't a clue what I'd be working on. I assumed I'd be helping out with visual odds-and-ends on SB Nation or The Verge, and that Polygon's design and development was already in full-swing production with Vox once again collaborating with a famous NYC agency. That wasn't the case. Vox would be creating Polygon completely in-house, leveraging the incredible progress on the upcoming SB Nation relaunch as a guide to designing a fully-responsive, device-agnostic news outlet at massive scale.

2: Nintendo Wii U goes on sale December 8th in Japan starting at ¥26,250 by Tracey Lien

The console will come in a basic set and a premium set. The premium set will cost ¥31,500 and come with a black version of the game system, 32GB of flash memory, a GamePad, two power adapters, and an HDMI cable. It will also come with Nintendo Network Plus, a kind of loyalty program that offers 10% off digital purchases, which is currently a standard offer across Japanese electronics retailers like Bic Camera and Yodobashi Camera. The basic set will cost ¥26,250 ($US337) and come with a white console that has 8GB of flash memory and gamepad.

3: Extra Wii U GamePads cost ¥13,400 in Japan, other accessories priced by Emily Gera

Nintendo Wii U users can purchase a separate GamePad for ¥13,400 yen in Japan (roughly $172 USD), according to today's Nintendo Direct Japan conference.

Console stands for the new system can be purchased for ¥315, with a gamepad charge stand available for ¥1890. Comparatively, that converts to $4, and $24 USD.

4: 'New Super Mario Bros. U' and 'Nintendo Land' Wii U launch titles priced for Japan by Emily Gera

New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land will be available at launch for ¥5,985 (roughly $77) and ¥4,925 (or $63 USD), respectively.

5: Nintendo takes steps to reduce use of conflict minerals in Wii U by Brian Crecente

Nintendo says that the companies that make the 3DS, Wii and Wii U for them have promised that those consoles will not be made with conflict minerals, the minerals found in an array of electronics including video game consoles and used to fund the bloody, brutal war in the Congo.


1: Sean Smith, A Diplomat killed in Libya, was an EVE player named Vile Rat by masterdingo

We lost one of our own today. One of the unnamed "Other Diplomats" killed yesterday was Sean Smith. His name in EVE was Vile Rat. The following is from one of his comrades in game. I don't know about you guys, but this makes this story far more personal to me.

2: What movies do you think could make great games? by Rathorial

In the last year or two, I've realized that after I see certain movies, I look at them imagining what they would be as a video game. Where I could live in that world as a character, utilize tools and technology/magic, or just basic interaction with the the people and things in it.

I'd like to propose a movie example I want made into a game, but mainly get a discussion going for what movies you readers would love to see translated to an interactive game, and also how you'd do it..

3: Can People Play Games Wrong? by DocSeuss

Far Cry 2, a game that became a cult hit--everyone from Idle Thumbs to me to Anthony Burch loves the game--did so because of the massive amounts of freedom it offered to the player. I still hear stories relayed by its players that surprise me. But... Far Cry 2 wasn't loved by everyone. In fact, quite a few people still rant at how bad a game it is to this very day. Recently, I found myself wondering why that is, which is when I developed another theory: Freedom doesn't just respect players' abilities to play how they want--it enables them to fail.


He might be a broken man, but David Pierce is back in todays '90 Seconds on The Verge'.


"Is a man not entitled to the flavour of his choice? ‘No!’ says Livingtarget ‘it must be chocolate.’ ‘No!’ says blobbeh, ‘it must be vanilla.’ ‘No!’ says Rio_GTi ‘It must be untainted red milk.’

I rejected those answers; instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose… Banana."

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