Nintendo Possibly Adding Update to Old Wii U

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http://www.polygon.com/2017/1/13/14269470/nintendo-switch-size-comparison

I’m not a freelance writer anymore, but while I was working for that tech blog last year I managed to make some really interesting contacts in the tech industry. Well, one of those contacts just let me in on a tasty little secret! I’ll let you in on it in a second.

The Nintendo Switch is looking to be Nintendo’s most successful video game console to date. It’s a 2-in-1 system allowing users to play console-quality games on a mobile system. Sony tried to do this with the PS Vita and PS4, to some varying success. However, the Nintendo Switch does not require the purchase of an extra console.

Even thought the Switch has only been out for about a month, Nintendo is allegedly coming up with something new for Wii U owners. usually a video game console lasts from about 5-8 years, but as technology improves, the lifespan of video game consoles is shrinking. Just look at how quickly PCs become obsolete.

According to one of my sources, Nintendo is working on a new upgrade for Wii U fans. supposedly, this new upgrade will allow the Wii U controller to be completely portable. Users will now be able to carry that big bulky controller around with them. No longer will the Wii U controller be chained to the console.

Sure the Wii U controller is not as portable as the Switch nor is it as light. However, just imagine all of the games you can play on Wii U where ever you want. Laugh at all those people who paid $500 plus for that hard to find Switch.

It may seem like a crazy idea, and Nintendo sure has had their share of crazy ideas, but it could turn out to be a great move by the video game company. The Nintendo Switch may continue to be in short supply for the rest of the year. With the Wii U upgrade, possibly coming out soon, you wont have to wait for the Switch to be in stock.

I think this new upgrade sounds awesome. I’m still not clear on the details, though. Is it a software upgrade? Do you have to buy some new kind of hardware to make it work? Better than Switch? Why not just come out with a Nintendo Switch U? More questions? What? Hopefully, we will find out soon. Possibly more information to follow in the coming weeks…

 

The Truth Is Still Out There

I started watching The X-files during the season 2. I was able to see most of the first season episodes thanks to reruns at the time, but I’m glad I wasn’t late to the party. When the show starting to come out on DVD, I jumped at the chance to own each season. Now I own the blu-ray set, all 9 seasons, and there’s a couple of place holders for new seasons.

Science fiction is a hit-or-miss genre. There’s a lot of terrible content out there. However, these days the genre is well represented. That wasn’t really the case back in the 90s. That changed with The X-Files, a realistic show about the paranormal and supernatural. The show made me appreciate sci-fi and helped make it the genre I prefer for my writing projects.

Why was the show so successful? Probably thanks to the main cast, the writers, but also because the show kept you guessing. Chris Carter, the creator, once said that you never know who might be killed off next. He also took care to keep episodes spooky, by making sure the audience had to use their imagination for some of the monsters and aliens. While later on this was somewhat abandoned thanks to better special effects, the early shows showed you just enough to get you thinking. Sometimes it’s what you don’t see that’s the most scary.

A few months ago I started watching the series from the beginning. It was the first time watching on blu-ray, and I enjoyed every moment of it. Each episode was originally filmed in widescreen format, so no troublesome black bars. The quality of the picture was great, though still not true HD. The collection had all of the previous special features of the DVD box sets, plus a few new things.

This latest run through has reminded me of everything I liked about the show. I also feel like I understand the mythology better.I don’t think there is any bad episode, even after 9 years. My favorite seasons is probably the early ones., 1-4, but I enjoyed the later ones as well. (As a side note, I also got a copy of The Lone Gunmen season, which clears up a few things too). I’m sure some fans may feel different, but I can’t think of a bad episode. I did like some more than others, and some might not have been as enjoyable. However, I never felt like I wasted time watching one. I looked forward to each episode and some still scared me even after so much time has passed. At times the show felt fresh and new.

For The X-Files event, I’m glad I watched the original series again. While not necessary, I think having the older episodes in recent memory has brought more satisfaction to watching the new episodes. The 6-episode event starts off with a mythology episode, with a comedy episode in the middle. The short series very much encompasses what a normal season was like. There was the main plot line running through the show, but also non-mythology stories one might call the monster-of-the-week.

I feel this was a good decision on Carter’s part, it kept the show fresh and interesting. Had the show simply focused on the mythology episodes, the event episodes wouldn’t have felt the same as the original series. Carter often tried to give fans a break between the mythology shows or if one episode was particularly emotionally heavy.

After watching the event for a second time, I think my favorite episode was “Babylon.” I especially loved the end with Mulder and Scully, having a nice moment. And we got to see The Lone Gunman again. I also really liked the episode about the were-monster played by Rhys Darby. Joel McHale plays an important role in the first and last episodes of the event. I do like both actors for different reasons. McHale does a fine job playing a right-wing nut job conspiracy theorist. Darby is just amazing.

There’s hope that The X-Files will continue on, with either a movie or new episodes, however brief they may seem. The cliff-hanger ending at least allows the possibility. Clearly the show has past the time when it was pulling 24 episodes a season, but Fox did allow The X-Files to keep it’s time length at about 44 minutes per show. And one final fun thing, the original intro was used, a little nostalgia.

The X-Files made my love of sci-fi. The show inspired me to focus on sci-fi for my writing projects. Even though the show may appear a bit dated, were’re all getting older you know, I think the new event fits well with the original series and doesn’t’ feel like a rehash of the original series. It’s great to see the show make a comeback, even if it ends up being short-lived. At the very least we know there is an appetite for old and new fans alike to watch Mulder and Scully at it again. I guess it’s true, the truth is out there…

 

Trying Something New

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Last month I became Lyft driver. It’s a job that promises to pay better than other ride-sharing services. Ride-sharing provides a unique way to make money, but it depends on the rides you are able to find and how far you have to drive to find them. While I do think Lyft is a good service, I decided that it’s not really worth it for me. Driving an electric car for something like this is best in a major city. And really, I don’t like driving, haha.

I’ve been researching other potential jobs for the last month or so.  I’ve talked about getting a job before on my blog, but it’s difficult for me to find something that is a good fit. I am focusing on working towards getting a job as an or writer in some capacity. That is why I’m working on improving my writing skills.

EDX.com has several online courses and I recently decided to take a class on grammar. My hope is that I can learn how to become a professional editor/writer. Once I finish, I’ll get a certificate of completion, and that’s going on my resume. I plan to take the class over and over again or something like it until I reinforce the knowledge gained. And of course, while I do this, I’ll be working on a couple of stories too. 😉