March 14, 2017
It’s everybody’s favourite constants special day (March 14th = 3/14 = 3.14 = π) and we at M5 Games are celebrating by eating pie and discussing circles. The fact of the matter is that without Pi (π) the universe that we have created for Stretch and his rebel hacker buddies would be far less interesting. Every enemy would just be moving in straight lines! There would be no circular punch attack! Actually Stretch wouldn’t even be able to move because his on screen D-pad would be useless without π and the trigonometric functions that come with it.
In fact π is the only mathematical constant we use in the whole development of StretchBot. Sorry e there are no natural logarithms here! So we are quite thankful to π and think that you should take this time to learn a few things about this powerful constant ratio!
January 8, 2017
If you like games, chances are that you or someone around you picked up a Nintendo Classic this holiday season. It’s a miniature version of the original Nintendo console preloaded with 30 games and no-hassle video hookups. For some its a tough sell because ROMs and emulators have been easily available for two decades. On one hand its low price tag and classic controllers make it a viable sell, but on the other, it’s really just a glorified 30-in-1 cartridge. Don’t get me wrong this would have been the greatest and most sought after multi game cartridge ever made, if it had existed during the consoles long life time, but it’s still just 30 games. Now, yes, these are 30 incredible games and many show up on “greatest games of all time” lists but is it enough? I think the biggest drawback to the “system” is that it lacks the customization and fluidity we have become accustom to in our consoles. If it could play NES cartridges (therefore forgoing its miniature size) or if other games could be loaded on and added to the already great list then the lifetime of the Nintendo Classic would probably be greatly extended. Instead, unless the hackers find a way, it seems like this system will probably just become a curiosity and relic of the 2016 holiday season.
Not all is lost though. All this pessimism got me thinking because the Nintendo Classic’s lineup will never change what games would I have bundled with it to keep it company for all eternity? So I took this as an excuse to revel in some of the unsung and loved NES games of my childhood.