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Only English Final Fantasy 2 NES Cartridge On Sale for $50K

August 23rd, 2012 08:25 admin View Comments

NES (Games)

Croakyvoice writes “In what seems to be the in thing at the moment comes another auction to add to last months Zelda Nes auction and that crazy Million Dollar Collection. This time for RPG fans this could be classed as the Holy Grail of Nes games. The game in question is Final Fantasy 2 which was never released outside of Japan but luckily for the person who at this time is selling this on Ebay for 50K, there was one made for the 1991 Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by SquareSoft, sadly the USA version never had a release because they decided to work on the Super NES instead.”

Source: Only English Final Fantasy 2 NES Cartridge On Sale for $50K

Review: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Is Game Music Nostalgia At Its Best

July 9th, 2012 07:05 admin View Comments

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Jon Brodkin writes “Few game series other than Final Fantasy have consistently provided epic adventures for 25 years—and perhaps no company outside of Nintendo capitalizes on its history like Square Enix. In its latest attempt to merge the best of past and present into one experience, Square Enix has produced the music game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for the Nintendo 3DS. Joining Guitar Hero-style mechanics, 3D perspective, RPG-like character building and battling, and the rich music catalog of the Final Fantasy franchise, Theatrhythm is impressive, enjoyable, and one of the best examples of why it’s worth owning a 3DS and that wacky stylus.” Read below for the rest of Jon’s review.

Source: Review: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Is Game Music Nostalgia At Its Best

Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?

June 20th, 2012 06:45 admin View Comments

Sci-Fi

Jason Levine writes “My son is 8 years old. I’d love to get him interested in science-fiction, but most of the books I can think of seem to be targeted to older kids/adults. Thinking that the length of some novels might be off-putting to him, I read him some of the short stories in Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot. He liked these, but I could tell he was having a hard time keeping up. I think the wording of the stories was too advanced and there was too much talking and not enough action. Personally, I love Asimov, but I think much of it just went over his head. Which science fiction and/or fantasy books would you recommend for an 8-year-old? (Either stories he could read himself or that we could read together over the course of a few weeks.)”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?

Why Are Fantasy World Accents British?

March 30th, 2012 03:46 admin View Comments

United Kingdom

kodiaktau writes “An interesting article from the BBC News Magazine explores the reasons why most fantasy worlds use British as their primary accent. Citing specific examples from recent and upcoming shows and movies like Lord of The Rings, The Hobbit and Game of Thrones, the article concludes British accents are ‘sufficiently exotic,’ ‘comprehensible’ and have a ‘splash of otherness.’ It would be odd to think of a fantasy world having a New Jersey accent, or even a Mid-West accent, which tends to be the default for TV and movies in the U.S., but how do UK viewers feel about having British as a default? More specifically, what about the range of UK accents, like Scottish, Welsh, Cockney? The International Dialects of English Archive shows at least nine regional sounds, with dozens of sub-regional pronunciations in England alone. In the U.S., there have always been many regional accents that might be used in interesting ways. Filmmakers should consider looking at speech accents from other areas of the world to create more interesting dialects.”

Source: Why Are Fantasy World Accents British?

Your Privacy Is a Sci-Fi Fantasy

March 26th, 2012 03:07 admin View Comments

Privacy

snydeq writes “Deep End’s Paul Venezia discusses the ‘sci-fi fantasy’ that is privacy in the digital era. ‘The assault on personal privacy has ramped up significantly in the past few years. From warrantless GPS tracking to ISP packet inspection, it seems that everyone wants to get in on the booming business of clandestine snooping — even blatant prying, if you consider reports of employers demanding Facebook passwords prior to making hiring decisions,’ Venezia writes. ‘What happened? Did the rules change? What is it about digital information that’s convinced some people this is OK? Maybe the right to privacy we were told so much about has simply become old-fashioned, a barrier to progress.’”

Source: Your Privacy Is a Sci-Fi Fantasy

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Artist Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud Dies At 73

March 11th, 2012 03:53 admin View Comments

Sci-Fi

Dr Herbert West writes: “According to io9, ‘Today is an incredibly sad day for fans of comic books, concept art, and downright anything science fiction. Artist Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud, who provided some of the most stunning scifi and fantasy art ever to grace a page, has succumbed to illness at the age of 73.’ It’s pretty hard to overstate the impact he had on film, comic books, and illustration in general. You can name most any fantasy or science fiction related piece of culture from the last 30 or 40 years, and chances are he provided concept art for it or was involved in some way. Alien, Dune, Heavy Metal, Tron (original AND the new one), The Abyss, Masters of the Universe, The Fifth Element, Willow… the list goes on. With the recent passing of Ralph McQuarrie, it’s been a tough week for scifi and fantasy artists.”

Source: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Artist Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud Dies At 73

Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

March 6th, 2012 03:08 admin View Comments

Books

jjp9999 writes “I’ve been looking for some good reading material, and have been delving into the realms of some great, but nearly forgotten authors — finding the likes of Lord Dunsany (The King of Elfland’s Daughter) and E.R. Eddison (The Worm Ouroboros). I wanted to ask the community here: do you know of any other great fantasy or science fiction books that time has forgotten?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

Paypal Forces E-Book Publisher To Censor Erotic Content

February 28th, 2012 02:28 admin View Comments

Censorship

hey! writes “On February 18 of this year, global giant payment processor PayPal sent eBook publisher Smashwords an ultimatum: if Smashwords didn’t remove all eBooks with certain erotic content from its catalog in the next several days, PayPal would immediately stop handling payments. Smashword’s TOS already precluded child pornography, but now PayPal wants them to also censor depictions of consenting, non-related adults acting out incest fantasies. Likewise, fantasy novels in which human characters transform into non-humans are affected if those characters have sex. ZDNet has a summary of the impact of these changes, which would among other things ban Vladmir Nabokov’s Lolita. As outrage mounts, finger pointing is in full swing. Smashwords blames PayPal, and PayPal blames the banks it deals with. The crux seems to be that erotica buyers have a higher rate of ‘chargebacks’ — customers who buy stuff then demand their money back. Fair enough, but is a customer really more likely to return a book because it depicts one kind of fantasy between consenting adults vs. another? Perhaps the problem is just the quality of writing.” Note: as you can probably tell from the summary, the linked articles (while factual in nature) discuss subjects that may not be suitable for workplace reading.

Source: Paypal Forces E-Book Publisher To Censor Erotic Content

Fantasy Shopper Confirms Its Hottness With $3.3m First Money From Accel And NEA

January 23rd, 2012 01:45 admin View Comments

Fantasy Shopper is a social shopping game where players discover and share the latest fashion from real-world online retailers. It’s gained a lot of traction since it’s launch last October, especially amongst women and we’ve heard on the grapevine that it was piquing the interest of investors for some months since emerging from the European Seed accelerator HackFWD.

Today that intense interest has been confirmed with a first round of funding led by top tier venture firms Accel Partners and NEA (one of the key investors in Groupon) to enable it to build out engineering and expand into new cities other than London. With NEW co-leading the investment, clearly there is a big opportunity to scale in US cities and elsewhere. The investment is based on a convertible note not equity, which is standard practise when investors want in fast the round is hotly contested.

It’s understood that 15 high profile angels from the world for fashion, music, celebrity and tech investing have also participated in the round but Fantasy Shopper is not releasing those names as yet.

Fantasy Shopper allows users to spend fantasy money on virtual representations of fashion items, share those items – or even whole wardrobes of outfits – with their friends and then buy them either online or, more importantly, in real, physical stores. Retailers then use that information on users’ tastes to offer deals, discounts and specials. That’s a pretty new take on so-called “social shopping” and it’s proving to be a smash hit with UK women.

Figures aren’t available on numbers of users, but the startup claims to have increased its user base by 200% month over month, with members spending an average of 28 minutes on the site per visit.

“Fantasy Shopper brings together everything we love about social gaming and e-commerce and will generate real-time, real-world data that will be priceless to retailers,” said Harry Weller, General Partner, NEA.

Founded by Chris Prescott and Daniel Noz in the regional UK city of Exeter (yes, really)

In an interview at DLD, Sonali de Rycker, Partner at Accel Partners told me: “From what we understand, about a third of all offline retail is influenced by online activity. Anyone that can better enable that or develop a proposition that drives online to feline going to be big. We think Fantasy Shopper has a shoot at being that company.”

Prescott chimed in: “The big play is web to store – especially with the emergence of Near Field Communication in mobile phones, which is coming along. The big problem right now with offline stores right now is the cost of dealing with returns. ” He says that because users – women especially – can build outfits online and share them with friends first, they are more likely to settle on an outfit they actually want to buy and keep. “Fantasy Shopper make the returns rates almost redundant.” So focusing on physical stores is a a big deal with the site.

Right now the focus is on London but it makes sense to expand quickly to New York and then LA, SF, Paris, Tokyo, Singpaore etc.

After that the startup could even be applied to the long tail of local stores and shops.

The site has over 100,000 virtual items from 40 retailers in clothes, accessories and sports goods. Users collect up to 20 “Paydays” every day, which are boosts that keep the users’ notional wallets healthy.

Shortly after its U.K. beta launch in October 2011, Fantasy Shopper became the first non-U.S. based business to win the Amazon Global Startup Challenge, in a challenge that featured more than 1500 startups from 78 countries.

Source: Fantasy Shopper Confirms Its Hottness With $3.3m First Money From Accel And NEA

Flowchart Guides Readers Through the 100 Best SF Books

October 19th, 2011 10:51 admin View Comments

Books

Hugh Pickens writes writes “T. N. Tobias writes that over the summer, over 60,000 people voted at NPR to select the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books of all time. The result? A list of 100 books with a wide range of styles, little context, and absolutely no pithy commentary to help readers actually choose something to read from it. Now SF Signal has come to the rescue with a 3800 x 2300 flowchart with over 325 decision points to help you find the perfect SF or Fantasy book to meet your tastes. Don’t like to scroll? There’s an interactive version that let’s you answer a series of questions to find the perfect SF book.”

Source: Flowchart Guides Readers Through the 100 Best SF Books

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