Nintendo Switch: a sneak peek

Nintendo is making their comeback with a new console, the Nintendo Switch. Basically is a hybrid of home-console and portable-console, with an embedded 2 joystick-the joycon-, and a multiplayer feature (online or through linking with nearby Switch console).

The marketing is a huge success, lot of exposure here and there from youtube channels and gaming medias. The innovation of the console collaborating with a good presentation really tempts you to buy and try it right away. Even the simple snapping sound they made for the Switch’s trademark immediately stuck in your brain.

And it really is, earlier on February Nintendo Switch Pre-Order had been cancelled at several US retailers. This included Target and GameStop reporting that they had ran out of their allocated Switch units and had to shut down pre-orders, which they resume a week later after got a new stock and apparently… still wasn’t enough.

Switch offer many new things to try and explore, one of them is “sliding”. You can see from many videos or ads is that you mostly interact with the hardware by sliding it, slide your Switch screen to the dock that tethered to your TV so you can play it through TV Screen or Slide the Joycon to the Switch Screen so you can play it mobile. It really is tempting cause it is quite innovative for a game console.

Of course it’s still short on games, apart from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Switch still has a little to offer, but I guess not long enough more great video games will make a debut to this console. You know when it can support video games like Skyrim.

But my point is how innovative this console is, it’s what a gamer wants. You still have that traditional feel in gaming (where you sit and play through your TV) and then you can continue your game in a snap shifting to mobile version. Not just that, but the way the console already packaged with two joysticks (Joycon), you can socialise with your friend by playing the Switch outside your home. Other friends that have a Switch can also play together with you by linking, how fun is that when you can play video games anywhere with lots of your friends.

That’s a pack of unique new behaviour in gaming. Considering the pre-order occurrence in the US, and if the success continues to other countries, it will give a big impact in society’s behaviour of gaming and set out a new bar for what a good console might be like. It just need great video games to make it a real game console that a hard-core gamers like. And it’s more perfect if it can reach a wide range of market.


The Coward’s Perception of History

Long ago,

Far beyond the agricultural and cognitive revolution

Human or what scientist call Homo Sapiens-the intelligent being who survived the Homo species survival. Live in nomadic way, moving to-and-fro in community (small group of people). Simple as Chimps, Orangutans and Bonobos.

They don’t even know the concept of time. Hell to six o’clock in the morning

Their life is abundant with variety of diet, meats to berries. Every day different food. I ain’t gonna eat rice again

They take care of each other willingly.

Children follow Parents way.

But history does more for their brain. It developed into ingenious brain with many tricks.

Millenia came in a second and capitalist emerge creating their own imagined order. Science and Politics collaborate inventing the age of enlightenment. Industry is taking over the human mind.

Everything is market and can be sold. Individuality is always a concern. Individuality is a state concern, the world concern it. Romanticism Consumerism is a number one principal. A Cold War of Ideologies (Liberal, Communist and Conservative), competing whats better for human civilisation.

Seven billion people and still counting

Homo Sapiens is way too creative for their life.

Chaos or Order is an oblivious thinking or even a taboo in the modern day society.


The Struggle Blending-in in Social Occasions

I confidently call myself a pure introvert, but please note that an introvert does not mean necessarily I avoid many meetings with my friends and others. I do love meeting with people and have a nice conversation about life.

Same as an extrovert, sometimes I do like when those meetings include some partying and over-the-top stuffs. But being in those occasions and shifting myself into an extrovert will drain my energy a lot and of course in the end withdrawing from the crowd to gather myself again.

These are the things that I feel every time I do my social custom, it’s not that torturing shifting into an extrovert for a while. The problem is that I can’t do that for a long time like my extrovert friends do. The story goes like, I meet with friends enjoying some chit-chat, laughing, playing some games, laughing again, and then there’s the time I’ve had enough and exhausted which in turn will make myself extremely reserved. It’s what I do every single occasions I’ve had.

My best friends do not take this as a problem when I do this, they didn’t even notice about it (which is a good thing and what should’ve been), so I usually happy hanging out with them. Other than that it’s a different story. A country where having an extrovert trait is deeply regarded and does not aware the existence of different dimensions in human personality thinks that an introvert trait is not an ideal character for a person. Many of my friends think I’m weird for being a reserved person, which in the end getting labeled. It’s a struggle for me every time an appointment will come. The occasions made my looking glass self more profound.

A lot of choice in life, but do you have the guts to take the risk?

The inevitable part in a human life is deciding where it will go, do you enjoy the status quo that you’re living right now? Or you do have a plan but don’t know where to start and probably don’t want to take the risk.

The purpose is to get a better quality and meaning of life for yourself, everyone have their own meaning in life. One of the popular one is to contribute for others.

Besides meaning of life, people want to achieve high to get their needs, and in the end to get what Abraham Maslow calls “Self-Actualization”.

Trials and Tribulations is what we call the obstacle we face to achieve the needs. It is complex, multi-layered, multi-faceted, multi-dimension. Obstacles from technical, practical, political, social, cultural to spiritual. We sometimes scared to get out of our comfort zone and go through the norms. Misfit is not an option for the majority.

This attitude of “stay safe” in the status quo is what rooted inside of some of the new generations. Staying safe by conforming to the society made their anxieties and depression develop and let’s hope it will not go further to self-harm.

It takes most of your asset to take a huge risk, but time will pay what you have sacrificed

The “Still” Rising of K-Pop Culture

The Korean Wave also known as Hallyu(한류) Wave is a popular term to describe the spread of Korean culture to the world (especially the neighbouring country). It happens when the government start to acknowledged and then funding the entertainment industry (drama, film, and music) more, predicted that the sector will increase the economic development for the country. I’m sure this is a common term especially for students studying cultural studies in their university, since this phenomenon is really unique and pretty much successful despite it has been started long ago since the 1990s and still going on.

I have to say that I’am one of those people that got affected by the infectious cultural product. I don’t know precisely when is my first encounter with K-pop, but I remember it when I was sitting at the end-year of elementary school (about the year 2004), my sister usually played songs by Kang Ta, Shinhwa, and BoA (some of popular the artists back then) after she got back home from college, she even have lots of their albums organised neatly at her desk and her drawer (I don’t know how she knew this kind of things, guess it might be the magazine). I quite like it the first time I heard it and some of them is catchy, though I’m not listening it as a hobby (To be honest, I’m not that particularly interested in music back then, my only concern in life as a kid is only playing outside and PlayStation).

That year 2004 is not the year I only encountered K-pop music, but also the drama. During the holiday semester, my sister played the Korean drama Full House at the living room every day in the morning. Just the three of us-me, my sister, and my mother-enthusiastically watched it while eating and slurping cup of hot noodles. The main stars are Rain and Song Hye-Kyo, I forgot what’s the drama all about but what I remember is the two main characters (who are not a couple) have no other choice but to live together in the same house because of an unfortunate event. As a kid, I’m not that concerned about the narrative, I only like the tension that always happen between the two characters which is the funny part of the series. I can say though that K-drama entertains.

2008 is the year I got fascinated in K-pop. And it’s also because of my sister with the help of the famous-infamous website: Youtube (I dare to say that this website is one of the main catalyst of this Korean Wave working more effective). She watched this many Korean Reality Shows that are really funny, from X-man, Star King, to Star Golden Bell. Those three reality shows are really creative and I was laughing really hard by their different style of humour and games. In addition to gain more viewers, for marketing strategy, and for the sake of excitement, all of the show usually feature popular artists, especially the one that have just debuted be it in music, television, or other entertainments.

From the reality shows that I watched, I got curious with the guest artists that were invited to the shows. That’s when I dig up more to K-pop music, starts to discover the other and listening it (all because of Youtube). And not long after that, a boy-group named Super Junior released its single called Sorry Sorry and a girl-group named Girls Generation (SNSD) released its single called Gee in 2009, it is also posted in Youtube. The song is quite catchy for a 2009 music, it’s packed with dance moves and that ‘thing’ that I can’t describe makes you want to go back and watch it again. For me, those two are the prior turning point of K-pop growing fast (not to mention Korean Reality Show Running Man (2010). The emphasis to the turning point would be Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” at 2012 and the third would be BTS’ “Dope” at 2015).

Both K-pop music and drama is growing fast after the year. But the ones that got me interested is the music. K-pop music is not your average pop music like the western and it’s not that unorthodox like J-pop’s. The difference comes from the entertainment industry, where they invest not only in producing of the music, but they also invest big in the artists. When it comes to K-pop group, before their first debut, the artists (or trainee) have to be trained really hard by the management. I don’t know if this is true but from what I see they will get quarantined for some time to train their talents from singing to dancing. Not just the artists, but visual-aesthetic is included at their top-list priority as the art of entertainment. Hence, you can see why most of K-pop videos are a stellar pop performance ever, visually eye-candy and not to wonder why they sometimes regarded as fashion icons.

The other great things about K-pop is they change their style of music according to the current pop music and sometimes they incorporate it with their style of music into something new and listenable to every one. They mix their music with EDM (f(x)’s 4 “Walls”), fuse it with J-pop (GFRIEND’s “Rough”), American Hip-Hop (Agust D’s “Agust D”), and even debuted in America (CL’s “Lifted”).

At the end, Korea is still waving their culture to the world with their impressive entertainments, and the wave keeps getting better and better.


Is Information an Important Essence?

“This is the age of the internet” that’s what people call about when they talk about our era. When talking about the internet, few people would mention the huge wave of information it contained. It is the source of knowledge beside book, it is fast, it is omnipresent. People access it every day to see the news and other information they wanted to read. Lots of best things happen in the internet, most of what you want is right on the internet.

The internet have changed human behaviour fundamentally, especially in getting informations and filling their leisure time. Its constant exposure teases us with its aesthetically appeasing contents be it with video, text, or picture. Sure people buy that, and internet now is one of the most staple entity for an individual and for organizations to be modern and to stay connected with where the majority of civilization is going. Even since then, the internet is being regulated in every country in the world because of its threat of security, privacy, piracy, and many more.

But the odd thing is when people starts to use it excessively. People binge it. It is a consumer paradise. You can access everything and about anything and it will give you what you need, pretty much like a djinn or a fairy godmother (don’t take it literal about this though lol). This instant gratification you get from the internet tends you to get you lazy, especially to those procrastinator people out there like me.

Sure it is not bad for binging the internet. Information is good for you, to be a knowledgeable people. But I think being exist in the world is not much with only being to know something, but also what you can do with the information you get. Existing in the world isn’t much about being a consumer all the time. I think it is best to give what you get from the internet to other people. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is, you can start with the simplest things you can think, as long as it will change them to be a better person.

Bojack’s Still Being Bojack

As always and still, Bojack is that character that you want to punch gazillion times. His self-egotistic persona makes you wanna puke in his face, but on the other side at the same time you see the soft-side of Bojack, a horse who just don’t want to be lonely, his acts of craziness only comes when there’s a clash that is not in parallel with his principles. But it’s not as simple as “being lonely”, his character is really complex that you can see his way of thinking always changing every episode.

All the other characters have their problem that is as dark as Bojack’s, from Todd with Emily, Diane with Mr Peanutbutter and Princess Carolyn. Lots of topic is taken into the spotlight in this series: Sexuality, Abortion, Love, Career, Feminism. Despite it’s theatricality, every supporting character in Bojack Horseman looks honest and still portray human problems the way it should be. Bojack though, his life definitely struck an iceberg and just want to sunk the way like Titanic did. The star of Horsin’-Around who plays a starring role in Secretariat still fails to get the love he wanted…

Capt. Peanutbutter conversation with Diane