Nintendo was founded on September 23rd, 1889. A long time right? Most people think that Nintendo came out in the early 1980's with its release of the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) or even in rare occasions, the Game and Watch. Nintendo's history goes WAY beyond video games. Its initial release name was actually called Nintendo Koppai made by Fesajiro Yamauchi. The company thrived on making playing cards in Japan. In 1947, Fesajiro Yamauchi left Nintendo Koppai. He was replaced by his grandson Hiroshi Yamauchi who eventually became the spark to the true movement in Nintendo's development. He had Nintendo move into international markets and new products. The company name was changed in 1963 to of course, Nintendo Co., Ltd. They even tried out some businesses that FAILED miserably like taxi service, hotels, food products, all that stuff. Gunpei Yokoi eventually made Game and Watch and the Game Boy. With that success, the company changed into a toy company and at the time, its video games were known as just "toys" rather than being categorized as just "video games" like in today's society. So they took the step from toys to electronic video games, creating the NES. The NES was a huge success! Nintendo is undoubtedly the most influential company in the video game world. Nintendo isn't just some playing card market, or taxi service... Nintendo is a culture. It will forever and always be, a culture... Here's to 125 years. Happy Birthday Nintendo!
STORY: Minecraft was created in 2009 by Markus "Notch" Persson. It was just recently announced however that he had sold game to Microsoft for 2.5 billion dollars. Most people would DIE to have this. Unfortunately he seemed more relieved than victorious. He says "it's not about the money... it's about my sanity." In his retirement he says he plans on making entries to the game-making competition Ludum Dares and conducting small web experiments. He promised that if anything he makes approaches any form of popularity, he would abandon it immediately.
MY OPINION: I personally think this decision is bad all around... I really don't understand what Microsoft was thinking when they made this deal. Now that everyone knows what Minecraft is and the majority of people who've played it own it by now, than it can be a hard time for Microsoft to make back any profit. If they bought out the game a couple (2-3) years ago then it would be different. It would just be taking off, and theirs plenty of people out there who were still buying the game at that time. And what's this going to do to Apple or Sony? People who already have Minecraft on their Mac, iPhone/Pod, or their Playstation 3 or 4, then theirs no way that Microsoft can KEEP Minecraft away from the other companies especially since the game has been out for 5 years now and many people have hacked the game and download it for free on their Playstation or Mac. Microsoft may have money, but they are LOSING money rather than keeping it at a constant neutral or making a profit. I don't see this going well for Microsoft at all...
Today is the unofficial NATIONAL COMIC BOOK DAY!!!! This holiday has been around for years and no one knows who came up with it, or who started it. This year comiXology is marking what it known as “The Ninth Annual National Comic Book Day” with a one-day offer: more than 25 digital first issues, ranging from Southern Bastards and Lumberjanes to Stumptown, Vol. 3, and Quantum and Woody, for free! Go to comixology.com tonight before midnight to download 26 free comic books! HURRY BEFORE THE OFFER ENDS!