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Nathan Grayson critiques E3's hyper-violent-without-any-context keynote presentations.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun
: Nathan Grayson - E3 Day Zero: When Game Violence Becomes Vile
This was the blaring exclamation point on the end of a day of gleefully grotesque neck-shanking, leg-severing, and – of course – man-shooting. I can honestly think of maybe five games – in four multiple-hour press conferences – that didn’t feature some sort of lovingly rendered death-dealing mechanic. And oh how show-goers cheered.
On the Newton
On the eve of this year's WWDC, take a look at Harry McCracken's eBay-aided reassessment of the twenty-year-old Apple Newton PDA. And here's a full history
of the Newton from Tom Hormby.
: Harry McCracken - Newton, Reconsidered
There was certainly some Newton in the Pilot. And there’s an awful lot of Pilot in the iPhone 4S, the iPad and every Android device–starting wtth the home screen’s grid of icons and the way apps run in full-screen mode. Had Apple followed Palm’s path–smaller, simpler, cheaper–it might have made all the difference. Read more here