Tetra-Lyfe blog #4
Tetra-Lyfe Blog #4
“Netflix and Game”
August 31, 2017
We accidentally uploaded episode 6 before our 5th one and apologize if this caused any confusion. Since we’ll be changing to one episode a week, this should prevent this from occurring again. Our Q&A format is working well and proving us not only a more organic flow but an opportunity for both Wike and I to get an equal amount of talk time. Plus when we have our first guest, we’ll be ready for smooth sailing. Hope you’ve enjoy the content we’ve released so far and look forward to your feedback! Thanks to all the support we’ve received, it means a lot to us. I’ll also be providing some source links in the Tetra-Lyfe blogs when I do more research for your convenience. As mentioned before in a previous blog, you’ll need to visit our website directly to obtain them.
Our first topic under this episode was about the Netflix show Stranger Things which is an American science fiction show created, written, directed, and co-executive produced by the Duffer Brothers. Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen are also co-executives and producers. The entire series was released on July 15th, 2016. Netflix is known for releasing a show’s last current entire season, allowing viewers to binge watch. If you’re like me, I have a much easier time keeping up with the story and characters of a show when I can watch them in a shorter period of time at my leisure instead of lengthy gaps. The biggest challenge is having the discipline to wait for each season to fully release. Sometimes if I know a show is receiving highly positive reviews, I like to wait several years for a lot of content to be released so I can really binge watch. The only option is simply rewatching a previous season to catch up with the current one, as I am doing with the show Narcos right now, which I highly recommend. I also love the idea as many others to have the option when shows are released in a full season to SKIP THE COMMERCIALS! Back to Stranger Things, it is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana during the 1980’s where a group of young boys search for their friend as Wike said “What’s his name..”, being Will (Noah Schnapp). As the first season carries on, so do supernatural events including the discovery of a psychokinetic girl the group of boys find on their way. The show pays homage to the 1980’s genre films with critical acclaim for its characterization, pacing, atmosphere, acting, film score, writing, and directing. Yep, the whole package so if you were born in the 70’s and early 80’s you should find easy relatable themes. Season 2 with nine episodes will be released on October, 27th 2017 focusing on the main gang from season 1 with Schnapp and Keery being promoted to show regulars. Wike and I both give high marks for Stranger Things and recommend if you haven’t see it yet, wait til the release of season 2 so you can both back to back without much wait.
Netflix taking the lead again for a well anticipated adaptation to The Witcher saga by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. Unfortunately there is little information to provide surrounding any specific details about the show, as it is still early in conception. We do know that Sapkowski will serve as a direct creative consultant for the Netflix series which should bring him a sigh of relief stating in a press release “I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing”. Sapkowski had a one point made claims that he didn’t think the video game series would bring much attention to his work, partially retracting his statement later. After seeing the profit made by CD Projekt Red that he sold the rights to for video game development, I could see why he would partially changed stance. He still held onto his distaste for video games which I can understand since he was unable to serve in any capacity as a creative consultant, being a tougher platform than film or television. Executive producers Baginski and Jarek Sawko said “There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books which goes beyond genre. It is a story about today and today’s challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover. It is a story about us, the monster and hero inside all of our hearts”. They have both assured us that the books’ subtexts will not be lost in the adaptation. We’re thrilled to see this opportunity for Sapkowski and here at the Tetrabyte Podcast tip our hats to Netflix for their integrity to remain true to the written material. Below is a direct link to CD Projekt Red financial summary report. Another link provided will give more details about the show and its direction for any details we missed here a the Tetrabyte Podcast.
Our second to last topic is about a Chinese game called Honour of Kings, also known as Kings of Glory, which is moba (multiplayer online battle arena) and created by internet giant Tencent. We didn’t really go into the specifics in the podcast but the game has imposed restrictions of an hour per day for players under the age of 12 and two hours for players 12-18 years old. After heavy pressure from The People’s Daily, the largest newspaper group in China, calling the game “poison” and “a drug” that harms teenagers, Tencent put heavy time limit restrictions on the game. The game differs from League of Legends mainly that it uses historical Chinese characters and is specifically played on mobile devices which is largely due to its success. The app is free to download but charges players a fee to upgrade their character so they can advance to the next level. With more than 50 million active users, the average player spends $1.50 to $6 monthly. Tencent made approximately $7.2b in the first quarter this year with $3.9b from gaming and although with these restrictions caused a loss of $12b in market value after shares fell 4%, as a whole has grown as a company 40% over the past year. Wike and I asked ourselves “Will these government imposed restrictions and regulation really help?” with our final answer being “not really”. Our technological society highly caters to these addictive behaviors so unless we can return to a balanced and more spiritual way of living, these distractions will continue to be our masters. It is up to parents and adults to set their own limits and warn about the dangers of overconsumption. They must encourage other activities that take precedence above these highly addictive vices which at the end of the day, do little to advance our societies and humanity as a whole. If gamers are not finding enough hours with Honour of Kings, they will find it elsewhere.
Our last topic is an article we came across about Chinese shopping centers offering ‘husband storage pods’ while wives do their shopping. Although we couldn’t find any articles where women used these pods, Wike referred to them as “wife pods” so we don’t exclude female gamers. The idea is to allow men uninterested in shopping to be dragged around by their significant other. Some women were not amused and believed their husbands should be helping them with carrying water bottles and bags or providing opinions on clothing. I know if my wife wanted an opinion on lingerie, I would be there and not in a pod! Some men also complained that the pods were too small, provided no fans, or ventilation causing some to sweat after 5 minutes of play. Wike and I thought these pods are a gimmick but only time will tell once malls begin monetizing them if they’re worth their space. We also agreed that couples should be enjoying one another’s company at malls and should compromise on finding activities they’re both interested in that may include bringing the rest of the family.
I wanted to re-emphasise another important topic we spoke about in our final thoughts regarding specifically your health. I am 36 years young and simply can’t punish my body like I used to in my 20’s. Sometimes I wish I had started even earlier on better habits with all the the hours I’ve spent behind a computer screen. I am thankful I’ve retained some and am receptive to others. One I’ve adopted in the last few years is making sure to get up at least every two hours, if not more often from my computer chair and move around for a minimum of 10 minutes. You may have heard about ‘restless leg syndrome’ on tv commercials and how medications would help with the problem. When I discovered, like an extremity that has fallen asleep, that all I need to do is move around and get the blood flowing that it solved the issue and drug usage would only continue my poor lifestyle habits. My friend recently sent me a video who gives medical advice named Dr. Alan Mandell and have found the techniques I’ve watched to be more than helpful. Dr. Mandell is a real hero and challenge you not only to watch some of his videos, but to implement his advice. I’ve already got feedback from others thanking me for his information and their personal relief. Thank you Dr. Mandell!
Thanks again for your time and participation. Wike and I both hope you’ve found the blog entertaining with some useful information. Should there be any topics that you find of interest please let us know so we can dig in and get back to you. We know we’re not getting the blogs out quite as fast as we’d anticipated but we didn’t want to rush them by any means.
Til next time, Weber out!