Even though no one turned out to actually want to play Super Mario Maker when Nintendo made it available across America during E3 at hundreds of select Best Buys, Nintendo has not given up on promoting the game. And they shouldn't.
You could see them at San Diego Comic-Con, The Food Network, and now at the office of... Facebook?
Nintendo press release:
"Nintendo is hosting a special "hackathon" event at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park on July 28 and July 29. [...] The Super Mario Maker hackathon is exclusively for Facebook employees to design a special level in the game. [...] The event will culminate with designers presenting their creations to a panel of judges from Nintendo and Facebook. The winning individual or team has the opportunity to make the level available for Super Mario Maker owners to play after the game’s launch."Of course, with the power of Super Mario Maker, Facebook's employees could also just buy the game after release and create as many levels as they want available for Super Mario Maker owners to play. But the press release continues saying that Nintendo will selectively release filmed parts of the "hackathon" on their social media levels, so this Facebook-branded level may get as much notoriety as the Super Mario Maker levels from the Nintendo World Championships! So notorious that they also are going to be in the final release. Who will design the better level: Facebook or Nintendo Treehouse?
But... let's talk about the implications of this event. And what it really is.
|We can start off by being horrified that this is official.|
This is a two-day event from July 28 to July 29. That's two days that Facebook will not be mass-banning so-called "fake name" accounts, like what happened to myself last year. As long as Facebook's folks are being kept busy, then survivors and new accounts can keep on keeping on without being ordered to scan their Social Security cards to Facebook's records. In this respect, we hope Nintendo schedules events for Facebook employees every day! But yeah, many of these at-risk accounts are big Nintendo fans, so for the Nintendo fans who still stick to Facebook (not recommended), Nintendo is keepin' 'em safe. ...For two days, anyway. Good job, Nintendo! Keep 'em busy!
Hey, let's discuss hackathons. Back a month ago (literally 30 days before Nintendo's hackathon) Rand Paul was courting tech companies in Silicon Valley by visiting them (and promoting the event with the #HackForRand hashtag). Well, a certain KoopaTV staff member was... scared. ...It was Vortexica.
Vortexica (3:51:56 PM): What's the meaning behind this "#HackforRand" hashtag?As I mentioned, it's very common among the high-tech industries. It's also a thing done within the videogame industry to decompress your programmers and have them come up with some creative ideas in-between major projects. The game industry likes to call these "game jams", and that's basically what this Super Mario Maker event is. The "Global Game Jam" is said to be the largest of these in the world, with multiple countries joining, showing that these can range from a department-wide scale to a worldwide-scale.
Vortexica (3:52:02 PM): Lol, it can't be as insidious as it sounds.
Nintendork 13 13 (3:52:08 PM): Our liberty minded programmers, designers, and software engineers are ready to #HackforRand
Nintendork 13 13 (3:52:13 PM): I think it refers to a
Nintendork 13 13 (3:52:15 PM): Hackathon
Nintendork 13 13 (3:52:24 PM): Which is a common term used in computer science.
Vortexica (3:52:28 PM): Hacking WHO?
Vortexica (3:52:33 PM): >.>
Nintendork 13 13 (3:52:34 PM): uh
Nintendork 13 13 (3:52:36 PM): Not a person
Nintendork 13 13 (3:52:40 PM): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackathon
Nintendork 13 13 (3:52:55 PM): where "hack" is used in the sense of exploratory programming, not its alternate meaning as a reference to computer crime.
Vortexica (3:54:14 PM): Oh, I see.
Vortexica (3:55:03 PM): Never heard of that meaning before, but phew. I was worried there for a second.
Vortexica (3:55:36 PM): Thought he was gonna hack into the NSA in protest of liberty and privacy or something.
|We probably should've covered this while it was happening.|
Except this event is being called a "hackathon" since Facebook isn't a full-on game company, and Nintendo is obviously aware of this. Or perhaps insistent on it.
As KoopaTV reported earlier, Facebook turned into a publisher. That was almost two years ago. Nowadays, their mobile publishing business probably didn't turn out as they hoped:
"Mobile Games PublishingThat "Learn more" is a broken link now, and this is from their go-to page on game development on Facebook. Guess it's over. I guess Nintendo is making fun of them by calling it a "hackathon" and not acknowledging Facebook's attempt at being relevant in the gaming industry. Do people still play Facebook's awful "social gaming" stuff? I'm proud to have never done so.
In addition, our Mobile Games Publishing pilot program helps small and medium-sized developers take their mobile games global. Through the program, we are working with select game developers to provide promotional support for their games in placements across our mobile apps. Learn more."
There is one other gaming industry aspect that Facebook involves itself in: They DID infamously purchase Oculus VR and the Oculus Rift, after all. For two billion dollars. We're always hearing that the Oculus Rift is going to be this big thing (if it ever actually comes out), so Facebook is going to be a big part of that. Then perhaps Facebook can laugh at Nintendo for snuffing them. Hey, maybe some of the Oculus team will be at the Super Mario Maker hackathon? They'd probably be the most competent design team. Nintendo said it's "exclusively for Facebook employees", so does the Oculus team count as Facebook employees? Or maybe they're the judges from Facebook.
One more thing I want to note. I first came across this story because Rawk gave it to me via a Game Informer article. Obviously I didn't cite that article for this one (I cited Nintendo's PR), and there's a good reason: Game Informer published an absolutely idiotic take on this.
|"While the tweets don't implicitly say it, this could mean that we’ll be seeing paid launch-day DLC in Super Mario Maker, or at least a pay-per-level system in some capacity."|
Nintendo fans know Game Informer as the moronic magazine that gave Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door a 6.5/10 (because it's "kiddie"... and that's the whole reason), which has rightfully made them a garbage-tier laughable source for the past decade. Apparently they're somehow still around but still up to no-good. And Rawk is an imbecile for using it as a legitimate source of information.
Anyway, this "Alissa McAloon" (Mc-A-Loon?) character's logic is this: Nintendo specified that the best Super Mario Maker level from the Facebook event will be distributed to the game's owners for free after the game's release. Because they said the word "free", that's really a code for "the game will charge you for levels made by other people". That's typical mainstream media: People say one thing and the media hangs it over that person's head because they interpret it as the opposite. Like how "cut taxes" is apparently a racially-coded term, so now everyone (including me) who wants the government taking less of your money is a racist.
Seriously. Nintendo says the level will be free, like every other level gamers can download made by other people in Super Mario Maker. And Game Informer's "take" is that, while Nintendo explicitly said "free", they really meant there will be paid launch-day DLC, which they know is an unpopular "feature" in the eyes of many gamers.
What a bunch of idiots. They're blatantly just trying to sabotage the game by spreading rumours!
Anyway, we hope that Facebook's folks say great things about Super Mario Maker. Even villains like Facebook's staff deserve some fun.
Ludwig likes to take opportunities to keep the mainstream gaming media accountable for their idiotic analysis and anti-Nintendo biases. He would probably buy Super Mario Maker, but he really dislikes the physics of the Super Mario Bros. games so that would be a hard sell. Ludwig, of course, appears in several of the game skins featured in Super Mario Maker but he himself does not appear in Super Mario Maker. What a load of crock.
Game Informer was so irrelevant that Ludwig forgot to add them to KoopaTV's "Stay Away From These" sources. That's going to change now.
Ludwig similarly blew the lid off the mainstream media's concerted effort to scare people off from the 3DS.
You know who is joining Nintendo in heroically saving Facebook's users from Facebook? FOX NEWS!
What was the winning level? Check out the results of the Hackathon here!