I attended a panel on games marketing last night, which had a lot of interesting discussion about social media, pre-order bonuses, day one DLC, and other such industry platforms and pitfalls. It covered a wide gamut. You can see my thoughts and concerns on our Twitter feed. Also, don’t forget that you can check us out on The Facebook and Google+ as well.

I finally got my Circle Pad Pro and a copy of Kid Icarus for 3DS, yesterday. Everything worked as expected right out of the box. The device is somewhat bulky, but it would be impossible to play the game without resting the system on a surface anyway, so that’s not a terriblly big deal. I can play the Kid Icarus left handed now, which means I can play Kid Icarus. That is what matters.

The controls are still a little difficult to manage, as I imagine they are for any right handed person using the 3DS system by itself. After a while, the position required to properly control both touch screen and circle pad can become tiring. For the flying levels, the control scheme is perfect. As the developer has argued, use of two circle pads would be much slower for aiming. But for ground levels, rotating the camera with the stylus is a bit awkward and sluggish. Dual analog control would be better.

Even so, the Kid Icarus is still fun. And the game has a surprising amount of depth. There are achievement aspects, collection of weapons and items, lots of difficulty settings, and two multiplayer modes. You can earn new weapons in both single and multiplayer, but you’ll probably be hopelessly outclassed in the competitive arenas if you try them right away. I guess what I’m saying is that I got blown away. It wasn’t pretty.

I didn’t mention the comic yet, because it’s an oddly serious topic. The ridiculousness of it is apparent, but when writing about it, I find myself using words like “harassment” and “lawsuit”. But here it goes anyway.

Several family members of mine are school teachers, so I’ve heard something about the restrictions placed on them. At some point the “no hugging” rule was mentioned. It’s really about fear. Fear of some misconstrued touch being taken too far and resulting in accusations of impropriety and lawsuits. Maybe the teacher really does put a little extra mustard on that hug. How do you prove otherwise?

It’s a conundrum which did not exist when I was in grade school. Not that I ever had the urge to hug any of my teachers, but I don’t think it would have been an issue. It’s not that there were never teachers that harassed their students in one way or another. I know of at least one from my hometown based on stories. The era of constant news draws attention to every little incident.

But, based on a cursory look at Fark.com, you would think that teachers were constantly hooking up with their students. At least in Florida.