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  • Blog Post: How high is your impulse buy threshold?

    I think Jeff’s on to something: While there's an odd aspect of race to the bottom that I'm not sure is entirely healthy for the iPhone app ecosystem, the idea that software should be priced low enough to pass the average user's "why not" threshold is a powerful one. Coding Horror: Software...
  • Blog Post: If it wasn’t in California, this might have gotten me to choose UC Berkeley.

    Well, besides the locale barrier (for politico-moral reasons of my own), there’s the teensy fact that I’m decades past being interested in attending university courses as an alternative to being gainfully employed. But places like FullSail and Digipen didn’t exist Back in My Day™, either, when I was...
  • Blog Post: Live Mesh to the, uh, rescue?

    One of my alleged New Year’s resolutions was to clean out the blogging back log. I have a bad habit of highlighting something on a web page, whacking the Live Toolbar button for “blog this” and letting my witty repartee rot in a folder somewhere in Documents. No more! I will have the “now habit” from...
  • Blog Post: Pirates are customers, too?

    Leave it to Valve to find the sunny side of piracy. "We take all of our games day-and-date to Russia," Holtman said. "The reason people pirated things in Russia is because Russians are reading magazines and watching television. They say 'Man, I want to play that game so bad,' but the publishers...
  • Blog Post: You’d think that this would already be available off-the-shelf...

    I can think of three or four realistic first-person shooters that might already fill this niche. There are probably more... Reportedly, the army has had a great need for virtual training aids and initially wanted to get videogame training materials out to units before the money was available. Though...
  • Blog Post: That’s not teen spirit I smell…

    I’m not sure that I’m ready to smell my video games yet… Researchers in Birmingham have been developing new technology to add smells to the virtual world of video games. Firm adds smell to video games (bbc.co.uk) We’ve already got people getting nauseas from the visual input alone. I haven’t played the...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Reedz on Xbox Live

    It’s always interesting to see how other people see themselves. Or want to be seen. Maybe it’s the latent social scientist training from decades gone by in graduate school. Who knows? Giving them no specific directions besides “make an avatar for yourself”, I turned the family loose on the Xbox Live...
  • Blog Post: The Next Big Gaming Platform: SQL Server?!

    I realize that I'm normally off-topic, so it's weird for me to actually be blogging about SQL Server on my vacation... Figures.     I've blogged before about the Real Reason™ that most guys my age (at least in the USA) got into software development: video games. Back in my day, they wasen't even much...
  • Blog Post: Another example of life imitating video games... at the zoo?

    You know, this might be funnier if my youngest son (who's 8) wasn't currently playing Madagascar like a hyperactive, caffeine-addicted monkey. (He has autism, so the similarity between his hyperactivity and caffeine addiction is entirely superficial. He doesn't need the caffeine boost to swing from the...
  • Blog Post: It may not seem related to SQL Server, but...

    In the dim and distant past, I picked up the 5±2 thing rule. I'm sure it has a fancy, academified name... but Tribal Video Game Knowledge™ has edged it into the recycler in my brain. My oldest son is trying to convince me to buy enough copies of Sins of a Solar Empire that the "whole...
  • Blog Post: XNA to the n-th power trumps Gears of War 2 trailer?

    I've been a closet XNA fan for a while. I've been lurking and watching to see how they plan solve some really hard user-generated content problems... “The time has come for the games industry to open its doors to all game creators, enabling anyone to share their creations with the world,”...
  • Blog Post: Internet vigilante justice?

    I'm not advocating mob justice generally; however, this is the *only* case in which I can remember the media even coming close to a retraction of it's horribly biased, agenda-based drivel. "They" put up unresearched stories full of unnecessary ambiguity and emotionally-loaded 'nonsense' (to...
  • Blog Post: LCD Panels are sooo yesterday...

    Since I had lasik done, I haven't missed my contacts a bit... but I might be willing to put them back in my eyes if it means better resolution, image quality and portability than this enormous pair of LCD panels on my desk. Adding displays directly onto the lenses, visible to the wearers but no one else...
  • Blog Post: The voice of the grunts writes novels, too?

    Learn something new every day... Contact Harvest is the most recent book in a series of adaptations of the video game Halo , for which Staten has been writing for years. Best-Selling Book Shows 'Halo' Game's Wide Appeal (NPR Audio) I didn't know that Staten was the voice of the grunts! Somehow knowing...
  • Blog Post: Don't hate the game...

    Don't hate the game, hate the...? I won't finish that famous line, because it would be bad advice to Hollywood. Heh. "The audience on this game is the 18-to-34 demographic, similar to what you'd see in cinemas," quotes an Advertising Age article of Mike Hickey, an analyst at research firm Janco...
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