Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision, has decided he either doesn't understand the way the gaming industry is moving or wants to be different from everyone else. To prove it, he announced at the Reuters Media Summit that Activision will not be pursuing mobile and social gaming like the rest of the industry. He believes his company is doing just fine as-is, minus closing two studios a few weeks ago.
The place where you have the opportunities for growth is within the communities of franchises we control... We don't view the App Store as a really big opportunity for dedicated games... It's a different question assessing it as a business opportunity. Right now we don't see an opportunity for us to participate in that market.
What does this mean for Activision? Hit the break.
Scott Thompson, The president of PayPal, not the actor from Kids in the Hall, sees a very bright future for PayPal. In fact, he is so optimistic at its success that he reassures the board of eBay, the parent company, that he is not trying to overtake them every time they meet.
In all reality, the board knows full well that by 2014, PayPal's revenue will be larger than eBay's. Why? Because PayPal deals with over 8 million merchants around the world - one of them is eBay. They are able to grow like this because they see trends in technology, implement them better than anyone and then own the market. The next technology they plan to own is mobile payments.
To see how they plan to do this and for a little history on the company, hit the break.
Ever since the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009, Microsoft has been making a big deal about wanting the Xbox 360 to be the center of your entertainment experience in the livingroom. With 2009's introduction of Xbox Live Party and the Primetime channel, Facebook and Twitter and of course Netflix and 2010's introduction of ESPN and enhanced Netflix capabilities, they have been living up to that commitment.
Well, Microsoft wants to take a major step forward with the project in the next 12 months by adding full television stations to their already massive online community. They are looking to go after services like Hulu Plus and Google TV, who already have a following. However, Xbox Live is the most active online community, so it could be pretty easy if they do it right.
For details on what could be available, hit the break.
As far as flash drives go you can certainly say that the Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive is impressive and not just because of the many capital letters that scream "performance!" at you like a Powerthrist commercial. As the name subtly suggests this isn't a mere flash drive, its a RAIDDrive, that consists of 2 SSDs (Solid State Drives) in a Raid 0 configuration. USB 2.0 would not be able to keep up with the 371MB/sec read speeds and 185MB/sec write speeds which is why you will need USB 3.0 and their UAS Protocol driver.
To find out more about the "talent" and see a video hit the break.
There's not much I can say about this. I ran across a video from a YouTuber by the name of GELTONZ who posted a gameplay clip of him playing Joy Ride for the Kinect. Normal enough, you would think, except he showed himself sitting down, keeping his hands still, not moving at all, and the game was being played for him!
It appears the game has some sort of auto-steering correct feature, I guess to tailor to all age groups, as after racing 3 laps of nearly identical racing lines, he placed third out of eight. He didn't even move! What blows me away is the fact that he has to exert no energy other than sitting down and keeping perfectly still and the game played it all for him, steering and acceleration included. Weird. Can anyone explain this?
Rumor has it that this game could be the Gran Turismo 5 killer, if the discs that shipped actually have content on it.
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Microsoft's community czar, Stephen Toulouse, has had an interesting career. It seems he steps in it every time he appears in the public, either in person or in writing. I believe we all remember the gamer who was banned for living in a town named Fort Gay.
This week's faux pas comes to us via Twitter. He was asked,
Hey, I'm not a genocidal hater of Jews but I really love the design of the swastika because its actually used by numerous religions, can I use it as my Call Of Duty: Black Ops logo? SWASTIKAS ARE AWESOME.
For his reaction, hit the break.