We already remember the words that people were using when Microsoft's Silverlight service launched over a year ago. Ugly, Horrible, Lacking, Under-performing. It was a very sad time. The MLB dropped Silverlight for Adobe, which caused a huge uproar and a loss of followers who are loyal to baseball. Even worse, a list of glitches over at Netflix caused the platform to be under fire.
Luckily, times have changed. Call Silverlight butter because they're on a roll! Microsoft has seen a plentiful bounty with NBC using Silverlight to stream the 2010 Winter Olympics as well as CBS using them for a mainly lag-free NCAA Men's college basketball tournament. CBSSports.com had reported to have streamed more than 11 million hours of live audio and video using Silverlight. Even Netflix has had a change of heart, stating that managers are generally happy with the service and performance with delivering digital content over the Internet. To make things better, Microsoft has announced that they are teaming up with Intel and Broadcom to make Silverlight work on set-top boxes and other devices. Also, later next week we should expect a release date for Silverlight's latest upgrade.
Mobile gaming has been evolving as of late. Nintendo added social gaming to their DS series a while back. Microsoft has announced
the inclusion of Xbox Live in WinPho 7. Even the Apple mobile platform has a couple of choices for gaming networks, including OpenFeint and Plus+. When iPhone OS 4.0 releases this summer, Apple users will have yet another choice - Apple Game Center.
Game Center will have all of the features you would expect to find in a social gaming network - achievements, friends lists, leaderboards, matchmaking, profiles, etc. What does this mean for OpenFeint and Plus+, though? Both companies seem to have been prepared for this possibility down the line and appear to have a plan in place to not necessarily compete against it, but use it to enhance their own product offering. ngmoco's chief publishing officer, Simon Jeffrey, said in an email statement,
Anyone living in the industrialized world is familiar with the BlackBerry smart phones that have been popular since smart phones existed. Competitors like Apple, Nokia, Google, Palm, and Microsoft has made expansion in the smart phone market quite difficult and costly. This is why the Canadian based Research In Motion is looking to expand into the automotive market. They are attempting to acquire QNX, a Canadian based company that was purchased by Harmon International in 2004 who developed the Neutrino operating system that is currently used in other industries such as telecommunications, medical, defense and aerospace markets. Mike Lazaridis, RIM's co-chief executive said,
Adobe knows Apple is so anti-flash that they could probably police Mardi Gras better than New Orleans' finest every year, but it seems we may have found a chink in their armor. Adobe has said in their latest quarterly SEC filing that they may be scared of Apple.
In their Risk Factors section of their 10-Q filing, they reported:
Believe it or not, there once was a time when children respected their parents, obeyed orders without any questions, and would never get away with inadequate behavior. Well, that time is long gone. Teens these days have complete control over their parents. An Arkansas women, Denise New, will be sued for harassment by her 16-year-old son. The reason being, she hacked into his Facebook. According to the mother, she was well within her parental rights to monitor her underage son's Internet activity. The boy however, was outraged, stating "Denise first hacked my Facebook and changed the password...She also changed the password of my email so I could not change it," he continued on to say, "she posted things that involved slander and personal facts about my life." What gets me here, is the fact that the boy called his mother by her first name, that alone shows the level of disrespect. We all know how annoying it can be to have a parent as a friend on Facebook, but as a minor parents do have the right to monitor what is occurring in their home.
If you enjoyed
Karaoke Revolution and like the hippity hop, then you are in for a treat. Konami and Def Jam are teaming up to bring you Def Jam Rapstar, a new hip-hop karaoke game. What we weren't expecting to hear, however, is that it will support motion control on all of the consoles.
We assume that this is going to be an addition of the types of motion that you would expect to see a rapper doing while on stage. While it may sound a little odd, the inclusion of motion control in a karaoke game isn't all that crazy. Singers don't stand motionless while they perform, even karaoke singers (if we can consider them performers), so it will add another level of engagement with the game.