We know you like playing videogames, and we know you like to gamble. How do we know this? We watch you through your mother's basement window. Since we know so much about you, I feel obliged to tell you that your two passions are coming together via a new site called
BringIt. The site bills itself as "online video game tournaments & challenges" but we know what it is about.
For a long time Google and Apple have had an interesting relationship. Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google has sat on the Apple board of directors. Not that it is unusual for executives to do this when two companies want things from one another, but this must have been a strained relationship for a long time.
Both make web browsers (Safari/Chrome), phone platforms (iPhone/Android), operating systems (MacOS/Chrome OS), music players (iPod/Android) and several other overlaps. At this point, I would imagine Steve Jobs probably doesn't let Eric Schmidt stay for much of the board meetings, because other than hardware, the two companies are now adversaries.
That being said, this week Apple announced that Eric is leaving the board. They said in the press release:
Somewhere out in BFE Utah someone apparently got really bored (can't imagine why) and came up with a really great idea. A Best Buy store is conducting a market test in order to compete with video game retailers like Gamestop and Game Crazy. The new policy set in place lets customers purchase new games for the used game prices at competitors stores. Currently, the test is limited to one store and they do not know if this will become a nationwide policy.
If this policy is a hit what will it mean for other video game retailers? What will it mean to you, the consumer?
Nintendo has been a puzzling company for a number of years. When the Big 3 announced their new consoles, everyone expected the Wii to be the end of Nintendo, and instead it has been the leader. They announced Wii Fit, and people thought a balance board could have little potential, and even today they are nearly impossible to find. They joined the online gaming revolution several years late, yet still managed to make it seem revolutionary. Now, they are bucking the trend two more ways: digital distribution and hospital technology.
Let's start with their new hardware: the Wii Vitality Sensor. Here is a piece of hardware that cost them a lot of money to develop, and I cannot come up with 2 uses for it. At least with the balance board i saw skateboarding and snowboarding. When asked for comment, Nintendo demigod Shigeru Miyamoto said:
The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has called you a sinner. Are you going to take that? Go get him! Wait, no. That would only prove the hypothesis. Let me explain.
Vincent Nichols believes that technology is leading people to suicide because it prevents us from being able to make meaningful emotional connections with each other. He gave an interview the Sunday Telegraph, and said:
It's about that time of the year for Blizzard to roll out the red carpet for BlizzCon and this is apparently no well kept secret. Activision has reported selling 20,000 tickets in around 8 minutes so if you still want to go then QQ because as it stands there are no plans to sell anymore. You aren't completely SOL however as Blizzard will have their own internet coverage as well as Direct TV pay per view available. Apparently the company used a new auction selling method that worked out tremendously well. They sold all 20,000 tickets for $125 a ticket.
Hit the break for information from an Activision Blizzard investor conference call.