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.
posted Wednesday Aug 5, 2009 by Jon Wurm
Finally, we have some news tidbits of information about the ever so secretive Final Fantasy XIV! It seems there could be some big changes heading our way. Anyone familiar with MMO's knows there ain't nothing wrong with a little bump and grind and if there is then well, suck it. Not anymore however as that convention is about to change. Recently, the producer for FFXIV Hiromichi Tanaka, said that this game is going to be leaving behind the traditional MMO conventions.
Nobuaki Komoto, Final Fantasy XIV Director, said,
When reading on the FTC's notion that online bloggers cannot be considered journalists, I start to think of a few things. The FTC believes that because a blogger is sent free consoles/video games to keep for trying out the games for review, it somewhat means that it will automatically breech one's integrity. Yet if you look into music magazines, the companies are given free CDs to review for the magazine. Do we deny magazine reviewers the badge of journalism? Or how about when a movie critic gets free screenings and posters to all just for reviewing a movie? Are we going to cast doubt on his integrity as a journalist?
Anyone who follows The UpStream knows we are fans of the guys over at TechCrunch. We get a lot of story ideas from them, but this one isn't from them, but about them. Apparently, the company has been working on a tablet PC that would allow people to browse the web, edit documents, watch videos, etc.
According to reports, the device will have a 12" screen and weigh about 2.5 pounds. It is based on a custom operating system, also developed by the TechCrunch guys, but will house no internal usable memory. Some analysts believe this to be a bad thing, but the point of the device is to take advantage of "cloud computing" which is the practice of using the Internet to do your bidding. The idea is similar to the Google Chrome OS, using things like Google Docs to edit and store your word processing, spreadsheet and presentation documents as opposed to having onboard memory.