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End Of The PS2 & The Global Lead Of The PS3
Earlier this month, and last month news broke out that after 12 years in production. The Playstation 2′s production has been stopped by Sony. Which in spite of the current generation is still one of the most successful consoles of all time. If not the most. The Playstation 2 took Sony’s success from Playstation 1, and turned it up to new levels. Sony is largely responsible with the Playstation 2 for ushering the new, and more mature gaming taste. At the same time offering old school gaming franchises a new chance to be seen by a more mainstream audience. The Playstation 2 was just an incredible standard in gaming. Despite competition from the old stalwarts like Nintendo, and new comer Microsoft. Sony was able to push forward with their 10 year goal, surpassing it by two years. Released in North America in 2000, the console to date has pushed out more than 150 million units sold in its lifetime, with software sales breaching billions. The Playstation’s long legs are a testament to it’s impact, and steady brand allegiance by consumers. It’s this brand allegiance that we have a more monumental accomplishment by Sony this generation with the Playstation 3.
Market analyst firm IDC’s data now shows a slight advantage for Sony’s PlayStation 3. PlayStation 3′s worldwide sales numbers now stand at 77 million, compared to Xbox 360′s 76 million. However slight that number advantage is, we have to keep in mind that on a world wide basis Sony has a brand loyalty with the PlayStation that despite Microsoft’s roaring success with the Xbox 360 in the west. Through the rough times, Xbox 360′s dominance with third party software, exclusive, and consistent game software form Sony has kept them more than relevant. The irony is that the end of PlayStation 2 offered Sony to be the hands down favorite to win this current generation highhandedly. Microsoft came out the gate early, but substantially more prepared with the Xbox 360 than Sony was with the PS3. Arguably one can still say that the Xbox 360 is a winner despite global numbers. Sony is still operating less profitable than Microsoft who with the Xbox 360 is making money on the platform hand over fist. The Japanese gaming audience never took to the Xbox 360 irrespective of the plethora of titles. The platform never appealed to the audience of the rising sun. It’s safe to say that for Sony home turf helped, despite Japan not being a hotbed of game sales like it used to be. The PlayStation 3 has been behind the Xbox 360 in the U.S. for a long while. So being able to have a strong global presence overall really is something special for the PlayStation 3. You have to admire the PS3 success, no matter the hiccups the platform has staid the course. Think about it, this is the first generation with 3 consoles have coexisted successfully. That speaks volume for how much gaming has grown, and appetite for our entertainment medium continues.
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Nvidia Project Shield: The Good, The Sexy, & Salacious
C.E.S. 2013 began with a resounding thud heard not just around the gaming world, but technology, mobile, and console. Nvidia put the world on notice that it is going to put their technology, and gaming on a footing that will be noticed. Project Shield is an Android-based mobile games console that’s also capable of streaming PC games. The device is capable of playing both single, and multiplayer games, 4K Ultra-HD movies, and browse the web. The device described by CEO Jen-Hsun Huang can play games from the TegraZone and Google PLAY, or stream and play high-quality PC games delivered from Steam. Instantly offering up a true mobile console platform. Without being open source. Which in the youth of Android is a very good thing, because it’s structured. Is it time for Android gaming to compete with everyone?
The Good: Nvidia’s new Tegra 4 chipset is the guts behind Shield, and it trounces all Android devices on the market. The Ipad pales in comparison. That’s saying a mouthful, because in the mobile space the Ipad, is pretty well established with games that play well, and look great. Android on the other hand, although good, it’s a platform with a mishmash of gaming going on. Shield comes with 72 GPU cores, and a quad-core A15 processor, and a new software modem that allows instantaneous updates. Which means it has all the power to be efficient in offering up great graphics, sturdy connectivity, and productivity if need be. We are talking about firmware and new connectivity options accessibly on call when needed. The console style controller, offering bumpers, a D-pad and other triggers – plus a dedicated Shield button where you can switch from the native Android mode to the Nvidia gaming menu; are familiar to gamer’s. More so than playing just touch screen. You get a contextual feel for the games that are played on the 5-inch 1280×720 pixel screen. Cloud gaming which is all the rage is also on display with the Shield where you can stream from, as well as your home PC. You basically can stay knee deep in a game of League of Legends without missing a step. The mobile side can be expanded with storage space, and HDMI out put to television offers up a media solution to be at home distracting you from ever having to fire up that new Playstation 4 we all know is on the way. If you have a Steam library, then you will be able to take advantage of Steam’s Big Picture styling through the console controller.
The Sexy: With an unveiling on Sunday, Nvidia gave no price point. So at this point today many are interested in the device are skeptical on hard their pockets will be hit. Project Shield begs to the question who is the target audience for this mobile device? Is it the PC gamer who wants to play his titles on the go? Is it the console gamer who is interested in Android games? Is it the mobile user looking to play the best titles on the go, and still be productive? If it’s a combination of both then where’s is Nvidia going to be selling this device, and why does it not have a phone feature? People can only take but so many mobile devices with before they look like a walking Radio Shack. It’s not realistic. Does this mean Project Shield is unwarranted, or needed? No quite the opposite. In fact Nvidia has to take out a competitor, and the bad part that summons this paragraph up is. Which competitor are they killing? There is no clear answer irrespective of the technology on display by Nvidia.
The Salacious: Project Shield has too much going on in a butt ugly aesthetic. It’s so weird to see design for a mobile device come of so ancient, and archaic that I’m hoping this is only a prototype that works. Not a near final design choice. It’s riggidy looking, and don’t see most people who are now used to a clean, deliberate and fashionable mobile device flocking to Nvidia product. A part of me believes badly that Nvidia had Shield on hand for a while, but was pushed to desperately unveil something due to the independent push we are seeing from companies such as OUYA, and PlayJam with Gamestick. They couldn’t let the little guys get a jump on them in a real obvious market where the big boys are missing out on. There is nothing original about Project Shield, especially when it practically looks like an Xbox controller with a screen. There isn’t a clear distinction between what is out there, and the future that Nvidia sees. Obviously the jury is still out, and my salacious writings could be a jump of the gun. In the face of a new generation companies need to show that they are able to participate, rather sit on the side lines. In this respect Nvidia has tremendous potential on their hands with Project Shield. They just need to approach the market a bit more concretely than what we are seeing. There’s a gimmicky quality that you can’t escape that urges one to ask when will Sony, and Microsoft finally unveil something so a new gen can start already. We need one of them to get it right.
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One of Nike’s most underrated departments has to be it’s Tennis one. Don’t get me wrong people are aware of their line of Tennis gear, but not as prominently as other areas of the company. Except, consistently Nike Tennis out does it self, and competition. Enter the new Air Max Cage for example. It features a new system termed Drag-On that offers up breathable upper mesh material that is perforated, has holes of varying sizes which provide degrees of flexibility, all the while distributing support where one’s foot is needed. In this case if you are running baseline to baseline your arch, heel, and forefoot would be in good. The padded tongue, and eye tray that helps with any discomfort one might feel. An added bonus of a mid foot shank gives you stability for stopping, and going quickly. XDR out-sole, and “wear shelf” keep the ball of your foot pretty much in play. There are other notable highlights, but the beauty of the shoe is in it’s colorway, and the technology steals the show after that. I must say that the Air Max Cage is on my list of gets for Easter. Well played Nike…Well played.
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CLAE Pop-Up Store in Glaeria Malta Poland
I don’t have any current plans to visit Poland unfortunately. Then again I’m not much of a fan of leaving one cold place for another in the winter season. Except in the case of CLAE footwear. Well C.E.S is going on right now also, so I think a body double would be on order. I’m rooting for cloning these days. Apparently because, Mode:lina a Polish architectural design firm just put the finishing touches on a CLAE footwear pop-up shop. More specifically in the Glaeria Malta in Poznan. The firm was going for a low cost shop that mixes wood tables, benches, and walls for aesthetic practical use.
The 60 square shop uses long screws for shelf space offering up a clutter free space for shoppers. In all honesty it looks like a dog gone warehouse. I’m trying to see the design ethos created by Pawel Garus, and Jerzy Wozniak taking things to a new level, but I’ll chalk this up to an experimental project that was realized. Opening last month the CLAE pop-up shop offers up some of 2012 and 2013 footwear you can pick up asap. So If you are in Poland, and like CLAE you should check it out.
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Gamer’s The Future of Food-LYFE Kitchen
The state of our health, and food in the world is at a delicate place. From the way we feed our animals, to the way population is exploding the world over. How we eat, and what we eat is in critical focus. As technology becomes mandatory in our lives, being occupied both socially, and figuring out how to consistently be available will ask us to be at an optimum level to operate. When it comes to gamers, and the way we eat. Many would say a fast food diet is where it’s at. Rarely will you see healthy eating in the same sentence or even being a component to game advertising. Usually you’ll see Mountain Dew ads, sports energy drinks, etc that speak to prolonged gaming experience. How’s our diet going? In fact to most of the public, parents, peers, the perception of gamer’s are fat people sitting around boxes of open pizza all dusty, and dirty. Well there is a solution on the horizon, and gamer’s should be there to support, and eat better. LYFE Kitchen.
What makes LYFE Kitchen significant is the fact that they are taking a broad, but calculated approach to not only restaurant franchising, also what is in your grocery isle. Working with grocery stores, and big chain warehouse companies. LYFE is bringing premium healthy food to you in a way that is affordable, and tastes good. I’m a big supporter of good food, and living. So I’ve worked hard in my personal life to stay as fit as I can with my schedule, and gaming. Not everyone has that luxury, or discipline. So even for me having healthy alternatives to eating right is helpful. Costs especially because let’s face it, organic anything will hit your wallet where as some burgers, or pizza can be purchased without hurt. Where I think LYFE is super cool is in the fact that you can in the future see an establishment next to a Wendy’s, Checkers, McDonalds, or local food chain. If you would like to learn more I suggest you check out LYFE’s interview with Bloomberg TV.
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Next Generation Of Xbox Live
Microsoft hit the nail on the head when they created Xbox live more than 10 years ago. Being ahead of the curve of any console manufacturer offering cohesive game play online that allowed gamers in distant parts the ability to play one another. It was a concept, and idea that came from Sega with the Dreamcast. Microsoft nurtured online play, and social communication with the Xbox 360 to fine blade. So much so that those who argue about it’s price miss the very fact that the stability, and consistency of Xbox Live is what is payed for. Say what you say about Xbox Live, but when Sony, and Nintendo haphazardly offered their solutions; blundering with clunky aspects to their infrastructure, along side hacked systems going down for weeks on end. Xbox Live gave developers/gamers a real reason to care, and be connected. From cross gaming chat to the other myriad features. Xbox Live worked no asides…Period. In a recent Gamespot post by editor Tom Mc Shea where he felt that subscription fees should be waived, and Xbox Live in it’s current form should not return. I agree, and disagree. Instead of comparing Xbox Live to Sony PSN + it would be far better to focus on how Xbox live based on it’s own merit can grow. Not be compared to a competitor that has in the last days of a generation got themselves in a good place. Microsoft now need to redefine for a new generation of online gaming, again, because that’s what they have done for two generations. Here is how…
Xbox Live Silver should have free content:
When we say Xbox Live Silver content should be free we are saying that without gold membership users on the new platform should be able to have access to features, get incentives to entertain premium subscription membership. Every month there should be five free games, five free movies, five free music downloads, etc. The idea is that immediately Xbox Live Silver is ready to be engaged. For instance Free-to-play gaming should be available on Xbox Silver, indie games should be immediately made for rent to play. From this point Microsoft should allow users to use whatever payment structure already exists to purchase/rent what they want that is queued in menu available for Silver standard. They can rotate offerings, then serve up premium content for a What this immediately does is offer users an incentive to move onto Gold when they are shown more on offer that they are missing out on a silver level. Keep in mind you can access Xbox Live Gold cheaply at different times because of cards, discounts, coupons, etc. The point is. Carrots work.
Xbox Live Gold
With cable, satellite, and other services for television content get more expensive, and services like Netflix, along with Hulu allow people to configure their content to their liking. Xbox Live Gold will need to do the same. Using the Xbox Live Silver as the basis for this test. Microsoft can offer packages within gold that allow people to access content services from music, to gaming in a complete way on tiers. $60 a month should get me a select revolving number of free content apps that are already paid for that I can use. If a user wants extra then they can pay for that, or they can exchange a service for another one. Say have Netflix one month, and exchange it for Infinity or whatever. The point is that the access, and barrier should be more cost effective. Especially when you look at the fact that competitors are offering much of theirs freely. Xbox Live Gold must have a built in content, service, and product option without nickle and diminng for more. This will have Microsoft competing, but at the same time giving content operators options to be focused in a holistic way on a gaming platform. Microsoft has to keep in mind that gaming has to remain the core of their platform while Xbox Live is the extension. Remember people are waiting for the next Xbox so Micorosoft needs them to be ready in droves, and keeping them on the platform means entitlements that come with service that already exist out there for free. If Sony’s next console is going to be up to par then where does Microsoft differentiation begin to compete? It has to at the level people already are accustomed to. Remember with Android devices, and Steam out there it’s about who best serves customers.
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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
I would love a luxury vehicle right now. Nothing gaudy, but something befit a guy working, and worth spoiling himself. Sure we live in a society of aspiration, and looks. I’m more of the mind set to be comfortable, and serene. When I look at the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe that what comes to mind. Don’t get me wrong, I’m more of a stealth black Camaro kind of guy normaly, but there is something missing in that car’s elegance that Mercedes always get’s right with there’s. The E-Class exemplifies that credo big time. Maybe soon I will be able to upgrade my life, and this nice piece of machinery will be part of it.
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Tell Tale x Episodic Star Wars Game
Tell Tale Games is riding on high of critical, and financial success with their episodic “The Walking Dead” title. So much so that in a discussion with Red Bull UK, they spoke about their interest to touch other properties.
“For other media we always look at the best episodic series out there – obviously the Walking Dead TV show, but also Game of Thrones and Mad Men, for the way they handle characters and are able to present them with so much depth.” “We always felt we could do a great Star Wars story game. We also love the idea of building out a deeper story to a great game franchise, something like Half Life Stories or Halo Stories.” There is no doubt in my mind that Tell Tale should be tackling two more projects of this ilk. They are in the right grove, and seeing something on a next gen system would really be a cool as a launch game to play.
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Keri Hilson: “One Night Stand” f/Chris Brown
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Pach-Attack! X Annoyed Gamer Hyper Turbo Special Part I & 2
As a gamer, and journalist one of my favorite things to do is listen to others in our industry discuss the overall nature of the industry from varying perspectives. I’m more of the mind set to be in company of these two men. Michael Pachter, and Annoyed Gamer. Not so much in agreement, but their inclination to focus on concepts in gaming that yield conversations, and thoughts that we all should be aware of as gamer’s, and common sense human beings. With that almost pretentiousness attitude out of the way here is the Pach-Attack! X Annoyed Gamer Hyper Turbo Special part’s 1&2. Gametrailers thank you!