games people play
Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 4, 2012 03:04 PM
The annual E3 video-game conference this week is bringing gamers a flurry of announcements to keep them excited about where the ever-evolving industry will take them next.
Ahead of the annual confab, Nintendo released a video (watch it below) to showcase how its new Wii U console (called the Wii U GamePad) will use social networking in new ways. “The machine will promote the Miiverse in which users can see what others are playing, share self-created game content and swap gaming tips,” the BBC reports.
The plan is for users to be able to connect into the network not just from the new console, but from PCs, smartphones, and 3DS handhelds.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 4, 2012 08:55 AM
GM pressures TV networks for discounts in upfront.
Ducati is booming in North America.
Facebook sees future in India, and explores access for under-13-year-olds as fallout from botched IPO continues.
Adidas sues Merrell over three-stripe design.
Apple/Motorola patent trial will feature Steve Jobs 'testimony.'
Big Tobacco goes to war in California.
BlackBerry-maker RIM victim of own 'identity crisis' (at least it's still cool with South African youths).Continue reading...
games people play
Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 27, 2012 12:02 PM
In 1889 Nintendo put out its first batch of playing cards. Since then, the brand has done all it can to represent good times for the world’s fun seekers. It has adapted and shifted through its 123-year history to keep things moving.
With the rise of technology, of course, things need to shift a little more quickly but it appears that Nintendo isn’t quite ready to shift away from its last big game-changer, Wii, Reuters reports.
It’s understandable that Nintendo isn’t quite ready to push Wii out the door. After all, it’s made the company about $14 billion, the wire service notes, and completely changed the gaming industry back in 2006 by getting the whole family involved rather than being a segment dominated by kids.
Now, the alarm bells are sounding: On Thursday, Nintendo reported its first-ever operating loss in a market that is now dominated by games designed for smartphones and other mobile devices — an area Nintendo hasn’t made a strong push to join other than the sale of its DS and 3DS handhelds.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 26, 2012 08:59 AM
Ancestry.com acquires Archives.com for $100 million.
Anheuser-Busch warns UFC about fighters' inappropriate comments.
Apple now gets one-fourth of its revenue from China as CEO emerges from Jobs's shadow.
Bausch & Lomb shifts focus from contact lenses.
Bottega Veneta launches personalized fashion.
Burberry passes New York Times critique of designer lines for kids.
Burger King faces higher costs after decision to go cage-free.
Chrysler quadruples first-quarter profits and slow-walks investment in China.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on April 1, 2012 12:01 PM
In a bid to outdo last year's April Fool's Day jokes, a few April Foolin' Around branded fake gags today include:
• Richard Branson's next adventure, Virgin Volcanic, will take the intrepid billionaire to the center of the earth with Tom Hanks;
• in addition to really advanced search and Google TV Click, perennial prankster Google brings its self-driving car to NASCAR racing (above) and, below, announces Morse Code-based Gmail Tap (double your typing speed!) with LL Cool J, plus 8-bit Google Maps for the neglected Nintendo Entertainment System, and more:Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 22, 2012 05:58 PM
Apple is revisiting the approval process for products in its apps store after a fake Pokemon game went all the way up to No. 2 in its Apps Store this week.
"Pokemon Yellow," which cost 99 cents to download, made its debut on Friday and soared in popularity, but there was one problem, as CNN reports: it was published by Home of Anime rather than the actual owner of Pokemon, Nintendo.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on December 6, 2011 04:31 PM
Those who regularly use Twitter [like the author], it's a regular surprise just how fast information can be designated and how that information can culture, spore, and explode with momentum. Just the same, regular users know just how banal Twitter can seem. As you eat up live updates on the #Syria feed, you realize that, instead of #Syria, #Anchorman is trending. Why? Because some basic cable channel happens to be rerunning the film Anchorman and millions are tweeting about it while watching.
Now Twitter has released a list of 2011's "Hot Topics" and it's exactly what an experienced tweeter would expect: true life and gravity (Japan's earthquake, Egyptian uprising) vs. pointlessness (Charlie Sheen's #tigerblood meme). Continue reading...
brand vs. brand
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 17, 2011 02:06 PM
Pretty much nothing stops People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals from trying to make a point so it shouldn’t come as a surprise really that the organization recently unleashed its collective fury at a video game for lifting a little Japanese folklore.
The latest subject of PETA's rage? Nintendo’s longtime financial powerhouse, the Mario Bros. In some of the franchise’s games, including most recently Super Mario 3D Land, the character can don a tanooki fur suit, which “allows Mario to briefly turn to stone for disguise and protective purposes, as well as float through the air,” according to PrimaryIgnition.com. And you know how PETA feels about fur.Continue reading...