Monday, November 21, 2005

Time to do a 360!

It's finally time...the week when the Xbox 360 is finally going to be launched onto the commercial market. I have had mine reserved for almost a month, and have had November 22 marked on my calendar for a month longer than that. So, the past couple days I've been pondering what makes games so appealing to folks. Here is what I've come up with:
  • Competition - People who love to compete are attracted to gaming. Whether it is against the computer or another person, video games hit that "I've got to win" nerve.
  • Immersion - Sure, going to a movie is a great experience, and filmmakers are masters at creating an atmosphere that leads to a "suspension of disbelief", but gaming goes to the next step. You are the character and in many games you even create the scenario.
  • Opportunity to Fail - Got to a point in the game that's tricky? No problem just try it again, and again, and again. Each time you get a little closer, find the weak points, learn the tricks. Some boards just take time, but the game is never truly over.
  • All About the Story - Over the past decade video games have honed their story telling ability, which I think has helped lead to a more mainstream presence of the medium. Case in point, try to explain the story behind Pac Man. Now tell me the story behind Halo/Halo 2. There is a great article on this topic on Slate.com.
  • "That's Hot" - I think part of the hype is just that, hype, but with the reasons above who cares?

Other ideas?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

And Now For Something Completely Different

I have a co-worker who sent around a link to a revised version of the Sir Mix-A-Lot song Baby Got Back. You have just got to check this out. I could barely stop laughing.


Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Enough Deep Thoughts

Okay, since all my posts of late have been deeper in nature, I thought I would pass along something fun. Found this post on Boing Boing that made me laugh. A guy named Kyle has started a blog called OneRedPaperClip. He started with said paper clip and is trading his way towards a house. Goofy, but interesting. Check it out.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

A Sad Situation

Was listening to NPR on the way in to work today (as usual) and they were spending most of the time covering the current riots happening in France. What a sad situation. I wish I were more educated on international politics and socioeconomic studies, but have not had as much experience with it as I would like. Overall, it is just a good reminder of how hopeless many people around the world feel. The only way they know how to have their voice heard is through violence and destruction. My heart goes out to the victims of this, but also to those who are rioting. And, I hope that the situation can resolve itself quickly and effectively. Unfortunately, I don't have any amazing insights or deep thoughts on this issue, just a general feeling of sadness.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Games Vs. Movies

The fight is on between movies and video games vying for the attention and wallet of entertainment consumers! This one is going to be interesting folks. Since I work in an organization that is promoting the growth of both the film and gaming production industries here in Orlando, this topic is of real interest to me. The question is...when will studios put more resources into developing the game version of a story thanthe movie version? Here's a post from Boing Boing that covers the long lasting nature of video games vs. the cost of production. Actually, this discussion about the gaming industry's overtake of the movie industry has been raging for some time.

This match could turn out to be quite interesting! Thoughts?

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Top Three PR Mistakes

I have not yet blogged about my profession. That is partly on purpose, as I prefer not to mix work with pleasure. However, there comes a time and place for making that leap. Today I read a tremendous article on three mistakes of public relations departments. The author was Erica Kohnke Kain of Kohnke Communications. Erica nailed it...not just for her industry (video game production) but for our entire profession. Just thought others may like to see this.
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