Category Archives: gamers

Games consoles in pictures

What a great pictoral history of videogames. Not much in the way of handhelds, but very interesting nonetheless.

My parents bought us an Atari with Pong and other games to help me exercise my lazy eyes. Loved it. Via Boing Boing.

Firebox and Mind Candy – rockin!

I just came back, not at all drunk, (seriously – I drank 4 glasses of free wine and don’t feel AT ALL pissed. Really.) with goody bag in hand, from the Ignite Firebox party. I was informed that it had “something special in it (innit?) for the ladies” or something to that effect by the lovely PR gals. But I had no idea until I looked at it on the bus.*

Gosh what a lovely goody bag- air stuff, Stuff, T3, Perplex City cards.** Annnd a Magic Bullet (um – couldn’t find a link to it on Firebox?) and a naughty catalogue! Hehehe. Nice. Just what I need.
Met some good people tonight. Feel rather daft that I did not know or clicked before now that Michael Smith, CEO of Mind Candy (makers of Perspex – rather, Perplex City) also set up Firebox. I have met him at a couple of, well let’s say something silly like web 3.0 type gatherings, over the last year. I like the company’s thinking a lot.

I am in fact quite a loyal and long-time customer of theirs – as in Firebox. They now beat for me in terms of where I turn first to get those gifts for difficult people and those who you don’t really know very well, but who you feel you should “gift”.

Now I feel even more loyalty to Firebox in a way, because I like what Mind Candy does a lot.
Now, where did that goody bag go…

*Why is it you never see a taxi when you actually make a decision to spoil yourself by getting a taxi instead of the bus??

*Or, Perspex City which I always call it completely accidentally a lot of the time.

Second Life and “TV”

So I was going to give a quick Second Life news update, but have been aware for quite some time that this is a futile effort – although the media frenzy around SL has died down somewhat. All the big media wigs are most likely sitting down in important meetings trying to figure out what to do in 3D immersive spaces.

It is much more effective to keep up with the news via something like World of SL or SLCN. While I was on the latter, I stumbled upon this titbit about an in-world “TV” network which has set up to challenge residents to make their own shows.

I think there is indeed a gap in the market for this kind of thing, and the people themselves will make the cream rise to the top, and start gathering around common points and people of interest. I can’t wait for proper shared “TV” playlists. This kind of content is something that I would probably like to watch through Joost. Except, it would have to be an aggregated set of shows – a network – which included machinima programming from all immersive spaces – 2 and 3D. Granted, a lot of shows might be a bit shit, but then so were most podcasts when they started a few years’ ago. But a deal through Joost could be about a premium, best of content offering, as decided by all of us first – around the web.

Anyway, here is what SLCN says about the venture:

In the coming months SLCN will become the, “voice of SL” the group says. The programming will come from residents and encompass all different areas and cultures. It will be a way of showing the real world what SL is and what the people of SL are all about. The idea behind SLCN is to open up the world of television and put it in the hands of everyone within SL.

They add that it means that anyone who has an “idea, a pitch or talent or anyone who thinks they can”, can. Now all I need is some imgination and decent computer.


“Five years from now a social networking site without a 3D universe will look like a dinosaur.”
– Mark Kern, president of Red 5 Studios.

Game 3.0

I like this. Via Crys’ jollies.

Sony’s 3D mall

While we are on the subject of virtual worlds, was thinking about the annoucement that Sony is create a virtual “mall” world for its Playstation community, complete with IM, voice and video. Apparently it “could help Sony jusify the high price of the PlayStation 3”, says Information Week.

I doubt that. See video here (looks like really nice graphics)

The online world also would include places for public gatherings, and a hall of fame for players who reach milestones in PlayStation games. In addition, Sony planned to lease space in Home to game developers and other third parties interested in setting up shop. “Think of it like a mall,” Sony spokesman Dave Karraker said. ‘They can lease space, and put anything they want in it.’

I wonder if the avatars you can create will be from game characters? When will I be able to be a tourist in my Second Life form to parties at the PlayStation world? (via my PS, obviously.) Will there be any PSP version, ever?? I can imagine it being full of a lot of “cool kids” showing off their high scores.

I like the way these things are heading, although they are all such walled gardens and don’t allow for much cross-metaverse pollination. Interesting stuff anyway.

Old people’s Wii

No kidding. The Wii is proving very popular amongst retirees, reports Engadget. They like the bowling. Won’t be long until they all start getting into Second Life, Wow and the like. Hehe. The penny dropped for my muther recently and she suggested a booming business model for SL and old folks homes after hearing me yabber on about it. She already owns

They should be out getting fresh air! (kiddin.)

Geek valentines

So if you are a geek and you have forgotton about Valentine’s Day because you have been too buried in code/games/SL/whatever, check out these geek-specific Valentine’s e-cards by Mitch on 4 color rebellion.


Gamers get more sex

Ha. This is an interesting bit of gratuitous PR. Gametart, apparently the UK’s biggest online games rental company, did a little survey – little it was: only 200 women in the sample – which suggests that women who play digital games have sex more often.

Of our sample of 200 women, those who played video games on average had sex 4.3 times a week while those who didn’t play games only had sex just 3.2 times a week. Perhaps even more promising for gamers is the fact that many of the women that we interviewed who have only recently started playing games said that they now have sex more often than before.

Gosh – a whole 1.1 more times!! The 0.1 being… hmmm….


DS Cat

DS Cat
DS Cat,
originally uploaded by bizargol.

Saw this on Wonderland and had to post too. Do you think it is playing Catz? I just got that.

College Saga – games meet meatspace Very funny. Fo…

Very funny. Forget machinima. Heh.

Pushing and shoving at PS3 Japan launch So the Son…

So the Sony PS3 has launched in Japan – but take a look at the mild frenzy it caused there as it was unleashed.