I found this article from April of 2000 just 14 months before SegaNet (the Dreamcast online service) officially shut down… of course no one could have known that at the time. Sega had resorted (by this time) to refunding the amount you paid for your Dreamcast ($200) if you committed to a 2 year SegaNet contract of over $21.95 dollars a month.
This is a complete review of SegaNet and the Dreamcast to an extent, from the trenches of battle in 2000 just before the launch of the PS2 in America. Fascinating.
Still, while the number of units sold greatly exceeded even Sega’s expectations, there has been some questions of the Dreamcast’s ability to compete with Sony’s PSX2, Nintendo’s Dolphin and the recently announced Microsoft X-Box.
At the heart of those concerns are the superior hardware specifications the other systems boast as compared to the Dreamcast and the fact that each of the other systems will provide a DVD drive.
It seems these concerns were not unfounded…
Sega is clearly showing an aggressiveness that they have lacked in the past. They understand that they are competing against companies with superior hardware specifications and are striking back by providing quality games, making strong partnerships, providing peripherals that no other gaming console provides, a low price, and last but not least they are focusing upon the internet.
Currently there are over one million Dreamcast consoles registered online. Over 250,000 U.S. users utilize their Dreamcast’s internet capabilities.
In contrast, Sony’s PSX2 does not currently ship with a modem. Sony’s online strategy depends almost entirely on their being able to sell products and content to their users. They have made no mention of online gaming capabilities.
Interesint to read about Sony’s online capabilities in 2000 during the PS2 launch were similar to their 2006 launch of the PS3. Nothing really solid and expecting to sell to their install base. Very, very interesting.
So this is my second list of the day, but this is a good one. Things being killed by the internet. While some of these sound like the rambelings of a crotchety old man there are some that are quite good. Some highlights:
3) Listening to an album all the way through The single is one of the unlikely beneficiaries of the internet – a development which can be looked at in two ways. There’s no longer any need to endure eight tracks of filler for a couple of decent tunes, but will “album albums” like Radiohead’s Amnesiac get the widespread hearing they deserve?
34) Mainstream media The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Rocky Mountain News in the US have already folded, and the UK’s Observer may follow. Free news and the migration of advertising to the web threaten the basic business models of almost all media organisations.
44) Trust in Nigerian businessmen and princes Some gift horses should have their mouths very closely inspected.
My favorite on this whole list:
5) Punctuality Before mobile phones, people actually had to keep their appointments and turn up to the pub on time. Texting friends to warn them of your tardiness five minutes before you are due to meet has become one of throwaway rudenesses of the connected age.
This list was compiled by GameSpot/GameFaqs last month. Unfortunately the list was made before the Leichenfaust (from the new Wolfenstein) could be added. Pitty. It’s probably my new favorite weapon. Shooting at high powered enemies and they float in the air. Shoot it at weak enemies and they disintegrate, their ashes rising and then getting blown away with the wind.
Aside from that omission (forgivable because it predates the game in reference) the Spread Shot from Contra is also missing. How can you compile a list of the best weapons without the best weapon.
Awesome iPhone developer ngmoco just recently updated Rolondo 1 to add achievements and sweetened up Star Defense. They’re doing great things to Plus+ these days and with Rolondo 1 only $2.99 right now it’s worth checking grabbing. Now they’re updating their other games. Hats off to you ngmoco.
Also if anyone wants to friend me on Plus+ my name is: eight
We’re updating Mazefinger, Topple 2, Word Fu, and Dr. Awesome with Plus+. Not only does that mean new leaderboards and awards, but it also means some upgrades to the games you love.
Mazefinger will get Direct Challenges and be haunted by a “ghostfinger.” Topple 2 and Word Fu receive some Direct Challenge upgrades of their own. And Dr. Awesome will have you competing to save the most patients from your phonebook—and your Plus+ friends.
For players and coaches the NFL has decreed no more game time tweeting or status messages. No tweeting on the field no tweeting 90 minutes before the game and no tweeting until all post game interviews are complete.
I mean I guess this makes sense in a way. You don’t want a guy tweeting the offensive game plan. What if a defensive guy is following him. I don’t really know how football works, but I do know that this is probably the start of a greater initiative. The NFL doesn’t want players who get angry at situations ranting to the whole of the internet. It makes the whole NFL look bad and they need to keep their brand in line. I understand that.
"We got really gloomy. We started to wonder if everything we were trying to do was just a fool’s errand. When it came to making music games, we couldn’t make any money or even a return for our investors. We were paying the bills, but to go on with the business would have been a departure from the founding premise of the company. It would have been an emotionally and psychologically crushing defeat."
CNN is running an article that shows some really good incite into the Hamonix from failure to flourish.
“A sensible agreement has now been reached so we, as an industry, can get on with other deals. It’s very good to get this sort of arrangement bedded down with YouTube for a few years, as the site is a powerful part of the online world we live in. I hope it is a deal both parties are reasonable happy with and I think we need to look at it positively.”
YouTube will see thousands of music videos return to its site and all they had to do was pay millions of dollars. Makes sense to me…
Is the final resting place for music videos YouTube? Probably. They sure as hell don’t get time on television. Come to think of it, it’s a little hypocritical that MTV even hosts the Video Music Awards since they are the ones that created and then killed the industry.
Earlier this year, a couple of game developers let me in on one of their secrets: They intentionally play bad games. They play the stuff you or I would avoid not to learn what to avoid, but to learn what to do and imitate. They told me that good ideas lurk everywhere, and no one else is looking in the bad games.
Since I was showing off the new camera I am going to buy earlier I want to know what you guys are using for a camera. Point and soot? SLR? DSLR? Canon? Nikon? Leica?
I have been using the iPhone cameras for all my photography needs for the past 2+ years. Before that I was using a Canon AE-1. An SLR from 1980. I am very excited at the prospect of using an SLR again on a more regular basis.
"I don’t think there’s any good reason the most interesting things about the App Store right now should be procedural details and the number of submissions each reviewer handles a day — somewhere around 80, if you can believe it. I’d rather be talking about new and exciting ways to integrate the iPhone and other mobile devices into my daily life — I’d rather be talking about apps. And the more I think about it, the only way Apple can get back to that is by doing what it should have done in the first place: allowing developers and users to bypass the App Store and sideload apps onto the iPhone themselves."
Solid read that not only details an issue but also provides a solution.
So after polling you for two days I can disclose the results now.
We talked about what consoles we had. And Then I asked what consoles you wanted. I think what is most surprising is the lack of responses. 13 answers to “what consoles do you want” to 42 answers to “what consoles do you have.” Thats telling. That tells me that most people are happy with the console/consoles they have and aren’t wanting for a second (or third) or already have all 3 and are content with that. It means most people are buying systems they want regardless of price because they are gamers. It means if we want something, we buy it. (Am i reading too much into this? Maybe.)
This is what the people want:
7 - PS3s
4 - Xbox 360s
2 - Wiis
Most of the people who wanted a PS3 were waiting for the price to come down and many of them already owned an Xbox or a Wii.
So those are the stats. These are the people I run with. I couldn’t possibly ask for anything else.
"This week a survey confirmed what all Twitter users knew anyway: that more than 40 per cent of all tweets are pointless babble. It has also emerged that almost two-thirds of Twitter users quit within a month of signing up for the 140-character blogging service. No wonder the company has yet to make any money, while Facebook, too, has yet to deliver on its financial potential. None of this is to say, of course, that the internet hasn’t had a profound impact on individuals, companies and interactivity – but the fact that typical Twitter users are older than initially believed means that businesses will need to rethink how they use it."