Month: September 2005

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Like the Plague

From the “Why didn’t I think of that” file: The most cliched game review ever (via Kieron Gillen’s Workblog)

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The $4,000,000,000.00 Question

While “$4 billion” might seem like a lot, “$4,000,000,000.00? seems like a lot more. That’s what I noticed when I compared this Forbes story, which mentions that Microsoft’s Xbox division “has lost $4 billion in four years and isn’t yet in the black,” and this Voodoo Extreme story, which references the Forbes story by saying […]

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Metaphor of the Moment

“Sony’s balancing act is becoming more and more interesting to watch by the day. Forced into revealing its next-generation hand far earlier than it would have liked by Microsoft’s rush to get the Xbox 360 out while the Xbox is dumped unceremoniously into an early grave, much like a protesting elderly relative being dragged in […]

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Advertising is Not Necessarily Evil

Interesting exchange over at Control+V about the recent appearance of ads in the Escapist. Basically, the author was shocked to find advertising for “beer and tits” in an online magazine that he otherwise likes a lot. In the comments, the publisher responds that the ads for Carlsberg beer and Second Life were relatively benign and […]

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More Bad News for Magazines

Advertising sales for consumer magazines rose 9.1 percent in the first half of 2005. That’s great, unless you consider that Internet advertising sales rose 26 percent in the same time period. The raw numbers still favor the print market, but considering the lower costs for online publishing and the general trend in advertising sales, one […]

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Living on the Edge

Scanning the magazine aisle at the Friendship Heights Borders Books & Music last Friday, I saw something I had never seen in an American book store. Stuck between an issue of Consumer Reports and a Neopets price guide was the October 2005 issue of Edge, the storied British gaming publication. Eight dollars seemed a small […]

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I-want-a Iwata!

It seems like everyone and their brother is talking about Satoru Iwata’s exclusive interview with G4 from the Tokyo Game Show, and the thing hasn’t even aired yet. G4 has garnered a lot of attention simply by posting a short clip from the interview, in which Iwata mentions that he’s pushing Shigeru Miyamato to have […]

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Concise Game Description of the Moment

“Another sports game!” -Eric-Jon Rössel Waugh, desribing NBA Street Showdown on the sixth and final page of a comprehensive look at the week’s releases on Next Generation

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