Friday, March 27, 2009
CN's upcoming slate
I have much to say about CN's upcoming premieres of mixed programming. I could bitch on and on about the six-to-ten live action programs, about half of which are comprised of cheaply-produced reality show challenges, viral clip shows and one "edutainment" program, slated to air on the heavily-criticized network. I am awaiting a sharply-worded editorial from my esteemed colleague, Jeff Harris on this relatively tragic turn of events. I'm sure his will be an entertaining read.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
More on Zeebo Console
The night after I published my article on the Zeebo console, Forbes posted an article further explaning their position on the Zeebo console for emerging markets. If you click on the link, then scroll down to the comments, you'll find a couple guys expecting this system to go they way of the Sega CD, the Jaguar, the Game Gear, the Saturn, the Virtual Boy and other consoles with short market life spans.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Beware of Zeebo's new console!
Stumbled across this while making the rounds for my news fix at Google News.
This new console seems designed to be piracy-proof. You can only download games to it; no popping in a CD or a DVD or any kind of removable media. I myself can't remember having any "pirated" games circulating in my neck of the woods (Southern California), although maybe that's because I haven't been out much.
The Zeebo console hard drive is just a paltry 1 GB in size--if this were 1994, that feature would impress, but in Q2 2009 seems embarrassing. Content can only be downloaded over a special "closed" WiFi Zeebo-calibrated network.
I'm sorry if the following may sound ignorant to you, but piracy to me sounds more prevalent in the film industry than it does in the gaming industry. When it comes to publicized attempts at combating piracy, you always hear MPAA and RIAA as the organizations responsible for them, not any established interactive gaming association suing elderly grandmothers or single schoolteachers with no children whatsoever. Maybe gaming piracy is a bigger issue overseas (obviously, a system like this makes better sense for the Chinese market) and, per the PC Mag article, this system is debuting there first (Brazil, Russia, India and China). We may see it here in the States, but I'm not counting on it due to the limitations of the system's hardware in comparison to its established counterparts (Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo), which would obviously limit its appeal amongst casual and hardcore gamers alike.
All in all, unbelievable.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Warner Bros. Animation's next animated film will be Batman/Superman: Public Enemies, according to Ain't It Cool News. Film will be based on the DC Special Edition comic created by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness.
Looks like this will be a blast, and a best-seller for WB Animation.
I still have to wirte about Wonder Woman, and I will get to it soon, I promise. I have the DVD. . .