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August 29, 2012

The Financial Risks of Launching a New Console [infographic]

It’s been nearly 7 years since the Xbox 360 was released and rumours are heating up as to the next generation of consoles. The Wii U is currently scheduled for a Christmas release this year, causing some to speculate Sony and Microsoft won’t be far behind.

This infographic by Ladbrokes deals with the current rumours hounding the release of Microsoft and Sony’s next generation consoles. Interestingly, it seems that Sony is pursuing the loss-leading model (at a predicted $1000 per console) once again, aiming to recover the development costs in license fees on the titles released.

More interestingly, it’s been suggested that ‘always online’ will be introduced; is a more [...]

 
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August 11, 2012

Kickstarter Video Game Console Project – OUYA- Gets Firehosed with Funding

OUYA, now available for pre-order, takes direct aim at the closed source, overly expensive console market and aims to

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make an affordable Android based open solution for the masses.

The Kickstarter Campaign launched July 10, 2012 with a somewhat lofty goal of $950,00 – The project closed August 9, 2012 after raising $8,596,475.  That’s about 905% (yes ninehundred and five percent) of goal – Can you say “Far Exceeded”?

The cool part is not how much money they raised but the open nature of the project, the encouragement to develop and to be creative.  The desire to make it [...]

 
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August 23, 2011

Hulu Social Viewing

It’s been a few months since I logged into Hulu.

Finally did today as I was wanting to watch something funny, had Family Guy on my mind for some reason…

Anyways, I found it interesting and well put together how Hulu has integrated the social sharing/viewing aspect.

I’m still not ready to upgrade to a Hulu Plus account, but I am impressed with their overall implementation and selection.

Oh and by the way, here is a clip from the Family Guy episode I so desperately wanted to see

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April 26, 2011

Sony Rebuilds Playstation Network Security After Breach

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Sony has had its share of troubles with security regarding the  Playstation Network (PSN). Between the Call of Duty Black Ops multiplayer fiasco and hacked accounts it can be a major headache just trying to keep gamers happy.  That job just got a lot tougher.  Sony has suffered a multi-day PSN outage.  As of this writing it is day five of the outage.  Sony has confirmed that PSN has been infiltrated by an ‘external intrusion’.

The following is directly from Sony: “An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a [...]

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