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Console Games / Re: Revolution has a new name
« on: April 27, 2006, 03:56:28 pm »
How crazy is this? I mean, it's like they went out of their way to create a name that evokes a reaction (negative though it may be.) I'm a hardcore gamer and I don't like it, but will middle America? Will millions of mom's say 'Sure honey, we can get you the Wii for your birthday' ??

I assumed that this was the Japanese name when I heard it, and that some other name would be picked for the US. Wow.

"The other systems have an extension of their current names; ours is a new leap to something different," Perrin Kaplan, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Affairs for Nintendo of America, told me. "A lot of thought went into the name."

Do you think they tested this name with focus groups in the US? I suspect not, but on the other hand, companies rarely make this big a decision without at least getting some feedback.

"Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak," the company said in its flash presentation of the name. "No confusion. No need to abbreviate."

I guess they are right about this - it is a unique name and everybody will know what it is. Kaplan goes on to compare it to iPod or Napster. I can honestly remember the first time I heard those names, and I certainly didn't have this reaction. Seems odd to me, but who knows - it might turn out to be the best decision they could make. It's just hard to see it from here.

PS->Somebody is going to have to update the forum spellchecker - it flags Wii as misspelling :).

Podcasts / Re: Ideas to Save Steve Time
« on: March 10, 2006, 05:37:39 pm »
I wouldn't miss the retro reviews - if its a game I played I suppose I like hearing about it because its a trip down memory lane, however if it isn't one I played, then it doesn't do much for me (except frustrate me to know I can't easily locate it or sometimes even play it now.)

I really like the news and feel Steve has to keep this - it's where he can give us insight into why things are done they way they are in the industry.

I really like the show mail - again, it gives us a chance to hear the 'why and how' of the game industry.

The reviews are OK, but there are so many review sites out there it isn't always clear why we need yet another reviewer.  So Steve, rather than trying to do one every podcast, I'd  recommend only reviewing the ones you feel need to have the story out.  I'm not dissing you in any way, but do we really need another review telling us how good a game like HL2 or Dragon Quest 8 is?  On the other hand, promoting a game like Psychonauts is all good.

Podcasts / Re: Member ideas for podcast tag lines
« on: March 10, 2006, 05:30:29 pm »
I thought for sure I was going to hear the announcer say 'the man who taught Mario how to lay pipe' or 'the man who lays more pipe than Mario' on one of the podcasts but it went in a different direction.  We're probably lucky that it did.

Everything Else / Re: Game journalists integrity
« on: February 12, 2006, 12:10:05 pm »

Everything Else / Game journalists integrity
« on: February 06, 2006, 11:25:17 pm »
Did anybody else read about the recent controversy surrounding Dan Hsu (EIC of EGM) calling out some game mags as being 'for sale' to publishers?  I wrote about it on my blog ( and noticed it was getting a lot generally healthy discussion in the online community.

What do folks here think?  Is this a surprise or not?

Podcasts / Re: What do you do while listening?
« on: February 06, 2006, 11:20:39 pm »
eXistenZ: I agree I couldn't play BF2 or CS with the podcast going, but a game like WoW or EQ2 is very playable that way.  The in-game audio for MMO's generally just doesn't add much like it does in single-player games.  Of course, if you end up in an instance and a scripted encounter, there might be voiceovers and that does get confusing.

Games like Civ2 or Rise of Nations also don't have much soundtrack worth worrying about - the podcast makes a good background for that as well.

Podcasts / Re: How long should podcast be?
« on: January 31, 2006, 09:03:28 am »
Keep the episodes as long as needed to cover the material.  Don't artificially make them longer, but don't cut them short either.

PC Games / Re: MMO Gripes
« on: January 31, 2006, 09:02:04 am »
I don't like the fact that things in the game world rarely change - I don't want them to change every day, but they need to change.  They things people remember most about UO or EQ was when something big happened - let's do that more often.

I don't personally have to be the one who does it, although it sure would be interesting if occasionally everybody had an opportunity to modify the game world without it becoming a nuisance.

Everything Else / Re: How old are you?
« on: January 31, 2006, 08:52:43 am »
37 - old school gamer since the PET!

Podcasts / What do you do while listening?
« on: January 31, 2006, 08:31:01 am »
What do you you do while listening to the podcast?

I listen to GamingSteve (and other podcasts) while playing games!  I play World of Warcraft and have Steve on too - luckly I have a keyboard with pause feature for Windows Media player - makes it easy to pause if I get interrupted or need to concentrate on the game.

My friend puts it on his iPod and listens to Steve in the car as an alternative to the radio.

But what do you do?

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