I’ve never been much of a gamer. When I bought my PSP in January at Fry’s in Las Vegas, the sales clerk asked me what 2 games I wanted with it (maybe $10?). I said “what?”. “yeah”, he said, “we have a special promotion, you can buy 2 games with your new PSP for just xxx $”.
“Nah…” I said, as I really seldom play anything.
Actually I have a great desktop at home. Dual screen, bi-pro, lots of RAM (3 GB), dual pro. And I have NO GAME installed. Maybe I should find one that would suit my style: I don’t like shoot them ups, beat them up, kinda games. Nor the complicated ones where you have to spend hours of your time just trying to figure out how they work.
Every now and then I hooked my son’s Nintendo Game Cube to play with him. We have 6 games, but the only 2 I play with him (and he doesn’t play much either) are Super Mario Kart (I like the dirt track only), and Snowboard 1080° (or something like that). On my phone, I only play Sudoku. I tried “grand theft auto” on the PSP the other day when Smooth lended it to me. 20 min was all I could take on that one
So, unless you guys have an idea of what I should be experimenting with… And I know that the game market is larger than the cinema industry… Probably I should get into it at some point. I saw an Xbox 360 the other day. I’m interested for its windows MCE capabilities, not really for the games. Anything good in there ?
So back to the title of this post: Eric Rice at vloggercon showed me what he was doing on Second Life: trading goods, buying / selling land, hosting concerts in his conference center; he told me about what the BBC was doing there, how people were setting up virtual record labels, how the vloggercon conference was streamed live inside it (and Supernova will be streamed live as well), etc. Now this is REALLY getting me interested.
I touched upon the economics of WoW in an old post, and more recently in the possibilities of a Habbo-hotel-like venture, called Taatu. I will explore this new business world more in the future. I’ve seen the many posts that Joi Ito has devoted to WoW. I can only guess he was also looking at the economics of the new world as well.
By the way, anyone else out there on SecondLife ? My character is called “Rodrigo Television.
update: interesting article on Trademark issues in second life.