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Comment: Re:Why homebrew? (Score 3, Informative) 140

by Kent Simon (#19464289) Attached to: Nintendo Wii Homebrew Contest 2007
Interesting idea, but in practice this is impossible. I wanted to develop for the Wii, so I emailed and inquired about the process of getting a Dev Kit. After reading my email, it was forwarded to the VC dept, because I hadn't had any AAA titles published. At the VC dept level, the email was sat on and I haven't heard from them again. Turns out you have to have a brick and mortar company to be able to develop for the Wii. Not a company you run out of your house, and certainly not a hobbyist developer. This is a major oversight by nintendo, as third party support really matters this time around. And I would love to develop for it.

P.S. Unmodded all of my moderated posts so that I could say that.

Space

Possible Large Impact Crater In Nevada 29

Posted by kdawson
from the no-wonder-it's-burning dept.
While participating in amateur rocket launches in Black Rock Desert (the site of Burning Man), Ian Kluft noticed rocks with some oddities. Through the Internet he learned the characteristics of impact craters, then found some clues in photographs and Google Maps. Examining the area, he collected samples of rock with impact patterns and other evidence. He found that previous geological puzzles in the region are well explained as impact structures. Volunteers are finding peculiarities in satellite imagery of the area. Kluft presents his evidence here — "Submitted for Study: Discovery of Possible Impact Crater at Nevada's Black Rock Desert." This is a preliminary, six-week effort intended to bring the site to the attention of geologists. Confirmation will take some time and more elaborate tools than his group has.
Wii

+ - YMMV: Wii Sports Exercise Plan Test Data

Submitted by SixFactor
SixFactor (1052912) writes "A Wii user embarks on a weight loss campaign using the Wii as his principal exercise machine, and the Wii Sports suite as the program of choice. Thirty minutes a day for six weeks resulted in a loss of 9 lbs and 1.2 points off his initial Body Mass Index, without changing his current eating habits or other activities. This was previously featured on Digg, but Slashdotters who may not have gotten the memo may want to know too. Details can be found here:

http://wiinintendo.net/2007/01/15/wii-sports-exper iment-results"
Nintendo

+ - Wii surpasses 3 months of xbox sales in 3 weeks.

Submitted by
Whiney Mac Fanboy
Whiney Mac Fanboy writes "Nintendo's Wii has demolished Microsoft's xbox 360 sales in Australia, outselling the xbox's entire fourth quarter sales in just three weeks.

From the article:
The quarterly figures, released by games analyst Daniel Morse, show Nintendo sold 51,744 Wiis, whereas Microsoft sold 45,036 Xbox 360s. However, since the Wii only went on sale from December 8, its figures relate only to the three weeks to December 31, whereas the Xbox 360 numbers pertain to the entire three-month quarter.
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PlayStation (Games)

+ - Can the PS3 Be Saved?

Submitted by
Jason McMaster
Jason McMaster writes "Ever since last year's Sony conference at E3, things have gone sour for the PS3. Since its launch on November 17th, the PS3 has gone from impossible to find impossible to miss as they sit on store shelves, waiting to be bought. What can Sony do to turn all of this around? Several game industry journalists discuss just that question on Giga Gamez."
Software

+ - Streaming Version of BitTorrent Announced

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen announced in an interview that his company has developed a streaming version of BitTorrent. The streaming version of BitTorrent would make it possible to use peer-to-peer technology to stream high quality videos at low cost. More details about the project will be released around the middle of this year."
Wii

+ - Quest for Wii ends in death

Submitted by gurps_npc
gurps_npc (621217) writes "According to this story at tgdaily.com a contestant in a radio station KDND (Sacremento)'s "Hold Your Wee for a Nintendo Wii", died of excess water intake. Ten people have been fired and the morning show (The Rave) is now off the air. So, is this a first? Has anyone else heard of someone just dying to win a video game?"
Nintendo

+ - 10 people fired over Wii radio contest

Submitted by Skadet
Skadet (528657) writes "10 people have been fired in the aftermath of the tragic death of one of the contestants for Sacramento radio station 107.9 The End's "Hold your Wee for a Wii" promotion (first covered on Slashdot here).

From TFA:
The hosts of KDND-FM's "Morning Rave" — who go by the on-air names Trish, Maney and Lukas — were fired a day after the station announced it was suspending the show and investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Jennifer Lea Strange. [...] John Geary, vice president and general manager of KDND parent company, Entercom/Sacramento, made the announcement Tuesday in an e-mail to reporters.

"Effective immediately, the 'Morning Rave' program is canceled and ten employees are no longer with the station."

A company spokesman, Charles Sipkins, confirmed the three DJs, as well as two other on-air personalities, "Carter" and "Fester," were among those fired. Five other employees who worked on the "Morning Rave" also were let go. All 10 were fired, the spokesman said, for violating terms of their employee agreements.
I used to work at a corporately owned radio station (full disclosure: not for Entercom, KDND's owner. I was a techie in radio in a previous life). But I can tell you from experience that most of the people fired were most likely not responsible for this event. At my station group, no events happened without the express consent of #1, the station manager, and #2, the promotions director. They're the ones ultimately responsible. So why isn't John Geary the one getting the boot? Is this just an example of Corporate America scapegoating the peons? What if you had been commissioned by your boss to write code that ended up being a danger? Would you be culpable, or your boss?"
Nintendo

+ - Best Buy Will Unleash Wii Stockpile This Sunday!

Submitted by
Richard Manley
Richard Manley writes "From Gameworld Network: "An anonymous Best Buy employee claims that every store will have at least 15 Wiis for sale this Sunday. He says to expect between 35 and 45 Wiis at most stores, though some may receive less. The new shipment of Wiis will be promoted in the next Best Buy advert, so there will likely be a lot of potential Wii owners lining up. Some may even camp out to secure a Wii. If you're heading out to pick one up on Sunday, let us know how you fare.""
PlayStation (Games)

Sony Probably Going To Do PlayStation 4 149

Posted by Zonk
from the stop-the-presses dept.
Nomura Securities' Yuta Sakurai has been quoted as saying that 'he cannot imagine a PlayStation 4' because of Kaz Hirai's promotion. He sees it as a move (eventually) towards Sega-like software focus. Sony has, of course, immediately denied this because ... they (understandably) like money. From the article: "Following the launch of the PlayStation 3 just a few weeks ago, and witnessing the huge consumer demand for the product, I think it would be rather short-sighted for anyone to predict there might not be a next generation of PlayStation product."

1 Million Wiis To Be Sold in U.S. By December 206

Posted by Zonk
from the like-our-shiny-new-icon? dept.
Gamasutra reports on comments by Nintendo's Reggie-Fils Aime, who is claiming the company will have sold 1 Million Wii consoles by December 1st. From the article: "Nintendo's previously stated plans called for the company to ship approximately 4 million consoles globally before the end of 2006. It is not clear whether the new figures stated by Fils-Aime are still in line with these numbers, since no estimate for Japanese or European sales were given. Sony's plans call for 1 million consoles sales in the U.S. by the end of March, 2007. When interviewed by Reuters, Fils-Aime also commented on the potential lifespan of the Wii, suggesting that a four, five or even six year lifespan was 'just about right.'"

It's the Economy, Stupid 32

Posted by Zonk
from the games-need-cash dept.
This Sunday's political column on Joystiq gets into the economics of games, and why Canada's encouragement of game developing may have a very positive impact on the industry of the future. In the same vein as France's declaration of games as art, the 'Great Canadian Videogame Competition' may just mean more great games for gamers, more jobs for game makers, and the chance for a new EA or Ubisoft to emerge. From the article: "While the nanny staters trip over one another in their rush to legislate games, they are missing an opportunity to embrace an industry that grows bigger every year, one that could brings jobs and educational opportunities to their constituents. ESA boss Doug Lowenstein talked about the economic benefits of the video game industry at this year's E3, pointing out that U.S. sales of games for all platforms surpassed the $10 billion mark in 2004. But more importantly, the game industry stimulates another $7.7 billion in related spending, bringing its net effect to $18 billion."

Unisys Targets Just 20 Execs With Ad Campaign 159

Posted by kdawson
from the atomic-force-advertising dept.
Carl Bialik from WSJ writes, "Security company Unisys is taking niche marketing to a new level, aiming ads at about 20 top executives, delivering custom-covered issues of their Fortune magazine subscriptions, and even placing billboards where these individuals will be likely to see them, the Wall Street Journal reports." From the article: "If an executive flips over the mock Fortune cover, he or she will discover a letter — also individually tailored — from a senior Unisys manager describing challenges in the target's specific industry. The Fortune 'cover wraps' also offer personalized Web addresses, where the executives can find mock news videos that mention their names and tell how they achieved business success. To reinforce the message, Unisys is placing billboards and outdoor signs — albeit without information-chief portraits — close to the executives' offices. Some ads will even appear on video screens in the elevators of their office buildings."

The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters. -- Jean-Paul Kauffmann

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