PCs losing their relevance in Japan

Could this be the future in the US too?  Quite frankly this sounds a little scary, but at the same time it makes since that PC’s would become less relevant as mobile devices become capable of delivering richer media and communication experiences.  I’m thinking now about how the Xbox 360 has become my gaming platform of choice over my PC (well, that’s mainly because my PC won’t run any game made after 2005 — sadness).  I still, though, loath trying to access the internet via my cellphone.  The network is too slow and the screen is too small to be legible with my pitiful eyesight.

I think this article illustrates the importance, though, of creating a wonderful home computing experience.  To be honest, my computer is no longer an office tool.  It is now our home entertainment hub and I’m craving an internet PVR and some file management tools that would make my home entertainment experience less cumbersom.  I wonder in Japan, though, will the prevelance of gaming consoles that are multi-purposed as entertainment hubs supplant PCs.  I wonder could PC’s in the US head this off by offering a richer entertainment experience than any gaming console could.  How does microsoft view this since they offer a gaming console and the OS used by most PCs?  Are they playing both sides?  What about Apple?  Hmm …

TOKYO – Masaya Igarashi wants $200 headphones for his new iPod Touch, and he’s torn between Nintendo Co.’s Wii and Sony’s PlayStation 3 game consoles. When he has saved up again, he plans to splurge on a digital camera or flat-screen TV.

There’s one conspicuous omission from the college student’s shopping list: a new computer.

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PC Gamers = Elite Gamers

This is the first time that I’ve seen PC gamers called “elite.”  There is some truth here about the gaming experience with a high end PC vs. a gaming console and it’s true that a beefed up PC coupled with a nice monitor and speakers is heaven on Earth.   My husband is complaining now about how he doesn’t like playing the latest Halo game on the XBox 360.  He says the controls are not as responsive as using a keyboard and mouse.  Consequently, he hasn’t played the game for more than 3-hours total since we purchased it.  I wanted to get us new gaming rigs for Christmas, but since CBP changed to VBP, I’m not counting on having the money to do so :(.   Sigh …   Anyhow, below is an interesting article from the BBC about what sounds like a renaissance in PC gaming.  This article has done nothing more than pour fuel on my flaming PC desire/envy/dispair … *tears**wailing*
But on to happier thoughts.  We’re getting “Mass effect for the XBox 360 next week — Hello 4-day Thanksgiving weekend!  YESSS!  And to those folks in Singapore, I’m sorry your govt banned it :(.

Pushing the PC gaming boundaries
The PC remains a big player in the games market but in recent years its cutting edge has been blunted.

Finding the Right Video Game

Here is an excellent article from the Chicago Tribune about some the most popular video games desired this holiday season.  So before you buy, take a look at this article.  My “Mass Effect” desire has been fulfilled and my husband has already blown through “Bioshock”.   I also have “FFX Revenant Wings” (not mentioned) to play on the PSP to serve as my pacifier in movie lines and during awkward family gatherings.  (Oh and the new FFX tactics game for the DS.)




Weekly guide to entertainment technology


Eric Gwinn: Gadget Adviser

November 27, 2007

More Blog Postings are Written in Japanese than English

This sounds surprising at first until you read the article.  As a nation of commuters that are always online, it makes perfect sense that Japan would lead in the number of blog postings.  What’s was most interesting in the article is the difference in blog intents between Japanese bloggers and American bloggers.  I’m not I sure I buy the “chest thumping” characterization of American bloggers, though.  It makes me wonder though, would “humble” blog intent translate into Japanese wanting to print their blogs.

Here’s a link to the article
Japan’s Bloggers: Humble Giants of the Web

By Blaine Harden
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, December 6, 2007; A01

TOKYO — Compared to the English-speaking world, the Japanese have gone blog wild. They write Web logs at per capita rates that are off the global charts.

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Article: The Balance Btw Online Privacy and Targeted Ads

There’s a reason I don’t actively use Facebook or MySpace (I have blank accounts to spy on my little brother) and this is it.  Within the walls of work I have no problem using my real identity because I have no fear of the company advertising third party junk to me — ok, except for that Phillips spam that has been littering my mailbox since Thanksgiving.  Anyhow … I think Facebook missed something fundamental about American values (and maybe almost everyone else on the planet).  We don’t like to advertise about the stuff we buy.  Just like talking about salary it’s rude and just not something done (although, that could be an American thing, so I’ve recently heard).  Another thing is that if we are going to recommend a product to a friend, we will on our own time and with our own words.  It’s called “authenticity.”  I think a real heart felt targeted recommendation directly out the mouth or fingers of a friend is MUCH better advertising than some computer generated spam or posting that says your friend bought this and so should you.   Oh, and then the kicker … Facebook and the advertisers don’t even recognize the social faux-paux, rather they say they were too radical in their approach and the if they increase their rudeness gradually, then people won’t notice.  What happen to common decency?

Anyhow, read the article and be amazed …

Who Owns You? Finding a Balance between Online Privacy and Targeted Advertising

Published: December 12, 2007 in Knowledge@Wharton