Here's a question for Londoners: our guild is thinking of having a face-to-face instancing session, somewhere in central London that has a) space for say 10 people together (min), b) good coffee and most essentially c) strong wifi.
(And somewhere that wouldn't mind a bunch of people sitting there muttering about fireballs for 3 hours.)
My old local cafe in Silver Lake would have been ideal for this; in London though, I can't think of a damn place. Starbucks or similar wouldn't do: too awful and sticky.
Thanks to jukevox for this one, I'd missed it: Lum the Mad, one of the elder gods of MMO development, has left NCSoft for Web Wars, saying that the old way of doing things - building big, centric systems with subscription access - is bust, “an arms race that few can even hope to compete in, much less win”.
To fix the online gaming model, Jennings said some innovative
thinking is required. “Embracing open source development,
crowd-sourcing content, targeting different platforms such as the Web
or mobile phones, all of these are valid,” he suggested. With few
exceptions, however, game publishers have been unwilling to take risks.
My bolds. Free wins over paid, it seems; then again, this doesn't have to mean big budget MMOs are for the bin, just that perhaps they need to be able to carry advertising or product placement, like similar- budget productions like television and movies do.
It's hard to put ads or products into the furs-and-swords worlds so beloved by MMOs, and a few properties pointed this out long ago. 2Moons, for instance, was announced last year as a fully-ad supported MMO (feat. Dave Perry!), although I haven't heard a peep on it since. Certainly, it would make sense for any would-be MMO designer to set up their world as something where advertising wouldn't make the eyes bleed.
It doesn't actually say how much NBC have spent on their new web-only drama Gemini Division, but if it's 50 webisodes long and stars Rosario Dawson, I'm guessing a fair bit. Not as much as they'd have to spend on getting it to TV, perhaps, but then again once you factor in "broadcast quality" shooting (on the offchance you want to spin it off to telly after all) and odds and sods like famous actors, the budget's probably almost there anyway.
Sci-fi with Rosario Dawson? Count me in!
Aug. 18 will mark the premiere of NBC Universal Digital Studio's first
original web series, "Gemini Division," perhaps the most significant
original programming ever developed by a broadcast network specifically
for the web.
"Gemini" is planned as a 50-webisode series, with the
first two segments premiering Monday on NBC.com, SciFi.com,
GeminiDivision.com and a host of video-on-demand platforms including
Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Dish Network, Amazon Unbox,
and Microsoft's Xbox Live and Zune.
Says Ad Age. Sounds like you won't be able to miss it even if you wanted to - unless, of course, you're not in the US. They didn't mean "for the web", they meant "for the bits of the web that are geographically located in the US".
It's such a shame that networks and broadcasters still attempt to cling on to territories on the internet. There are no territories on the internet. And they wonder why torrenting is so popular.
Meanwhile, they're going head over heels for the product placements:
Also onboard are a host of advertisers whose brands will be integrated
throughout the series. Cisco, Microsoft, Acura and UPS will make
appearances, and presenting sponsor Intel will integrate its Centrino 2
If it's anything like the UK, the web is less regulated than TV, allowing for a proliferation of this sort of thing. There also might be ARG-like elements:
"We're going to let viewers all around the show, asking them to help
solve clues, partner with Anna [a character played by Rosario Dawson]
to help uncover the Gemini division," he said. He suggested the
possibility of character-specific MySpace pages down the road as well.
Seems wraparound ads on the site and a truckload of product placement still can't warrant a global launch. Pity, because it's really not difficult to google gemini division torrent, at which point they lose the counted eyeballs altogether.
There's no reason
why something like this should exist but there it is. On preorder.
Anyone can fashion a similar pouch from an empty tissue box, a wonton
soup container, a paper bag, or the cardboard box that your GA-KO Alarm
Clock arrived in. Sure it won't look as nice as Hori's rendition but
the functionality is the same and the cardboard box is free. In any
case, preorders are welcome for the Remote Controller Pocket which is
available in three colors - white (shown), black, and lite-blue.