WoWeee

So I am taking a virtual worlds class this semester and I was really excited about it. Last semester I talked to the prof about the class and she said that people could choose any MMO they wanted to play, but they must play one. Well, now she has decided that you must play either Secondlife or WoW. I’m not interested in Second Life as I’ve given up the days of IRC chat long ago and have no interest in cyber prostitution, so that basically sticks me into WoW. yay, the excitement is just bleeding off me.

On the bright side, she is only requiring that people play 1-3 hours a week, which should mean if I play just that, I will be sick of it somewhere half way into the semester. Maybe I can just deal with it past that and make it through the semester. I think it’ll be a fun class otherwise.

One thing I do find odd about both this class and the other game centric class that I am taking is the lack of potential game developers in them. Making games is becoming more and more sought after jobs. When you are in a university that has no real program, you really need to take whatever classes that are available that actually deal with games. And thus far, in three classes from this department, I haven’t seen anyone with similar interests as I. This makes me wonder where the student devs are going because I know there is in fact a student group in UW-Madison.

Nintendo’s Wii Strategy

I’ve talked about the Wii quite a bit in previous posts, but yesterday I listened to the AllGames Interactive podcast where Scot Rubin was whining about the lack of online play on the Wii. And that got me thinking about the Wii’s strategy. Nintendo learned alot on how to market their product with the DS. They took a technically inferior product and beat the competition with innovation. And they didn’t do it just by having the innovation, they did several very clever things.

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Random Stuff

Well this week’s Hep C injection didn’t go anywhere near as disasterous as last week’s. This week the injection site didn’t bruise at all, compared with last week’s gameboy size bruise, I’m quite pleased. I didn’t have hot or cold flashes, I felt a little achey but no where near as bad as last week. And I was still a little drowsy and didn’t feel like goin out much. I think taking the medication a couple hours earlier in the night helped a lot, I think I’m going to bring it back another hour especially with school coming up. My hope is that the very worst of it will be gone by the time class starts, I doubt that’ll happen but anything I can do to help is worth my while.

I went to target last night to get some stuff and while I was there I decided to check out Wii stuff. Still no controllers or nunchuckus, but they still had ample supply of games. While I was lookin in the area I decided to go over to the PS3 section because I had heard that PS3 were beginning to be readily available. Sure enough, Target had 2 of the expensive, and 1 of the cheaper PS3s on display (who knows if there were more in the back, it didn’t seem like their shelf could hold much more than that). I can’t imagine Sony thinking the PS3 has been a success. They have sold almost a quarter of what Wii has sold in less time. Meanwhile, people are still waiting in line for the Wii and the PS3 is gathering dust on the shelf. If this continues, Sony is going to have to enter into a price war and start slashing the price of the console like there is no tomorrow. This will become even more dire if rumors are true and Microsoft puts out a 120GB version of the 360 at the same price the premium currently sits at as the main advantage the PS3 has had thus far is that it has a bigger hard drive, which this will totally nullify.

Sony is in trouble.

And honestly I don’t even think Microsoft is in a great place looking at continuing crappy numbers in Japan. In a little more than a year Microsoft has sold more than 10 million units, which is great for them, however I’d be shocked if they sold much more than 1 million in Japan which is dismal. After just 2 and a half months, Nintendo has almost sold 4 million units, and gaining fast. Nintendo’s only limitation is getting the units out and they are putting them out faster than Sony or Microsoft could do combined. If Nintendo continues to have these strong sales, Nintendo should easily eclipse Microsoft as console leader by the end of the year. This is especially true when you consider the software that Nintendo is likely to put out this year. I expect Super Smash Bros., Brain Training, Mario, and Metroid. These franchises I think are really going to push the numbers of Nintendo quite a bit, they are 4 of Nintendo’s strongest franchises, their 5th already being out on the Wii with Zelda, and their 6th never has worked on a console. Although I totally expect the Pokemon fighting game for Pearl/Diamond this year as well. (I’ve heard that it is the best version to date of the fighting game but that game hasn’t traditionally done will in the US, even when the Pokemon franchise was at its height.)

Lax

I have kind of gotten lax on this blog as of late and feel that I need to re-commit myself to it. I have still probably been getting my 600 words a day, however I do want to keep this blog more up to date.

A lot of things have been going on though. I am nearing the end of the semester and have a total of 16 pages in two classes due in 2 weeks, a quiz this week, an oral exam next week, and a final exam the week after that. Things have been busy to say the least in school.

In gaming… EQ2’s expansion keeps me busy as well. I have hit level 33 with my Fae Warlock. I have thoroughly explored Butcherblock, have been somewhat disappointed with its lack of quests and have spent much of my time in good ol thunderring steppes and nek forest to get good quests. I have recently vowed my allegiance to Solusek Ro and have begun doing the deity quests for him. I have also started going into Steamfont which so far has been a really cool zone. My favorite thing about it is they named the city in it “Gnomeland Security” which I just laughed so hard when I first saw it.

For the Wii, I’ve been kind of leaving Zelda alone largely due to the fact that I am too involved in MMOs right now to give it a real shot. My daughter played it this weekend and was having fun flying off cliffs with a chicken on her head. I have bought Ecco the Dolphin and Zelda for the NES from the VC but haven’t had chances to play those either. Really bought them to experience the VC and yes I can save the games to an SD card thankfully. I’ve been playing Wii Sports almost every day, but think I will take today off because my shoulders are quite sore. I got myself down to an age of 27 yesterday in it of which I was very proud!

I also recently have been in a beta test for a game which I can’t really talk about because I am under an NDA but suffice it to say with all these games I am quite busy. Well I should get back to schoolwork=/

How I got my Wii

Ok so last week I tried and failed to get my Wii because I didn’t anticipate the crowds quite well. Well last night I just happened upon the amazon.com website forums for the Wii and found a lot of people talking that Best Buy was supposed to have more units today. At the time it was pure speculation but there was enough people to confirm it (either through working there or by calling their Best Buy that I believed it). So I planned on getting up early this morning and going out to Best Buy to try to get a Wii.

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