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Is there room for another game console?

Yesterday, I read this blog post about the evolution of game consoles over the past 45 years. I remember those heady days of the late 80s and early-mid 90s when every time you turned around there was a new console being announced. I had a friend who had the TurboGrafx 16 and Neo Geo consoles and I especially remember seeing infomercials for the Philips CD-i in the wee hours of the morning. Although nothing in the article was new to me, it was the end of the article that got me thinking. “Finally, the current generation of video game consoles only has room for three major competitors: XBox 360, Sony Playstation 3, and Nintendo Wii” True, this has been the case for a good, long time but there is something on the horizon. There are two highly anticipated platforms making their way to consumers in the near future which I think have a real chance of disrupting the Big Three. Valve’s “Steam Box” Valve is working on a set top console. They are not only the publisher of highly successful console/PC games (Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Counter-strike, Half-Life, Portal and Team Fortress) but they also have the Steam platform that allows users to play their games (and other publishers’ games) in a controlled environment, amongst others in the Steam community and along multiple devices (ie tablets and smartphones). The purpose of this “Steam Box” console will be to allow gamers to play their favorite PC games in their living room instead of on the PC. Since Steam is already a “virtual” console, it would be reasonable to think that if they were to release a physical console with Steam there would be a lot of people who would switch over to the console version play from their own living rooms.  And, with Steam, they would be able to play their game on their smartphone, save it, and then pick it up again on their TV. Of course, it remains to be seen exactly...

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How I Met Your Mother? Prodigy.

Dec 11, 12 How I Met Your Mother?  Prodigy.

Posted by in General, My Life, Technology

I enjoy How I Met Your Mother.  For those of you who haven’t seen it, the story is based around a father in the year 2030, telling his children about how he met their mother 25 years ago. But for a show that looks back 25 years into the past, I feel there are definitely not enough outdated things called out by the kids or explained by the father.  At least, not when I try to put it into context of my own life. Picture it: “Hey kids, how would you like to hear the story about how I met your mother?” “Ya!” “Ok, so, the year was 1994.  I was away at college and my roommate actually had a computer.  I had a Brother Word Processor. “Anyway… my roommate had a program on his computer called ‘Prodigy’.  This program allowed you to dial into the ‘Internet” as long as your computer had a ‘modem’ to dial up to the internet using your phone line… “So, one day, I dialed into the internet through Prodigy and answered a post on a bulletin board for “18-24-year-olds living away from home” and started talking to a girl that was going to school close to my hometown. We talked for a few months writing letters back and forth through the mail, and spending hours on the phone until we were finally able to meet face-to-face.” Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo many things that would need explaining. I know it’s cliche to talk about how much technology has changed our lives but it really has.  Our letters today our sent electronically, our computers are always connected to the internet and our phones are not connected to walls.  Hell, our phones aren’t even used to actually make phone calls most of the time. I wrote part of this post on my smartphone. And it’s only been 18 years Granted, I don’t have eight seasons worth of twist, turns, mis-directions and red herrings but at least we were early on the whole internet dating thing....

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Be a little weird.

Dec 09, 12 Be a little weird.

Posted by in About me, Family, Gaming, Movies, Technology

I’m a little weird. I’m a father of two who loves to game, watch movies and play with technology at any given time.  When I hang around with other guys and they start talking about sports, cars and most home improvement projects, my eyes just glaze over. The purpose of this blog is to connect with others like me.  Folks who enjoy playing all types of games, watch all kinds of movies and keep up on the latest consumer tech. My family and work life keep me busy and I don’t always have time to keep up on the latest trends or get out to play my favorite games or see new movies but, from time to time, I do get to sneak out see a movies in the theater, or go to the local comic book shop and play with little plastic men. I hope that others will read my blog and find something interesting. Maybe something that will spark a dialogue or get them to try out something they’ve never tried before.   Share...

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