Archive for March, 2009

The future of the video games industry – Parts 1 & 2!

Last week I spoke with my friend Duane Brown, who runs www.creativetraction.com, about the video game industry and the trends that are affecting it’s view and impact in the digital space. He has provided this as 2 part interview online…

Part 1: How has strategy changed in the video games industry and what would you change:

Part 2: The three tiers of media, what some of the major changes that are going to take place in the video games industry:

Check it out!

March 31, 2009 at 7:00 pm 1 comment

Cloud gaming – the battle begins here!

Back on the 25th March I detailed the launch of OnLive in the article ‘What no console?‘.

Well, it seems that they are not alone. Sony have filed a patent for ‘PS Cloud’. The filing unveils early plans to make the service available to handheld game devices as well as consoles and details PS Cloud as providing “entertainment services, namely, providing an online videogame that users may access through the internet”.

Links:

I am watching this space even more carefully now…

March 31, 2009 at 10:25 am 3 comments

Game classic, design legend

March 31, 2009 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

Bernie Madoff’s Twitter…

Warning – likely not to be real! 😉

March 30, 2009 at 9:51 pm 1 comment

Personalization needs to happen so toughen up!

per⋅son⋅al⋅ize [pur-suh-nl-ahyz] –verb (used with object), -ized, -iz⋅ing.

1. to have marked with one’s initials, name, or monogram: to personalize stationery.
2. to make personal, as by applying a general statement to oneself.
3. to ascribe personal qualities to; personify.

This definition kind of falls a little short when looking at the online experience (I have lumped both email and web together for the purposes of this discussion). Whilst it is great to login and have your name on the site and in an email, maybe an avatar, some pictures of your family and highlight your favorite product – is it enough to immerse you in the experience. Is it enough to make you go back time and time again and consume more content and/or buy additional product or services?

eMarketer shows that a lot of retailers are still falling short:

Offering one or many products and services without context of who is viewing will not result in a large amount of incremental sales.

MyBuys performed a study last year and found that consumers both want and expect online merchants to provide personalized experiences and product recommendations based on shopping behavior, according to a MyBuys/e-tailing group survey of 1,345 online consumers:

  • Three out of four consumers are willing to provide some meaningful amount of personal information in exchange for a more personalized, relevant shopping experience.
  • 77% say they have made additional purchases when they have encountered personalized product recommendations online – more than half say they usually peruse those recommendations when offered:

Powerful stuff.

Trends do show that retailers are finally recognizing that they need to implement personalized product recommendations:

Personalization is not easy. It takes the orchestration of people, process, technology, information, product and offers to make it work. Throwing in persoanlized recommedations with the same old offers will not really change the experience just add some semblance of intelligence. True personalization is hard and the base challenge can lie with the systems that are currently in place, the lack of customer data and insight and finding the money to invest in an initiative like this:

Implementation of personalization can be achieved with carefully planned offers linked to incremental technical capabilities being introduced. Do not try and boil the ocean in one BIG project. Get experts in that understand customer insight, marketing offer planning (and strategy) and can transform your sales/marketing culture as well as the processes that you currently use. If you are planning on changing your online technology the bake personalization into it NOW.

Feel free to comment on this…

March 30, 2009 at 12:24 pm 1 comment

Falling sand

A cool little game – have a great weekend!

Falling Sand

March 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

RIP Shane McConkey

March 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

Gratuitous drum solo

Just click on the image below for on-computer drum action!

Hammer it out...

March 27, 2009 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

Facebook food for thought – No. 1

What if Facebook was real-life? A lot of people would be arrested!

March 26, 2009 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment

What no console?

OnLive, which launched at the Game Developer Conference, promises to deliver on demand video games via the cloud to the PC, Mac or TV. What does OnLive offer?

  • High quality gaming on low end machines (sounds like the Wii – ha ha)
  • On demand video games via the cloud to the PC, Mac or TV (TV needs a ‘micro-console’)
  • Community tools like leaderboards and avatars along with the ability to share ‘brag clips’ which are short videos of your game highlights, are also part of the service (ooooh – groundbreaking)
  • Users can also have multiplayer matches and watch other gamers play
  • Users will need a high-speed broadband connection of at least 1.5 megabits per second for standard definition results or 5 megabits per second for high definition
  • Games producers: EA, Ubisoft, Take Two, Codemasters, Atari, Eidos, Epic, THQ, Warner Bros.

See the launch (just under 1 hour in length – so get yourself a soda and some popcorn:

2 part interview at GD:

More news:

The verdict? – Hmmm, difficult to tell right now until I play it and the community really take it to task. There is a BIG level of scepticism around this however I think the momentum will really get going when service providers bundle this into cable/internet/phone packages.

I’ll be watching this very closely especially as this links nicely to the future of video games where there will be a subscription-based, ARPU model for revenues for the major games publishers…

March 25, 2009 at 3:25 pm 2 comments

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