September 21, 2005

Viva La Revolution!

Anyone with a passing interest in the business of games should read this article. It's an extremely well-written piece that was sparked by Nintendo's unveiling of their wild new controller. Is Nintendo really that smart?

Well, based on the evidence, yes they are. Year after year they sell less than the competition, but make more profit. This isn't by accident, it's by design. I have to admit that when I first heard about the controller, I was skeptical. Would a motion-sensitive uber-remote actually deliver an innovative experience?

The games aren't here yet, so the proof hasn't quite materialized, but ask yourself this question: would your mother rather thumb a D-pad, or wave a virtual 'baton' to say, conduct an orchestra? I think you get my point.

Nintendo has found a way to deliver an unparalleled amount of gameplay experiences with one device, and I for one hope they succeed (which history has shown us they usually do).

Chalk me up for the Revolution!

Posted by mix at 05:06 PM | Comments (0)

September 15, 2005

This Is Not A Teen Mag

Not too long after I started Mixworld, I started noticing in my traffic logs that a majority of visitors were from Finland. Naturally, I found this interesting, and sought to find out why. It turns out that a Finnish Teen magazine has a website at Mixworld dot NET, and when some confused visitors ended up here, they were annoyed. Let just say that I received a lot of emails, which I can only assume were angry because there were a disproportional amount of exclamation points. And I don't read Finnish.

Refreshingly, the traffic patterns to my sites have taken a turn after GameHarvest was featured on Blue's News on Monday. It's just a small step in what I hope will be a continuing upward trend for the new site.

And speaking of GameHarvest (indulge me), we've added something new. You can now buy full versions of certain games, like King of the Ball (a pretty cool game), right from the site.

What would you like to see on GameHarvest? If you have suggestions for us as far as functionality and features, we're all ears. If you know of a game that we should have in our database, by all means, point us to it. We're really trying to make this site the best of its kind, and you can help us do that. w00p!

* note: Finnish people are welcome too!

Posted by mix at 10:12 AM | Comments (0)

September 10, 2005

May the Harvesting Begin

It's pretty much ready for prime time; I'm ready to unveil GameHarvest.com, my latest project. I and my cohort John Rizzo will be trying to beef up the game database in the next couple weeks to gargantuan proportions. There's a few in there right now (some real gems, too), and it's just going to get better.

The purpose of the site is showcase totally free games. That means web-based games, downloadable free games, game demos, and last but not least (and my personal favorite) game mods. No other site that I know of puts it all in one place. If it's free and it's a game, it'll be on GameHarvest.

Please drop in and suport my little site. It's just the beginning.

Posted by mix at 06:58 PM | Comments (0)

September 08, 2005

Foxed!

It's just been revealed that IGN/GameSpy was purchased by News Corp. It seems as if the web gaming press is getting recognition as a prime marketing outlet to the ever-popular (but in my opinion over-hyped) 18-34 male demographic.

It makes me wonder if IGN/GameSpy's revenues are actually worth the $650+ million Rupert Murdoch paid for the company. I know the development arm of GameSpy is doing very well, and their traffic stats are indeed impressive, but any decent shift south in ad prices and they look a lot worse. I guess they are banking on market share, which the combined IGN/GameSpy armada has in spades.

This news item makes me ponder two things: (warning, rampant arrogance follows)

  1. If I were ever get GameHarvest to a point where it was a desirable aquisition target, would I sell? Answer: In a heartbeat.
  2. How much would those GameSpy stock options be worth today if I still had them? It's better not to think about that...

Anyway, I'm glad my peeps at GameSpy are doing well, and seemingly don't have to worry about where their next paycheck is coming from. I know some have bought houses in real estate crazy Southern California, so they have to be doing fairly well. Viva Capitalism!

Posted by mix at 04:16 PM | Comments (0)