~ Surrendering the (Online) Pass: What Next For EA On First Sale? - Forbes
Activision and its CEO Bobby Kotick were despised all the way to the bank for the coarsening of FPS culture, and for Kotick’s lack of enthusiasm for actually playing games. At that time, EA were riding a white horse around the field with new IPs like Dead Space and Mirror’s Edge and a passionate gamer CEO in John Riccitiello. Now, Dead Space is an ailing franchise, DICE are making Battlefield and shortly Star Wars games and Riccitiello has left the company.
These things tend to go in cycles.
~ 5G Phones And 3D-Printed Guns: Samsung, Defense Distributed And Our Gernsback Week - Forbes
We have seen two world-changing stories in the week gone by. Andy Greenberg of Forbes reported on the firing of the Liberator*, Defense Distributed’s imagination-capturing 3D-printed handgun. And on Monday, Samsung announced that it had succeeded in developing an adaptive array transceiver, enabling mobile data transmission at a hair over 1 Gbps over two kilometers (a quite thick hair over a mile).
These two events, seemingly unconnected, nonetheless point to a particular vision of the future – one in which we are streaming ultra high-definition movies to our mobile devices while holding off the overreaching federal government using our 3D printers as a will-powered creative device not unlike Green Lantern’s power ring.
Following on the heels of the entry-level Nokia 105, which immediately supplants the Nokia 1280 but stands in a design heritage going back to the much-loved 3280 and beyond, the Asha 501 is possibly what an iPhone might look like when the “i” stands for “India”, rather than “I have money to burn”. In fact, it calls back in many ways to Nokia’s first serious current-generation smartphone concept, the Meego-driven N9.~ A Smartphone For The South? Nokia Launches Asha 501 With Facebook, EA Games - Forbes
This highlights just how small the realizable capitalization from Kickstarter actually is: funding from conventional investment sources still easily exceeds the biggest ever Kickstarter-funded project, the Pebble smart watch.~ OUYA Closes $15 Million Round, Delays Launch To June 25 - Forbes
Faced with the necessity of Lobo jobbing to Wolverine, and the impossibility of Wolverine beating Lobo in a remotely Newtonian universe, the writers compromised by having the fight take place off stage, obscured by a table, and the manner of Wolverine’s victory not explained. Thus was a young man’s faith destroyed.~ Inujustice: Gods Among Us - Review - Forbes
~ Anti-Social Behavior? EA Closes Sim City, Sims Social, Limits Facebook Exposure - Forbes
The Maxis properties – The Sims Social and Sim City Social – had little, mechanically, in common with their originating brands, and were most noticeable for the legal action instigated against Zynga by EA for allegedly copying its assets in its game The Ville.
With The Ville now shifted to maintenance mode, it turns out that the suit, settled in February with both sides covering their own costs, perhaps represented two big dogs fighting over a rather unappetizing steak.