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Australian Malls To Track Shoppers By Their Phones

WinterKnight Downgrade options (236 comments)

I wonder if it's too late to switch back to the old pager.

more than 3 years ago

Woz Is First In Line For iPhone 4S

WinterKnight Re:That son of a bitch (287 comments)

The last time this story ran, he was helping a woman figure out what was wrong with her Macbook. Afterwards people said to her, "do you know who that was?"

Can you link to the article where this story appeared? I'd love to see the original text, sounds like a great little tale to share with people.

more than 3 years ago

Sony, Microsoft Begin Battle of Virtual Worlds

WinterKnight Re:This is not targeting Second Life (180 comments)

What has been described in the press so far doesn't sound anything like Second Life, except at the most superficial level. These systems are targeting things like IMVU and Puzzle Pirates. There are more similarities between Slashdot and Livejournal than there are between Second Life and Sony Home.

Parent has it right.

This is targeting the "We (corporate) create stuff - you buy it" market, that is populated by the mainstream typical user who doesnt want to learn how to create their own content or shape their own environment.

This is about you coming in and buying like a good little consumerist, then going to a fancy club populated by other cool people and run a dance animation for 2 hours trying to get compliments for your self assembled looks and get people to go play a game with you.

Ofcourse, this stuff is happening in SecondLife - but that is because SecondLife enables people to create an environment where this is possible, as well as other places where other types of behavior are encouraged.

Doing anything except for this particular behavior is not going to be possible nor encouraged in Sony's Home service.

more than 6 years ago

Sony, Microsoft Begin Battle of Virtual Worlds

WinterKnight Re:Real Moneyz? (180 comments)

As far as I can see, no.

This isnt about your content: This is about them selling YOU content.

Ofcourse, they may add some ways for you to make a buck, or I suppose other people will come up with ways to make a buck despite Sony's objections (e.g. coming up with gold farming in EverQuest).

Heck, look at SecondLife: Its own in-world currency wasnt worth anything other then being a game token until someone decided it was worth real life dollars. And the rest is obsessed, greedy, overly-advertised history.

more than 6 years ago

Sony, Microsoft Begin Battle of Virtual Worlds

WinterKnight RTFA: Not even close to SecondLife (180 comments)

"Ryoji Akagawa of Sony said that around 24 game design companies would provide the content needed for Home - but didn't give much else away. "

This is nothing like SecondLife, then - barely even an imitation.

SecondLife is about user content and creativity while Sony's - and quite possibly Microsoft's - solution is about you paying them for the right to purchase items created by other companies. You have zero capacity to create your own content and items.

In other words, this isn't a virtual world: This is a 3D chat room, straight from the jolly 90's.

more than 6 years ago


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