How high is your impulse buy threshold?

I think Jeff’s on to something: While there’s an odd aspect of race to the bottom that I’m not sure is entirely healthy for the iPhone app ecosystem, the idea that software should be priced low enough to pass the average user’s "why not" threshold is a powerful one. Coding Horror: Software Pricing: Are We…

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If it wasn’t in California, this might have gotten me to choose UC Berkeley.

Well, besides the locale barrier (for politico-moral reasons of my own), there’s the teensy fact that I’m decades past being interested in attending university courses as an alternative to being gainfully employed. But places like FullSail and Digipen didn’t exist Back in My Day™, either, when I was newly-minted National Merit Scholar and “in the…

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Live Mesh to the, uh, rescue?

One of my alleged New Year’s resolutions was to clean out the blogging back log. I have a bad habit of highlighting something on a web page, whacking the Live Toolbar button for “blog this” and letting my witty repartee rot in a folder somewhere in Documents. No more! I will have the “now habit”…

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Pirates are customers, too?

Leave it to Valve to find the sunny side of piracy. "We take all of our games day-and-date to Russia," Holtman said. "The reason people pirated things in Russia is because Russians are reading magazines and watching television. They say ‘Man, I want to play that game so bad,’ but the publishers respond ‘you can…

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You’d think that this would already be available off-the-shelf…

I can think of three or four realistic first-person shooters that might already fill this niche. There are probably more… Reportedly, the army has had a great need for virtual training aids and initially wanted to get videogame training materials out to units before the money was available. Though the army has a large interest…

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That’s not teen spirit I smell…

I’m not sure that I’m ready to smell my video games yet… Researchers in Birmingham have been developing new technology to add smells to the virtual world of video games. Firm adds smell to video games (bbc.co.uk) We’ve already got people getting nauseas from the visual input alone. I haven’t played the demo for Mirror’s…

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Meet the Reedz on Xbox Live

It’s always interesting to see how other people see themselves. Or want to be seen. Maybe it’s the latent social scientist training from decades gone by in graduate school. Who knows? Giving them no specific directions besides “make an avatar for yourself”, I turned the family loose on the Xbox Live avatar creator… with interesting…

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The Next Big Gaming Platform: SQL Server?!

I realize that I’m normally off-topic, so it’s weird for me to actually be blogging about SQL Server on my vacation… Figures.   I’ve blogged before about the Real Reason™ that most guys my age (at least in the USA) got into software development: video games. Back in my day, they wasen’t even much…

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Another example of life imitating video games… at the zoo?

You know, this might be funnier if my youngest son (who’s 8) wasn’t currently playing Madagascar like a hyperactive, caffeine-addicted monkey. (He has autism, so the similarity between his hyperactivity and caffeine addiction is entirely superficial. He doesn’t need the caffeine boost to swing from the chandeliers.) But I can’t go into the living room…

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It may not seem related to SQL Server, but…

In the dim and distant past, I picked up the 5±2 thing rule. I’m sure it has a fancy, academified name… but Tribal Video Game Knowledge™ has edged it into the recycler in my brain. My oldest son is trying to convince me to buy enough copies of Sins of a Solar Empire that the…

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