Archive for August, 2009

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Why would Warners dilute their product like that?

August 28, 2009

Just seen an advert on telly for Batman: Arkham Asylum – great looking ad right until the end when it has a purple GAME ‘wrapper’.

I presume it is part of a ‘co-ordinated’ marketing campaign with GAME supporting the product.

But really, Warners are paying for the space in GAME’s stores that they would get anyway, if they trusted to the strength of their product and brand.

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The future of Food

August 25, 2009

I watched the second part of George Alegia’s documentary last night on the BBC – the future of food. Excellent and thought provoking. I missed the first one but intend to catch up on my return home.

I have only skimmed over some of these issues until now and he presented them very well.

If you missed it, I’d recommend catching up on the BBC’s iPlayer but to summarize….

There are farmers in Kenya – a country that cannot feed itself – growing food that is sold on UK supermarket shelves!!!! What is that all about???

There are farmers in India who have had their land confiscated from them and are now going hungry because their government wants to grow Biofuels on the land. With the oil price so high, it’s cheaper to run cars on biofuel and an increasing proportion of the worlds farmland is turning to this crop – when people are still going hungry!!! Bizarre!!!

We have so overfished the waters around Europe that there are no fish left – so Spanish trawlers now fly under a Senagalise flag and fish their waters in the Atlantic – to the point where another country that cannot feed itself is having their local protein source taking from under their nose and put on the plates of Europeans!!!

We have got to start eating local – wherever we are. Don’t buy from supermarkets – buy from local producers and local sellers. We are really lucky where I live – we have two butchers and a greengrocers, who all advocate the adage of ‘local is best’! Use them or loose them people!

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The simple pleasures…

August 24, 2009

The simple pleasures in life are the best ones and it doesn’t get better than this!

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Pre-owned debate makes it to BBC

August 20, 2009

I read with interest that another publisher is complaining about pre-owned games. But this time it has made it all the way to the BBC!!!

I shall summarise – we can’t make enough money and we blame exchange rates yadda yadda yadda online retailers yadda yadda yadda pre-owned games yadda yadda yadda

I don’t have a problem with anyone making profits but when my business doesn’t make money I don’t look to blame others – I sort out my own ship!!!!

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PS3 slim compared to original PS3

August 19, 2009

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PS3 Slim funny

August 19, 2009

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PS3 slim comes with new firmware update

August 18, 2009

Version 3 of the update will of course be available to current PS3 users but one thing I did notice that was interesting was that BBC iPlayer will be integrated into the XMB – very cool.

If it is fully integrated and allows downloads for later viewing – as on PC’s – then the new 120GB version might be even more interesting….