Casual Gamers Key To Gaming Success

17 05 2012

While I am certainly not an “expert” in the gaming market, I have made some observations as to where the real money appears to be in the game industry. Guess what: it isn’t on-line or hard-core games. The biggest revenue appears to come from single-player games that don’t require on-line access and don’t have a social component.

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Corner Gas A Great Show

9 05 2012

This was originally posted to my other blog, Geoff on Stuff, on 2011/03/30. If you want to visit Corner Gas and The Ruby, now you can. The set is now a gift shop and memoriabilia display in Rouleau, Saskatchewan.

Back in 2004, a new Canadian show debuted on CTV called Corner Gas. The show was the brainchild of Brent Butt, a very funny comedian that hails from Saskatchewan, the province where the fictional town of Dog River, home of Corner Gas, resides. Why do I like the show so much?

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The Star Wars Prequels Really Aren’t That Bad

9 05 2012

Over the years, a great deal of bile and invective have been heaped on the Star Wars prequels (Episodes I, II and III). It started almost the day the Episode I was released, and continued to build as the remaining movies in the opening trilogy came out. I’m here to say that those critics are comparing them to a movie that is now viewed through the lens of history, tinted with nostalgia. I don’t think the first 3 movies are actually that bad. Not that they don’t have problems. But then, Episode IV, V and VI have their own problems, as well as issues common to the whole saga.

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Why The Beatles Are Important

9 05 2012

On a recent episode of Mad Men, the Beatles figured as part of the story line. The show went so far as to have a Beatles song (Tomorrow Never Knows from Revolver) play during the episode. Of course, this once again generated comments from people who either gush over how they are “the best and most important band ever” or dismiss them as relatively insignificant. If you actually look at what happened to rock and popular music, and try to look objectively, I think it becomes clear that the Beatles were supremely important to the advancement and development of rock and pop. They affected the business and the art in many ways, both good and bad. Are they the most important? One could argue that they are, and provide substantial evidence to support that argument. However, to do so would minimize the meaningful contribution of other artists, and to downplay other factors that changed the face of pop music. That being said, they are certainly one of the more important groups, and are one of the most successful.

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Welcome To My Blog!

9 05 2012

Well, welcome to yet another blog that I have. Yes, if you look at the links on the right, you’ll see that I have a couple of other blogs. This one is focused on arts and entertainment: music, movies, TV, books and video games. If you want to know more about me, look at the “About” tab. There you can see the things I like, and that will probably give some “colour” as to what my preferences and biases will be.