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Massively Multiplayer Offline Gaming: Dragon Quest IX

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Outside the giant Yodobashi-Akiba department store in the Akihabara district, hundreds of gamers gather each day, crowdsourcing the hunt for rare creatures and virtual treasure.
They stand, packed together in a cordoned-off area reserved for them, as store employees attempt to keep the sidewalk clear, ushering the players behind safety barriers. Everyone is holding a Nintendo DS and playing this year’s hottest new game: Dragon Quest IX.
It’s a cartoony, easy-to-master role-playing game about grand adventures, but these players aren’t off slaying dragons. They’re swapping character data to meet other avatars and quite possibly collect valuable treasures.
Call it a massively multiplayer offline game

Outside the giant Yodobashi-Akiba department store in the Akihabara district, hundreds of gamers gather each day, crowdsourcing the hunt for rare creatures and virtual treasure.

They stand, packed together in a cordoned-off area reserved for them, as store employees attempt to keep the sidewalk clear, ushering the players behind safety barriers. Everyone is holding a Nintendo DS and playing this year’s hottest new game: Dragon Quest IX.

It’s a cartoony, easy-to-master role-playing game about grand adventures, but these players aren’t off slaying dragons. They’re swapping character data to meet other avatars and quite possibly collect valuable treasures.

Call it a massively multiplayer offline game.

From Why Tokyo Crowds Can’t Stop Playing Dragon Quest IX.

Another brilliant article from WIRED, which is incisive, informative and compelling. I love the term ‘crowdsourcing’ — which is decidedly old hat in the social media sphere — as the notions of harnessing the power of the collective presents the limitless potential in any endeavour, whether it’s finding a solution or creative brainstorming, with Warren Ellis’ Global Frequency being one such example.

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When Things Are Good Enough

goodenough1all photos by Kenji Aoki. Lego sculptures by Nathan Sawaya & Michael Psiaski

Well, in short, technology happened. The world has sped up, become more connected and a whole lot busier. As a result, what consumers want from the products and services they buy is fundamentally changing. We now favor flexibility over high fidelity, convenience over features, quick and dirty over slow and polished. Having it here and now is more important than having it perfect. These changes run so deep and wide, they’re actually altering what we mean when we describe a product as “high-quality.”

And it’s happening everywhere. As more sectors connect to the digital world, from medicine to the military, they too are seeing the rise of Good Enough tools like the Flip. Suddenly what seemed perfect is anything but, and products that appear mediocre at first glance are often the perfect fit.

The good news is that this trend is ideally suited to the times. As the worst recession in 75 years rolls on, it’s the light and nimble products that are having all the impact—exactly the type of thing that lean startups and small-scale enterprises are best at.

Another great piece from WIRED about the Good Enough Revolution. Which I think is completely true. I have to say the Lego sculptures are amazing and a brilliant idea.

Read the full article here. Via nic.


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HALO In Real Life

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from New Scientist

Or it could be a Star Wars stormtrooper.

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Sony Vaio P-Series: Fits In Your Pocket. Really?

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Sony’s Vaio P-Series notebook, which is marketed as being able to “fit in a pocket”, is being mocked for stretching the truth a wee bit more than common sense would accept, judging by this email that’s been making its rounds on the internet (thanks to Roy again for this — always bringing a laugh during dreary work days).

Sony seems to have failed to point out the obvious: that two-thirds of the notebook juts out of your pocket, and that any movement above the intensity of standing around in tight low-slung jeans will probably send your new gadget clattering into the floor, making you the proud owner of a thousand dollars’ worth of scrap metal and plastic.

So by this same feat of stupendous logic, this means we can christen any of our hardware as being able to “fit in a pocket”, like this IBM Thinkpad:

Macbook users aren’t left out as well:

Heck, why not a desktop too?

These advertising people must really think we’re idiots.

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I Want Patrick Ng’s Pivi MP-300

piviphotojournaling with the Pivi

Patrick Ng’s Scription is one of the best sites around for photography/travel/moleskine/stationery lovers.

And here he again tempts me to separate me from my money: the Fujifilm Pivi MP-300, which is (helpfully, for me at least) only available on eBay or in Japan.

I love the immediacy of being able to print out digital shots from my 5DMKII and update my travel journals on the go, so I have to say that I want to get my hands on that gadget real quick..

pivi2Pivi photos and Delfonics photo albums

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Hackintosh: Dell Mini 9 Running OS X

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Gizmodo shows you how to hackintosh a Dell Mini 9 ($400 USD ) into a true-blue OS X system, without the mad price tags of Apple products.

Have to say, I’m pretty tempted..

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The Bloop: Cthulhu or Leviathan?

bloopspecSpectogram of the Bloop

When you live on the internet as much as I do, you’re bound to find something disturbing and morbidly fascinating: this time it’s The Bloop, an ultra-low frequency sound detected several times in 1997. What’s interesting is that it was of sufficient amplitude to be heard over 5,000km away, which means, in an entirely terrifying way, that there is no known animal on earth that could have made such a sound.

It would have to be larger than a blue whale, the largest known animal on earth.

This brings to mind Leviathan, the epic-level monstrous creature described in Job 41.

Damn Interesting has a pretty good write-up on The Bloop if you want to know more and are thinking twice of going scuba diving.

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