Monthly Archives: November 2008

Emotional cities – the mood of the city

About a week ago I learned about something we have outside our office. There were a big lamp that lit up each of the five big buildings in the middle of Stockholm. The lamps change colors all the time. And a co-worker told me about them, that they reflex the mood of the city. Something called Emotional Cities, were the people of Stockholm can enter a website and chose how they feel, and the lamp will then change to correspond with the most popular mood. So by just looking at the colour we can find out who the people of Stockholm feels.

Go in and check it out at Emotional Cities!

When “Free” isn’t better than Paid service?

I’ve posted some post about Chris Anderssons upcoming book and theory Free. It seems not to have received the same impact as The Long Tail, but he isn’t done yet, and I’m looking forward to dive deeper into his theory. That Free is the future for digital content and services. Still, can it be that some times Free loses to paid services? In the recent episode of Bonus Round over at GameTrailers, were the current topic is Online Services, Michael Pachter claims the difference. The discussion regards the Free Playstation Network services vs. the monthly costly Xbox Live, were Live seems to have attracted more players that use the services. As Michael Pachter says about the problem of Playstation network not attracting players in the same way: “Free actually hurt them”, he also is astound that free can cause more grief and that free let all kinds of retards into the service. Were paying customers from Live have the paid privilege to complain.

He has a point here. Sometimes maybe paid services work better than free, in that it attract more quality customers, were the big selling point is playing and meet other people/players. The old notion that price and quality is connected, may still be true in some areas. People are more willing to use a service they spent money on, rather than a free one. They put a greater value on a non-free services. Maybe the future will be different, but right now the free theory still have some convincing to do.

Game Christmas race begins

Today I went and picked up a cheap copy of Army of Two (only 180 Swedish spänn!), and in a almost routinely fashion people have begun to camp outside a certain store here in Stockholm for the release of Gears of War 2 tomorrow. The release of games at the moment is crazy! Many big games that just popup in store, and they all fight for media attention so I get lost what and when games are out. Next week we will have a great line up o games release at work, but it feels like this will somewhat unnoticed thanks to many other title (among them the new WoW expansion). The game release race have truly begun. And on Monday I will pick up my copy of Mirrors Edge. But there are many other titles Im looking forward to play as well. Among them:

  • Dead Space (PS3)
  • Fallout 3 (PC)
  • Little Big Planet (PS3)
  • Far Cry 2 (PC)
  • Left 4 Dead (PC) (hope to play this co-op with Stoffe now that he finally have MSN)
  • Resistance 2 (PS3)
  • Valkyria Chronicles (PS3)

There are probably many more game I have forgotten, but the race of game releases to Christmas is truly on! Gears of War 2 would be nice to play to, but I have to wait for the PC version (the guys at work nag on me to buy a Xbox360 so we all can play together…). I can only hope for a long good Christmas break so I have time to play all games!

it been a while…

Yes, its been a while since I wrote a post. But my time and thinking mind have been occupied with other thing. Mainly my new job. Its been taking up all of my time, and I havn’t had the energy to blog. I will try to better myself. We have so much new interesting going on at GamersGate, and I miss some of my reflexing and thinking outside work.