Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Gaming lifestyle and brand parasites

Parteco (Participatory Economy and Beyond: Developing tools and processes for open and participatory knowledge creation and content production) project ended with a Picnic session on 11 June 2008 at Gardenia (Helsinki).

The picnic idea was brilliant - props to Katri Lietsala! Even though the discussion ended up being a bit lame on our blanket the "picnic discussion" was a great format. When I grew tired of the discussion on our blanket, I could easily join other groups or just hang around and enjoy the company.

Katri Lietsala and Esa Sirkkunen published a book on the topic:
Social Media: Introduction to the tools and processes of participatory economy.

Even though I wasn't part of Parteco project I was happy albeit a bit surprised to be invited to give a short presentation on brand parasites at the picnic. The slide set below is not the one I gave at the picnic. Instead I though of collecting "stories" how associations and other actors have utilized the net and understood digital and/or gaming lifestyle of the youth. In this sense brand parasites is just one alternative to meet the crowd and operate online. At Parteco picnic I used Life Tastes Better Without Drugs (EOPH) associations' Hubu project (at Habbo) as an example of brand parasite. The others examples were Anshe Chung (Second Life) and Zipipop (Facebook). I would like to highlight that those were just three randomly chosen examples with an attempt to present different manifestations of "brand parasites".

Monday, June 16, 2008

The first 15 years of girlgames

I wrote (/am writing) an article of the first 15 years of girlgames. The article is still a draft but I would love to hear your comments about it.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Top 20 Most Anticipated Games of E3 by GS

GameSpot has announced its list of the top 20 most anticipated games of E3.

The Top 20 Most Anticipated Games of E3 were chosen based on a multitude of criteria: GameSpot editorial opinions, consumer polls, blogosphere buzz, and general consumer interest surrounding titles.

GameSpot's 20 Most Anticipated Games (listed in alphabetical order not in order of importance) are as follows:

  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (EA)
  • Fable 2 (Lionhead)
  • Fallout 3 (Bethesda)
  • Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft)
  • Gears of War 2 (EPIC)
  • Lego Batman (Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Killzone (SCEA)
  • Little Big Planet (SCEA)
  • Madden NFL 09 (EA)
  • Mortal Kombat v. DC Universe (Midway)
  • Motor Storm Pacific Rift (SCEA)
  • Resident Evil 5 (Capcom)
  • Resistance 2 (SCEA)
  • Saint's Row (THQ)
  • Soulcalibur IV (Namco)
  • Spore (EA)
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Lucas Arts)
  • The Sims 3 (EA)
  • Tomb Raider Underworld (Eidos)
  • WarHammer Online (EA)
What do you think? It seems a bit boring to me. Resident Evil 5, The Sims 3, C&C Red Alert 3, Lego Batman... Been there - done that? Luckily: Little Big Planet - FINALLY! And Spore is also interesting even though most likely not really my type of a game.