Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Why It's Called The Wii

If you have been following the console wars between the Nintendo Wii, the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3, then you have probably heard the coined phrase "Wii60".

This might just be a cute way for 360 owners to say that they enjoy the combination of owning an Xbox 360 and a Nintendo Wii, but it might also be a subtle hint from Nintendo that they want a piece of 360 owners' game time (and money). This goes along with recent trends of many hardcore gamers who own more than 1 console. Aside from exclusives, there isn't much difference between the 360 and the PS3, but there is a great deal of difference between the Wii and the 360, so it is reasonable for Nintendo to aim at gamers who have already purchased a 360. The low cost and distinctive gaming experience makes the Wii a perfect secondary console.

Since both the 360 and the PS3 are higher in price, it's unlikely that people will buy both of these systems (although it will happen for sure). It might just be Nintendo's goal to be not only a primary console for casual gamers & Nintendo fanboys, but also a secondary console for 360 owners.

So did Nintendo do this on purpose? Did they see the opportunity to steal some attention from the extensive set of 360 owners and subsequently name their console after something that fits in nicely like "Wii60"? Well, it certainly sounds better than "Revolution60".

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Where's The Wiiboard?

With all of the talk about using Wii's Opera for browsing the internet, and using the Wii to replace your existing message board...where is the Wiiboard for this?

I'm waiting to see some sort of keyboard contraption for this, because I can't imagine I would be doing any internet browsing or message writing without one.

So what's the deal? Can I plug in my own USB keyboard into the Wii or what?

Friday, November 03, 2006

Why Don't Developers Care About Money?

This article struck a few nerves with me. It lists several things that developers want more than money, including the chance to learn new things, an environment that induces creativity, meaningful work, etc.

I think that it's great that there are software engineers out there who are passionate about what they do, and even better that there are companies out there that help fuel that passion. It's nice to see that there are people out there who enjoy their jobs, and not because their job is easy or pays tons of cash, but because they just like it.

My second reaction is a little more cynical, and you probably won't like it, but I have to these software engineers have no bills to pay, or families to support, or mortgages, or college tuitions to save up for? I've heard of software engineers who take significant pay cuts or turn down better paying jobs just so they can work in a more fun, more enjoyable, more relaxed, more flexible, more motivating, more meaningful, more exciting work environment.

Now I'm not saying that I have a problem with people seeking jobs that they like over jobs that pay well, I just want to know how they do it and still sleep at night. I suppose every situation is different, and there are many people who are willing to sacrifice their paycheck for a more enjoyable work environment, but what happens when these sacrifices effect your family? Can you still provide your family with everything they want/need? Can you help your kids through college or are they left to pay their own way? Are you passing up an opportunity for a better home in a better neighborhood with better schools?

I think I would feel terribly guilty if I chose a better work environment for myself over being able to provide my family with everything they want and need. Of course if a pay raise meant that I was constantly miserable and put me through depression, I don't suppose that would do much good either. But I'm not talking about a job that makes you miserable, I'm just talking about leaving your job where you have nerf wars during lunch break to a job that is a little less exciting but pays more.

Some of these possible pay raises probably won't be life changing, and maybe I'm exaggerating slightly when I say that changing your job means you get a better home and a better life, but sometimes it does. I just couldn't see myself preserving my own enjoyment at the cost of others who are important to me, but some people do...does that seem right to you?