from nintendo revolution to… wii?

OK, as I said in the hackenslash GameBlog post, my first reaction to the new official name of the next-gen Nintendo console was: "Nintendo Wii? WTF?"

But think about it: it's simple, easy to remember, and sounds odd enough to be very Nintendo. Oh, those kooky Nintendo people. The brainwashing is starting to take effect. I want Wii! You want Wii! We want Wii! I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. Damn you, Nintendo!

Seriously, however, it's a name that sounds strange, but which I think will appeal to a lot of people, particularly casual gamers and even non-gamers, which is part of the whole Nintendo strategy for what it's calling the Touch Generation.

It's all about getting families to play games together, and the oddball name goes well with the unique controllers — in fact "ii" represents not only the controllers but also people.

So yeah, it's kind of a corny name, but it has the potential to be iconic. Didn't iPod sound strange once upon a time, and heck, didn't the Nintendo DS sell like hotcakes in spite of the generic name? Besides, the names NES (which to me of course is the Famicom), Super NES, Nintendo 64 and GameCube weren't exactly sexy names either, but for Nintendo fans it's not about flashy names or graphics, but actual gameplay.

Here's an excerpt from my hackenslash GameBlog post:

NOPE, it's no joke. If it were, it would be an elaborate one, indeed, and the Nintendo officials would be pulling off a late April Fool's Day gag.

The next-generation Nintendo console, which had been code-named Revolution, now has an official name which officials claim would be used worldwide, but will probably cause many people to raise an eyebrow at the strange name: Wii.

Read the full story.

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from nintendo revolution to… wii?

itjournoasia.com interview

Tan Lili of Singapore-based ITJournoAsia.com interviewed me about the e-business book I'm writing and the other projects I'm handling right now.

The article came out today, and since ITJournoAsia.com is a password-protected trade site for Asian tech journalists, IT companies and PR firms, I'm republishing Lili's story here.

Media News
A blog, a book, and three revamps
By Tan Lili
26/04/2006 01:36:38 PM

Editor Joey Alarilla proved to be a great multi-tasker as he jumped on the book-writing bandwagon, helmed the revamp of three sections on INQ7, and will soon have his own tech blog on Singapore-based CNET Asia.

Alarilla, co-editor of Hackenslash and Infotech columnist at INQ7, will start his tech blog on CNET Asia in May and will blog about tech trends and digital lifestyle in the Philippines.

According to Juniper Foo, managing editor of CNET Asia, the addition of regional bloggers would be “part of (CNET's) site development”.

“We had a CNET Asia Marketing Forum last year in July. We told the marketing and PR that we were looking at blogging as part of our site development,” said Foo. “We put out a call for bloggers and certain bloggers responded… We picked Joey because he is really enthusiastic and gung-ho to provide the IT window to the Philippines, so it is great to have him on board.”

Meanwhile, Alarilla's debut 100-page book, “E-Business Made Easy”, will be launched in late May, targeted at SMEs/SMBs in the Philippines that are considering taking the e-business route.

“It's been pretty intense but a great learning experience,” said Alarilla.

“You need to have a clear structure in mind before you even begin to write. I came up with a structure where the book will not be a regular 'how-to' kind of book. I'm trying to get readers to get to know the people who set up the companies and the challenges they had overcome.” Alarilla said the high concentration of SMEs in the country motivated him to start “E-Business Made Easy”, but highlighted the need for a “balancing act” for readers.

“SMEs make up the biggest sector in the industry – 96 per cent of the companies in the Philippines fall under SMEs,” said Alarilla.

“At the same time, there must be a balancing act. I want to show readers the benefits of going online, to transform their companies to e-business… but then, I also want them to avoid the hype… I had to draw a fine line between sharing the benefits of technology, and keeping them grounded in reality.”

For Alarilla, a good time management was essential when writing a book. “The challenge really is to manage your time. And when you're writing a book, it's different from writing a news story because you have to go in depth. You have to keep in mind the overall structure – knowing where you go before you write and flashing out each chapter first to support what you have written in the previous chapter.

“Also, all these while I have written for the laymen. Here, I had to be even more basic. These are really the ordinary people who need technology the most, but ironically, they know the least.”

In another task altogether, Alarilla is involved in INQ7's online “migration” project where he will take charge of the revamp of three sections – gaming site Hackenslash, youth site YOU and travel site Roadtrip.

According to Alarilla, the preview of the revamped YOU is “already out for public consumption”.

Alarilla could not reveal much about Hackenslash, except that the new gaming site will “be a lot more attractive, and will have a lot of new sections”.

“It is not only going to be about reading stuff… readers want to see the game. There is going to be interactivity,” he hinted.

Alarilla can be contacted at joeyalarilla@gmail.com

 Thanks Lili! I really appreciate it. Hope to see you again soon.

itjournoasia.com interview

hackenslash music video

Just for kicks, I made this music video using Windows Movie Maker. Edited some video footage of a pictorial we did for hackenslash — you'll find out more about that soon.

It's really easy to make homemade videos using Windows Movie Maker. You'll see my INQ7 colleagues Claire Chan, Joan Ong, Erwin Oliva and Alex Villafania in this video, which Ronald Repolona of our tech department took while we were doing the pictorial. Special thanks to the staff of Elorde Powered Punchout Boxing Club over at 5/F Mareic Building, Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City for letting us use their facilities.

This isn't anything official, OK, I just made this video myself so please bear with it, heh. Claire, Joan, Erwin, Alex — don't kill me for posting this. The music I used is "The Boxer" from Carbon Leaf — you can download it for free from Amazon.com. Excellent band.

hackenslash music video

listen to accuradio

Check out AccuRadio, a cool site that allows you to listen to different Internet radio stations and customize these channels. For free!

Brian Vicencio, who was once part of our INQ7.net tech team, is one-half of the two-man team that came up with the AccuRadio site.

AccuRadio is one of the five finalists in the 10th Annual Webby Awards for Best Radio. Vote for AccuRadio at the Webby Awards: People's Voice page.

Make yourself heard!

listen to accuradio

planet zips

Head on over to Planet ZIPS and discover the wonderful world of zipping. Then, get your own zips yourself.

Cat and her friends are the people behind this cool company. Here are a few pics to give you a better idea of what zipping is all about — just don't try fire zipping right away. As the site FAQ makes clear, fire spinning or fire zipping is not for everyone. Zips are a safer alternative and will teach you the skills you need if ever you decide to try fire spinning in the future. Check out PlanetZIPS.com for the list of places where you can buy zips and take zipping lessons.

For more pics, visit the Planet ZIPS Multiply site.

You'll be seeing more of Planet ZIPS soon…

planet zips