i heart 360

Here’s an excerpt from my INQ7 Infotech column piece:

Some gamers might insist on waiting for the Sony PlayStation 3 or the Nintendo Wii, which are scheduled to come out this November, but man, you could be happy playing on a next-gen console right now. And getting my hands on an Xbox 360 reinforces my belief that Xbox Live is the killer app. This is where the real money will be, not necessarily from the sale of game consoles or retail titles.

Xbox Live is becoming an online community, marketplace and advertising network all rolled into one. Now that I’m on the new version of Live, I can tell you that this is a vast improvement over the old one which we had access to through the original Xbox. One of the coolest things about Xbox Live is that you can download demos of a lot of Xbox 360 titles. Xbox 360 titles don’t come cheap, so the ability to try before you buy is a welcome one.

Read the full story.

i heart 360

state of play iv: law, games and virtual worlds

I’m happy to share that I’ve been invited to be one of the speakers at the “State of Play IV: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds” conference which will be held in Singapore from January 7-9, 2007.

The conference is sponsored by Harvard, Yale and New York Law Schools in cooperation with Trinity University in Texas and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

I’d like to thank conference organizer Dr. Aaron Delwiche, assistant professor at the Department of Communication of Trinity University, for this great honor.

Check out my CNET Asia tech blog post for more details.

state of play iv: law, games and virtual worlds

we’re turning japanese, we really think so

Japanese game developer GaiaX invited a few Filipino gaming journalists to an informal lunch meeting organized by Chester Chi, representative director and CEO of Truly Asian Partners Co. Ltd. We had a great time with Chester and Misayo Kurata, game business division sales manager of GaiaX.

Here’s a photo of me and Sansan de Leon of Studio 23. Thanks to Jayvee Fernandez of GAME! magazine for the pic.

GaiaX provided us copies of the Twinkle trailer and other press assets, and since Mike Abundo has already uploaded the movie to YouTube, I’ll just embed the video file here so you could check out Twinkle in action.

Check out the full story over at CNET Asia.

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we’re turning japanese, we really think so

wake up and smell the coffee, dead tree people

Newspapers are fucked. Check out my INQ7 Infotech @Play column piece to find out why.

Here’s an excerpt:

What newspapers have to remember is that they’re not in the business of selling paper, but of generating news. The sad truth is that the price of paper is skyrocketing, and the business model for printing means that newspapers allot pages to content depending on the number of advertisers subsidizing the cost of that section.

The funny thing is that for all the lip service newspapers pay to convergence and the impact of technology, they have been very inadequate in supporting niche sections such as Infotech. Just check out the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Infotech print section that comes out every Monday, or what I jokingly refer to as the ObITuary section, for an example of how much space an important news topic warrants in broadsheets if there’s no advertising support. I’m not singling out the Inquirer, but it so happens that the Inquirer is one of INQ7.net’s mother companies and I used to be a PDI Infotech reporter, so I know what I’m talking about and this way I’m not citing a competitor’s section as an example.

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wake up and smell the coffee, dead tree people

rp doa 4 bet places 4th in 2006 wcg asian championship

SINGAPORE–hackenslash reporter Alex Villafania provided the Philippine team its best finish in the 2006 World Cyber Games Asian Championship, placing fourth in the regional competition’s Dead or Alive 4 category for the Xbox 360 after losing to Thailand’s Pramote Auyahan.

Earlier, Villafania fought Singapore bet Wilson Chia, the DOA 4 champion in Singapore’s 2006 WCG National Final and the silver medalist in DOA Ultimate for the Xbox in the 2005 WCG Grand Final in a bid to have a chance to play for the gold. Chia topped Group 2 during the group stage matches, while Villafania placed second in Group 1, which was ruled by China’s Ming Zhi Deng. Thailand’s Auyahan placed second in Group 2.

Go to hackenslash GameBlog for the full story.

Salamat po sa lahat ng naniwala at nagdasal para sa Team Philippines, lalo na po sa mga naniwala at nagdasal para kay Alex.

rp doa 4 bet places 4th in 2006 wcg asian championship

alex villafania barges into wcg asian championship doa 4 semis

It’s official: hackenslash and INQ7 Infotech reporter Alex Villafania has barged into the semifinals of the Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 tournament in the 2006 World Cyber Games Asian Championship in Singapore.

Villafania is the last remaining hope for the Philippines, as the Filipino bets in Counter-Strike 1.6, FIFA 2006, Warcraft III and the Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) All Stars Open tournament unfortunately did not make it past the first day of competition. The second best finish next to Villafania came from DOTA Philippine Team 129, which made it to the Round of 16. Team 129 was the runner-up in the 2006 WCG Asian Championship Philippine preliminaries. The Philippine DOTA champion Team Flow was eliminated during the group stage matches earlier today.

Check out the hackenslash GameBlog post.

alex villafania barges into wcg asian championship doa 4 semis