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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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.

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.

singapore once more

I’m here with Alex Villafania at our favorite cybercafe in Singapore, the one across Sim Lim Square.

We’re here for the World Cyber Games Asian Championship — I’m covering the event while Alex is the official Philippine representative for the Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 category.

Am just editing stuff for INQ7 while Alex is filing a story, and then we’re off to the Suntec Convention Center for the opening ceremony. The Asian Championship matches will kick off tomorrow morning.

Go Team Philippines!

mimi miyagi taps web in bid to become nevada governor

Some of you may know her as Mimi Miyagi, star of such porn classics as Sex Trek II: The Search for Sperm and Seoul Train.

Mimi, however, who’s a Fil-Am and whose real name is Melody Damayo, is now making a bid to be the governor of Nevada, after retiring from the adult film industry in 2003.

And she’s running as a Republican.

That should make Dubya and the GOP boys very happy.

Check out my CNET Asia tech blog post on how she’s using online tools to boost her campaign, from blogging, to appearing on video podcasts, to launching an online search for her potential First Man.

Hmm, do you think they’ll call her First Man Mr. Miyagi?

why gaming is serious business

Check out my latest Blogcritics post on “Why Gaming is Serious Business.”

Here’s an excerpt:

The death of E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) as we know it notwithstanding, the future is bright for gaming, which is already a big business and will continue to grow in the years to come.

According to DFC Intelligence, revenue from interactive entertainment (that’s electronic games in plain English) will reach US$42B in 2010, up from US$28.5B in 2005.

I’m convinced that gaming will become one of the leading means for communication and social interaction among people from all over the world, becoming a new common ground in the face of the decline of mass media.