Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Several good reads this week around the web

A few good finds this week to read over your morning coffee, or over turkey hangover:

  • Tim Berners-Lee (inventer of The Web) in Scientific American: Long Live the Web: A Call for Continued Open Standards and Neutrality. A lengthy dissertation on open standards vs walled gardens, Net Neutrality, and Electronic Human Rights. Much of it covers known problem, but it's good to see them called out so eloquently.
  • iReaderReview has a piece examining What Impact are Kindle Exclusives Having. There are some parallels with games here. In a crowded market like books (or, say, small downloadable games), does having an exclusive on even a significant number of titles make any difference for the platform's appeal.
  • Gamasutra has a good piece up on Console Hardware Trends in the Bundle Era. I find the title a bit misleading, and would rather label it "Hey Guys, how goes the mid-life booster rocket?". Title aside, though it's interesting. The table of 360 HW sales by month is interesting, showing 2010 to be a banner year thus far, and that was BEFORE the Kinect and its bundles launched.
  • Good CNET piece on Netflix's Secret Sauce for Acquiring Content. Good lessons here on being a good partner.
Go read! Discuss!


Darius Kazemi said...

Grr, is that 360 HW sales graph millions of dollars or millions of units? It doesn't specify. And if the former, is that revenue?

KimPallister said...

It's clearly units. 3M is 2010 number. If that were revenue, that'd be ~10,000 consoles sold over the whole year.

That'd be bad! ;-)