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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

bigger, better

Here's an excerpt from my INQ7 Infotech @Play column piece:


At least two major gaming events will debut this year, once more underscoring just how much gaming is becoming a part of popular culture. The CMP Game Group, which is behind the Game Developers Conference (GDC), has announced that it is teaming up with The Hollywood Reporter, a popular entertainment trade publication, to launch the first Hollywood and Games Summit on June 27, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. If you had any doubts about the synergy that exists between movies and video games, this should show you how seriously these two industries are about working with each other. I understand that one of the key goals they’ll try to accomplish with this conference is to put an end to bad movie-to-game translation, and vice versa. Amen to that; we could do away with awful games like The Matrix: Path of Neo.

Meanwhile, the CMP Game Group has also unveiled plans to launch the first edition of GDC Asia in late 2006. The event aims to bring together Asian game developers and further spur the growth of the gaming ecosystem in the region. Again, this shows how Asia is leading the way in this digital revolution, particularly when it comes to online gaming.


Closer to home, a new gaming publication will try to win the hearts of Filipino gamers with the launch of the Philippine edition of Electronic Gaming Monthly. As I mentioned in my @Play column, you can visit the EGM Philippines online forums for more details.

The first issue of EGM Philippines is scheduled to come out this February, right Jayvee? :)

Check out my @Play column.

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Monday, January 02, 2006

a few good programmers

Talk about six degrees of separation.

Got an e-mail from Evert, a former officemate of my wife at the telco where Ellen used to work. Evert is now a business unit manager at GMA New Media, which of course is a subsidiary of one of INQ7.net's mother companies, GMA Network.

Anyway, GMA New Media is looking for a few good Symbian C++ programmers. If you're interested and qualified, or know someone who is, just drop me a line at joeyalarilla@gmail.com and give your contact details so I could forward your e-mail to the GMA New Media people. I'm not the one hiring, OK, nor is it INQ7.net -- I'll just be forwarding your message to GMA New Media.

Good luck!

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feeling mtv

Here's a music video of Sam which I created using Windows Movie Maker.

I'm really having fun fooling around with video editing software. Pardon the poor quality of the video because I had to convert the 3GP files from my mobile phone to MPEG using shareware software before I could import them to Movie Maker.

As usual, I uploaded the video clip to vidiLife, which offers free video streaming, video hosting and video blog services. Registration is free, so check out this growing online community today.

Hope you like this "Hey Sammy!" vid, which of course makes use of Toni Basil's immortal hit.


Free video hosting, video codes at www.vidiLife.com

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Sunday, January 01, 2006

always sammy

I was trying out Windows Movie Maker just for kicks and came up with this "Always Sammy" home movie/slideshow of some of Sam's holiday pics.

The background music is "Another Sunny Day" from the incredibly talented band Belle and Sebastian. I got the free MP3 from Salon.com's Audiofile daily download.

Yeah, I know some of the lyrics aren't, um, suitable for children, but don't tell Sam that, hehe. It's a great song, after all.



Free video hosting, video codes at www.vidiLife.com

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sam's note




Here's a note Sam gave me, and as you can imagine it really made my day.

Isn't that sweet?

Happy New Year, everyone!

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little artist



Here's Sam showing off her drawing to me.

In case you're wondering, the "1233" on the drawing is the price of her painting. Sam started putting "price tags" on her drawings a number of months ago, and I have no idea how she determines how much each masterpiece should cost, hehe :)

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