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Friday, March 10, 2006

got game? we do

GAME! is here!

Swiped this image of the cover from Jayvee Fernandez's blog. I'll talk a lot more about GAME!, the new, homegrown gaming magazine from Hinge Inquirer Publications, in the next few days, but Jayvee has summed it up quite nicely in his post.

Here's an excerpt:

There were many people involved with the creation of the second local gaming title (the first is Games Master) in the Philippines. But it is also important to note that this is the first all-Filipino gaming magazine. This means that content isn’t syndicated from abroad (unlike Games Master that syndicates some of its content from the West).

Going back to the people involved, there are many many many of them who labored hard, enduring sleepless nights to get this thing conceptualized, laid-out, flattened, CMYK-ed, and printed. There’s Mitch, Aiza, Adel, Poch, Topper, and Joey to name a few, as well as the writers - I apologize if I forget to name all - Karl, Kiven, Ryu, Raphy, Jones, Karen … there’s just so many, I’m overwhelmed at the amount of support you’ve all given.

Read the rest of Jayvee's post.

I'm really excited about the birth of this new gaming magazine, and I truly believe this will be the start of something big. This is a great time to be a gamer.

Nothing I can say, however, will be more eloquent than the mag itself, so grab a copy. It should be available in racks over the next few days -- the mag arrived from the printers just last night -- and, guess what, this mag only costs 80 pesos.

See it. Believe.

Posted by Joey Alarilla :: 12:28 PM :: 2 Comments:

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

inq7 offers rss and gaming gets its due

Check out my INQ7 Infotech @Play column piece.

Here's an excerpt:

WHILE browsing the site, you might be pleasantly surprised -- or puzzled -- to find these letters in orange strategically located in the Breaking News box and other sections: XML/RSS.

What this means is that, after a few months of beta testing, INQ7 has now officially launched its RSS service, offering feeds for the Breaking News; Top Stories; Nation; Metro; Regions; Opinion and Editorial; Entertainment; Infotech and Sports sections, as well as the following special reports: The Pacquiao Files, ULTRA Stampede, Leyte Landslide, Edsa 20, The Good News and State of Emergency.

Read the full story.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

does whatever a(n ultimate) spider can...

Check out my Ultimate Spider-Man review that came out in US-based zine

Here's an excerpt:

Once upon a time, lots of kids read comic books.

I know, that's hard to believe in these days when the comic book industry still hasn't really recovered from the crash largely brought about by the excesses of the '90s. And kids are more likely to be playing video games on- or offline, than shelling out money for actual comic books. Which is ironic, considering that the non-comic-book-reading man on the street is likely to dismiss comics as "just for kids", when works such as Neil Gaiman's Sandman series and Alan Moore's Watchmen -- one of the all-time 100 best novels (written in the English language, from 1923 up to the present) according to Time magazine -- prove that comics can be a medium for great literature, rather than a genre.

Read the full story.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

busy days ahead

February was a really busy month (see one of the reasons for this) for me, but now it looks that I’ll be even busier in the next few months, apart from the stuff I’m doing for (More multimedia? New sections? Revamped sites? All of the above?).

For one, I’m working on my first book. Inquirer Publications Inc. has signed me up to write a book on e-business, which was commissioned by the Philippine Internet Commerce Society. I’m really excited over this because it’s my first book, plus I came up with a framework and approach for the book that I hope we can pull off -- after all, the execution of whatever idea you have also depends on time and budget constraints. Hope you’ll buy a copy, heh.

The funny thing is that just last week, I was also invited to be part of another book project -- this time to write one of the chapters. And no, this book won’t be technology-related.

Plus I’m cooking up another project with the help of friends and fellow journalists. It’s still too early to give details, but let’s just say I believe in the second coming of dotcoms -- but with a twist.

I’ve also been invited by PICS to be one of the guest speakers at the ICT Business Forum that will be held on March 21 at the Ayala Hall, Makati Sports Club in Makati City as part of the 12th Philippine Internet Anniversary celebration. I was invited, in my capacity as founding president of the Asian Gaming Journalists Association and co-editor of hackenslash, to talk about how online gaming can drive the growth of e-commerce in the Philippines. Hmm, didn’t I just write a column about that, heh.

Proving that when it rains, it pours, Luli Arroyo also invited me to be a guest speaker at the MindShare session on March 15 at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City. MindShare is a joint project of the Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development (of which Luli is the director for Operations), AIM, and the Philippine Venture Capital Investment Group.

Luli asked if I could talk about the latest trends in online gaming. You bet I said yes.

It’s gratifying to see that, slowly but surely, we are starting to take gaming more seriously in this country. It’s not a fad, people.

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