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Yawn, part 3: Dawn of the Yawn

Once again I am in the office while we are all crunching, trying to hit our next milestone. I may be here for a while yet. In the mean time, here are some news items I just saw on Slashdot that might tickle your fancy:

  • A Brief History of Pen & Paper Roleplaying, over at Skotos. There are interesting things to learn from pen & paper role-playing games, and from their history. There are still things done in pen & paper that we aren't yet doing on the computer, but that we could, and should do.

  • Gloomy outlook for game console sales, over at CNET. According to this article, console hardware sales are slowing, and will decrease by 2005, putting pressure on console manufacturers to come out with next-next-gen hardware. Let's see who makes an announcement at next year's GDC - it probably won't be Sony. Apparently, this generation's cycle is shorter than expected. But I remember 1999 being the transition year from, uh, gen to next-gen, and that would be six years ago from 2005. In other words, a 6 years cycle. Industry wisdom says hardware cycles take 5 years (or maybe it's just Teut Weidemann? ;). So what's up? I'm too tired to think about it...