Philippe Paquet Tech blogging from Los Angeles

20Dec/10Off

Portraits by Robert Zuckerman

I went to a blue carpet event yesterday for the benefit of the nonprofit organization Chrysalis. The incredibly talented Robert Zuckerman was exhibiting some of his famous portraits. You should have a peek.

4Dec/10Off

Decapixel update

I updated my photography website yesterday. I added a couple of pictures to the black and white gallery and added a brand new color gallery. Check it out at www.decapixel.com.

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12Oct/10Off

Disney Sing It: Party Hits

Disney Sing It: Party Hits was released today. It's a karaoke game that features songs and music videos from Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Black Eyed Peas, Jordin Sparks, Nick Jonas & The Administration, Paramore, Kelly Clarkson and more... It is available on Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3, with or without microphone.

Disney Sing It: Party Hits

Disney Sing It: Party Hits is available online from Amazon:

7Oct/10Off

The great disconnect

I have been looking at a very uncanny phenomenon. On one side, the number of personal computers has been increasing sharply (see 1, 2 and 3) and, on the other side, the revenues from PC games, as a percentage from overall games sales, have been steadily falling (see 4).

Some would blame the recent economic troubles but I don’t believe that is the case for two reasons: 1) that trend started before 2008 and, 2) if you can afford a new personal computer, you should be able to afford to buy at least one game.

I actually don’t even believe that revenues from PC games have been falling at all. I believe that they have just been shifting from traditionnal game publishers to companies like Zynga (see 5), Playdom (see 6) and PopCap (see 7) following what I call "The Great Disconnect."

On one side, you have traditional game publishers that are still doing business as they were in the 1990s. They produce PC games as ports of console games, requiring a powerful desktop PC with an expensive graphic card, a mouse or a gamepad. Their only innovation in the last 10 years has been to give the consumers the ability to buy games online and download them.

On the other side, consumers have evolved. They have turned to laptops and netbooks. These machines are low power, come with a small screen and are equiped with touchpad. They are used on the go and in short sessions, such as on a metro commute or during a coffee break. No wonder that consumers are playing Farmville or Bejeweled. These games fit their lifestyles and their machines. If traditional game publishers still want to be part of the PC market, they will have to change their approach before the Zyngas and PopCaps of the world completely take over. Tradionnal game publishers are loosing sales every time potential customers are forced to read a game's minimum requirements. Time is running out...

    References:

  1. Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments to Grow 11 Percent in 2008
  2. Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments to Grow 2.8 Percent in 2009
  3. Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments to Increase 19 Percent in 2010
  4. 2009 Essential Facts about the Computer and Video Game Industry
  5. Could Zynga really be worth $5 billion?
  6. Disney buys social game firm Playdom for up to $763.2M
  7. PopCap Games’ retail revenues up 85 percent in 2008 as PC game sales dive
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3Sep/10Off

Decapixel

I finished my photography website yesterday evening. It's called Decapixel. For the moment, I only have a black and white gallery but I will be adding a color gallery and, of course, more pictures in the near future.

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3Aug/10Off

Disney Sing It: Family Hits

Disney Sing It: Family Hits was released today. It's a karaoke game that features songs from classic Disney movies and vocal coaching from Anika Noni Rose from "The Princess and the Frog". It is available on Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3, with or without microphone.

Disney Sing It: Family Hits

Disney Sing It: Family Hits is available online from Amazon:

13Jul/10Off

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was released today. It's an arcade game inspired by the movie from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films movie of the same name. It is available on Nintendo DS.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is available online from Amazon: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

15Jun/10Off

Toy Story 3: The Video Game

Toy Story 3: The Video Game was released today. It’s an action game inspired by the Pixar Animation Studios movie of the same name. Check out the Toy Box mode and the Sony PlayStation 3 exclusive Emperor Zurg. It is available on Apple Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation PSP.

Toy Story 3: The Video Game

Toy Story 3: The Video Game is available online from Amazon: Toy Story 3: The Video Game

18May/10Off

Split / Second

Split / Second was released today. It's a action packed racing game set within the world of a fictional reality TV show that won many awards. It is available for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3.

Split / Second

Split / Second is available online from Amazon: Split / Second

2Mar/10Off

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland was released today. It’s an action / adventure game inspired by the inspired by the Tim Burton movie from Walt Disney Pictures. It is available on Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is available online from Amazon: Alice in Wonderland