Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"I love it when a plan comes together..."

A little while ago I posted on this blog about my idea for a replacement for DVD's. One that is much more accessible, more affordable, and scale-able so it can compete even with blu-ray and digital downloads. As with many of my ideas (at least in my mind) it was forward thinking and the perfect solution for any good media company. So it shouldn't come as a shock to my loyal readers that a company did think it was a great idea and has started implementing it. How fitting also that it's none other than the company I dream of working for someday, Disney.
Sure there is a slight additional cost associated with them now, and there's not as many readers/players for it as one would like, and it's only available in Japan for now. But, those are just minor issues that can all be worked out pretty quickly, you just wait. It's coming.....

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Disney to offer films on microSD cards, consumers to pass on by

We've never seen a shred of evidence adumbrating that movies loaded onto flash cards move the proverbial meter, but evidently they're moving well enough in Japan for Walt Disney to dive into the madness. Just today, the outfit responsible for classics that filled your childhood with innocence is announcing plans to offer pre-recorded microSD cards together with DVDs in the Land of the Rising Sun. The dual-format package will supposedly give DVD viewers the ability to easily watch their favorite films on the go, but that's assuming you can even find a portable media player that accepts microSD cards. The bundles are expected to ship in November for around ¥4,935 ($52), or ¥1,000 ($11) more than the DVD alone. Eager to hear what titles will get this special treatment first? The "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "National Treasure" series -- huzzah!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Golden Cartridge

So this guy bought a very rare classic Nintendo game for $17,500 which was a bargain apparently since it was listed for $25,000 originally. The game is actually something created for a contest where each contestant would play through part of 3 classic games under a time limit and it would give them their score on each. The time limit is 6 minutes and 21 seconds. Now I just want to know how long it took them to get the cartridge to work in the classic NES. The real competition should have been that.

Think $60 video games are too expensive? You won't hear any argument from us, but you might from JJ Hendricks, a collector who just paid a clinically insane $17,500 for an obscure NES game from 1990.

The game in question is an ultra-rare, gold-colored version of Nintendo World Championships, a cartridge specially produced for use in a Nintendo-sponsored gaming contest. According to Wikipedia only 26 were created, and Hendricks calls it the "Holy Grail" of video game collectors.

$17000 Game