Victory

Perhaps not by the sweat of my brow, but from the changing of Google’s search algorithm, I finally beat that stock car racing guy in Google search results on my name. Mission accomplished.

But I suppose I need to have actual content in this post or else I’ll get trounced by a bad ass 1971 Roadrunner.

Well–I did just get back from GDC. But I didn’t bother going to the actual sessions, and instead had a bunch of meetings and ate tons of awesome chinese food.

So my observations from the outside may not be so relevant.

  • Social game developers just want to be loved. Why don’t we see slot machine developers asking to be respected? Because slot machines are honest about what they are–and there’s nothing wrong with that. Some of my best friends are slot machine developers.
  • XBOX Live and PSN are extremely unattractive platforms for game developers. I rarely heard anyone starting new projects on these platforms. I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the iPad 2 announcement was made right next door during GDC. A lot of developers are starting to look at tablet gaming as sort of a hardcore subgenre in mobile that may be more direct competition for the doomed gated businesses of PSN and XBLA.
  • There’s a lot of people in the doomed gated ecosystem that block innovation to justify their own employment. A lot of people employed in gated ecosystems are simply unnecessary in 2011. Innovation on gated platforms is held back by massive organizations of people trying to justify their own employment. This is part of the reason why the incumbents are resistant to change and are being pummeled by the AppStore economy. Innovator’s dilemma at work.

3 thoughts on “Victory

  1. Ralph, I saw somewhere your comments about Napoleon Hill being
    crazy. See G.K. Chesterton’s democracy of the dead.
    See also C.S. Lewis on chronological snobbery. History
    teachers seldom have the inclination, intelligence, or skill to resurrect
    the forgotten voices of reason and intelligence from the past. When I
    discussed these concepts with the author of a recent book
    on Abraham Lincoln, he told me that was his very intention
    from the first to bring back to life the wisdom to be found in
    these forgotten voices. Perhaps Hill had nothing
    more sinister than this in mind. Perhaps you could come
    up with a game wherein a player in certain situations has to make decisions
    based on seemingly contradictory aphorisms: “haste makes waste,”
    as opposed to “strike while the iron is hot.” This by way of example
    only; -I am sure much better examples can be found. Regards,
    John Miller, Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington, DC

    • It’s been awhile since I read Think and Grow Rich. I seem to recall him being on more of an occult angle than pure historical analysis. Napoleon Hill’s dating tips completed the craziness. But maybe I need to give it another read.

      Interesting idea for a game–might make for a good board/word game.

      Oh, and G.K. Chesterton’s works are largely available for free on the Kindle–just downloaded a bunch.

  2. “Perhaps not by the sweat of my brow, but from the changing of Google’s search algorithm, I finally beat that stock car racing guy in Google search results on my name. Mission accomplished.

    But I suppose I need to have actual content in this post or else I’ll get trounced by a bad ass 1971 Roadrunner.”

    When I came across your blog talking about that other Ralph Barbagallo with the cars, I had to laugh, because that other Ralph Barbagallo is my husband! I told him that there is a race to the top of the Google search results. But, I think you’re both being beat by another Ralph Barbagallo, a lawyer, so you better step it up! If you’re ever in CT, look us up!

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