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#1 Raien

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 03:28 PM

You may remember that about a year ago, I linked you all to a fantastic article from Sean Malstrom called "Birdmen and the Casual Fallacy", which explained the video games industry's terrible attempts at understanding casual gaming and it's place in Nintendo's Blue Ocean strategy.

Well, since forgetting about him, Malstrom has written a few more huge articles that he now calls the "Disruption Chronicles". And would you believe it, they're actually turning out to be better than the Birdmen article. And what's even more hilarious is that his various arguments are being proven with time. Anyone remember the complaints about Nintendo's lacking online service? Just like industry experts were discussing casual gaming as far back as 2002, investors were complaining about the inaccessibility of the current online service before Nintendo announced its online strategy.

What's incredible is that behind the bluff of journalists and analysts, almost every one of Nintendo's design choices was carefully planned and openly explained as a solution to some of the inherent problems with "hardcore gaming". But it's the dismissal from the hardcore that has led Nintendo to dominate the industry.

Anyway, well worth reading, and it's exciting to think how Blue Ocean could be applied to other industries (i.e. films and comic books).

Edited by Raien, 01 December 2009 - 03:47 PM.


#2 CID Farwin

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 10:42 PM

His main page has got to be one of the funniest things I have ever seen.

#3 Raien

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 09:45 AM

The articles are hilarious as well, particularly with his use of quotes.

“Nintendo Revolution to be console winner this generation”

–Gamespot’s 2005 April Fool’s Joke.






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