December 25th, 2010


Delicious LiveJournal Links for 12-25-2010

Why did I click?

A sudden realisation about Facebook and Livejournal

If I have a sentence pop into my head and I put it on Facebook then it remains a sentence. If I have a sentence pop into my head and start writing it on Livejournal then nine times out of ten it turns into a post.

However, when I only have a sentence in my head, it seems silly to write a one-sentence post, and so I write it on Facebook.

That, combined with the fact that writing a couple of sentences on the phone is about all I can be bothered with (and the phone is what I tend to have in my hand when I'm bored between places) means that Facebook gets all the love.

And so I am going to try an experiment. The next few times a sentence pops into my head I shall open up Semagic (or the update page) and write it down there. And then I shall see if it sprouts into a post, or remains a single sentence.
Wibbledy Weep

Computer games

I hadn't quite realised how big the Call of Duty games are. Looks like Black Ops has already taken a billion-or-so dollars. Not quite up there with the $2.7Billion that Avatar took at the cinema, but still darned impressive, particularly as the Call of Duty series is now 8 games long (total take is about $3Bn, so presumably the sales ramped up as they went along).

What I'm finding tricky is finding comparative sales figures that include PC sales. I know that Steam/Valve (for instance) don't talk about the sales figures for the games they sell, and VG Chartz will happily tell me that Black Ops has sold 9million copies on the 360, and 7million on the PS3, I don't trust their PC figures at all (it tells me that CoD: MW and MW2, for instance, sold a grand total of zero copies on PC, which I find unlikely.) I'm sure that the PC games business is smaller than the Console game business by a significant chunk, but I find it unlikely that it's so small that it cannot be detected :->