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I Wish I Were Going to GDC ...

25 February 2015
by Jon ParshallJon Parshall
I wish I were going to the Game Developer's Conference this year. It's as simple as that. I mean, as any of you who keeps up on our corporate blogs will have deduced, there are a fair number of gamers within our four walls. Jeremy Newman and Vince Lund are first-person shooter types. I'm mostly a turn-based strategy guy, but I've played World of Warcraft for years and years (too many years, actually). Our Prez, James Ramey, is also an FPS type, but has taken a real liking to World of Tanks (and is damned good at it). Andrew Eikum is a big iRacing fan (and drives real race cars for fun, too). Our illustrious leader, Jeremy White, would play more games if he weren't also Captain Vertigo. But as it is he mostly has to settle for online chess. Andrew Balfour has…

"Microsoft Reeling: Why Don't We Feel Happier?"

Last week, the news was announced in the New York Times(http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/business/how-and-why-apple-overtook-microsoft.html)that Apple's market capitalization is now double Microsoft's: $683 billion to $338 billion. Riding the wave of strong iPhone 6 sales, Apple is also insanely profitable, generating $30 billion in free cash flow in just one quarter. Not surprisingly, its stock made a 5% jump, closing in the neighborhood of $120 a share. Today, Apple rules the world of technology, making the days of Microsoft's Borg-like technological hegemony seem but a veiled memory of darkness and dread.For a guy who's spent the last twelve years of his life working for a tiny software company whose products have pitted it directly against Microsoft,…

"10 Years of World of Warcraft" or "How /Played made me want to /Wrists..."

11 November 2014
by Jon ParshallJon Parshall
We're coming up to the launch of "Warlords of Draenor", the latest World of Warcraft expansion. We're also drawing closer to the 10-year anniversary of the launch of WoW itself (November 23, 2004). And now seemed like a good time for me to reflect on my history as a WoW player.You see, World of Warcraft wasn't an intentional addiction. That's what all addicts say, right? But really, it wasn't. Back in June 2006, someone at CodeWeavers got the bright idea that having a couple of accounts on WoW, and creating a "CrossOver" guild, might be a good way to build a little PR for the fact that CrossOver ran WoW on Linux systems. Thus, "The Lunch Party" was formed, and we started playing. It was five of us: Jeremy White (our CEO), Jeremy Newman (sys admin), Aric…

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