I'm fairly certain that Simon Jeffrey intention with the THQ comparison is Sega wants to be a company of the same size and market share value as THQ—not that it's looking to have the same hardcore gamer street cred that THQ's brand currently enjoys. » 8/01/08 3:04pm 8/01/08 3:04pm

The 5 real blunders of Philip Rosedale's virtual career

Despite a silver-tongued PR team capable of spinning any irrelevant Second Life happening into a New York Times story, former Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale couldn't save himself from the downside of the virtual hype cycle. His "life's work" has become a punchline. Here are the five mistakes that added up to cost… » 3/14/08 6:40pm 3/14/08 6:40pm

Why Web video isn't ready for prime time after all

Quarterlife, the stapled-together-for-prime-time Web-video series about twentynothing artists, flopped so hard that NBC is kicking it off the team. It sucked in a measly 3.1 million viewers during its NBC debut last night — half what programs on ABC and CBS pulled. As penance, "Quarterlife" will be riding the pine on… » 2/28/08 4:40pm 2/28/08 4:40pm

San Francisco Chronicle's desperate calls for help

The San Francisco Chronicle must be shedding readers even faster than staff. Reportedly, it was losing $1 million a week before shedding 100 employees last May. In order to maintain circulation, the Chronicle is engaging in an extensive telemarketing campaign. For the last few weeks, I've been an unwilling target.… » 2/27/08 8:05pm 2/27/08 8:05pm

Jakob Lodwick invades Bay Area; hide your women, venture capitalists

Jakob Lodwick is back in the Bay Area, kicking it at his cousin's San Francisco-based startup. The only thing slightly more terrifying than the prospect of one of our local girls becoming his new softcore pinup is the notion that Lodwick might end his blogging strike. Oh wait, he has — three times over. Lodwick,… » 2/26/08 8:00pm 2/26/08 8:00pm

We're all a bunch of greedy bastards

San Francisco is the city every manchild with a wee knowledge of Ajax and a penchant for dropping vowels from proper nouns flocks to in the hopes of striking a venture capital goldmine. It's not exactly a revelation that you're all a bunch of greedy louts, but Forbes, in what is no doubt a highly scientific study, has… » 2/26/08 3:40pm 2/26/08 3:40pm

Electronic Arts' Take-Two takeover made simple: It's about sports and…

Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello isn't content to sit idly by twiddling his thumbs until retirement. He'd rather spend as much as possible to keep his company relevant to the vanishing-attention-span generation of males whose spending pads his pension. They're interested in fast cars and sports — which makes… » 2/25/08 2:40pm 2/25/08 2:40pm

Mark Pincus licks, bites hand that feeds him

Failed social networking entrepreneur Mark Pincus, the force that brought the Internet both Tribe.net and Acebucks, now hopes to dominate the Facebook application market with his new casual games company Zynga. He claims he hasn't touched his $10 million in VC funding because he's in the lucrative business of selling… » 2/19/08 7:00pm 2/19/08 7:00pm

Teens, engage in a virtual circle jerk at Gaia Online

Anime-flavored virtual world Gaia Online started up "Gaia VJ," a service which lets you watch video on the Internet with friends, late last year. Fed by video repositories like YouTube, iFilm and MetaCafe, Gaia VJ allows teens to create video playlists and share them with friends in exchange for in-game currency.… » 2/19/08 1:20pm 2/19/08 1:20pm

Generation Y, watch your boss for these warning signs

Coddled by close-hovering helicopter parents, Generation Y (of which I'm a proud member) is incapable of taking initiative. (This very post was "suggested" by Owen Thomas, yet I get to take all the credit.) We never had to struggle up multiple hills, in the snow, to get to school, so we lack any true sense of… » 2/15/08 7:44pm 2/15/08 7:44pm

CNET just not that into Consumating

It began as farce; now it ends in tragedy. CNET is abandoning Consumating, the dating site it bought in December 2005. It has since lost interest in maintaining the dating site which Ben Brown launched as a satire — something to do with its top line being a parody of actual revenues. Consumating's official shut down » 2/15/08 4:30pm 2/15/08 4:30pm

Wikipidiots, the 100-word version

SF Weekly writer Mary Spicuzza attempted to track down Griot, a Wikipedia editor with a record of baiting other users into getting banned. She chronicled her meandering, unsuccessful saga in 4,275 paralyzing words. Snipping out a lot of needless narrative and ruminations about anonymity and accountability online, we… » 2/13/08 7:00pm 2/13/08 7:00pm