Archive for September, 2008

Calling out the Blu-Ray Haters

It’s doesn’t get more clear cut than this, folks. Engadget is calling out tech blogs for hating on Blu-Ray.

Engadget is accusing sites of cherry picking a single 13% week over week decline and spinning that into an overall trend, while ignoring neighboring weeks where the format shows much stronger gains and also ignoring other stats showing bigger picture rises in blu-ray sales.

They call out ArsTechnica and Slashdot by name. Engadget writes:

for some reason, the 13 percent drop in Blu-ray sales last week got a lot of attention. What we can’t figure out is why the 30 percent increases during the two weeks before (combined) went unnoticed. It boggles the mind why so many so-called tech evangelists only pick up on the bad weeks

Either way, when movies like the Forbidden Kingdom and TV shows like Terminator are stealing double digits away from DVD, sales are not down. But hey, predicting the end of Blu-ray is just so much more fun than actually analyzing all the data, isn’t it? Ah well, we’ll let the haters hate — meanwhile, we’ll continue to enjoy the highest quality hi-def around.

A report from August on cites Home Media Research, showing a clear rise on Blu-Ray disc sales:

According to Home Media Research compiled by the Redhill Group, it appears that Blu-ray sales are actually quite solid for the year, and up 300 percent year-on-year from 2007.

The research says that Blu-ray movies are selling at about 1.14 million per month on average for the year, for a total of about 8 million. The combined total for 2006 and 2007 was about 6 million discs sold.

ITWorld also paints a negative picture without citing any market research or any data whatsoever. In an article titled, “Blu-Ray hits the skids, numbers continue to decline”, they write:

The cause could be a variety of factors, from the failing economy to the summer gaming doldrums, but the effect is clear: Blu-Ray as a media format is in decline.

As a side note, here is a tutorial, that just come out today, for writing your own BD-J applications in Java that can be played on any Blu-Ray player.


PlayStation Store Update 9.25.08

This is a great update this week. I already have WipEout HD downloading and should be done by the time I get home. Burnout Paradise is a great game, but I’m disappointed that trophies are not retroactive like they said it would be. Not way I’m starting the game over from scratch.

North America


► Burnout Paradise (still available, SP-only I think)
► Mega Man 9
► NBA 09 The Inside
► NBA Live 09


► Burnout Paradise – Full game including all updates ($29.99)
► Geon: Emotions ($9.99)
► Mega Man 9 ($9.99)
► Wipeout HD ($19.99)
► Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (PSP) ($14.99)
► Untold Legends : Brotherhood of the Blade (PSP) ($14.99)


► Buzz! Quiz TV
-National Geographic Safari Quiz ($7.99)
-Quiz Sci-Fi Pack ($5.99)
-Videogames Pack ($5.99)

► Rock Band (all individual tracks $1.99 each)
-Bad Religion – “Sorrow”
-The Cult – “She Sells Sanctuary”
-Hot Hot Heat – “Bandages”
-Kasabian – “Shoot the Runner”
-Sleater-Kinney – “You’re No Rock N Roll Fun”
-Stone Roses – “Love Spreads”

Rush Pack ($10.99)
-The Camera Eye
-Limelight (orig version)
-Red Barchetta
-Tom Sawyer (orig version)
-Vital Signs
-Witch Hunt

► Soulcalibur IV – Customization Equipment 2 ($1.99)


► Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway – Making Of #4: Eyes Only
► Burnout Paradise – Bikes Trailer
► Dead Space – Animated Comic Issue #5
► PAIN – New Characters Trailer
► Resistance 2 – Shattered History
► Tomb Raider Underworld – Gameplay Trailer


► Buzz! Quiz TV – themes
► WipEout HD – theme
► Soulcalibur IV – wallpapers



► Beijing 2008
► MegaMan 9
► Mercenaries 2: World in Flames


► Burnout Paradise (€29,99 / £24.99)
► MegaMan 9 (€9,99 / £6.99)
► WipEout HD (€17,99 / £11.99)

► Burnout Legends (PSP) (€19,99 / £14.99)
► Burnout Dominator (PSP) (€24,99 / £17.99)


► Buzz! Quiz TV – Videogames quiz (€4,99 / £3.49)
► High Stakes Poker – Add-On 2 (gratis)

► Rock Band
○ All That Remains Pack 01 (€2,29 / £1.69 or €0,99 / £0.69 per song)
♪ “Chiron”
♪ “This Calling”
♪ “Two Weeks”

○ Rush (€1,99 / £1.49 per song)
♪ “Limelight” – Rush
♪ “Red Barchetta” – Rush
♪ “The Camera Eye” – Rush
♪ “Tom Sawyer” – Rush
♪ “Vital Signs” – Rush
♪ “YYZ” – Rush
♪ “Witch Hunt” – Rush


► PAIN Amusement Park
-Call Da Shot Trailer
-Trauma Trailer

► Ferrari Challenge – Trailer
► Metal Gear Solid 4 – Game Trailer
► PES 2009 – Trailer
► PURE – Launch Trailer
► Valkyria Chronicles – Trailer


► BioShock theme
► Fallout 3 theme

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