1. The many platforms of Microsoft's Xbox

    Recently, Microsoft has released more information about their upcoming games and plans for the next generation. The overarching strategy of Microsoft seems to be to make Xbox a service and having Xbox not just anywhere, but everywhere. Examples of this strategy are Halo Infinite, the return of Microsoft Flight Simulator and challenges in bringing xCloud to Apple’s devices.

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  2. Power of platforms

    We are soon approaching the launch of the next generation of video game consoles, a generation that very well might be the last one, as predicted among others by Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot. This development is separate than the games as a service model, although both have their roots in general availability of high-speed broadband and mobile networks. There’s some overlap, both Sony and Microsoft advertise backwards compatibility on their next-gen and how the successful multiplayer games you play today are available also on the next gen. This an example of how the platform is today more important than the device: neither Microsoft or Sony want you to “switch” to the other platform, which would the only way for you to “lose” your games library.

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  3. Transition from product-based game development to service-based games

    One of the biggest changes in the game industry has been the transition to service-based games, or games as a service (GaaS). The big enabler for this was digital delivery of games, or penetration of high-speed internet connections and “always online”.

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  4. Setting up an internet radio with a Raspberry Pi and Icecast

    In these uncertain times where I suddenly have a lot of time at home, I remembered that I have an assortement of MP3s forgotten in a corner of my NAS from a time before Spotify and other streaming services. What better use of a likewise abandoned Raspberry Pi than making it blast these beats from around the turn of the century to soothe one’s nerves? To go back to those halcyon days of circa 2005, way before any global economic crises or pandemics… when we only had more localized events like the dotcom bubble and the first SARS.

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  5. Attempting to clean link rot on the blog

    As Wikipedia describes it, link rot is “the phenomenon of hyperlinks tending over time to cease to point to their originally targeted file, web page, or server due to that resource being relocated or becoming permanently unavailable.”

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