Friday, June 15, 2012

Link roundup

1. Kotaku:

Arma II mod, DayZ, has spawned a ton of abnormally fun rounds, with players partaking in all sorts of activities outside avoiding and killing zombies.

But this one guy who stalks and terrorizes two players might be my favorite so far. He runs around in circles, chases them, and mumbles some really non-sensical, funny-yet-disturbing words at them. In fact, he freaks them out so much that they make a run for it, and decide the only way to deal with the situation is to kill him and rest easy.
2. ARG based on Thomas Pynchon‘s The Crying of Lot 49.

3. Forbes:
Walk into any Apple Retail Store when it opens in the morning and you might notice that all of the new MacBook Pro notebooks with retina display are positioned at exactly the same angle. Employees who open the store use an iPhone app as a level to tilt all the screens to exactly the same angle (the Simply Angle app is a popular choice to measure degree of inclination).
Touches like that are designed to encourage people to interact with Apple products, fall in love, and buy. Sounds nice, but I'd love to see analysis of the same types of techniques that have been added to JCPenney under Ron Johnson and entirely failed to lead to sales.

4. Nightmare fuel.

5. Neca's plush Team Fortress 2 scout and pyro are available for preorder at Entertainment Earth. The Gordon Freeman action figure, too.

1 comment:

  1. Ever since I read the first article about Johnson's JCP plans a few month ago, I've had a strange attraction to the story and been following it pretty thoroughly since. To the point that I actually went and visited a JCP a couple weekends ago after not having stepped foot in one for years (I bought a pair of pants on markdown).

    Conclusion: I don't think Johnson knows what he's doing. At all. His plans make no sense and keep failing. That TV ad campaign was garish and weird. The store I visited was a huge one and it felt/looked no different than I had long imagined them to be--generic mall department store. I had no idea what the actual price of many items was due to price tags not reflecting discounts on signage. The departments were not arranged in a logical manner, and the store felt clean, but not modern. It could have been 1992, 2002, or 2012 if you ignored the clothing fashions. There was nothing about the "brand experience" of being in the store that made me want to go back or even made it feel different from any other store (when I'm in a Target, for example, I know how that feels).

    On the plus side, the prices were actually low-ish (once I figured out what they really were) and the clerks were actually helpful and friendly.

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