Scott Howard
These are the personal musings of Scott Howard, Producer / Designer / Gamer

Over the last 15 years in the games industry I have worked on console, mobile, social and free to play games enjoying the nuance and challenges each of these brings. 
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Friday
Feb112011

Blue Screen of Death - Now on Nokia Devices

 



Ok that was just some gratuitous sensationalism to get your attention and well because I am a visual guy and I tend to think in pictures. I really had no choice, but to make the above image, if for no other reason than it makes me chuckle a little on the inside every time I look at it.

Truth be told, I like Nokia, I worked there over 5 years, and I like Microsoft, I own an X-Box and play the hell out of it any chance I get, so the recently announced deal between the two should be music to my ears, but sadly it is not.

It is not that I don t want both companies to succeed, indeed I do, I believe that the mobile market and markets in general, are better when more companies compete to earn my consumer dollars, but Nokia has not been able to design and release a truly iconic, ground breaking piece of hardware in years and though they can ship boxes like nobody's business, their margins are getting thinner and thinner

So can they now, with the help of Windows Phone 7, release a great, incredible, amazing product? A product that might actually see the light of day in North America?

 

Personally I am skeptical. Window Mobile Phones have not taken off and Android continues to chug along like a giant snowball rolling down hill. Not to pour salt in the wound, but this was one of the comments I read today about the announcement;

Bing? What's that?
Let me Google it.

Even though I am skeptical, I have to say I am honestly hopeful that I am wrong and Nokia+Microsoft (Microkia?, NokiSoft?) snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.