Author Archives: Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a technology and video game columnist. You can see what he's up to each day on Twitter by following him @donreisinger.

Without Movies, Netflix Is Dead In the Water

Without Movies, Netflix Is Dead In the Water

There was a time when Netflix was a special company. The firm had come up with a new idea that would take out outdated companies, like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video, by allowing customers to get access to titles in the mail. Meanwhile, it was proving that with the right idea and some cash, any startup could take down an entrenched company.

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Why Nintendo Won’t Determine Gaming’s Future

Why Nintendo Won’t Determine Gaming’s Future

There’s no question Nintendo has made a huge impact on the gaming industry. Over the last couple of decades, Nintendo has been a change agent in the gaming space, prompting companies to look to the future when developing games or hardware.

Remember Super Mario 64? It was the first time that we saw Mario in all of his 3D glory and the first time, for sure, that we realized how fun 3D platforming could be. The Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super NES forced other companies to invent new ideas just to keep up. Even the Nintendo Wii, which was first to deliver fun motion-gaming, has set off a craze that might never be stopped.

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Cable Cord Cutting? Ha! Never!

Cable Cord Cutting? Ha! Never!

I’ve often been asked by friends and family that have made the leap if I would ever consider cutting out cable television, ditching my service with my provider, and moving into the great, cord-cutting frontier. Those who press me say that if I make the move, I’ll be able to enjoy nearly all the same entertainment, but I will no longer need to pay Time Warner Cable for the, uh, privilege, of using its service.

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Why Next-Gen Gaming Consoles Will Let You Play Used Games

Why Next-Gen Gaming Consoles Will Let You Play Used Games

Whether some want to believe it or not, all next-generation video game consoles, including the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720, will allow you to play used games.

For those who haven’t been listening to the latest rumors surrounding the next-generation consoles, there’s talk of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox 720 potentially coming with a feature that would block users from playing used games. The move, the reports’ sources say, could dramatically aid the industry in lessening the impact of used games.

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Would You Pay A Massive Premium For An Apple Television?

Would You Pay A Massive Premium For An Apple Television?

It’s becoming increasingly clear to just about everyone that at some point in the next several months, Apple will be announcing a television. The device could come with everything from iCloud integration to access to the App Store, and depending on who you talk to, it could have dramatically improved specs or simply match some of the products on store shelves.

Either way, it’s coming soon.

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Why I’ll Never Buy Another Used Game (And Why You Shouldn’t, Either)

Why I’ll Never Buy Another Used Game (And Why You Shouldn’t, Either)

Used video games have become a desirable purchase for many industry fans. With prices coming in at substantially lower amounts than new alternatives, it simply makes sense to many people to buy used titles. The more you save, the more products you can buy, right?

I’ve long been one of those people that tries to take advantage of cheaper used games. To me, saving a few bucks here and there was worth it. Plus, if I had the chance to turn it back in and get some of that cash back, why not do it?

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Microsoft’s Biggest Threat: The Younger Generation

Microsoft’s Biggest Threat: The Younger Generation

Whenever I’m at Starbucks, visiting my local mall, or even just driving around town, I find something rather interesting: younger people are nearly always using an Apple product.

Now, I’ll fully admit that there are exceptions to the rule and I’m sure that there are countless people out there that can tell me that they are proud BlackBerry and Windows PC owners. But I’m willing to wager that if you sit on a college campus for a day and examine what all the students are using, more often than not, it’ll be an iPhone and a Mac. And when they leave school, those some individuals are using the latest and greatest Apple products.

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Are We Going Too Far With Our Tech Obsession?

Are We Going Too Far With Our Tech Obsession?

I’ll be the first person here to admit it: I’m obsessed with technology. Whether it’s a smartphone, gaming console, or digital camera, if it has a chip in it and can do something special, I’m there.

There was a time not long ago when having that obsession wasn’t so common. We had conventions and shows in our towns where we could go, marvel at the latest and greatest computers, and talk with those of us who shared that love. It was a small but proud group.

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Dear Nintendo: Don’t Launch the Wii U This Year

Dear Nintendo: Don’t Launch the Wii U This Year

At the E3 Gaming Expo later this year, Nintendo fans are going to get what they’ve been waiting about a year to know: the Wii U’s launch date and price. Even better, they’ll be able to see a host of games slated to come to the device to see if they’ll be worth playing.

But perhaps Nintendo shouldn’t give that gift to consumers this year, and instead, should give itself the gift of discontinuing the Wii U.

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Why I Wouldn’t Stand In An iPad Line (But Get Why Others Do)

Why I Wouldn’t Stand In An iPad Line (But Get Why Others Do)

As I sit here writing this on the day the new iPad has launched, I’m inundated with reports of people around the globe waiting in line outside Apple stores hoping against hope that they’ll get their hands on one of the iPhone maker’s highly sought-after tablets. Some folks -- including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak -- waited nearly 24 hours to get a new iPad, sleeping on sidewalks just for the chance to have it on launch day.

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