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.

The Secret to Smartwatch Success is Non-tech Firms

The Secret to Smartwatch Success is Non-tech Firms

Smartwatches will be everywhere this year. With Google announcing Android Wear and companies already showing off devices at CES and Mobile World Congress, it won’t be long before a slew of smartwatches are sitting on store shelves.

Of course, smartwatches are already available. In fact, several companies, from Samsung to Pebble, have offered their interpretation of wrist-worn wearables. The trouble for those firms, however, is that so far, those products haven’t taken off. And it’s unclear whether even Android Wear could go a long way in pushing smartwatches onto more wrists.

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I Went Old-School Gaming: Now I Miss the Old Days

I Went Old-School Gaming: Now I Miss the Old Days

I had some free time over the weekend last week, and decided that rather than read that book I've been trying to finish or go out for a walk, I'd sit down on my couch, put up my feet, and play some games.

As I've said here before, I'm a long-time gamer with a true love for all types of video games. That's probably why I've kept all the old consoles I owned – even the 3DO! – and all the titles that went with them. You never know when the urge might strike you to play some old games.

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Why I didn’t become a Google Glass Explorer

Why I didn’t become a Google Glass Explorer

Late last year, I reported on these pages that I was offered by Google to become a Google Glass Explorer. I had signed up to be notified when it was "opening its books" and Google offered me beta access to the program. Like everyone else, I was asked to pay $1,500 to become an Explorer and get my Google Glass headwear. I would then become the Explorer I thought I wanted to be.

When the notice came that I could join the program, my first reaction was to sign up. But then I took a step back, came to these pages to find out what the world thought, and make a decision from there. I decided against the move, realizing that right now might not be the best time to be an Explorer.

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Should I Wait for the iPhone 6?

Should I Wait for the iPhone 6?

I've been a longtime iPhone owner. I bought the first-generation iPhone, followed by the iPhone 3G, the iPhone 4, and the iPhone 5. I entered this year with a cracked screen on my iPhone 5, fully expecting to take the plunge again this year and pick up an iPhone 6.

The rumors surrounding the iPhone 6 are nothing short of lustworthy for an old-time iPhone owner like me. The device will come with a higher-end processor, the rumor mill says, and could very well have a much larger screen.

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Has Casual Gaming Killed the AAA Blockbuster Console Game?

Has Casual Gaming Killed the AAA Blockbuster Console Game?

The sheer amount of excitement surrounding Titanfall is enough to annoy any old-school, crotchety gamer like me who has watched the mighty fall and the seemingly insignificant rise. Titanfall supporters would have us believe that it's the next big franchise that will change the way we game for the next decade. And without a doubt, it'll perform well on store shelves at first. But whether the game will have the longevity to be a top-end title and franchise for the foreseeable future remains in doubt.

I don't say all of this because I don't think Titanfall could be a great game or that I have something against blockbuster titles. I've just come to realize over the last couple of years that the days of AAA blockbuster console games truly revolutionizing the way we play games might be dead.

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Will new Microsoft CEO Nadella sell the Xbox division?

Will new Microsoft CEO Nadella sell the Xbox division?

Here's a question for you: will Satya Nadella, Microsoft's newly appointed chief executive, sell the Xbox division?

There have been some rumblings in the past that Microsoft could sell the Xbox division, but it's not been clear which companies would actually want to own the business. It also might make it a harder sell, since the company recently acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise, and has continued to say that the Halo franchise will be an important part of its gaming strategy over the next several years.

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10 years from now it’s Google’s world: we’ll just be living in it

10 years from now it’s Google’s world: we’ll just be living in it

I don't have a crystal ball, so it's hard for me to see into the future like some. But the writing appears to be on the wall in the technology industry: Google, the company that made a name for itself in search, will go on to become the most influential and important company in the world within the next decade. Moreover, the company's efforts will turn us all into citizens of a world we'll call Google.

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It’s time, Nintendo: Kill Wii U and think big

It’s time, Nintendo: Kill Wii U and think big

I know I've said this before, but it's official now: the time has come for Nintendo, at long last, to kill the Wii U and move into other areas in which it might be able to actually grow its business.

Nintendo earlier this week announced that it's been forced to slash its Wii U sales expectations by millions of units, saying that it felt the heat from a wide range of players in the market, including Sony and Microsoft. The company also didn't seem to believe that the world wouldn't care about the Wii U. Oh, how wrong Nintendo was.

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The secret to Nest’s future success: Be as un-Google as possible

The secret to Nest’s future success: Be as un-Google as possible

When Google announced last week that it had agreed to acquire Nest for more than $3 billion, there appeared to be a general consensus in the tech world: bad news.

While it's true that Google has acquired companies in the past, like Motorola, that it has largely left alone, its track record of ensuring a company is actually kept intact with the same culture that made it popular and successful isn't necessarily so great. And there's some concern – despite Google's own best assurances to the contrary – that the search giant might again hurt Nest.

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