Children: The Worst Target Audience Ever This may sound ridiculous to some of you but, children make the worst gamers ever. Sure, games are meant to be just games but gamers take them seriously. Despite what the rest of the world tries to convince us, we teat that shit like art. But, kids, they don't see it that way. They walk into Gamestop and demand the first thing they see just because it's shiny and new and they get bored with what they already have really fast. They treat a video game like they treat a Happy Meal You companies don't like to think about what you're doing with a game. You release your tie in games like a frat boy drinks, unrestrained and unregretted. Seriously guys, when you watch a movie or TV show and say "wouldn't this be really stupid as a video game" and then find out it already is, it's not a coincidence. The world really is as retarded as you imagined it was. 2. Remember: Video Games are not TOYS! Well, at least, not anymore, anyway. This seems to be the mindset that makes people disobey Rule 1. Video Games have evolved from being toys a long, long time ago. It is now considered and respected as a form of visual media. The Nintendo Game Boy being added to the Toy Hall of Fame is the last time you will ever hear video games being referred to as toys. So, back off merchandizers(or whatever it is you people in charge of that are called). It's okay for you to advertise through any other type of merchandize, but you respect the gamer world. 3. Not everyone can be a video game character. You guys seem to be under the delusion that if you try hard enough, anyone can be a video game character(I'm looking at you, Disney). Well guess what, it's not! Gamers(yes, I realize that casual players might want to play too, but, forget them) want to use a character we can easily step into their shoes and use their abilties to our advantage. Someone we WANT to be and will give us a sense of control and domain. But a certain company insists on making 'em based on characters who seem to be immune to the very concept of power, talent, or even model personality. 4. Know what genre the game is going to be. The genre is practically the most important part of the video game. It basically tells you what the entire game is going to be like. If you still haven't decided whether your game is going to be a hardcore bloody shooter or a family friendly party game, you know you must be doing something wrong. Yet somehow, licensed games manage to skip even that step. It's unclear what genre tie in games happen to be in. many of them resemble a combination of both a cheap platformer and a horrible action adventure. Though sometimes, these studios realize that it's not always a good idea to have their characters randomly smash their way through mindless AI for no reason. But even then they like to come up with an even more retarded solution: A crap colection of bad minigames. Not like those party games, I mean just nothin' but 10 or 12 horribly boring minigames. The kind you find at websites of kids TV channels that kids love to play because they still haven't found out that the internet can do other things. So, please just do something about that. It can't be that hard to come up with your own concept. 5. If you're Disney, just don't even bother. seriously, Disney, if it's not Kingdom Hearts, we don't wan't to know about it. Just stick to making feel good animated movies and believing that it was a good idea to premiere "High School Musical 3" in theaters. 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Trouble was, as an Arizona newspaper reader pointed out, an incubus is an evil spirit that in medieval times was thought to prey on sleeping women, having sex with them. A red faced Reebok asked retailers to black out the name on the shoe boxes; the name fortunately does not appear on the shoe.Of course, Reebok has not been a stranger to bad news. While the women's fitness movement drove Reebok sales from $66 million in 1984 to $1.5 billion in 1987, revenue has not grown as impressively since then. Nor has its stock price: From December 1991 to December 1996, for instance, a $100 investment in Reebok would have become $133, while $100 in the Standard Poor's Shoes index would have reached $232.Nevertheless, Reebok may be making a comeback. While its 16 percent share of the athletic shoe market pales next to Nike's 44 percent, and while it aces a mature domestic market and its own past problems with internal coordination, Reebok is now giving shareholders a run for their money, investors and analysts say.For one, Reebok stock has gone from about $26 at the start of last year to 50 1/8 at Friday's close.For another, the stock is still relatively cheap. It trades at 18.2 times its estimated earnings, compared with 26.2 for Nike.And many people expect more good performance. Reebok stumbled in the early '90s,'' said Brett Barakett, a footwear, apparel and textile analyst at Salomon Brothers. They took their eye off product, which is the biggest driver of success in the athletic footwear industry. They became more of a fashion driven, lifestyle company. But now they're focused on producing serious performance athletic wear.''Salomon's 12 month price target for Reebok stock is $55, up about 18 percent from its current price.Reebok whose major brands include Reebok; Rockport; Weebok, for infants and toddlers, and Greg Norman, a sportswear label will introduce a new line of sports shoes this spring. Incorporating a technology called DMX Series 2000, the footwear is designed to increase internal air flow to cushion and stabilize the feet.The series has made a good impression. The industry reviews we've seen are all very favorable for these new products,'' said David Katz, chief investment officer at Matrix Advisors, a New York money manager and Reebok shareholder. If these new products begin to sell, and we think they will, this is the beginning of a multiyear trend for Reebok.''Indeed, because of the DMX Series 2000 and other new items, Reebok's back orders are increasing for the first time since 1994. At year end 1996, the backlog of domestic orders was up 14.9 percent from a year earlier, and total orders were up 11.7 percent.Reebok's recent success with celebrity endorsements is also contributing to the sales jump. Last year, for instance, Reebok signed an endorsement deal estimated at $55 million with Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Iverson endorsed shoe, The Question (his nickname is The Answer), met with such great demand that much of the inventory sold out when the shoe made its debut last month.Moreover, sporting goods have staying power with consumers, analysts say. Now that Reebok is more focused on the athletics business, there's less of a risk,'' Barakett said. Fashion is too fleeting.''Reebok is trying to get lean, too. Dogged by operating margins as low as 7 percent of sales in 1992, Reebok has raised the margin to about 9 percent and is striving to reach Nike's level of 15 percent.Reebok had a proliferation of too many products and too many distribution channels,'' said Tom Kolefas, a portfolio manager at Loomis Sayles, a New York money manager and Reebok shareholder. Too much inventory required them to cut prices. They're improving that.''By extending the price of its top line items from $99 to the $115 range, the company is also edging back into the high end athletic shoe market, which it lost to Nike several years ago. Repairs have also begun on Reebok's frayed relations with some retailers, and while still pursuing its new focus on athletic goods under the Reebok label, the company has nailed down a fashion coup for its Rockport division.In April, Reebok signed a footwear licensing agreement with Polo Ralph Lauren that will produce more than $450 million in revenue by 2000, according to Barakett.Indeed, citing a buyback of 23 percent of Reebok stock in August that has helped propel its price rise, some analysts even see signs of a new company attitude. Reebok has not always seemed to be terribly responsive to shareholders, so the buyback was a good sign,'' Katz said.But Reebok has a long way to go to return to 1987, when it controlled 33 percent of the athletic shoe market and Nike had just 20 percent. And the path back may be bumpy.Nike, whose stock soared from the low $30s in January 1996 to 68 1/2 at Friday's close, continues to enjoy top tier celebrity endorsements, like those of Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. And smaller players, like Fila, with 7.5 percent, and Adidas, with 5.2 percent, cannot be counted out.Moreover, the domestic market for sports shoes is mature, with growth expected to be in the single digits over the next several years. In the international arena, meanwhile, Nike's most recent annual revenues were $2.85 billion and Reebok's were just $1.47 billion.And while many people brush off the Incubus problem as a mere mishap, Reebok will have to show that it is not proof that the company has failed to shed the poor communication and coordination for which it was once famous.Fireman would say one thing in terms of the corporate direction and the chief financial officer would say another,'' Katz said, referring to Paul B. Fireman, Reebok's founder and chief executive. Everyone was getting mixed signals.''Fireman, 53, has run the company, based in Stoughton, Mass., for the last 18 years. He has been criticized at times as arrogant, unresponsive and a reason for Reebok's high management turnover, and is a major worry for Calpers.This is a leadership issue,'' said Patricia K. Macht, chief of public affairs at the pension fund. We don't see a great deal of board oversight on management. Nike Roshe Run Women Black Solar Red,Why people buy wholesale Jordan sneakers is no mystery. Everybody loves the quality, the design and the great feeling that come with wearing a good designer label sports shoe. The fact that the shoe cost close to $100 does not deter people from vying to buy the latest entrants in the market. Whole Jordan sneakers are, to a great segment of people, a way to save a good amount of money without compromising on the quality of what they purchase. There is very little that people do not know about the Jordan sneakers, and based on the rush that is created everytime wholesale Jordan sneakers are available, the craze for the shoe is still on. However, do you know the basics that need to be followed when buying a shoe for getting the best fit for your feet? Experts advise that shoes need to be bought always in the evening. Not because of any type of superstition, but because this is the time when your feet are most swollen and hence, you will know whether the shoe will be comfortable or not. Whether you are buying ordinary day to day wear shoes, office wear or wholesale Jordan sneakers, this is a point that you should keep in mind, if you care about your feet's comfort. Wholesale Jordan sneakers make a great bargain and many retail shops sell them at wholesale price during regular sales. All you need is to keep a watch and learn when the shop has their next sale.
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And even on gala night most ships offer an alternate dining venue for people who just plain refuse to dress up. The best place to get some hints as to the suggested dress on board is in the Welcome Aboard materials provided by the cruise lines prior to your trip. But again, keep in mind that these are created to cover broad a spectrum of diverse guests. In almost all cases, shorts, bathing suits and t shirts are banned from the main dining room at dinner time. Ladies should remember to bring a sweater or shawl because the public rooms may be chilly. A folding umbrella is always a good idea. Ashore, clothing suggestions depend a lot on what part of the world you are in. In the tropics, shorts, t shirts and jeans (basically everything you are not supposed to wear in the ship's dining room) are fine ashore in the tropics. In Europe and Asia, travelers tend to be more conservative. And if your shore excursions include a visit to a cathedral or house of worship, bare shoulders or abbreviated wear for the ladies may result in denied entry. The shore excursion or purser desk staff can provide specific guidance on board. And always check to see that at least one pair of those 35 pairs of shoes are COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES. Navigating the stairway of the Sistine Chapel in stiletto heels would be an excursion of its own! When packing, again, less is more for a cruise. Most first time cruisers report back that they used about half of what they brought. Veteran cruisers try to see how little baggage they can get away with. Somewhere in between will probably work for you. Most of the medium to larger ships offer laundry and pressing service. And some of them have self service laundry facilities (although we do not think most people consider doing laundry a fun vacation event.) Take a lot of mix and match clothes based on the length and style of your cruise. 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The more conservative shades of pink and purple heels look great as shoes for bridesmaid or other important day wear function, while the more dashing hues have that "let's celebrate" party vibe. I'd wear these cute shoes with a frilly, princessline dress or even white slacks. Wear toned down colors, so your heels flatter, not fight with the rest of your outfit. FullOn Sparkle Platform Glitter Pump6Inch High Heel These sparkly glitter heels measure nearly 6" and boast almost a 2" platform sole. That's a lotta height! And yes, they are padded and comfortable with plenty of toe room for us more "endowed in the toes" kinda girls. Very surprising considering these heels are so fabulously high. I'm seeing these pumps paired with a cute mini skirt, or go daring with leggings or skinny jeans and a fabulous chunky necklace to even out your sparkle. A nice strapless dress with a coordinating, sparkley necklace would look ravishing. The highhigh heels mean serious business; they're the perfect shoe to wear for arriving fashionably late. I'm beginning to think the term was invented for fashion so commanding as these heels. Oh, yeah. Catherine de Medicithe Queen of High Heels Everywhere We owe our passion for high heel fashion to Catherine de Medici, the Queen of France, who took the high heel from function to footfabulous in the mid 1500s. Initially, heels were for riding horses and maintaining one's foothold in stirrups. Who knew?Designer Sparkle Glitter Pumps by Michael AntonioLots of other fun and tasteful colors, too. Michael Antonio Women's Loveme GLT Pump,Pink,9 M USThese Michael Antonio Loveme Designer Glitter Pumps are simply smashing but there's nothing simple about the designer. I've seen several videos and magazines with models on the world's major cities' runways don their shoes. These sparklies are a great pair for any gala's ensemble you're pining for. Their more conservative look promises to make an event out of any bride's maids' dress, ball gown or other ohsoimportant function. Classic lines with a twinkle of surprise. I like it. A Woman and Her HeelsWhatever it Takes . . . As early the mid 1600s, chopines were worn originally in Turkey but became popular with women throughout Europe. Made from cork or wood, it was not unusual for these shoes to be from seven to thirtyinches high! Women would have to enlist the help of servants or canes to help them step out in style! I don't know about you but I wouldn't be caught anywhere in these numbers. Well, maybe if I was drywalling a ceiling.
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