Welcome to "Morning Hangover" — an excellent way to start your day with the crew at TheFeed…no matter what you’re recovering from. Every morning you’ll hear musings from two of TheFeed’s editors and have the chance to share your thoughts on what’s going on in the gaming world. So buckle up, embrace your muggle heritage, and keep reading!
Raymond Padilla: Google recently announced Android and BlackBerry apps for its Google Voice product. As a VoIP nerd, I’m extremely fascinated by the news — it’s just as big as the company’s announcement of Chrome OS, though not as sexy and not as obvious. With Chrome OS, it’s clear that Google is going after Microsoft (among others). With Google Voice, the company is going after big players too — telecommunications companies. Any company that deals in wired and/or wireless voice communication should be concerned with the potential of this product. It has enormous potential. By mixing cloud computing and communications, Google can change the way people connect and manage their connections. But will it be a product that the masses will adopt or will it be a nerd toy?
Patrick Klepek: I was one of the few folks in the office with the courage to seek out a midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, despite the knowledge that I’d have to wake up the next morning on time. Luckily, the movie was great, but upon re-reading my review of the video game version of Half-Blood Prince, my gripes at Electronic Arts’ handling of Harry Potter’s narrative elements are more visibly depressing. There’s so much going on in Half-Blood Prince — joy, tears, fear, sex — and virtually none of it comes through in the video game. The target demographic for a Harry Potter video game may not be interested, but I’m waiting for the day EA starts taking J.K. Rowling’s subject matter as seriously as she does. Am I alone?
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