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Rotterdam as a Travel Destination

Rotterdam as a Travel Destination

In this video feature, four Erasmus students research how Rotterdam is appreciated as a travel destination. As recently, Rotterdam was ranked number 5 on Lonely Planet’s best travel list, it…

RIF010: Urban Surfing in Rotterdam

RIF010: Urban Surfing in Rotterdam

In this radio feature, I talk about RIF010, an artificial wavepool that will be build in Rotterdam this year. I explain what the project is and I cover both the…

Financial Treadmill: Tackling VW Scandal

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Flora Holland: the importance of the flower auction.

Flora Holland: the importance of the flower auction.

This radio feature describes all the ins and outs of the Flora Holland flower auction. I speak with Bart Boiten: an Erasmus University student who is currently interning at Flora…

Buzzfeed Breakdown

In this feature, Nadia talks about the upcoming media empire that is called Buzzfeed. The website & its corresponding media channels have grown extensively over the past few years. What is…

Bitcoins in Rotterdam

Bitcoins in Rotterdam

Bitcoin is the world’s most popular virtual currency. Orchestrated by an unknown creator, this technology promises to change the way we exchange goods forever. However, recent events have shifted the…

Expansion of drone industry. What can go wrong?

Critical insight into the issue of drone delivery of products and circumstances that can block that project Drones have been around for a while. The first usage of Unmanned Aerial…

Our enslavement by stores’ loyalty cards

Our enslavement by stores’ loyalty cards

The loyalty card schemes are extremely beneficial for the companies that operate them, but what about the benefits of the customer? “Do you have our loyalty card?” the cashier at…

Nintendo’s Venture into the Market of Mobile Gaming: Step Forward or Repeating Past Mistakes?

Nintendo’s Venture into the Market of Mobile Gaming: Step Forward or Repeating Past Mistakes?

Recently, Nintendo has announced their first game for smartphones to finally enter in to the mobile gaming market, Miitomo; the game will mainly revolve around the Mii’s we have come to love, and them interacting with other Mii’s through a social media-esque platform called My Nintendo. Even though the announcement for Nintendo’s emergence into the mobile gaming market was vaguely announced in the past summer, this announcement for Miitomo really sparked up a discussion on this new approach of Nintendo, especially since the company has been known to furiously protect its IP’s [exclusive franchises]. Furthermore, many fans questioned this approach, since they feared that Nintendo might forget their loyal fans by focusing on a broader audience again; think back to the early 2000’s and we all remember the Wii Sports and Brain Training games Nintendo came up with. Surely these games were financial goldmines, but it left many Nintendo fans displeased after which many chose the XBOX or the Playstation as their new favorite consoles. However, (now passed away) former CEO of Nintendo Satoru Iwata claimed in a Q&A interview that the fans do not have to worry: ‘’… On the other hand, if the ported game does not reproduce the same satisfactory experiences that the original game provided, information that the game is not satisfactory would just end up spreading and, therefore devalue the content’’. Iwata hereby claims that Nintendo will definitely pay attention to keep the gameplay quality of mobile games at least as high as with the console games, since Iwata has claimed that they will bring their IP’s to the mobile market: “We aim to develop and release our smart device applications with Nintendo IP which, after their releases, will help you to say, ‘Now I understand what Nintendo meant,’ or ‘This is indeed a win-win situation for both smart device applications and dedicated game systems’’. Even though these are very promising words, Nintendo has been wrong about the success of its systems in the past: take for example the Virtual Boy, which was released in 1995; the console only sold 770.000 units in its entire lifespan, which is a saddening low amount compared to the sales of the NES (61.9 million) and the SNES (20 million). This console failed due to a couple of reasons, the first one being that the technology used for the console (3d graphics out of a ‘’portable’’ console) was too expensive and rushed to the market. This meant that game developers that wanted to make games for the Virtual Boy, simply did not have the knowledge to use the technology or the willingless to spend money to learn it, which is a very understandable business choice. Therefore, as a consequence of this expensive and rushed technology, the Virtual Boy had almost no launch titles, nor did it have a lot of games due to a lack of third party support. Lastly, the price was incredibly high for a ‘’portable’’ console, having a price tag of $180, excluding the cost of batteries; advanced technology like that at the time couldn’t last for very long with the batteries that were available back then. So then why is it important when looking at the present and the future? Because Nintendo made the same mistakes with the Wii U, released in 2012: Following the financial success of the Wii (with over 100 million units sold as of 2012), Nintendo figured that they could probably pull off the same financial stunt with the Wii U; bread and butter, right? Unfortunately, they were wrong. As we all know, the Wii U system comes with a tablet controller that would once again change gaming forever, by having the player control the game using the tablet, and then seeing the interaction with the game on TV; as new and revolutionary as this may be, the technology used for the Wii U was, once more, too complicated for game developers to use or to invest the time and money needed to figure it out. In other words, the technology was rushed to the market, in an effort to keep up with the idea of releasing a new console every 5 years, which had always been the case beforehand. Similar to the Virtual Boy, this meant that the Wii U itself cost $250 at its release (excluding the price of a game), and that there were next to no games available from the start. Also, there was again no third party support from other developers, plus the battery life of the tablet is quite short. Do not get me wrong; I own a Wii U myself, and I use it quite regulary. However, I use it with a Gamecube controller, a controller that is now 15 years old and has ,in my opinion, not been surpassed by any new Nintendo controller yet. You may be wondering why this applies to Nintendo’s decision to enter the mobile gaming market; well, in a direct way it does not. The point here however, is that Nintendo does not have the best history when it comes to makeing decisions. Then again, Nintendo is definitely not the worst; take for example Sega, who were so stubborn in their gaming hardware strategy, that they went bankrupt because they were not willing to change with the market, but to fight this market instead. Furthermore, the upcoming release of the mobile game Pokémon Go has gotten a lot of fans psyched , meaning that Nintendo does have a good view on how to please its fans. Should Nintendo ride the waves of the red ocean known as mobile gaming, or should they stick with what they know? Personally, I’m skeptical, but also very excited to see how it will all turn out. KarimH95Bruh.More Posts…

Healthcare dictatorship: the power of insurance companies

Healthcare dictatorship: the power of insurance companies

Fresh out of college, Contessa Achterberg started her own independent speech therapy practice in the east of the Netherlands, which has now been running for 28 years. As a devoted…

Fablab Rotterdam

Fablab Rotterdam

The Fablab in Rotterdam is a place where Fablabers share their ideas and all sorts of projects with other Fablabers in order to use the machinery for free. Sounds interesting?…

The Rise of Organic Food: Explanations, Causes and Motives

According to researches and statistics, there is a rise in the consumption of organic products. Almost 75% of the Dutch households buy organic products and most of them indicate to…

Starting a business abroad: a positive story about the support of family and friends.

Starting a business abroad: a positive story about the support of family and friends.

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I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat – interview with a chef.

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat – interview with a chef.

Interview of Krystian Ruszniak a young junior sous-chef (third person in command in the kitchen) revels the problem that many people in this industry have to face. Long hours and…

Interview With Georgia’s Former Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Vera Kobalia

For my fictional radio program “The talks” (for my radio feature assignment), I interviewed Georgia’s former Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Vera Kobalia. Vera was appointed as a minister…

International Jobs in Rotterdam

  Being a non-dutch speaking international student in Rotterdam makes it difficult to find a part-time job. Having no experience, and not being able to speak the language of the…

Economy of Haarlem suffers damage during Serious Request’14

Economy of Haarlem suffers damage during Serious Request’14

    Every year radio station 3FM organises a major fundraising event, Serious Request. This year the event landed in Haarlem from the 18th till the 24th of December.  People…

Controversy about the Jumbo charity

This radio feature is about the charity event of the Jumbo and the controversy that followed it. The controversy was about the fact that the celebrities participating in the charity…

New Year’s resolutions and their expenses

New Year’s resolutions and their expenses

New year’s resolutions may be very interesting and fun to make, but don’t we make them too big, too radical, or too impulsive? In this feature, I explore what resolutions…

The underground business of Dutch baby milk powder

The underground business of Dutch baby milk powder

  “Charlotte, can you do me a favour? Please log into my friends’ WeChat account and post these pictures, make sure to put the location setting with it”. This was…

Sexy & unpractical – Electric Cars & the future

What James Bond is to movies, Harvey Specter is to television. Dressed in perfectly tailored three-pieced suits and shooting one-liners left, right, and center, Suits’ Harvey Specter has been touted…

Xiaomi – The next Asian tech giant in smartphones?

What is Xiaomi? With the year coming to an end, the Chinese technology company based in Beijing, Xiaomi (translating to “little rice”) has made impressive recent progress in spreading their…

Why the television show Shark Tank is inspirational for future entrepreneurs

  Have you seen an episode of Shark Tank? If no, stop reading now. And, come back when you have seen at least one episode. It doesn’t matter if you…

LinkedIn: A journey to success

I am sitting down, turning on my laptop and with a great hope for some new connections, messages or views of my profile, I am typing in “linkedin.com”. It feels…

The Unethical World of Unpaid Internships

The Unethical World of Unpaid Internships

It’s 7am, your alarm goes off you hit snooze and roll over in bed, feeling too comfortable to move. The snooze alarm goes off again, and you are hit with…

Record Labels Are Overrated

Record Labels Are Overrated

In 2012, a rock band called Thirty Seconds To Mars released the documentary ‘’Artifact’’ about their struggle with their record label EMI, which I only saw recently. It opened my…

King Kong Hostel opens gates

This past weekend, on Saturday the 8th of March, the King Kong hostel opened its gates to the public. Situated in close proximity to the city center, and more specifically,…

Explore Rotterdam with the new Food Card

International Students Rotterdam (also, “Your International Family”) is an organisation founded in 2011 in order to make international students feel at home. Its goal is to help internationals integrate into…

Coffee Moments

Coffee Moments

Coffee Moments Have you ever thought of the role coffee has in your life? That magical scent in the morning which helps you open your eyes, the fancy take-away cup…

Rotterdam: All eyes on Markthal

Rotterdam, is the modern city of the Netherlands, and for October 2014 a new building is scheduled that will be the new shiny crazy building at Blaak. Rotterdam always has…

Entrepreneurs get New Home in EUR Science Tower

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship is an initiative pioneered by the Erasmus University, to further stimulate entrepreneurial spirit in Rotterdam. On  March 1st 2014, the centre officially launched its new office…

Eko Plaza opens new shop in Amsterdam

On the 5th of March, Eko Plaza, one of the major biological food suppliers, opened a new shop in Amsterdam (Kruisweg 666).  Eko Plaza aims at providing the customers with a…

SPAR UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL OPENING

SPAR UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL OPENING

  The Spar University store on Erasmus University Rotterdam campus, had its official opening on 3rd March, 2014. This store is being welcomed by the university students as a pleasant surprise. They…

Rotterdam: Vicini Restaurant ready for Summer

Vicini, the Italian restaurant located next to Kralingseplas, decided few days ago to place tables outside and to give their costumers the opportunity to eat while enjoying the spring and…

Opening New Hostel Witte de Withstreet

ROTTERDAM – One of the hippest streets in Rotterdam has a new addition: King Kong hostel. It has had its grand opening Saturday the 8th of March, and IBCoMMotion went…

California Lab Advances Nuclear Fusion – VNR

In early February of this year, researchers of the National Ignition Facility, or NIF at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have announced a milestone break-through in the search…

Doner Has opens at EUR Food Court

Doner Has opened up a new location during the first week of march in the brand new student food court on Erasmus University’s main campus. The grand opening featured moon…

Registration begins for Rotterdam new Markethall flats

Rotterdam’s Markethall project next to Blaak station is putting on shape. In October 2014 228 apartments, 8 restaurants, fresh food units as well as parking spots will be accessible in…

RSM: I WILL FInal 2014

On the 4th of March 2014 the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) proudly organized the “I WILL” 2014 final. Out of a large group of applicants, only six young and…

RET introduces OV Miles

RET has revealed a new initiative called the OV Miles. You can now spare your travel distance as coupons and use them in 23 different partners in Rotterdam. Although it…

Coffee Company Rotterdam Centraal & RET Coffee Card

Coffee Company is now collaborating with RET to open 2 new branches in the busy Rotterdam metro stations. As a busy city, Rotterdam needs great coffee to wake up and…

No Book gift at Polare this year

ROTTERDAM -The bookweekgift will not be available in the bookstores of Polare this year, as the company did not have the money for it due to the recent financial issues.…

H&M: Europe’s largest store in Rotterdam soon

H&M recently announced that they will be opening a new flagship store in Rotterdam this Fall. The new store will be Europe’s largest H&M store and the second flagship store…

ECE opens Startup Campus

On March 1, 2014 the Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship (ECE) officially opened the Startup Campus- the new entrepreneurial hub located on the 11th floor of the Rotterdam Science Tower. This…

New Fork opens at Erasmus Food Plaza

In the end of January 2014 the new cafeteria in the L building was opened. In the end of February the final food supplier – Has Doner Kebab – started…

Maastricht Intratuin re-opens

Next week, a new Intratuin is opening in Maastricht. The old one has been closed for 2 weeks now, and the new one will be opening in the same street.…

Rotterdam: Hayato starts sushi take away service

Small Japanese supermarket north of Rotterdam has been bringing Japanese everyday culture closer to those who are missing it and those who are ready to explore it. Customers come here…

HAS Kebab restaurant at EUR Food Plaza

The Erasmus Food Plaza located on the Erasmus university campus recently opened five of its six restaurants. The sixth and final restaurant was finally revealed just a few days ago.…

New Döner Kebab restaurant at EUR

In the last week of February, the HAS Döner Kebab restaurant heated its stoves for the first time in the newly opened food plaza of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The…

It’s on! Woei’s mega blow out sale

To get space for their new collection, Woei’s proudly boosts their legendary blow-out sale from the 21.02. to the 02.03.2014. Woei’s, a well-established shop in Rotterdam that specializes on acquiring…

Satebar opens new store

Satebar has opened a new store in the food court on the campus of Erasmus University. It serves hot Indonesian meals, which are reasonably priced. The Satebar on campus also…

McDonald’s Menu of the day

McDonald’s is one of the most universally well known fastfood restaurants. The fastfood chain can be found in more than 119 countries, and consists of more than 33.ooo restaurants globally.…

H&M Studio collection coming soon

H&M is one of the most popular high street clothing chains in the world. With other 3000 stores in more than 50 different countries, it is fair to say that…

Labelgram introduces investment t-shirt

Labelgram (www.labelgram.co) is a social media label. We aim to help social media influencers to monetise their online reach and popularity. In order to fulfil our goal, we will cooperate with…

SPAR Supermarket open at EUR

Spar is the very first supermarket chain to have a store open on campus at Erasmus University Rotterdam. This video is effective in promoting the supermarket as a cheaper, and…