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Variety: Disney Owns 6 of the Top 10 Licensed Franchises

Variety: With Star Wars and Princesses, Disney Now Has Six of the Top 10 Licensed Franchises

This was a little mind-blowing. Disney was the #1 licensor in the world last year, which speaks to the amount of Disney-related licensed products on the market—apparel, toys, flatware, bedsheets, etc. I was surprised that Winnie the Pooh and Cars were such big franchises for Disney, above Spiderman, even, but then I remembered all the Pooh Bear preschool merchandise and that Cars Land is still fairly new.

I’m looking forward to seeing how Disney manages its Star Wars licensees. I wonder whether they’ll continue to reissue figures the way Hasbro did in the past few years. This became common practice over the past few years, and I know a lot of collectors that stopped buying figures because they didn’t want to buy the same figure in a different packaging. In any case, I thought this article was interesting. I hadn’t really thought about licensing in this way before.


Wednesday Morning Linkspam

Discovery Launch as Seen from a Passing Airliner

iPad Gets Approval from FAA to Replace Paper Flight Charts and Maps

Obama Administration joins critics of ICANN

Apple: If “App Store” trademark is Generic, so is Microsoft “Windows” I had a deep discussion with someone about this; I think “App Store” is a fairly generic term, but I can also make a strong argument in favor of the trademark. (For example, neither Droid nor Microsoft use “app” or “store” for their store fronts—it’s the Android Market, Microsoft Marketplace. RIM has the Blackberry App World, though.)

Charlie Sheen Quotes Presented by Superheroes They actually make more sense this way. The only thing that’s missing is Tigra from Thundercats talking about having Tiger’s Blood. XD

Clearing My Tabs: Google Dire and Foreclosing on Wells Fargo

Internet v. Courts (NYT): Lawyers are Googling prospective jurors before voir dire in order to help them with their juror selections. This is interesting, but not totally surprising.

Wells Fargo Meeting With Philly Homeowner Who “Foreclosed” on Them (Here’s How He Did It) (The Consumerist): This story is fantastic. It details how this man got Wells Fargo’s attention and gained a foothold in negotiating with them—legally. This guy did his homework, and as a result, he was able to foreclose on his local Wells Fargo branch and, as a result, get a meeting with someone more important.

Wanted: Games with Badass Female Protagonists

The Border House: Tom Abernathy says, “We are not serving half our audience in the manner they want and deserve.”

One of my friends posted this while I was looking for something interesting to blog about. (I mean, come on, we’ve all more than enough about high-speed rail and salmon the past two days—no need for me to blog about that!)

Anyways, I was excited to read this post because it’s absolutely true, and because Abernathy explains his opinion without a lot of lofty idealism—he just wants some good games with female protagonists for his daughter to enjoy. And so do I. (But for me to enjoy. Cause I don’t have a daughter yet.)

One of the things I enjoyed about Halo: Reach was being able to choose a gender for my character and customize her. (She has purple armor, btw. And small rockets on her shoulders.) I was also excited that one of the members of Noble Team was a female, and she’s a total badass. I feel like Reach took a step towards making sure that women have someone to relate to in games, but it was only a baby step. A lot has to happen before I (and Abernathy’s daughter) have the chance to play as female protagonists in a plethora of games.

Allowing players to customize their character (including gender) is a great step. Some games do require a gendered character in order to fit the plot, but not all of them do. I mean, why did the protagonist in Psychonauts have to be male? Why couldn’t that have been customizable? Some games, though, understand that they have a female audience, and are taking care to cater to them. For example, when my friend and I were playing through Little Big Planet 2 last week, we were SO excited to see that a lot of the unlockable costumes are girly—lots of dresses, long-haired wigs, sparkly fabrics, etc. It was more fun to dress up my Sackgirl when I had more options on what she could wear, and these new options made it easier to play because I wasn’t constantly confusing my Sackgirl with my friend’s because they didn’t look almost exactly the same.

I can think of a couple of games with female protagonists—Portal and Mirror’s Edge come to mind—but neither of those seem to appeal to mainstream gamers. Portal, which is probably my favorite game of all time, is a puzzle game that requires an elementary understanding of physics, and Mirror’s Edge has that weird Urban Ninja style that can be pretty nauseating. And some of the Final Fantasy games have female protagonists, too, but those games are huge time sucks. No, I’d like to see some moderate-length RPGs or FPSs with badass female protagonists. I’ll even take a badass female sidekick or an Atlas-style narrator (and boss…) guiding you through the world if I have to.

It’s great to see developers and writers speaking up about the need not to ignore half their audience, but it would be even greater to see these ideas come to fruition in their games. A lot of people pay lip service to female gamers, or female comic readers, but not many of them put their money where their mouths are. Until that happens, though, I’ll be customizing my Purple Lady-Spartan and incinerating my faithful Companion Cube.

Round-up: Gizmodo iPhone Leak

The Tale of Apple’s Next iPhone (Gizmodo) In case you weren’t aware, Gizmodo got its hands on a new iPhone. They took it apart, took pictures, and did a comprehensive write-up covering every feature, dimension, etc.

Lost iPhone prototype spurs police probe (CNET)
Police Seize Jason Chen’s Computers (Gizmodo)
iPhone Leak Investigation on hold as DA ponders shield law defense (Tech Crunch)
Gizmodo editor’s house raided, computer seized (ZDNet)

Gizmodo’s Trade Secret Liability
Instapundit: Lame-ass CA Cops raid home of Gizmodo blogger. Interesting point of view and commentary, as well as some links.
Bloggers weigh in on whether the Gawker editor could be considered a journalist (Bloggasm)

What I’m reading today

A Plague of ‘A’ Students
Lost iPhone prototype spurs police probe
UT Acts to Preserve Free Speech on Campus
Guys, I figured out this obesity thing.
Environmentalist wants to change the name of our planet to Eaarth
A Defense of the new Obama space policy Seriously, guys, just stop talking about this for a week or so—just until after my paper is due!
A New Brown Thing You’ll Totally Eat Merlin Mann’s take on the KFC Double Down.
Gizmodo’s Trade Secret Liability Interesting read, and analysis.
43 Folders: Another Backup Lecture

Links of the Day

Should Torts Law Be Tougher on Lawyers? My Torts I professor, Prof. Long, was a guest blogger today on TortsProf Blog. Go Professor Long!

The iPad and the Future of the Legal Profession… or not This is interesting merely because it talks about all the technology this lawyer uses to stay in touch and up to date.

Space Shuttle Discovery Soars over Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World

The Menaissance: The Death of the Metrosexual and the Rise of the Retrosexual (Art of Manliness) Interesting presentation concept (5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 second automatic side changes), interesting talk, and cute speaker. 😉

Will it Blend? iPad

Barack Obama Looking at Awesome Things (flickr)

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