Trip Hawkins - this thread is for you :)

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Trip Hawkins - this thread is for you :)

Post by 3DOKid » Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:47 pm

As I've told everyone before - I sent a letter to Trip Hawkins. In that letter I put the URL for this forum. As we are the LAST OF THE GREAT 3DO FANBOYS -- I thought it best he find the place without to much hassle.

So, when William 'Trip' Hawkins gets my letter next week, types the old 3DO Zone URL into his mighty Blaster powered PC, and then inevitably opens this thread. What do you want him to see?

So go on - say hello to the Father of the 3DO.

...anything rude gets deleted ;)

3DO kid!

PS: ...We love you Trip!

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Post by 3DO Experience » Mon Aug 13, 2007 3:03 am

I'd like to say: Thank you for all you have done, for not just the 3DO but for all video gaming past, present and future.
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Post by zenkov » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:07 am

Mr. Hawkins... And you? Have you paid the taxes?
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Post by 3DOKid » Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:54 am

zenkov wrote:Mr. Hawkins... And you? Have you paid the taxes?
delightful - what does it mean?

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Post by zenkov » Mon Aug 13, 2007 12:21 pm

3DOKid wrote:delightful - what does it mean?
The question was asked on the Russian TV in the 90's (in the social advertisement). I just wonder if Hawkins had problems with the tax inspection.

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Post by 3DOKid » Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:17 pm

I have a big problem with Tax inspectors.

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Post by Trev » Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:01 am

Trip's unigue vision for the future of gaming was a breath of fresh air! Even though 3DO was viewed as a failure by many "mainstream" gamers, it paved the way for much of what we see today. Thank you for role with Electronic Arts & my favorite console, 3DO Mr. Hawkins. One of the giants in the field ... Miyamoto, Suzki, Hawkins!

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Post by bonefish » Wed Aug 15, 2007 6:57 am

Mr. Hawkins,

I hope you're enjoying your Digital Chocolate.
Because I'm not.
I play Tetris on my mobile phone
BAH!
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Post by 3DOKid » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:47 am

Thanks Trev.

Bonefish- You should play the one which involves shooting a chap out of a canon and hitting items. Balloons, trees, oil wells -- that sort of thing. It whiled away many-a-bored hour on the train prior to my PSP ownership

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Post by CrimsonGlory » Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:12 pm

3DOKid wrote:Thanks Trev.

Bonefish- You should play the one which involves shooting a chap out of a canon and hitting items. Balloons, trees, oil wells -- that sort of thing. It whiled away many-a-bored hour on the train prior to my PSP ownership
Wii conversion NOW!
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Post by bonefish » Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:11 pm

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♫Reeeeal Men of Genius♫

Here's to you Mr. Videogame entrepreneur.

♫Mr. Videogame entrepreneur♫

Creating huge over ambitious business plans

♫Over ambitious plaaaans♫

Crashing with style

♫With styyylleee♫

3do fans hold you high, regardless

♫We follow the Hawk♫

This Buds for you.

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Post by 3DOKid » Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:43 pm

We do hold him high! :cry:

Electronic Arts was quite the success. 3DO? Well it was influential wasn't it? Certainly more so than: Sega 32X, CDi, FM towns, Jaguar, CD32, Virtual Boy, i'd even say the N64.

And anyway - you dare to soil Trip Hawkins' own special "We heart U" thread with your nefarious neigh saying?

A pox on you. :D

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Post by 3DOKid » Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:45 pm

...do you think he'll join? It would indeed make this the bestest 3DO forum ever. WOuldn't it? I mean he never once posted on rec.games.video.3do or anywhere else for that matter. MAN! THat would be cool! I'm not even going to think about the possibility of that happening.

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Post by bonefish » Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:08 am

3DOKid wrote: And anyway - you dare to soil Trip Hawkins' own special "We heart U" thread with your nefarious neigh saying?

A pox on you. :D
Quite the opposite. I wrote him a touching beer commercial jingle :D

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Post by Mobius » Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:57 am

bonefish wrote:
3DOKid wrote: And anyway - you dare to soil Trip Hawkins' own special "We heart U" thread with your nefarious neigh saying?

A pox on you. :D
Quite the opposite. I wrote him a touching beer commercial jingle :D
Brought a tear to my eye...




(Hi, Trip!)

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Post by CrimsonGlory » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:14 pm

If I have a kid, Im so calling him Trip
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Post by 3DOKid » Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:17 pm

Me too. 'Trip' sounds very American. Anyone remember a film with Rob Lowe and Jacqueline Bisset? Her and a young Andrew McCarthy do naughty things in a lift - turns out Ms Bisset is McCarthy's room-mates mum. Anyway - it's one of my favourite movies for three reasons.

1) Jacqueline Bisset.
2) Guards Red Porsche 911 SC Cabriolet
3) It's kind of a cool film.

...anyway, on-topic, Rob Lowes character is called 'Skip' - which I always thought was kind of cool. 'Trip' is even better IMHO.

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Post by NikeX » Fri Aug 17, 2007 3:03 pm

Mr. Hawkins, good to see you:

you'll be on television tomorrow: CNN - Virtual Worlds.

If someone reads your short-bio here:
http://edition.cnn.com/CNNI/Programs/fu ... al.worlds/

...he'll know why you're one of the most important persons in videogame history. Even if EA tries to change history (they forgot the Internet).

How about writing something for 3DOKids Blog or Forum? Something!

Why do you still look like 25? ;)

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Post by CrimsonGlory » Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:22 pm

NikeX wrote:
Why do you still look like 25? ;)
I heard the secret is to constantly play Crash N Burn
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Post by Lemmi » Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:30 pm

NikeX wrote: Why do you still look like 25? ;)
thats because when he sold his soul to the devil, he made the devil give him 2 things instead of one, youth and the 3DO :D

i have all your games Mr. Trip and thanks for taking the chance on a new system at the time when the videogame industry was becomming flooded with consoles
the early to mid 90's was the best time for videogamers
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Post by 3DOKid » Sat Aug 18, 2007 5:52 am

NikeX wrote:
Why do you still look like 25? ;)
enormous mountains of cash will do that for you!

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Post by 3DOKid » Wed Oct 01, 2008 11:38 am

No offense to 'Bambi' but her career may be better suited to the clothes-removal entertainment arena as opposed to 'interviewer'. See, one she has a natural talent for, the other she clearly does not.

...Are people actually christened 'Bambi' btw? I recently sold an old PS2 game on eBay to someone called, and I kid you all not, 'Zoltan'. I wondered at the time about the christening. The vicar/priest clutching the infant in his arms and muttering 'I name thee ZOLTAN, terror of the universe'. I don't know, maybe these names are popular outside of my house ;)

And Trip seems have mellowed quite considerably doesn't he?

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Post by mattyg » Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:12 pm

I feel better that he now looks older than 25 - for a while he was just scaring me!

If you're out there Trip I'd just like to say thanks for the memories!

Success isn't always measured by $$ but often by imitation

Broad appeal casual gaming and hard core gaming in one console!!

Just wish you could've market outside Japan/US

1 million PS2's and NDS' in Australia alone - how many 3do's could've been sold ? We'll never know
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Post by 3DOKid » Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:55 pm

If the UK/US/JP are anything to go by the answer, sadly, is probably not many.

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Post by mattyg » Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:48 pm

Its a tough one to call - back in those days even the major companies relied on mum & dad (mom & pop - for our US readers) distributors for their products in secondary regions. I mean if it were your own money at stake would you play it safe and see what happens in the rest of world or go out on a limb? Unfortunately , but understandably most went with the safer option. I have no doubt that with advertising from Panasonic/Goldstar the 3do may have shifted in the ball park of 75,000 units and with potentially more for M2. That figure is based on the take up rate of similar technologies here on their first run.
75,000 isn't much but if that were repeated in South Africa , Brazil etc all of a sudden we are are looking at a much larger user base and something that would be much more attractive to software houses as the 3do didn't suffer region locking.
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Post by 3DOKid » Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:22 pm

I think what Trip would say, or in fact Panasonic would say, if they were here, is that the FZ-1 represented a fairly expensive piece of equipment. Panasonic didn't cut any corners either. What they produced was a high-end "feel" piece of equipment.

I doubt that of the $700-$600 they charged for an FZ-1 there wasn't all that much profit after distribution and retail took their cut.

Then you are going to have setup some kind of presence. An office or a representative, marketing, PR, co-op funding. I wouldn't be surprised if they decided it wasn't worth it.

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Post by mattyg » Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:00 pm

unfortunately I think that is exactly what happened.I don't think the price was too out there for our market though as we were already paying that sort of money for cd32 , vcr's and high end cd players here.
The fact that there are so many FZ-1's still up and running is tribute to the fact that corners were not cut - these days I can only say the same for Nintendo or the PSP (which is predominately logitechs engineering).
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Post by BryWI » Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:36 am

mattyg wrote: The fact that there are so many FZ-1's still up and running is tribute to the fact that corners were not cut
More like a tribute to the good amount of luck that the CD drive is still working.

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Post by 3DOKid » Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:53 am

It must go beyond luck that so many are working. If in 20 years there are any 360s/PS2s/DCs still functioning - that'll be luck.

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