How SEGA Shot Themselves in the Foot With the Saturn

If you’re a gamer and you’ve given more than a cursory glance to industry news in the last couple of years then you’ll probably be aware of how Microsoft well and truly bungled the launch of the Xbox One. Whether it was arrogance, hubris, or just sheer bone-headedness, somebody at Microsoft really misjudged the marketing for the latest Xbox console, and the effects of that can still be felt today as the PS4 dominates the charts month after month. Sony might be celebrating now, but they too found themselves in a similar situation last generation when they tried to launch their PS3 amid controversy, a high price point, and bad marketing.

While Microsoft are in the middle of rehabilitating their image following the Xbox One DRM debacle and Sony implemented what they’d learned from the relative failure of the PS3 to improve the PS4, at least those companies are still releasing consoles. Back in 1995, SEGA were one of “the big two” when it came to console gaming (along with Nintendo) but some appalling marketing decisions with the Saturn put the company into a tailspin that it never truly recovered from, resulting in the early abandonment of their next console, the Dreamcast, and ultimately them retreating from the hardware game entirely.

Prior to the launch of the Saturn, SEGA announced that the console would be released one week before the new Sony console, the PlayStation, in September 1995. Whether it was out of fear of the new kid on the block, or just an incredibly misguided marketing ploy, somebody at SEGA HQ decided it would be a good idea to surprise everybody by launching the Saturn in May as a big surprise. To everybody. Including gamers. And retailers. And developers. And publishers. Oh and forget about developing for the 32X, that’s so last month.

Yes, the SEGA Saturn launched in the May of 1995 but as far as most gamers were concerned it wasn’t expected until September and so they didn’t have chance to save up or warn their parents it was coming. That didn’t really matter so much though, since most retailers were also unaware that the console was coming and so their stores weren’t readily equipped to take on the launch of a brand new console five months before they were expecting it. Although, upon reflection, perhaps they were worried about nothing since there were no games ready for the system since SEGA also failed to alert game developers of the change in release date meaning that there were only six games available at launch and all of them were made by SEGA.

In one fell swoop, SEGA managed to upset practically every retailer, every game developer and publisher that wasn’t them, and confuse gamers around the world. It was basically the gaming equivalent of sending all of your Christmas cards out in June and then wondering why nobody bothered sending you one back.

The Saturn wasn’t quite the straw that broke the camel’s back, but the decision to swerve everybody with a phony release date for the console crippled it and allowed the PlayStation to clean up when it was finally released on the day that Sony told people it would be released in September. SEGA didn’t attempt any such chicanery with their next console, the Dreamcast, but the damage to their brand had already been done, and in doing so, given Sony a chance to find footing within the console market. The PlayStation 2 went on to be the best selling console of all time, and the Dreamcast lasted less than two years on the market before SEGA abandoned hardware altogether to concentrate on just developing and publishing games for other consoles.

Why Does Coffee Make Me Tired? Shouldn’t It Wake Me Up?

Because coffee (and the caffeine it contains) is a stimulant the body produces cortisol when we drink it. Cortisol is a ‘stress’ hormone which prompts us to wake up every morning. It also helps us when we are in the fight or flight mode. When this happens the body reacts by releasing its energy stores which are normally reserved for use when we need to fight to survive. This is why we have a surge of energy which is responsible for giving us the extra strength we need to ensure our survival when we are faced with a dangerous situation. If our store of energy is not replaced, we feel drained when the boost we experienced because of our caffeine intake has dissipated. The caffeine in our coffee will use up our muscle glucose and so our blood sugar level falls. This loss of blood sugar can cause us to feel sad, tired, or irritable.

There are other possible reasons for experiencing tiredness after an intake of caffeine. One of these is that you are stressed or exhausted, or both, so the crash that usually comes after drinking coffee is exacerbated.

Another possible reason is that you suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). If you do you have probably realized that you react to stimulants the way other people react to depressants.

Another possibility is that you usually drink coffee in particular circumstances and perhaps you drink it with a certain food or even with another drink which makes you feel sleepy. In such a case you notice your reaction to coffee, but it isn’t the actual cause of your tiredness. You will need to stop eating some foods to find out which could be the problem ones. Eliminate all those which could potentially be causing your problem for a month. You should also stop drinking coffee for the same period. Then you can reintroduce coffee into your life slowly. Try drinking your usual amount of coffee for one day only and monitor your reactions. If you don’t react, coffee isn’t your problem.
If coffee isn’t the problem, you may need to monitor your intake of caffeine which is contained in high-energy drinks. In fact, the less you consume them, the better for your body.

Make an appointment to see your doctor an explain how you feel. You might be allergic to a certain food or drink. Tests can be carried out and hopefully the offending foodstuff or drink can be found and you can eliminate it from your diet!

There’s Hidden Value In The ‘Nice Factor’ When Negotiating – Negotiation Tip of the Week

“I don’t know why I made those concessions. The other negotiator was so nice! Something made me want to be nice in return.” Unbeknownst to the speaker of those words, subliminally, he was affected by the nice factor.

Have you ever considered the hidden value of the nice factor when negotiating? Being nice is perceptional, depending on who you’re negotiating with. Nevertheless, it has a place at some point in every negotiation.

The following are ways you can deploy the settle ally of the nice factor to enrich your negotiation outcomes.

Positioning:

Negotiators set the tone for the negotiation at its outset. Note: The outset starts before you’re at the negotiation table. They may set a tone to suggest you should not take them lightly or one that implies they’ll go along to get along.

Some negotiators project a stern persona to convey the sentiment that they’re not to be dallied with; this persona can also be invoked to protect the veneer of insecurity. That’s worth mentioning because you should be watchful and asses if such a demeanor serves that purpose. That can uncover the personality type that you’re really dealing with.

In some cases, a stern type of projected positioning is advantageous. But, if you don’t consider the negotiation style of your negotiation counterpart, it can be the uncoupling of the negotiation before it starts. Thus, you should be mindful of the persona you project at the beginning stages and throughout a negotiation. You don’t want to turn the other negotiator into a more abstinent opponent if he’s not already one. If such occurs, attempt to mollify him by modifying your demeanor. Be nicer.

Soft Negotiators:

Soft negotiators will display their demeanor by presenting a broad smile upon meeting you and a handshake that is appropriate for the encounter (i.e. not too hard, not too soft). As you engage in the negotiation, assess to what degree this may be a fa├žade. You can accomplish that by noting the slight changes in her personality when discussing points of disagreements. If she’s quick to placate you, make sure you let her win points, too. Doing that will enhance the nice factor.

Hard Negotiators:

Hard negotiators may present more of a challenge when attempting to invoke the nice factor. Depending on the degree of their hardness, moderate to obnoxious, the nice factor may not be appropriate. Instead, you may want to adopt a persona that matches the style of the other negotiator to get him to modify his demeanor. If he does, at that point you may consider implementing the nice factor. Depending on the severity of his modification, being nice can serve as his reward.

Negotiation Reset:

Most negotiators don’t like strong tensions in a negotiation. When tensions reach a certain level, negotiators tend to be more dogmatic about the positions they’ve adopted. So, if you find yourself in such a contention, consider employing the nice factor. This may be in the form of making a concession. If you’re not sure if doing that will ease tensions, preface your offer with an ‘if’ statement (e.g. If I do this, will you do ‘x’?). The point of using the nice factor at this point will be an attempt to reset the negotiation to a less pretentious position.

The more positive the experiential endowment you invoke within the other negotiator, the easier the flow of the negotiation will be. That will lend itself to an enhanced negotiation engagement, which in turn should lead to a greater negotiation outcome for you… and everything will be right with the world.

Remember, you’re always negotiating!

“Body Language Secrets To Win More Negotiations” will allow you to gain insight as to how you can negotiate better by being able to read the other negotiator’s body language. In addition, the book goes deep into new negotiation strategies that you can use to disarm your negotiation opponent and increase your negotiation win rates.

Grilled Hotdog Recipes That Are Absolutely Drool-Worthy

Hotdogs are the most convenient to cook on the grill. You can grill them in large batches and they cook quickly. Most importantly, they are loved by kids and adults alike that’s why they make an ideal party food. It’s how you prepare grilled hotdogs that matters – try these grilled hotdog recipes that are drool-worthy!

Rainbow BBQ Hotdog Sandwich

What you need:

8 hotdogs
8 buns
1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced lengthwise into strips
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced lengthwise into strips
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced lengthwise into strips
1 onion, sliced into strips
1 can refried beans
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons salsa
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Mustard

In a small pan, stir together beans, cheese and salsa until cheese has melted. Toss the bell peppers and onion in vegetable oil then place on a pre-heated grill over medium high heat until lightly charred. Grill hotdogs until lightly charred. To assemble the sandwich, spread bean mixture on one side of the bun, mustard on the other. Place a hotdog on each bun topped with grilled onion and bell peppers.

Thai-Style Chili Peanut Hotdogs

What you need:

4 beef hot dog franks
4 buns
1 mango, peeled and cubed
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 shallot, minced
1/2 cup peanut satay sauce
1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce
1/4 cup basil, chiffonade
1/4 cup cilantro, minced

Combine mango, cucumber, shallot, basil and cilantro in a bowl. Set aside. Grill hotdogs until cooked through. Spread the bun with satay sauce then top with hotdog. Spoon mango and cucumber mixture over it then drizzle with sweet chilli sauce. Serve immediately.

The Great Grilled PizzaDog

What you need:

4 hotdogs
4 buns
24 pieces pepperoni
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup pizza sauce
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Cook hotdogs on a hot grill until grill marks appear. To arrange the sandwich, place 6 pieces pepperoni in a bun followed by grilled hotdog. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the pizza sauce over hotdog then sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Season with Italian seasoning. Serve immediately.

There’s nothing quite like the satisfying experience of enjoying a hotdog fresh off the grill, eaten with your favourite ingredients with a cool drink in hand. Try these grilled hotdog recipes the next time you have a backyard barbecue with family and friends!

Titanium, Stainless Steel, and Natural Clay – Which Is the Safest Cookware?

While looking for the safest cookware, one thing that is very important is how reactive the pot’s raw material is? This is because the food is a biochemical entity that is subject to leaching if cooked in a reactive pot or pan. These compounds that have leached from the pot are of no nutritional value in the body but can cause many diseases if allowed to accumulate in the body. Titanium, stainless steel and natural clay -The first two are very popular for making cooking pots, the last one is gaining momentum because of its health value over other manmade materials, Let’s find out which is the safest cookware amongst the three?

Titanium

Titanium is metal chemically extracted from its ore rutile, by reduction through chlorides and/or magnesium. Amongst its different uses, it is also used for making surgical inserts or bone and cartilage replacements in the body. Because of this reason, it is a common belief that it can’t do any harm in the body. First of all, Titanium is a reactive element and reacts with common elements present in the atmosphere like oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and water to form various compounds. Because of this, it is certainly reactive to food, especially during cooking! Because heat is a catalyst for all reactions.

Stainless Steel

This alloy is available in different grades, the popular ones (general purpose) are 304 and 316. The 304-grade stainless steel contains elements like Chromium, Nickel, Carbon, Manganese, and Silicon. 316 also has high levels of Nickel and Molybdenum. All these elements are highly reactive and break down as ions when food is cooked in Stainless steel cookware. These combine with nutrients in food and form toxic compounds that are dangerous in the body. For instance, a very small amount of concentration of nickel can cause kidney dysfunction, low blood pressure, muscle tremors, oral cancer, skin problems etc. Obviously, if you are looking for the safest cookware, you wouldn’t want to choose Stainless Steel.

Natural Clay

This material is all-natural and is often referred to as ‘primary clay’ in its purest form. Primary clay is naturally inert and it doesn’t contain any chemicals or metal toxins like Titanium or Stainless Steel. Natural clay is a 100% pure ingredient in nature like rainwater and because it is naturally detoxing, it does not take to itself any contaminants! It also cannot be used for farming because this soil gets very rigid and hard and does not allow the plant’s root system to thrive.

A simple baking soda test done on these materials also shows that the pot made from unglazed primary clay doesn’t leach anything while cooking. Thus the safest material for making cookware is natural clay – no matter how much we experiment with different materials, this all-natural material beats them all!