Monthly Archives: November 2009
According to various news sources Amir Khan has expressed a desire to fight Manny Pacquiao after his first WBA Light Welterweight Title defence against Dmitriy Salita. While that does sound like a mouth-watering clash between ‘young lion’ and ‘old lion’ in Khans own words the reality is that it would be the relative rookie taking on the seasoned professional – not to mention one of the best boxers of this generation.
Yes, you read that right, Kotaku are reporting that Sony’s nine year old Playstation 2 console has been released in Brazil today. It’s retailing for R$799 which is the equivalent of $465 (£280 / €312), which I recall isn’t too much different from what it cost upon release in 2000 in Japan, North America and particularly Europe.
It’s incredible that Brazil are so far behind in terms of video games, and it’s ridiculous that Sony are selling a near decade old console for almost three times what its retail value is in other parts of the world. Apparently piracy is quite a major problem in South America at the moment and this is quite obviously one of the reasons why. It costs the equivalent of $115 to buy PS3 games over there on another note despite the fact it’ll likely be at least another five years before the console is even released, so chances are PS2 games aren’t much cheaper. I bet there isn’t much of a library available yet either.
About four months ago the world of football was turned on its head by several massive transfers. In fact the previous record for a sale of a player (Zinidine Zidane in 2001) was broken four times this past summer, and I find it unbelievable that not only was the small matter of a global recession totally ignored by certain clubs but also any shred of common sense on the part of some managers/chairmen was thrown out the window in order to sign their key targets. The most insane one for me saw Zlatan Ibrohimovic sold to Barcelona for nearly €70 million – and saw a better player go the other way in Samuel Eto’o. €70 million + Eto’o for a player who can only really perform well against inferior opposition, at first I thought the deal was simply a straight swap which I could have just about understood but I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that so much money had also been exchanged. At the time the footballing world had gone mad.