Pinoy Interviewed In IBM Podcast

Nick Jacobs interviews Joey Alarilla in an IBM Investor Relations audio series entitled "IBM and the Future of..." on key business and technology topics.

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Joey Alarilla (, president of the Asian Gaming Journalists Association, along with Quentin Staes-Polet (head of IBM's online gaming practice in Asia) discuss "how online gaming's immersive, virtual environments are pioneering how we will play, learn and work in the future."

Listen to the mp3 or even download the transcript of "IBM and the Future of Online Games" at:

Props to Erwin Lemuel Oliva for writing IBM podcast features Filipino gaming journalistsí group and for including live URL links.

I'm now trying a few MMORPG's such as those offered by LevelUP and am interested how this is creating a new gathering place for Pinoys not only online, but also in the physical world (i.e., internet cafe). I even found out that some gamers put up their own internet cafe so that members of their online gaming clan can play in the same place.

Playing the online game itself is not enough. Physically being near your friends allows you to hear verbal jabs (all in good fun, of course).

There is the danger of games affecting your real life. In, for example, some gamers allow their online lives to take over their primary life.

Hopefully, organizations like the Asian Gaming Journalists Association ( will help handle these other-side-of-the-coin issues that may arise with the rising popularity of online gaming, as well help corporates become aware of the impact these emerging communities may have on their business.

[ First posted on 12/23/2005 by Manuel Viloria ]

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