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Mice Net : February 2010
8 mice.net EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Gary Bender World Conference & Incentive Management • Ian Walsh G1 Productions • Linda Gaunt MEA • Rosemarie Sama Reed Travel Exhibitions • Annabel Davis Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre • Lynn Fairbrass Northern Territory Convention Bureau • Sharon Goldie MLC David Grant DGSE • Bryan Holliday ICMS Australasia Pty Ltd • Ruth Lilian • Ros McLeod Tour Hosts • Valerie Percival IBM Australia Limited • Elizabeth Rich Agenda Pty Ltd • Jeremy Garling Great Southern E-vents Editor's letter NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD Russell Bennett Staging Connections • Elizabeth Bindon-Bonney BT Create • Katie Clarke Congress West • Anna Guillan Voyages Hotels and Resorts • Suzanne Hart SHE • Peter Kinnane Off-Site Connections Event Management • David Hall David Hall & Associates • Sarah Markey-Hamm ICMS • Sarah Seddon Atlantic Group (V) • Anna Stewart Queensland Conventions & Incentives MANAGING EDITOR email@example.com Who would've thought I got a great email just prior to Christmas that was talking about how you know you're over 30 if you can remember that if you wanted to know something you had to go to a library and scroll through that ridiculous card system to find a book. Or how when the phone rang you had no "caller ID" and it could be your mum, your boss, or a collections agent checking up on you. There was no email. If you wanted to write to somebody you had to write it out on a piece of paper and then buy a stamp and post it and hope that it arrived within a week or so. Child services didn't care if parents gave their kids a whack occasionally. In fact, friends' parents were often given permission to give us a slap if we got out of line. My favourite though in this particular email was about video games. No Playstation consoles for us over 30s. We had games like Space Invaders. Your guy resembled a little square blob, and there were no multiple levels. "The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just life LIFE," the email said. I personally remember scrounging up a few 20 cent pieces from around the house and meeting my friends at the local milk bar to play Space Invaders occasionally. And when the money had run out and I'd died that was it. How times have changed. Late last year the video game Call of Duty was released onto the market and sold $550 million in the UK and the U.S. in just five days. Movies were once the big entertainment money makers (and Avatar has more recently proven that it still can be). But who would have thought when you were playing Space Invaders or that other great game of a past generation Pac Man that video games would one day outperform a Hollywood blockbuster. Obviously, a few people did. It simply goes to show that nothing stays the same. And yet, in our business -- the business of events -- there are some who believe that things do and should stay the same. Thankfully, not everybody thinks that way. Thankfully, there are individuals and companies who push the boundaries, try different things, and offer alternatives. In 2010 we at mice.net magazine are committed to showcasing some of our most creative thinkers here and abroad. Who would've thought! We welcome your feedback.