Sonic Versus Mario

Even though Mario is ten years older, a very good case can be made for Sonic, when it comes to the title of “Most Popular Video Game Character” of ALL TIME!! Let look at the “Tale of the Tape”:

Sonic from Sega, is a blue anthropomorphic (changes shape) hedgehog with the ability to run faster than the speed of sound; his talent for speed forms a large part of the game play of the series. He is 15 years old. Sonic has been described as being “like the wind.” He is noted for being heroic, adventurous, and free-spirited. He enjoys relaxation, but is never one to rest in the face of injustice. He is extremely benevolent, and would willingly put himself at risk for others, taking on any challenge that confronts him without hesitation. Throughout his 15 years of existence, Sonic has never been linked to any job he is always collecting jewelry, so access to funds is not a problem for him.

Mario from Nintendo, now at the ripe old age of 25, is more of a “George Foreman” type, Mario is always portrayed as being a kind-hearted and brave hero. He helps those in need without any hesitation. Despite his status as a great hero, Mario is very humble. His cheerful personality and love of life make him a very approachable video game character. He also has a love of pasta and pizza, as the stereotypical Italian does. Mario is suppose to be a plumber by trade, but in all his years I don’t recall him ever working on any “plumbing” jobs, but always in the “rescue business” saving princess’ or Mushroom kingdoms from Large “Dino” type animals.

Based on these descriptions, they appear to have more in common than one might originally have thought.

Sonic’s speed would be his biggest asset in a match up with Mario while Mario counters with his tremendous jumping ability and Mario also carries a BIG HAMMER. Maybe this should be a “Steel Cage” match? LOL

Mario counters with his experience and his “jumping ability” which would be the deciding factor I believe in this battle, as he would continue to stomp on Sonic’s head. Now on to the “Game breakdown”:

MARIO

1. Donkey Kong

2. Mario Bros

3. Super Mario Bros

4. Super Mario Bros 2

5. Super Mario Land

6. Super Mario Bros 3

7. Super Mario World

8. Super Mario Land 2

9. Super Mario Land 3

10. Super Mario Bros DX

SONIC

1. Sonic the Hedgehog

2. Sonic 2

3. Sonic 3

4. Sonic & Knuckles

5. Sonic CD

6. Sonic 3D Blast

7. Sonic Adventure

8. Sonic Adventure 2

9. Sonic Hero’s

10. Sonic Spinball

After reviewing the above “tale of the tape”, it is my conclusion that the winner of a contest between these two behemoths would be Mario by a Knock Out. I believe that his perseverance and stamina would wear down Sonic and render Sonic’s one advantage (his speed) worthless.

The Sound of Business – Part I

Breaking The Liquid Crystal Barrier

The Web is an emotionally remote hinterland delivered to us through an
impenetrable liquid crystal barrier. How then, can you as a business
owner, entrepreneur, or marketing executive connect to a target
audience that requires emotional reassurance in order to do business?

Willy Loman is Dead

Gone are the days when we sent out phalanxes of sales representatives
pounding the pavement, beating the bushes, and generally getting in
the face of prospects. Too expensive, way too expensive, have you seen
the price of gas? Enough said.

Hot Shots Are Us

So you hire some hot shot Web designer who isn’t as old as the shoes
you’re wearing. If you spent some money on your site, and you didn’t fall
into the trap of having your brother-in-law’s cousin design the thing, you
probably got a technically proficient website. Unfortunately, when they
teach these ‘wunderkind’ the ways of the Web at the local community
college, they don’t teach them anything about business, especially
anything about marketing.

Now if you’re one of those people who think websites are IT projects
then good luck, have a nice life, stop reading, because the rest of what I
have to say will mean nothing to you. On the other hand, if you believe
websites are about marketing, let’s talk.

A Manifesto for the Web

A bunch of guys a whole lot smarter than me wrote a neat little screed
called the ‘The Cluetrain Manifesto’ – very clever stuff. What they said
was ‘markets are conversations consisting of human beings, and the
Internet enables these conversations.’ Now here’s the critical part,
‘conversations among human beings sound human. They are
conducted in a human voice.’ Now does that sound like the Web you
know? Does your website speak with a human voice? Does your
website connect in a human way to your customers? I think not.

So what does this really mean, this so called conversation? Well we are
all aware of Email, Blogs, RSS, and the Instant Messenger technologies
that have enabled this conversation to take place. But with these
informal conversations comes a danger – sloppy thinking and
misunderstood intent.

Someone sends you an email, and you quickly respond dashing off an
email reply without carefully thinking about how, or what, you are
saying. Even if the basic intent and content is what you wanted to say,
have you really said it in a way that your conversation partner will
understand, or will they misconstrue your meaning?

How many one line, short-form emails have you received in response to
a complex initial correspondence, and if you’re anything like me, you
looked at it and thought to yourself, ‘what the hell is this suppose to
mean.’ We’ve got a conversation going all right, but have we really
attained communication.

The Meaning of Life or At Least Web Conversation

Now here’s the interesting thing. I never actually read ‘The Cluetrain
Manifesto’, but I did hear it. Knowing that I would be laid-up for a few
days, bored to death, with nothing to do, but too comatose to really
concentrate on reading a book, I purchased one of those audiocassette
books at the local mall. I had no idea what I was buying, but it sounded
interesting, after all the cover said ‘the end of business as usual’ which
really appealed to my unconventional, contrary nature.

So I bought it, and it was a revelation, an epiphany. Not that I agreed
with everything Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, and David
Weinberger had to say, but still their voices stayed with me, and are still
locked away somewhere in my head.

Breaking the Liquid Crystal Barrier

And that my friend is the message, the sound of the human voice is
powerful, and it connects to the listener on a whole different level. It
speaks the truth and connects emotionally to the listener on a very
human plane. It breaks through that liquid crystal barrier, and says,
listen to me, I’m here, I’m human, and I have something real to talk to you
about. Wow, this is good stuff. So tell me why don’t you have that human
connection imbedded in your website, delivering your message, your
story.

Forget about all the crap you’ve heard and read about bandwidth and
search engine optimization. When someone takes the trouble to visit
your website, don’t waste the opportunity. Don’t screw it up. Don’t be
afraid to say what needs to be said, in a way that will be heard. If you do
it right, your website visitors will remember what you have to say, and
that liquid crystal barrier will be broken.

When is B2B Business Cash Needed?

In business we find that no matter the size cash is needed for some situations. It is not always necessary to make a large loan when a small amount is needed. It has been found that at times a business person maybe traveling for the company and they need money for such things as meals, tips, cab fares, and the like. Also a company representative may need to purchase a sample item while at a trade show to bring back or they may want to purchase some items for everyone in the office. That is why certain companies have made it their business to set up B2B Business cash advances. The process is so very simple that most business owners have a special number so when they make their call the B2B Business cash advance is automatically put into their bank account. Payment is easy as well because with this kind of advance the money is taken out of the same account when time is due.

The cash advance system ranges from a small loan of $500 to a larger amount around $3,000. There are multiple companies that deal in this type of loan. The truth is you do not even have to tell them why you need the money. The B2B Business cash network is increasingly growing all across the United States and in foreign countries. You can obtain money from foreign banks just as easily as you can from an American bank.

The small business person should go online and do a search for cash advance to find the best rate along with the time period to pay back the cash advance. The list of these companies is very long but it is made simple for the consumer in the search engine. I recommend companies such as Cash Advance, Payday Advance, Sonic Payday, Coastline Credit LTD, United Cash Loans, and AmeriLoan because they are all reliable, no collateral is needed, and the quick easy method of getting your cash on line saves time. Everyone is busy today so time is important as it is said “time is money.” Cash on hand is vital in some situations a B2B Business cash loan saves time and money.

The importance of obtaining a B2B Business cash loan is vital at times to keep some business persons up and running. A business may have invested the most of the capitol on supplies to finish a major project that would bring in enough revenue to keep the business going.

The problem not enough cash to meet payroll in order to get this project going it is necessary to meet payroll. American Express and Visa have both created a purchasing card that when used a business owner can use this card as cash in their account. The account then can be used for payroll or even more supplies if need be. This form of B2B Business cash is getting to be one of the most popular methods of obtaining cash for those little business emergencies without the hassle of going to your local bank and borrowing every time a need pops up.

Visa conducted one of the largest studies on purchasing card benchmark back in 2005. The use of ready cash has grown in leaps and bounds. The use of this ready cash has been used by some executives to purchase automobiles, parties on yachts, expensive gifts for clients, and a variety of other not needed but much enjoyed items. The use of the B2B Business Cash has also saved smaller business from going out of business, helped them to grow, and made sure that they could remain sound.

The smaller business normally uses the on line sites for quick cash. The mid-size and larger business prefers the cash cards offered by companies such as Visa and American Express. They have accessibility to larger amounts of cash, each one of their executives can have their own card with a limit if the company so deems and the interest rates are normally pretty good. The B2B Business Cash has really become a success in modern business practices. The report discovered that about 85% of respondents increased purchasing power with the use of the B2B Business cash plan offered by these credit card companies. This is really a purchasing power that all new business people should consider. Those who have been in business should investigate the power of cash on hand without a hassle.