Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Pioneering SL with sound, vision and soul

When browsing the map and randomly entering a few letters in the search I noticed a sim called "Pioneer Corporation." I had noticed the plain "Pioneer" sim months ago, but that wasn't any corporate build. This one is.

Pioneer Corporation is a Japanese multinational corporation that specializes in digital entertainment products, based in Tokyo, Japan. The company was founded in 1938 in Tokyo as a radio and speaker repair shop. Today, Pioneer is well-known for technology advancements in the consumer electronics industry.

Pioneer played a role in the development of interactive cable TV, the Laser Disc player, the first automotive Compact Disc player, the first detachable face car stereo, Supertuner technology, DVD and DVD recording, plasma display, and Organic LED display (OLED). The company works with optical disc and display technology and software products and is also a manufacturer. Sharp Corporation
took a controlling stake in Pioneer in 2007.

The sim is actually built quite well to cover a wide range of products offered by Pioneer. The main venture is the AV Tower in which various systems are on display.

In the North-East corner there is a small residential block in which their KURO hometheatre systems are on display.

The various locations on the island are linked by a road, winding across the island. Take a balloon trip, or rent a car (with Pioneer sound off course) to see the scenery. There's a waterfall and a surf area. Unlike most (western) corporate sims, this one was actually in use. I counted about 9 people coming in for a balloon flight or a surf on the beach.

NB: Pioneer's slogan is "Sound, Vision, Soul" Although I like the sim, I missed out on the visionary part for Virtual Worlds.

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Anonymous nic mitham said...

Another brand, another corporate island.

When will these companies learn?

Shame on the developers that recommended this strategy.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 8:39:00 PM  
Anonymous ak Yip said...

No announcement/press release from Pioneer in Japan about launching SIM.

I don't know why...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 8:43:00 PM  
Blogger VeeJay Burns said...

@Nic: you're right, though I've seen worse.

@ak: It's fully oriented at Japan though, I couldn't read half of the signs. Wouldn't know why they haven't made a press statement about it, but then again, I can't read Japanese press releases either. Blogging Japanese corporations is either by copyiong Aleister Kronos, or accidentally stumbling onto them. So if you can point out the ones I missed and keep me up to date... please do ;)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 10:16:00 PM  
Anonymous ak Yip said...

Hi, VeeJay. I visited there and found nothing more than your review:D.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 2:16:00 AM  
Blogger VeeJay Burns said...

Ak, Thanks for checking ;)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 7:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Industrial touch screens said...

very interesting post

Thursday, May 01, 2008 12:33:00 PM  

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