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Small Games Make Big Waves

February 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

The game industry is doing “okay” in this bad economic time compared to other industries.  Primarily, Nintendo is rocking the house with their games, hand-held’s and consoles while mobile developers are showing some great successes in the industry. Many success stories in our industry are based on small titles, downloadable games of the more “casual” […]

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Tags: Casual Games · Editorial · iPhone · Microsoft · Mobile · Nintendo · playstation 3 · Wii · WiiWare · Xbox 360

Wallets Shrink, Used Game Market Grows

January 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Over the last year we’ve seen developers scrambling to find “value add” features to new game purchases. Their goal is to convince the customer to buy new instead of used because developers don’t see a penny from a used game sale. While GameStop sees 48% profit margins from the used game market developers struggle to […]

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Tags: Editorial · Industry News · Rant

Smart Business Choices During Economic Downturns

November 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Many game studios are being dropped following a bit of an economic downturn in the United States and globally. Activision has to deal with being agile enough to survive the economic times like anyone else and has dropped a few games that had great potential. Gamers continue to ask the question, “why?” when some of […]

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Tags: Activision · Blizzard · Editorial · electronic arts · Industry News

Studios Closing: The Good, Bad and Ugly

November 4th, 2008 · No Comments

Gamers around the world are going to feel the pain in the 2009 holiday season after the economy shakes apart many great development studios. Electronic Arts feels the pain of being a public company as their investors complain about lackluster revenue, THQ deals with closing studios to extend their runway and other firms will lose […]

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Tags: Editorial · electronic arts · Industry News · Microsoft