When such a clear warning is coming from one of the fathers of U.K. gaming, Ian Livingstone, all should take heed. The man’s actually one of the founders of gaming in the United Kingdom, and he sees online gaming as one of the key ingredients to success in the near future. According to him, instead of discussing the pros and cons of the phenomena, all one should do is take a look at the numbers because they don’t lie.
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“Publishers Should Get Their Online Strategy In Place Sooner Rather Than Later”, Says Ian Livingstone
On November 2nd, oral arguments for the historic court battle, Schwarzenegger v. EMA Supreme, will take center stage in Washington D.C., and in a run up the the event, which could have dyer consequences for the gaming industry, the Entertainment Consumers Association is planning to organize a massive rally on the steps of the Supreme Court itself.
Facing increasingly stiff competition from video streaming companies like Netflix, Blockbuster’s filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US, with shares of the once powerful game and video rental chain falling 17.5 pct to less than 7 cents.
You’ve always said your hate for Activision CEO Bobby Kotick will never end. That might be true, but it doesn’t mean you can’t hate him less.
The Activision boss have released a public statement regarding the upcoming Supreme Court hearing in Schwarzenegger v. EMA on November 2nd. In the declaration, Activision aligns itself with the ESA and other groups that deem this at a threat the First Amendment.
Atari, the once mega company that was an actual console manufacturer has seen its fortune spiral downhill drastically overtime. It’s brand is still recognizable, though, and according to CEO Jeff Lapin, who, by the way, is Atari’s fifth in the last five years, dealing with all the problems that have plagued the company’s like peeling layers off of an old onion that smells really bad.
So it’s about one week before a game is made available at retail, the review embargo is still up and most a sites are respecting it. Suddenly, a website breaks the review embargo with no fear of being punished by the game’s publisher. The review score, however, is a very high one – in the 90s and up.
Guess what? That publisher most likely gave the go ahead. There are dirty games being played in the gaming industry, especially when it comes to review scores of a game, knowing that it could determine a title’s success or demise.
Since the Dinosaurs era there’s been fierce rivalry between long time competitors, Microsoft and Apple. History has taught us a big lesson about the platform wars and how they’ve evolved during the years. In a recent interview with “All Things Digital”, Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple, discussed his point of view on this so called “Platforms War”.
These are hard times for the gaming industry, earlier in the week Sqaure-Enix announced that it laid off 400 people this year alone, and April’s NPD industry sales numbers were the most abysmal we’ve seen in years.
But at one studio, things are on the upswing. In fact as the rest of the industry are looking for new ways to cut costs and make more money, said studio already have mastered those techniques.
And while everyone else is firing, Rockstar’s hiring.
In what I view as an extremely well spoken and informative interview by Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo with Industry Gamers, the NoA boss said his company is not good at creating “core” games and that not all “technically advance” and “visually stunning” games like Bioshock 2 and Dante’s Inferno Sell well.
You know Will Wright right? He’s the guy behind The Sims, he knows casual games better than anyone else in the business.
Nintendo however has grabbed the aforementioned market by force, hauling in everyone from ages 5 – 100. So if you thought you were the daddy of casual games and suddenly this company starts pulling in millions, leaving almost no share for others to bite, wouldn’t you take notice? Wright did exactly that.