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“Publishers Should Get Their Online Strategy In Place Sooner Rather Than Later”, Says Ian Livingstone

by Ernice Gilbert on December 4th, 2010, under News

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.

Hard Copies Aren’t Leaving The Scene Just Yet, Uttters Take-Two

by Ernice Gilbert on December 3rd, 2010, under News, Take-Two

While many hold the belief that soon, games will only be delivered digitally, there are yet many big names in the industry who hold the belief that come the future, hard copies or packaged goods, will still dominate the industry.

ECA Set To Stage Washington Rally In Run Up To Historic Court Battle

by Ernice Gilbert on October 14th, 2010, under Hot, News

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.

Blockbuster Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy In US

by Ernice Gilbert on September 24th, 2010, under Hot, NCsoft, News

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.

Activsion And Bobby Kotick Aligns With Industry Against Proposed Violent Game Law

by Ernice Gilbert on September 22nd, 2010, under Activision/Bilzzard, News

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 Is Like A Start Up All Over Again

by Ernice Gilbert on August 9th, 2010, under Atari, Hot, News

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.

Publishers Dirty Little Secret

by Ernice Gilbert on July 8th, 2010, under DLC, News

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.

Apple: We Lost The Platforms War To Microsoft

by Fernando on June 2nd, 2010, under Apple, Microsoft, News, Uncategorized

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”.

Xbox 360 Is Too “Hardcore”, Microsoft Owns “The Elite Of Gaming”

by Ernice Gilbert on May 31st, 2010, under News, Project Natal, Xbox 360

Most of the gamers who own an Xbox 360 are loaded with cash. Is that right?

Numbers Quencher: PS3 To Outsell Xbox 360 By 3.5 Million This Year Says Analyst

by Ernice Gilbert on May 27th, 2010, under News

Strategy Analytics has predicted the global market share for PS3 is expected to be around 31 percent for the first quarter of the year. Furthermore the firm expects global sales of said console to reach 14 million.

Rockstar’s Flourishing While Rest Of Industry Struggles

by Ernice Gilbert on May 21st, 2010, under News

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.

At E3, Microsoft Will Hold Two Press Conferences

by Ernice Gilbert on March 25th, 2010, under Microsoft

E3 is coming folks, and with it monstrous reveals from the big 3: Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. The companies are wasting no times hyping their respective press conferences and today, Aaron Greenberg revealed that Microsoft will be holding not one but two pressers. I’m liking this.

Video Thirst: Tretton To “Bring The Heat” At E3, Promises Killzone 3

GDC? What GDC? That was child’s play, E3 is when Sony unleashes its war arsenal for the world to see. This according to SCEA head Jack Tretton.

Nintendo Not Good At Making “Core” Titles Like Bioshock 2 & Dante’s Inferno Says Reggie

by Ernice Gilbert on March 16th, 2010, under 2K Marine, EA, Nintendo Wii

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.

For Will Wright, Nintendo Wii’s A Toy, Not A Video Games Console

by Ernice Gilbert on March 10th, 2010, under industry news, Nintendo

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.