If you need evidence for the growth and maturation of video games, consider the rapid expansion of game-related jargon. Long gone are the days when you just pulled out “the Nintendo” if you wanted to click around for a few hours. Sure, there was some pseudo tech-talk about how many “bits” a system had. And Sega formulated a beauty of a lie with a mysterious technology called “Blast Processing” that helped Sonic the Hedgehog make...read more
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Though digitally-distributed console games have forced retail distribution to scootch on over and make room, the retail games market for consoles is still very hot. By contrast, the retail market for PC games could probably fit in a thimble. At best, you’ll find some dusty games knocked askew on the same shelf where game retailers also sequester the leftovers from some years-ago attempt to sell VHS movies. But that doesn’t mean PC games have fallen out...read more
Success in the video games industry is usually measured by sales numbers. The faster those numbers are racked up, the greater the perceived success. Roughly 5.6 million copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops sold in 24 hours? Congratulations Activision, you have a smash hit on your hands! Medal of Honor sold a measly 500,000 units in one day? Ohhh, better start digging in your medicine cabinet for those cyanide pills, EA. No, long-term sales mean nothing: All that...read more
HMV is a music and video game retailer that’s popular across commonwealth countries like the UK, Canada, and Hong Kong (Free trivia: “HMV” stands for “His Master’s Voice”). Unfortunately for the chain, its popularity is waning: In the wake of poor profits through 2010, 60 HMV stores will be shut down by the end of 2011. HMV doesn’t command a strong presence in the United States, but maybe the chain’s loss of profits...read more
Earlier in 2010, the NPD Group resolved to take a closer look at revenue from digital video game sales instead of focusing exclusively on the number of games adopted from GameStop and other retail distributors. In December, the group published a breakdown of digital video game sales across 2010. According to the numbers, 29% of 2010’s gaming sales were digital. Of that 29%, 42% were conducted through the App Store or other mobile phone distribution...read more