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
Posts Tagged "Downloadable Content (DLC)"
The future often seems uncertain, frightening, difficult to adapt to. And sometimes, it throws us a bone and offers something that really does appear to benefit everyone. Downloadable game content (DLC), for instance, is a huge boon to developers and gamers alike. Gamers have access to cheap, often innovative games that developers wouldn’t be able to experiment with at regular retail; indie studios can distribute games with minimal cost; and big studios can...read more
The romantic depiction of the pale, smoking “starving artist” or writer isn’t necessarily the norm outside of books about suffering and death. Creative folks love exercising the left side of their brains, and they take a lot of pride in what they do. But they also like their hot dogs and their pop and not dying of hunger. In reality, creative individuals and the business-oriented people who sell their product have always kept a careful eye on each...read more
Quick, name some of your favorite Christmas/holiday movies. Not a problem, right? There’s A Christmas Carol, A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, The Santa Clause– Now name some of your favorite Christmas/holiday-themed video games. That’s a bit trickier, isn’t it? Granted, there have been past instances of the games industry acknowledging Christmastime through its works. 1996’s Christmas...read more
If you take a step back and take a good focused look at the games industry, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed sometimes. Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, consoles, handhelds, iOS, indie developers, big-budget titles, Steam, PC, Mac, XBLA, Playstation Network, WiiWare–all of them are vying for your attention and money in the name of distraction and entertainment. On a gloomy day, it all comes off as being terribly plastic and shallow. Then all it takes is an...read more