Posts Tagged "Microsoft"

Should Microsoft Lose Xbox 360 Division?

Should Microsoft Lose Xbox 360 Division?

When a financial services firm as massive as Goldman Sachs strings together the words “Micorosft,” “Xbox 360” and “unprofitable,” everybody in the games industry stops and pricks up their ears to listen. That’s what happened recently when the firm advised Microsoft to split off its “unprofitable” consumer entertainment division, which includes everything Xbox, from the rest of Microsoft to make the company more...

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How Screwed Are 2010 Holiday Sales?

How Screwed Are 2010 Holiday Sales?

“Christmas creep” begins stealing up on the games industry in September. After shaking off the sleepy summer months, developers begin trotting out their holiday wares, and gamers peer over each others’ shoulders for a look. September 2010–the beginning of the year’s end–launched the 2010 holiday season with notable releases such as PlayStation Move, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, and Halo: Reach. And, if the NPD numbers are any...

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Are NPD Sales Numbers Of Any Use to Games Writers?

Are NPD Sales Numbers Of Any Use to Games Writers?

The NPD consumer market research group announced on October 12 that it’s tightening its monthly reports of game sales data. More specifically, it’ll be eliminating its monthly sales reports for game hardware and software. Instead, anaylst Anita Frazer says she’ll be offering insight concerning games’ sales numbers “at both the SKU and title level.” Reactions in the industry appear to be mixed. As GamesIndustry.biz publisher Phil...

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Is There Life Left in the Wii Vitality Sensor?

Is There Life Left in the Wii Vitality Sensor?

It’s not Nintendo’s style to talk very much about a new game, system, or accessory until it can really demonstrate what its new toy can do. The company has been especially silent about the Wii Vitality Sensor, the little finger-clip accessory that’s supposed to measure the user’s heart rate and other inner beats and bumps. Nintendo might be holding off on revealing its plans for the Vitality Sensor thanks to reactions to the device at E3...

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Why the Japanese Game Industry is Dying

Why the Japanese Game Industry is Dying

News stories about the inexorable decline of Japan’s games industry are always hot. They pop up every week. It’s the End. Japan is Doomed. Even Capcom’s head of production, Keiji Inafune, says that Japanese-produced video games are in big trouble. Pretty heavy stuff to come from the mouth of one of Japan’s most respected game developers. The supposed slow death of Japan’s game industry is particularly fascinating to twenty- and-...

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