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...read more
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“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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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-...read more