Posts Tagged "PC"

What StarCraft II Means to PC Gaming

What StarCraft II Means to PC Gaming

OK, so maybe PC gaming isn’t dead, dying or even on a downswing, with Facebook titles, free to play online Web browser outings and digital game downloads all actually helping broaden computer games’ reach further and boost profitability levels higher than the industry has ever seen. But with social network games and casual games grabbing the majority of the headlines and profits lately, many consider Blizzard’s newly launched sci-fi real-time...

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Reinventing an Entire Industry

Reinventing an Entire Industry

The irony of discussing and debating issues of relevance to gaming these days is that there is no one single “video game industry” to speak of; you’re actually talking about dozens of individual and equally diverse businesses. Likewise, endlessly opining about when retail software revenues will cease slumping is all but irrelevant, as outside of specific tentpole AAA releases, the field’s mot promising growth areas (social, mobile, free-to-play, etc.)...

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Has GameStop Gone Mad?

Has GameStop Gone Mad?

Game publishers and game retailers have, at best, an uneasy relationship – so what happens when one becomes the other? It’s a growing question that should make for some interesting times in the years ahead. Valve Software kicked off the hybrid developer/distributor model in 2003 with Steam, and it wasn’t long before Electronic Arts and Activision followed suit with their own online stores, giving them more control of (and higher margins from) the sale of...

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Are Game Makers Failing Women?

Are Game Makers Failing Women?

Despite continued victories for women in gaming, who now represent nearly half of the video game audience and a larger portion of the game-playing public than teenage males, software publishers appear slow to recognize these achievements. With retail shelves still dominated by the likes of Charm Girls Club and My Baby, you’d be hard-pressed to tell just how large a portion adult females now represent within the overall gaming populace. BAFTA-winning...

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Digital PC Download Sales Rival Retail

Digital PC Download Sales Rival Retail

During 2009, digital PC game downloads managed to achieve almost the same sales figures as boxed retail games, according to market watchers the NPD Group. New statistics and sales analysis show that sales of boxed PC games in the US totaled 23.5 million units, while digital PC game sales ultimately tallied up at 21.3 million units. NPD’s latest report classifies digital retailers by two categories, including casual retailers (those offering casual games...

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