Posts Tagged "Retail"

10 Best Games, Franchises for Kids

10 Best Games, Franchises for Kids

When a video game is described by a reviewer as a “kids’ game,” it’s usually meant as an insult. The term “kids’ games” conjures images of overly-simplistic gameplay, bland, licensed characters, and titles that are intended from the start to entertain very young children. The problem is that our predisposed ideas of kids’ games aren’t unjustified. Many games for children are rotten. But it’s important to...

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8 Ways to Save Money on Video Games

8 Ways to Save Money on Video Games

Good news: Video games are fun. Bad news: They cost money. Good news: Unlike many pastimes, you can indulge in gaming without winding up in the poorhouse. In fact, their affordability is one thing that makes video games an ideal family activity. What’s more, the video game industry is extremely competitive. Games distributed at retail have to compete with free-to-play online games and downloadable titles that are available for mere pennies. It’s easier...

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Where Does GameStop’s Future Lie?

Where Does GameStop’s Future Lie?

GameStop reigns over physical video game distribution. It would therefore seem safe to assume that the retail giant is sweating buckets over the rise of downloadable games, but that’s not the case. In fact, GameStop has very successfully implemented digital downloads into its inventory; gamers purchased $290 million worth of downloadable PC and console-based content on GameStop’s online store through 2009. What’s more, the company is looking to...

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Does NPD Group Know What It’s Doing?

Does NPD Group Know What It’s Doing?

Whenever the NPD Group reads off video game sales numbers, the gaming community makes sport of the event by declaring victory for favored systems and defeat for retail’s stragglers. But even the most hardcore fan has to admit that reading NPD’s numbers is like reading a report about modern technology that was written by a dinosaur. NPD’s game-related sales data feels less and less relevant as the group continues to report exclusively on game sales...

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Is the PlayStation 3 Doomed to Fail?

Is the PlayStation 3 Doomed to Fail?

The life cycle of video game consoles has been flipped completely on its head. Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 miles ahead of the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3, but the company is in no huge rush to replace its 6-year-old games system. Sony and Nintendo aren’t moving quickly to replace their aging consoles, either. In fact, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter believes it’s going to be some time before we see the next generation of game consoles....

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