Posts Tagged "Retail"

Why is Kinect Outselling PlayStation Move?

Why is Kinect Outselling PlayStation Move?

This time last year, many of us were snickering at Microsoft’s “Project Natal” (aka Kinect) and taking bets on the size of the crater the camera unit would leave behind when the concept inevitably bombed. Now, with ten million Kinect units sold since November, only Microsoft is laughing–not only at our sheepishly hung heads, but at Sony’s PlayStation Move. Despite seeming like a much surer thing than the Kinect a year ago, the motion...

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Digital Distribution: Downloads Take Over

Digital Distribution: Downloads Take Over

Digital distribution’s popularity is building at an impressive rate, but we still don’t associate it with mainstream game distribution. When we think of digital downloads, we think of game patches from the Big Guys, or an indie project from the Little Guys. The meatiest game fare is still found on the shelves of GameStop. But EA recently made a statement that could herald irrevocable changes for game retail. In an interview published by Gamasutra on...

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Wii 2011: Has Nintendo Blown It?

Wii 2011: Has Nintendo Blown It?

2011 is a busy year for Nintendo. The upcoming launch of the 3DS is understandably gobbling up a lot of the company’s resources, but the Nintendo DS and the Wii still require sustenance. The Nintendo DS recently got a good meal with the launch of Pokemon Black and White in early March: The games sold 1 million copies within 24 hours of launch, proving that the hardy DS is far from down and out. But what about the Wii? The game menu for Nintendo’s main...

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Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo: Evolve or Die?

Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo: Evolve or Die?

The games industry is currently boiling with big changes, and it’s difficult to determine how everything will wind up when things settle back down. Developers and publishers are constantly tossing out bits of advice to other developers and publishers, warning them that resisting change to any degree will mean eventual extinction. Did the aquatic life forms living in Earth’s prehistoric seas also fling warnings at one another? “Dude, the...

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Console Games vs. Mobile Gaming

Console Games vs. Mobile Gaming

If you’ve had the privilege of being a “Nielsen Family” in recent years, congratulations, you’ve helped shape a hot, ongoing internet debate. Data from the Nielsen entertainment research group indicates that between 2009 and 2010, people are spending less of their leisure budget on traditional video games (including consoles, rentals, game purchases, and even downloads) and more of their budget on “cellphone entertainment” that...

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