Earlier in 2010, the NPD Group resolved to take a closer look at revenue from digital video game sales instead of focusing exclusively on the number of games adopted from GameStop and other retail distributors. In December, the group published a breakdown of digital video game sales across 2010. According to the numbers, 29% of 2010’s gaming sales were digital. Of that 29%, 42% were conducted through the App Store or other mobile phone distribution...read more
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Some lessons are easy to learn because immediate consequences ensure they’re never repeated. Don’t touch a hot stove. Don’t eat spoiled pork. Don’t shove a cat in a doll’s pram. Other lessons don’t yield quick knowledge, which leads outsiders to wonder if the people involved learned anything at all. Perfect example: The sighing and head-shaking that goes on over politicians’ decisions. Another, more interesting example: The...read more
The year’s end always feels a bit melancholy thanks to the post-Christmas crash and the seemingly endless white stretch of frozen months ahead. If you’ve got the winter blues though, cheer up! Turn your thoughts to the greatest of indoor pastimes: Video gaming. There are some great titles set for 2011. Hopefully this simple reminder will bring sunshine into your life. Or, if not, at least a few decent games to waste time with. The Legend of Zelda:...read more
Tallying up a year’s “best games” is a good way to get eggs lobbed at your skull. With a few exceptions, nobody can ever agree on which titles should be immortalized in an end-of-the-year top 10 list. Regardless, it’s always fun to try. Here is a sampling of the best games we spent time with in 2010: With the holidays here, we highly recommend treating yourself by snuggling up and getting cozy with all. Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360,...read more
Humans are grim little animals with a fixation on decimation and destruction. We’re always thinking about the inevitable nuclear war that will end us, or the next killer plague, or the next meteor strike. When we’re not talking death, we chatter about smaller disasters. For instance, people have been predicting the next Video Game Crash of 1983 since Mario came hopping and bopping onto the NES in 1986. Numerous factors contributed to the 1983 crash,...read more