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VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY WATCH

Digital Downloads Won’t Kill the Video Game Store

Gaming fans pose two questions: First, "Why are Sony and Microsoft so worried about selling consoles? Can't they just focus on games and online services?" and second, "In a world where digital media's becoming popular, will online shops and downloads take down brick and mortar?" Consoles are still a...

VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY WATCH

The Google+ Gaming Gold Rush

Technology analyst Scott Steinberg answers a viewer's question about Google+'s foray into social games: Is it really going to give Facebook a run for its money? In the short term, the answer is no. There are about 25 million users on Google+ versus roughly 750 million on Facebook, so when it comes t...

VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY WATCH

Why EA’s So Thirsty for PopCap

Video game analyst Scott Steinberg answers the question, "Why did EA buy PopCap Games, and is it a marriage made in heaven?" In a nutshell, Steinberg does see bliss ahead for companies, if EA can successfully integrate the PopCap "scamps," as he calls them, into its corporate culture. EA badly wants...

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Game Sales Sputter, ‘GTA’ Fails to Steal the Show

It's been a tough week for the gaming industry. NPD reported a 17 percent decline in console video game sales for March, and the "Grand Theft Auto IV: Chinatown Wars" debut was not so grand. Activision's upcoming "DJ Hero" stirred up legal issues, while "Fallout" developer Bethesda Softworks got bus...

VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY WATCH

Can Microsoft Win the Online Game?

It's been another busy week in the gaming world. Topping the news was the announcement that game designer Will Wright is leaving Electronic Arts to head up his entertainment think tank, Stupid Fun Club, full-time. Elsewhere, Take-Two may have another hit on its hands -- this time in downloadable for...

VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY WATCH

Nintendo’s DSi Gathers Buyers While Wiis Gather Dust

Nintendo made headlines in the gaming industry this week with the U.S. release of a new device, the highly anticipated Nintendo DSi portable gaming system. The third iteration of the top-selling on-the-go video game machine features two built-in cameras and recorded sounds that users can alter. The ...

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Wii Shoots for the Stars, PS2 Aims for the Basement

Even as the recession grinds on, the gaming industry continues to draw in consumers' entertainment dollars. Nintendo hit a console shipping milestone last week with the Wii, while retailer GameStop announced a monster of a sales quarter. Sony made a price cut that may have some players scratching th...

VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY WATCH

New Players Shake Up the Gaming Biz

It's Game Developers Conference time, and that means plenty of news -- some good; some great. Thus far, the most eye-catching announcements out of GDC '09 have come from two upstart hardware makers -- one trying to bring console gaming to users around the globe, the other aiming to take the console ...

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