Football Games

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JUNE 30, 2008 • A big theme of recent DFC Intelligence research has been platform diversity.  In 2007, four game platforms shipped over 10 million units, the Nintendo DS and Wii and the Sony PSP and PlayStation 2.  The Nintendo DS alone shipped nearly 30 million units.  Notably absent from that list was the Microsoft ...Continue Reading

PS3 Burns $3.3 Billion

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JUNE 23, 2008 • Since its 2006 launch, Sony reported to the SEC that the PlayStation 3 has cost the consumer electronics manufacturer $3.3 billion (¥316.3 billion). Worldwide sales to date of the console are approximately 13 million. In related news, the company has signed up 9.8 million PS3 and PSP subscribers to the PlayStation ...Continue Reading

Big Fish Games

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JUNE 20, 2008 • “A New Game Everyday.”  That is the slogan and general mantra at Big Fish Games in Seattle. The company was founded by Paul Thelen in May, 2002 with $10,000 of his own money.  Prior to starting Big Fish, Thelen was the Group Product Manager at RealNetworks where he helped launch RealArcade. In its ...Continue Reading

PC Game Market Ascendent

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JUNE 20, 2008 • The PC game market is dead. Again. At least that's what's often been reported. If there has been a steep decline over the past few years, many people now are beginning to realize that this "decline" is actually just referring to sales of traditional boxed PC games at retail.  The reality ...Continue Reading

DS Centers Coming to U.K.

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JUNE 18, 2008 • Nintendo is opening 30 new DS centers within U.K. retailers such as Argos, ASDA, GAME, HMV, Toys "R" Us, and Zavvi. Consumers can check out DS offering, as well as download special demo content that remains on their DSs until the units are switched off. Impact: DS hardware sales remain robust worldwide. ...Continue Reading

Future Shop Goes Used Games

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JUNE 17, 2008 • Best Buy Canada is bringing used game sales to its Future Shop locations in Canada. Starting with its six Calgary store, the chain expects to roll out second-hand game offerings to all 133 locations in the country. Impact: Despite resistance from game publishers, it seems inevitable that all major retailers will get ...Continue Reading

WoW Card Shopped to China

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JUNE 14, 2008 • Having already marketed a World of Warcraft-themed credit card in the United States, Blizzard Entertainment is working with its Chinese partner The9, and China Merchants Bank, to do the same in China. Consumers using the card will own points toward free playing time in WoW. Impact:  Credit cards are a luxury in ...Continue Reading

PSP Games Get Price Hike

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JUNE 12, 2008 • Premium PSP titles republished via the online PlayStation Store are seeing anywhere from a $1 to $11 increase in price. Games seeing the increase included: Ape Escape, Gangs of London, Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee, Kingdom of Paradise, LocoRoco, SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo, Twisted Metal: Head-On, and WipeOut Pure. Impact: Digital distribution may ...Continue Reading

GTA IV Sells 1.3M

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JUNE 12, 2008 • According to NPD Funworld data, more than 1.3 million units of Grand Theft Auto IV have been sold in the U.S. during its two months in release. Indications are, however, is that the game is not fueling a significant increase in console hardware sales. Impact:  In Europe, the Xbox 360 price was ...Continue Reading

Microsoft Tests Social Network

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JUNE 11, 2008 • Microsoft's Office Labs division is testing an internal social network. Called TownSquare, the Facebook-like prototype has been used by 8,000 Microsoft employees thanks to word-of-mouth after only 100 staffers were informed of the social network.  Although TownSquare offers primarily enterprise options for project networking, the underlying technology might prove useful for ...Continue Reading