Phil Harrison Steps Down at Atari

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MAY 29, 2009 • Just weeks after Infogrames sold Atari's European business to Namco Bandai, Atari president Phil Harrison stepped down from overseeing daily operations of the division. Harrison, best known for his years with Sony's PlayStation business, had been in the job for 14 months. Atari said Harrison will remain on its board as ...Continue Reading

Xbox 360 Surpasses 30M Units

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MAY 28, 2009 • Microsoft Game Studios announced that the Xbox 360 had attained worldwide sales of 30 million units. That number places the console second behind the Nintendo Wii, which has sold more than 50 million units in a year less time. Impact: At 30 million units the Xbox 360 has already surpassed lifetime sales ...Continue Reading

Free Realms Reaches 2M Users

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MAY 27, 2009 • Two million unique users have registered to play Sony Online Entertainment's Free Realms, a free-to-play MMO that launched on April 28. To date, 75% of the registrants were under age 17, with a significant 46% under 13. Impact: Two million users sounds impressive, but the critical metric for a product like Free ...Continue Reading

Schilling Buys Big Huge Games

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MAY 27, 2009 • Boston Red Sox veteran baseball player Curt Schilling purchased Big Huge Games from THQ Inc. The acquisition is intended to significantly augment Schilling's own 38 Studios. The latter has an Unreal engine-based MMO titled Copernicus in development. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Impact: Big Huge Games is a top class ...Continue Reading

What Consumers Like at Home

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MAY 26, 2009 • According to Nielsen Entertainment's March survey, watching a DVD at home was the first entertainment choice of 39% of U.S. consumers. Taking in a movie at a theater came in second at 17%, and playing a video game third at 13%. Impact: A great deal of ink has been spilled about how ...Continue Reading

Apple Plans E. Coast iData Center

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MAY 26, 2009 • Apple Inc. is planning a new East Coast data iData center. The facility is needed to boost the capacity of its online operations. The server farm may cost as much as $1 billion to compete. North Carolina is the leading contender for the site, and the state is working to complete ...Continue Reading

Razer’s Min-Liang Tan

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MAY 20, 2009 • The game peripherals business has seen serious ups and downs during the last decade. What started as a modest secondary market for joysticks, gamepads and steering wheels quickly ballooned into a huge business. The transition tracked with the rise of electronic games as a profitable industry during the mid-1990s. As games became ...Continue Reading

Wal-Mart Tries Game Buyback

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MAY 18, 2009 • Wal-Mart has launched a 77-store test of Ohio-based E-play's automated video game buyback kiosks.  E-play retains ownership of the machines. Consumers scan the game's jewel case, after which a buyback price is set. If the consumer approves of the price, the game disc is inserted into a special slot, and the ...Continue Reading

BitTorrent & Donkey Lead

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MAY 13, 2009 • In a study of illegal file-sharing by content tracking firm BayTSP, BitTorrent and Donkey accounted for 90% of all illicit download traffic. In addition, Spain was ranked as the No. 1 worst offender in illegal file sharing, followed closely by Italy and France. The United States, which was ranked first in ...Continue Reading

Stringer Talks PS3 Future

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MAY 11, 2009 • In an interview with Nikkei Electronics Asia, Sony Corp. chairman and chief executive Howard Stringer framed the future of the PlayStation 3 in novel terms: as in evolving the system into web services platform. Stringer noted the PlayStation Network's DRM is based on Marlin, an open scheme developed by consumer electronics ...Continue Reading