A New Reality For The Console Biz

Video game software has miraculously maintained $50-plus prices since NES cartridges were state-of-the-art.

AUG. 31, 2009 • The news in 2009 has not been entirely positive for the video game industry. Sales are down in what was once considered a growing, recession proof industry. Of course, the mentality is to look at short-term sales as an indication of a major change in consumer behavior. This begs the question: ...Continue Reading

Xbox 360 Elite Costs Less

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AUG. 27, 2009 • With the recently announced $299 PS3 Slim creating an unfavorable comparison with its $399 Xbox 360 Elite, Microsoft Game Studios cut the price of the console by $100, and reduced existing inventory of the Pro model to $249, and discontinued the latter. Unfortunately, Microsoft also eliminated the previously included HDMI cable ...Continue Reading

Turbine Sues Atari

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AUG. 27, 2009 • Atari has been taken to court by Turbine Ent. over Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO Stormreach). In January 2006, with $20 million invested, Turbine believed Atari failing its obligations to publish the soon-to-be-released title and negotiated an contractual amendment to publish the game itself in North America, while Atari remained ...Continue Reading

1C & Russian Game Publishing

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AUG. 26, 2009 • Eastern Europe is a market that deserves increasing focus as an important area for not just games, but consumer products in general. However, there is also a strong traditional retail business and established game tradition throughout Eastern Europe. DFC’s Prague based correspondent David Watson is very pleased to further our coverage ...Continue Reading

Cryptic’s Popular Lifetime Sub

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AUG. 26, 2009 • Cryptic Studios wasn't prepared for the huge response it received to its promotional $199 lifetime subscription offer for the upcoming Champions Online. Around Aug. 24 the developer announced it was running low on its allotment, and the remainder of the promo subscriptions sold out within a day. Rather than anger consumers ...Continue Reading

Retail Plants vs. Zombies on Sale

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AUG. 20, 2009 • Retail PC and Mac versions of Plants vs. Zombies went on sale across North America for $19.95 . PopCap Games said the title is its fastest-selling product ever since it was released 90 days ago, and it will also see an iPhone version late in the year. Impact: Plants vs. Zombies was ...Continue Reading

PS3 MSRP Cut 25%

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AUG. 18, 2009 • Sony Computer Entertainment cut the price of the PlayStation 3 25% to $299, and confirmed the arrival of the long-rumored PS3 Slim on Sept. 1. Reports indicated that Sony has been clearing existing PS3 stocks worldwide for weeks. The original model debuted at $599 with a 60GB hard drive. The Slim ...Continue Reading

Redbox Tests Game Rentals

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AUG. 14, 2009 • Consumers in Reno, Nevada are finding more than DVDs in the Redbox kiosks in their area. Redbox is pulling significant market share from retail video stores such as Blockbuster Video and is testing video game rentals at $2 per night. PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii games are being stocked in ...Continue Reading

Xbox 360 Sells 9M in Europe

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AUG. 14, 2009 • Chris Lewis, vice president of Interactive Entertainment Business for Microsoft EMEA told trade publication MCV that the Xbox 360 has surpassed 9 million units sold in Europe and accounts for 27% of the market. Impact: The Xbox 360 passed the 9 million unit market several months ahead of DFC's forecast.  This was ...Continue Reading

Xbox Live On Demand Service

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AUG. 11, 2009 • The Xbox Live Games on Demand service launched with about 20 titles.  For the first time Xbox 360 users can download full versions of games that were initially launched at retail.  Initial prices range from $20 to $30 and included such high profile Xbox 360 titles as Mass Effect, Elder Scrolls ...Continue Reading