Disney Buys Junction Point

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OCT. 29, 2009 • Warren Spector's Junction Point Studios was purchased by Disney Interactive in 2007, and the AAA gamemaker's first title post-acquisition will be Epic Mickey for the Wii. The title is an platform adventure game that takes place is a separate animated world where long-forgotten Disney cartoon characters have been trapped, and Mickey ...Continue Reading

Chinese Publishers Go Global

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OCT. 28, 2009 • Chinese online game companies flush with cash after successful IPOs have ambitions of bringing their products to the West in much the same way as Korean publishers have. Last September, Shanda Games was carved out of Shanda Interactive with a goal of expanding into other world markets.  Back in April, Changyou's ...Continue Reading

Netflix Arrives on PS3

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OCT. 26, 2009 • Based on reports earlier this year that Netflix was working on support for game platforms other than the Xbox 360, the DVD rental firm announced that it would start delivering films via the PlayStation Network starting in November. PS3 owners who have a monthly $9 or higher Netflix subscription can stream ...Continue Reading

Larger Screen for DS

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OCT. 26, 2009 • The Nikkei business daily reports that Nintendo will release a new version of the DS on Nov. 22. The big change would be the substitution of 4.2-inch screens in the DS LL. The new model will be priced similarly to the current DSi at ¥20,000 (US$220).  The DS has 3-inch screens ...Continue Reading

Upgraded PS3 SKU

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OCT. 15, 2009 • Sony Computer Entertainment confirmed the immediate availability of an upgraded SKU of the recently launched $299 PlayStation 3 Slim. The new 250GB version of the console retails for $349 and will be marketed around providing more storage for online downloads than the original 120GB Slim model. Impact: DFC Intelligence has never been ...Continue Reading

Wal-Mart Rolls Out Used Games

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OCT. 6, 2009 • Based on its test of used game kiosks that began in May, Wal-Mart announced that it was rolling out used sales to all of its stores. PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and DS titles will be offered at between 15% and 30% off original MSRP. Impact: GameStop's focus on used games has been ...Continue Reading

CD Projekt Goes Public

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OCT. 2, 2009 • Polish distributor CD Projekt (who also owns digital distributor GoG.com) is bypassing the normal procedures to go from a private company to a publicly-traded company. To that end, CD Projekt has signed a letter of intent with Optimus S.A., a near defunct PC assembly enterprise. The latter is publicly traded, and ...Continue Reading

PSP-3000 Price Cut

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OCT. 1, 2009 • A month ahead of its PSP Go launch in Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment reduces the price of the PSP-3000 from ¥19,800 ($218) to ¥16,800 ($185). The new price is the same as Nintendo's DS Lite, and cheaper than the newer DSi at ¥18,900 ($210). The Go is scheduled to launch at ...Continue Reading

PS3′s Time to Shine

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OCT. 1, 2009 • On September 1, 2009, we finally got it: a new PlayStation 3 priced at $299 (€299, £249, ¥29980).  Since its launch in 2006, the PlayStation 3 had been a big, intimidating piece of equipment with a price tag to match.  At a launch price of $600, the PlayStation 3 was simply ...Continue Reading