iPad Unveiled

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JAN. 27, 2010 • Long expected to announce a tablet computer, Apple Corp. unveiled its iPad. The device will retail in different configurations for between $499 and $829, and operates much like a larger, expanded version of the iPod Touch. Since the same operating system is used, the iPad can run existing iPhone apps on ...Continue Reading

USDA Funding Rural Broadband

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JAN. 25, 2010 • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced funding of $310 million to bring broadband connections to 14 rural communities. The money was part of last year's Recovery Act, and is part of the $7.2 billion that Congress set aside for high-speed network adoption. In addition to the above projects, the USDA  ...Continue Reading

PS3s in the Middle East

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JAN. 25, 2010 • According to Sony Middle East & Africa in the United Arab Emirates, the total PS3 installed base in the region as of December 2009 was 450,000 units. Of that number, 78%, or 350,000 users are registered on, and are using the PlayStation Network. Impact: The Middle East/North Africa region as DFC defines ...Continue Reading

Sega’s Free Genesis App

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JAN. 20, 2010 • Sega released an official free Ultimate Genesis emulator app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Much like Nintendo's Virtual Console, Ultimate Genesis makes it easy to play classic Genesis games on Apple's mobile hardware. The emulator comes with Space Harrier II, and has an in-app feature that lets owners buy other ...Continue Reading

Console Sales Rise in Oz

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JAN. 20, 2010 • By the end of 2009, Interactive Gaming & Entertainment Association (iGEA) reported that 2.5 million Nintendo DS, 1.7 million Wiis, 850,000 Xbox 360s, and 770,000 PS3s had been sold to date in Australia. Thirty percent of all PlayStation 3 sales occurred after the release of the $499 (AUD) Slim model in ...Continue Reading

The Rich Get Richer

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JAN. 18, 2010 • One of the biggest issues that has emerged in the game industry recently is the growing gap between the haves and the have nots. Big budget games based on well-known franchises are not only smashing all sales records, they are far outpacing other products and potentially crowding out the competition. Of course, ...Continue Reading

Hard-Core Gamers Go Mobile

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JAN. 15, 2010 • Going back to the mid-1990s, DFC Intelligence has focused on the concept of "anytime, anyplace, anywhere" as a key driver of growth for the video game business.  "Anytime, anyplace, anywhere," along with concepts like "Nintendo Dads," and the "user pyramid," have been useful tools for both forecasting industry growth and explaining ...Continue Reading

1C Blames Retailers

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JAN. 13, 2010 • Russia-based 1C Company's international publishing director Darryl Still told MCV that retailers were the root cause of shifting more PC games to digital distribution. Still maintained that too many retailers are reducing PC game inventory, and those titles they do carry are shifted out-of-sight to the back of the store. "There ...Continue Reading

Korean Gold Sellers Acquitted

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JAN. 10, 2010 • The South Korean Supreme Court handed down a decision acquitting two gamers who had been indicted for illegally selling digital credits, called Aden, from the online MMO Lineage,. The two would sell 1 million Aden for 8,000 won, and earned 20 million won ($17,367) as a result of the sales.  Yet ...Continue Reading

PS3 Japan Sales Uplifted

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JAN. 6, 2010 • Enterbrain reported that sales of the PlayStation 3 in Japan have increased nearly 70% since the Slim model was released in September with a drop in list price of ¥10,194 ($110). There was little good news for other segments of the Japanese video game industry, however. Console hardware sales decreased 13.6% ...Continue Reading