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  • StarCraft 2

    Normally, the release of a PC game – even a highly anticipated one – wouldn’t be a particularly big deal for investors. But when that game is “Starcraft II,” all the usual rules are thrown out the window.

  • Futures Stall Ahead; Housing News Looms Monday, 26 Jul 2010 | 8:48 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures edged lower ahead of the open Monday in the wake of a strong close for Wall Street Friday and ahead of fresh data on the housing sector.

  • Sony’s Trojan Horse Sneaks up on Microsoft Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | 2:52 PM ET
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    Microsoft has known for a while that the trick to getting the Xbox 360 integrated into people’s living rooms is to load it with non-gaming features. It’s a strategy that was worked well for the company.... Now, though, Sony is quickly following suit...which could give it an advantage as the industry prepares for a crucial holiday season.

  • Modern Warfare 2

    Digital distribution has been a hot topic in the video game industry for years – with developers, publishers and retailers trying to forecast when it will become a real threat to traditional brick and mortar stores. New data, however, shows that time might be closer than many were expecting.

  • Microsoft Sets Kinect Price at $150 Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010 | 12:00 PM ET
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    Microsoft’s gesture-recognition controller, Kinect, set to hit stores this November, will launch with a price tag of $150, the company announced Tuesday.

  • Can Sony and Microsoft Replicate Wii's Success? Monday, 19 Jul 2010 | 1:15 PM ET
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    The attempts of Sony and Microsoft to replicate the success of Nintendo's Wii gaming system has been met with lukewarm reception, CNBC.com's Chris Morris reports.

  • Video Game Sales Plunge Again in June Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 6:45 PM ET
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    Analysts and industry observers were expecting June’s video game sales numbers to be pretty awful. Unfortunately, they were right.

  • Smash ‘Em Up w/ Dennis Kneale Monday, 12 Jul 2010 | 5:49 PM ET

    Are some companies just too big for their own good? That's the focus of our series this week called 'Smash 'Em Up!'

  • Kneale: How to Fix Microsoft? Smash It Up! Monday, 12 Jul 2010 | 12:04 PM ET
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    Microsoft should look at spinning off its consumer businesses—an $11 billion-a-year, red-ink-stained amalgam—and refocusing on its real core: internal software and the apps that run on it.

  • Video Game Sales Have Smaller Drop in May Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | 7:42 PM ET
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    After a surprising—and staggeringly bad—April, the video game industry showed fledgling signs of life in May—but nothing that’s going to cause investors to cheer. Take Two Interactive Software, though, may finally have a hit franchise that will divert investor focus away from “Grand Theft Auto”.

  • Video Games: Shooters Thrive As Court Case Looms Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | 11:13 AM ET
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    With the Supreme Court scheduled to hear arguments later this year about whether states should be allowed to regulate the sale of violent video games, you might think game makers would consider dialing down the number of shooter titles.

  • What Makes Rich People Happy? (Besides Money) Friday, 25 Jun 2010 | 4:31 PM ET
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    Which brands make the rich happy? A new study from the Affluence Collaborative, a research project formed by several marketing groups, attempted to answer that question, and found that the top brands on that list are all technology names.

  • Android-Related Stocks 'to Avoid' Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | 3:35 PM ET
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    Recently, market research firm NPD found that during the first quarter of 2010, consumers purchased more Google Android-based devices than iPhones. It was an important win for Google and Android. But for investors, it was eye-opening.

  • Michael Jackson

    All those people who said Michael Jackson might earn more in death than in life are being proved right.

  • What Toy Story 3's Success Means for Movies Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 4:46 PM ET
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    Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3" blew past expectations and brought in $109 million at the US box office. Sixty percent of the movie's gross was from 3-D screens, which charge $3 more, on average, per ticket. The question is, what impact will this movie really have on Disney and other studios?

  • E3 2010: The 10 Most Highly-Anticipated Games Thursday, 17 Jun 2010 | 3:20 PM ET
    The worst part about E3 is the waiting. After injesting a flood of information for hundreds of titles and watching their excitement levels rise to critical peaks, players now must sit back and be patient. Some of the games won’t be out for months. For others, it could be years. Figuring out which will top this year’s sales charts is always a dangerous exercise. Publishers show carefully controlled demos of small segments of their games, specifically designed to pique interest. It might be fun in

    We’ve compiled a list of games likely to perform well at retail this holiday season. That doesn’t mean they’ll be smashes, but they’re likely to connect with today’s gaming audience.

  • E3: It's All About the Games Thursday, 17 Jun 2010 | 10:43 AM ET
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    Hardware announcements tend to get the lion's share of the spotlight at E3, but in the long run, all of those devices are just tools.  The real stars of the show are the titles that publishers have on display.

  • E3: Video Games' Social Challenge Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 4:58 PM ET

    Pay $60 for a packaged game or get a variation of that content free online? That choice is putting pressure on game developers.

  • Gaming 2010: No New Consoles, but Plenty of Tech Advances Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 11:53 AM ET
    Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect, a gesture-recognition controller – a camera that is able to detect subtle movements and sounds from players.

    While the video game industry has its share of problems, complacency is not one of them.

  • Hollywood and Gaming: Over and Done With? Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 10:55 AM ET
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    With the exception of sure-fire blockbusters, most gaming companies aren’t that interested lately in licensing the gaming rights of titles from film studios, having been burned too many times by titles that were critical and commercial failures.