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  • Activison CEO: Consumer Spending Still a Worry Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 12:08 PM ET

    Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick said a change in the video game maker's release schedule caused the company to forecast a weaker than expected fourth quarter, but he spoke confidently about the upcoming release of games such as DJ Hero and Band Hero.

  • After Mickey’s Makeover, Less Mr. Nice Guy Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 11:08 AM ET
    Released screenshot of Disney's "Epic Mickey"

    For decades, the Walt Disney Company has largely kept Mickey Mouse frozen under glass. Now, however, concerned that Mickey has become more of a corporate symbol than a beloved character for recent generations of young people, Disney is taking the risky step of re-imagining him for the future.

  • Video Game Industry Braces for Ugly Earnings Season Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 | 2:22 PM ET
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    The third quarter of 2009 was a pretty horrendous one for the video game industry. Year over year sales plummeted amid a lack of ‘must have’ games. Now, as earnings season draws near, game makers are about to face the consequences.

  • Nintendo Will Bounce Back in 2010 Friday, 30 Oct 2009 | 2:03 AM ET

    Following a disappointing quarterly report card from gaming giant Nintendo, Hiroshi Kamide, gaming and software analyst at KBC Securities, believes the firm will do better next year.

  • Netflix to Stream Movies on the PS3 Monday, 26 Oct 2009 | 12:46 PM ET
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    Streaming movies are coming to the PlayStation 3. Netflix (NFLX) and Sony (SNE) on Monday announced a partnership that will let owners of the gaming system instantly watch roughly 17,000 movies and TV shows.

  • Consumers Buried Paul: 'Beatles Rock Band' a Sales Dud Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 6:10 PM ET
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    Despite an extensive marketing campaign, positive reviews and some of the most widespread media attention ever given to a video game, “The Beatles: Rock Band” had a relatively lackluster first month on store shelves.

  • Video Game Sales Rebound in September, but Barely Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | 6:39 PM ET
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    The good news: After six consecutive months of negative numbers, the video game industry finally had a month that topped 2008’s sales figures. The bad news: It only did so by the skin of its teeth.

  • Games vs. Toys: The Box Office Battle Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 12:48 PM ET

    While the demographic for video games and action movies is basically the same, the track record for films based on games has been a pretty dismal one. For every “Tomb Raider”-sized hit, there are a handful of flops like “BloodRayne.”

  • Gamestop store

    The November 2005 launch of the Xbox 360 marked not only the beginning of a new cycle of video game hardware, it also launched a new era in video game pricing.

  • How Do iPhone Game Companies Make Money? Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 5:27 PM ET
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    IPhone downloads count both free demos and paid games — and free is always more popular. So how does a small developer make a profit?

  • 'Bejeweled' Creator PopCap Games Raises $22.5 Million Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 | 3:54 PM ET
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    One of the video game industry’s most consistent hitmakers is taking things to the next level.  PopCap Games, the creator of titles such as “Bejweled,” “Zuma,” “Bookworm” and “Peggle” – has raised $22.5 million from venture capitalists.

  • HDTV? That’s So 2003. Here's What's Next Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | 3:31 PM ET
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    The holiday season is prime time for HDTV bargain hunters. Retailers, looking to draw people into the stores on Black Friday, regularly offer impossibly low prices – and the sale of those sets is often a quick barometer of the overall mood of consumers.

  • Debate on Violent Video Games May Finally Get Settled Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | 3:48 PM ET
    GTA: San Andreas

    The issue of whether minors should be legally prohibited from buying violent video games may soon be settled – once and for all.

  • Sony's Latest Gaming Device Cuts Out Retailers Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | 10:27 AM ET
    Image of the PSP Go by Sony

    Unlike its predecessors, the new portable gaming system from Sony does not run on traditional packaged software. Any game or movie the user wants has to be downloaded — and that leaves retailers out of the loop on the most profitable part of any gaming system.

  • Nintendo's Holiday Gambit: A Wii Price Cut Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | 7:43 AM ET
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    Following price cuts by its two rivals, Nintendoreduced the price of its Wii video game system by $50 later this week. The widely expected move could help the company reverse slowing momentum as it heads into the holiday sales period.

  • Nintendo Expected to Cut Wii Price by $50 Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | 5:14 PM ET
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    Following price cuts by its two rivals, Nintendo is expected to reduce the price of its Wii video game system by $50 later this week. The widely expected move could help the company reverse the company’s slowing momentum as it heads into the holiday sales period.

  • Microsoft Looks to ‘Halo’ Once More for Profits Friday, 18 Sep 2009 | 10:11 AM ET
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    When Microsoft released “Halo 3” a little shy of two years ago, it was a certifiable entertainment event. The conclusion of the hit franchise’s trilogy would ultimately sell 5.9 million copies, making it one of the top selling games of this generation of video game systems.

  • Do-Over: Microsoft Tries Again With Zune HD Tuesday, 15 Sep 2009 | 4:41 PM ET
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    Initially rolled out by Microsoft in 2006, the Zune was positioned as a wannabe iPod killer – and was promptly squashed by Apple’s popular system. Now the Zune HD, a redesigned, flashier version of the system, is hitting retail shelves.

  • Video Game Sales Slide Again for Sixth Straight Month Thursday, 10 Sep 2009 | 7:07 PM ET
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    August was supposed to be the month video game sales turned around. Instead, they extended their slide for the sixth consecutive month.

  • Disney Adds 'Halo' Co-Creator to Its Gaming Ranks Tuesday, 8 Sep 2009 | 3:00 AM ET
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    Alex Seropian, the founder of Bungie Software and co-creator of the "Halo" franchise has joined the company to oversee creative development across Disney’s in-house video game development teams.