Gaming Video Games

  • Scenes from the E3 Expo

    Los Angeles is under siege, with as many as 45,000 video game industry insiders and onlookers descending upon the Los Angeles Convention Center for E3—one of the loudest, glitziest—and sometimes gaudiest—trade shows of any industry.

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    Sales of software titles are down 8 percent year to date—a shortfall of more than $200 million, according to the most recent numbers from the NPD Group, which tracks video game purchases.

  • Big news from Take Two Interactive—it's sold five million copies of "Red Dead Redemption" since its May 18 debut. This blows away all projections: analysts expected the company to sell some three million copies in the entire quarter and up to five million copies for the rest of the fiscal year.

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    If the video game world were following its normal cycle, console makers would be revealing details of their next generation systems in less than two weeks. This cycle is anything but normal, though – and so at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), game makers will instead chart a new path.

  • Robbie Bach

    Microsoft is shaking up its entertainment and devices division, the group responsible for many of its most familiar consumer devices.

  • Halo Reach

    If there’s one truth in the videogame world, it’s this: Never bet against the sales success of a new “Halo” or “Grand Theft Auto”. But as Microsoft prepares to launch “Halo: Reach” this fall, early evidence indicates people may not be betting heavily enough.

  • Alan Wake

    Stalled by the recession and companies who were initially hesitant to sink part of their advertising budgets into an untested medium, in-game advertising is coming of age—and it could finally live up to its potential as a significant revenue generator.

  • Grand Theft Auto IV

    Video game sales may have plummeted 26 percent in April, but now there's hope that a new game will get the industry moving. "Red Dead Redemption" goes on sale today, and based on rave reviews and some anecdotal reports of huge lines outside Game Stop stores, this game could be a blockbuster.

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    It seems like the NCAA doesn’t want anyone using a players’ name to make money besides them...It doesn’t seem fair that the NCAA is the only one with rights to make money off of college athletes. I think some changes need to be made to give some of the rights back to the players.

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    Apple the company, and not an individual employee, initiated the investigation into a missing iPhone prototype that found its way onto the Internet, according to the search warrant unsealed in this case earlier this morning.

  • Activision

    I spoke to Kotick in an exclusive interview — he said Activision Blizzard's more modest projections for the current quarter were due to the timing of game releases. That lack of new games is one factor behind the 22 percent drop in game sales in April from a year ago.

  • Wii

    Sales of video game software and hardware plummeted in April, shocking industry observers who were expecting the numbers to be slightly positive or, worst case, just down slightly. That could mean a rough Friday for video game stocks.

  • Half-Life 2

    Online PC game distribution is making major money for Valve Software, but now some big gaming outfits may want a piece of the action.

  • Adobe's "We Love Apple" ad in The New York Times

    If you want to know the true extent of Adobe's underdog status in its ongoing war of words with Apple over Flash, consider today's strange "love letter" appearing in national and regional dailies all over the country.

  • Gamestop store

    The retailer, which has more than 6,200 stores nationwide, is a gathering spot for players, who flock there when big games are released. It has withstood numerous attempts by big box stores to encroach on the most profitable parts of its business model.

  • In the midst of the global turmoil that sent the Dow down nearly 1,000 points at one point, and the Nasdaq off nearly 200 points, there was some good news for Apple.

  • Wedding Assortment

    News "flash," and I use the term "flash" very, very loosely: When I first heard about Cupidtino, the first thing I did was look at a calendar. Was it April Fools again? But no, all signs (astrologic and otherwise) point to Cupidtino, a new dating website that seeks to match Mac lovers with one another, is real.

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    Video game marketing, which frankly has been stale for several years, finally has its home run. Actually, make that its perfect game success.

  • Apple iPad

    The war of words between Adobe and Apple took on new urgency with what appears to be a dire turn for the Flash maker, thanks to an open letter posted by Steve Jobs himself earlier this morning.

  • Halo 3

    Bungie Studios, the development house behind one of the most successful franchise in video games, has found a new home—and Activision may be on the verge of having its third billion-dollar franchise.