Video Games

  • Video Games

    Grin and Bear It

    Practice saying it with us, “Our fund lost x% in the month of July/August.” Now, try it in a mirror. Were you smiling? Even though you’ve probably frozen redemption requests, investors see that big ole frown as a sign that something is really awry, opposed to the overwhelming cascade of economic indicators. Fortunately there’s a […]

    / Aug 10, 2007 at 11:19 AM
  • Sony, Video Games

    Sony’s 83-year Plan to Reestablish Console Dominance

    Sony is on the cusp (in the glacial sense) of reemerging as the dominant home console maker with a hefty 21% gain in PS3 sales from May to June. It looks like chopping $100 off the staggeringly short-sighted $599 “I can buy two Wiis and two games for this” initial price worked. The Blu-Ray revolution […]

    / Jul 26, 2007 at 12:44 PM
  • Video Games

    “If I did it…I’d probably try and make more money off it than this”

    How do you follow up a 1-2-3 punch of your piece de resistance, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, being pulled by retailers for offensive material, shitty 2007 fiscals, and a duo of guilty pleas by former employees for falsifying business records in connection with improper backdating of employee stock options? With a video game featuring […]

    / Jul 20, 2007 at 4:12 PM
  • Video Games

    Because most movies now are just bad video games anyway

    Brash Entertainment, a start-up focused on movie-based video games, raised $400mm from Abry, New York Life Capital and PPM America. Brash reportedly has 12 games in the pipeline and 40 film licenses to work with, stemming from deals with five film studios. Brash is taking the road less traveled when it comes to adapting a […]

    / Jun 4, 2007 at 9:55 AM
  • Video Games

    Good news for people with orc-ish credit history

    First National Bank in conjunction with Blizzard Entertainment, publisher of World of Warcraft (WoW), is set to release a World of Warcraft Rewards Visa. This is the first deal of this kind between a bank and an online computer game. Unfortunately, the “rewards” don’t include a visit from an especially voluptuous Night Elf or a […]

    / May 7, 2007 at 10:59 AM
  • Video Games

    A 50k Parking Ticket

    Capitol Distributing, a video game distributor, has settled a civil suit with the SEC for a video game “parking” scheme involving Take-Two Interactive, developer of the Grand Theft Auto series. Take-Two would wait until the end of its quarter, ship a bunch of units to Capitol Distributing and then book the shipments as revenue even […]

    / May 3, 2007 at 2:35 PM
  • Sony, Video Games

    If you don’t buy this console, we’ll kill this goat

    What can save Sony’s console franchise? A bacchanalian festival with decapitated goats and topless women! Unfortunately, not every consumer is on board with the new marketing strategy. Sony has recalled the 80,000 print run of its Playstation Magazine for an article about the “God of War II” European launch party. From Gizmondo: The article, based […]

    / May 1, 2007 at 2:10 PM
  • Video Games

    PlayStation creator retires, frees up time to play Wii

    Ken Kutaragi, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment and creator of the PlayStation, announced that he is retiring yesterday. He will officially step down in June. This is indicative of just how bad things are at Sony, as Kutaragi is the human face of the PlayStation. This would be like Nintendo distancing itself from Shigeru Miyamoto […]

    / Apr 27, 2007 at 10:46 AM
  • Video Games

    PS3 too busy folding proteins to entertain mass audience

    The PS3, as advertised, is smart. The console, a Scorpio (released 11/11), likes long walks on the beach and processing medical research about proteins in its free time. Over 250k PS3s are currently employed in Stanford University’s Folding@home project to improve processing power. Like the SETI program, Folding@home uses networked systems of volunteers to create […]

    / Apr 26, 2007 at 3:45 PM
  • FOREX, Video Games

    Wii’re Not Gonna Take It

    Does anyone know why you can’t get a Wii these days? There doesn’t seem to be any major production drama, yet many children remain chubby, dormant and with fully functioning elbows. The strange case of the missing Wii is taken by guest Freakonomics blogger Paul Kimmelman. Is this a deliberate maneuver on Nintendo’s part or […]

    / Apr 19, 2007 at 3:25 PM

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