In-Store Digital Distribution at Best Buy Mobile

Best Buy has long been effectively forward-looking in approaches to media/software distribution. -They derive their margins from hardware and accessories, anyway, which makes this an easy choice for them. So, earlier this year, their investment in U.K.’s Carphone Warehouse seemed both in keeping with that spirit and potentially very effective, given Carphone’s success with a […]

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Clues to a Cruddy Game in Patterns of Console Releases for European vs. American Markets

THQ just announced that Destroy All Humans: Path of the Furon will not be shipping for PS3 in the US, where it will only be available on 360. It will, however, be available on both platforms in Europe early next year. It’s always interesting to try to parse exactly what this sort of announcement actually […]

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DeMatteo on Used Games

Dan DeMatteo is certainly correct in his assessment of used game buybacks supporting new games sales, and if every (or any) publisher were only a publisher, with no developer component, that would definitely get more traction with them. There are a couple of psychological issues that somewhat negate the value of his argument for publishers:

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New Download Tech, Same as the Old Download Tech

Techcrunch is highlighting a startup called Baseshield that’s created a marketplace for software that downloads into a virtual environment, protecting the user experience and keeping them safe from malware, etc, and ensuring compatibility. It does look like a well executed initiative, and I hope that it ends up being significant, but Techcrunch seems unaware that […]

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What is a Game Console?

As more diverse boxes come into the living room, not least those supporting Netflix streaming service (of which 360 is but one), and PC content creators show themselves significantly more agile in adopting new models for game content,  the question of what next generation game consoles will look like only gets more interesting. Some recent […]

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New Game Consoles, Old Game Console(?)

Silly new Brazilian console sounds like old silly American Console, but not quite as hopeless. -Cheaper to build, cheaper to buy, and probably didn’t manage to waste $73 million on the way to (not) releasing it. Interesting that, historically, Phantom did go through a semi-but-not-really credible stage, where actual game industry folks commissioned creation of […]

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