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Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 18, 2011 10:00 AM
Every other US business has suffered in the past few years. So why not video games?
Research firm NPD Group's data shows that even though Americans spent a whopping $1.85 billion "video game content" in the first quarter, total video game industry sales in the US fell to $995 million in June, 10% less than the previous June, as noted by CNET. The category includes hardware, software, and accessories. The software sector was the biggest area of loss, CNET observed, as it fell 12% to $469.5 million.
This is at least better than back in May, when the overall drop was 14% to $743.1 million from the previous May. According to CNET, May 2011 was “the worst month in nearly five years” for the US gaming industry.
Even so, Xbox continues to be the #1 console in the US. Microsoft reported selling approximately 507,000 Xbox 360 units in America in the month of June.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 23, 2011 12:30 PM
Twenty years ago, Sega launched a game with a blue hedgehog named Sonic taking out robots. You never know what’s going to stick.
As PC World notes, Sonic has since then “starred in four different cartoon shows, (its) own long-running comic book, and somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 separate Sonic games.”
For Sega, Sonic has become a steady company mascot that has stuck around as the video-game industry has changed dramatically. The hedgehog and archrival Nintendo’s Mario Bros. are some of the most recognizable figures in the gaming world.
Sonic identity is so strong that Sega Europe actually has a Sonic Brand Director, David Corless, who is always trying to figure out what the next step for Sonic should be.
"What we want to do in coming years is push Sonic further," said Corless, according to the Guardian. "How do we make Sonic even more relevant for 12-, 13-year-olds but still deliver the nostalgia to the older market? It's a challenge but quite a luxury.”Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 15, 2011 05:30 PM
Robin Williams named his daughter Zelda after Princess Zelda of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda video games, so it was only a matter of time before the brand convinced the gamer and his daughter to appear together in a commercial — for the Wii game, Ocarina of Time 3D — which is trending today on YouTube.
Posted by Dale Buss on June 10, 2011 09:00 AM
Ally Financial delays $6B IPO.
AT&T brings free Wi-Fi to NYC parks.
Avaya files for $1 billion IPO.
Borders lenders force store closures.
Burger King and Pizza Hut executives put hometown pride on the line with bet on NBA Finals.
Citigroup data theft exposes nagging security issues in the financial-services industry.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 7, 2011 07:00 PM
California could become first state to ban styrofoam.
Groupon rapped for exaggerating pre-sale price in the UK.
Kobe Bryant announces new foundation to fight homelessness in LA.
Li Na hailed as first Asian to win a tennis Grand Slam tournament.
Louis Vuitton takes check-ins to China.
NBC's The Voice becomes a hit thanks to Twitter.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 6, 2011 09:00 AM
AARP unveils a new ad campaign targeting boomers this week.
Apple will unveil iCloud Android-fighter today at WWDC, as brand leads tablet market in China.
Bank of America and Goldman Sachs lead US bank stocks taking a beating.
Blip.tv ramps up original content to complete with YouTube.
Boeing faces labor strife.
Coca-Cola resists increasing prices.
Demi Moore adds "CNN reporter" to her credits with sex trafficking doc, a subject near and dear to her DNA Foundation.
E3 starts tommorow, where Nintendo will unveil its new Wii console, Sony will tout NGP (its new handheld gaming device) and Microsoft will promote Kinect and position Xbox as the hub of the home entertainment system.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 17, 2011 09:00 AM
Amazon's Android tablets reportedly codenamed Coyote and Hollywood.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's personal brand rocked by confession he fathered a child with household staffer.
Birds Eye plans new sales push in Russia.
BP Russian pact with Rosneft collapses.
California pushes for tighter security controls on social networks.
Conde Nast expands iPad magazine editions.
Disney may make power play for Olympics sponsorship; and fined $3M for violating kids' privacy.
Facebook meets with bankers to discuss IPO.Continue reading...
Posted by Michael Waltzer on April 28, 2011 05:00 PM
Look out Mario, it's Bowser! And he’s captured Peach! What special power will you call upon to save her? Converse!?
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Super Mario, Converse Japan and Nintendo have teamed up to produce a Super Mario version of the Chuck Taylor shoe.Continue reading...