Archives: March 2008

PS3 Driving '08 Blu-ray Expansion

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 30, Categories: Sony

The so-called format war between high-definition disc formats is now over. But, a new report by Strategy Analytics details just how much ground the winning Blu-ray standard stands to gain....

Rock Band, OLPC Style

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 28, Categories: Misc

Friday diversion: there's an OLPC kicking around BusinessWeek's offices and I got my mitts on it earlier today. Much has been written about the travails of the little laptop for...

BW Arcade: People Are Talking

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 28, Categories: BW Arcade

Earlier this week we launched BusinessWeek Arcade, a compilation of free, independently developed games as part of our Power of Play special report. These titles show how the gaming industry...

Will The Real Master Chief Please Stand Up

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 25, Categories: Microsoft, Sony

Here’s the thing about user generated content…it has a gnarly penchant for mixing, mashing up, and re-mixing without much regard for traditional boundaries. These two highly polygonal Master Chief models...

iPhone – The DS/PSP Killer?

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 25, Categories: Apple

The buzz over Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone as a potential gaming platform has yet to subside. Ever since the company unveiled its SDK in early March, showing off a couple...

Special Report: The Power of Play

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 25, Categories: Misc

Even as the games industry enjoys enormous, continued commercial success, it remains misunderstood. Few resources exist, as they do for film or literature, to help consumers understand the nuances of...

Introducing BW Arcade

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 24, Categories: Misc

BusinessWeek Arcade from Matt Vella on Vimeo. Check it out!...

A Designer’s Take On Getting A "Second Life"

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 23, Categories: Virtual Worlds

An odd aside to start the week: here’s a piece of New York-based designer Daniel Sinisterra’s conceptual work playing on the popular virtual world, Second Life. In Sinisterra’s words: A...

Is Sony the Apple of Gaming?

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 23, Categories: Apple

Or is it Nintendo (NTDOY)? Or maybe even, yes, Microsoft (MSFT)? Fooling around with my Playstation 3's built-in photo visualizer this afternoon, the question struck me. Generally, Sony's (SNE) Playstation...

Diversion Of The Day: Vikings On The Brain

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 21, Categories: Sega

With the end of a nutty week rapidly approaching and thoughts of my weekend “play”-list bubbling, I can’t help but look ahead to next week. On Mar. 25, Sega (SGAMY)...

Shinning A Light On Dead Space

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 20, Categories: Electronic Arts

In this week's issue of BusinessWeek, my colleague and intrepid tech writer Cliff Edwards and I go behind Electronic Arts' (ERTS) forthcoming operatic sci-fi space horror game, Dead Space....

Broke No More, GameStop Surges

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 18, Categories: GameStop

GameStop's (GME) decade-long comeback continues. The games franchise, which bills itself as the world's largest entertainment software retailer, today announced record earnings for 2007. The company, which analysts thought would...

Console Race: Another Lap For Sony

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 13, Categories: Sales

For the second month in a row, sales of Sony’s (SNE) Playstation 3 console system outpaced Microsoft’s (MSFT) Xbox 360 in the U.S., according to figures released late Mar. 13...

Ubisoft Presidents Talks Innovation

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 12, Categories: Ubisoft

Ubisoft Entertainment (UBSFF), that other French games giant, has been on a tear lately, riding a mix of well-known franchises such as Tom Clancy and Prince of Persia as well...

After Le Divorce, Microsoft Eyes Blu-ray

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 11, Categories: Microsoft

With the HD-DVD high-definition video format dead, Microsoft (MSFT) is moving to make amends with Sony (SNE) and make its operating system and Xbox 360 console compatible with the victorious...

Tony Hawk – Time To Innovate?

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 11, Categories: Activision-Blizzard

Interesting tidbit in USA Today (of all places) about Activision’s (ATVI) plans for the aging Tony Hawk franchise of skateboarding games. The series has been a steady money-maker, selling some...

Game-Makers Rush The iPhone

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 11, Categories: Apple

Hot on the heels of Apple's (AAPL) unveiling of an iPhone software development kit last week, game-makers are rushing to join Electronic Arts (ERTS) and Sega (SGAMY) in planning games...

Sims 3 Details Emerge

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 10, Categories: Electronic Arts

Is this Will Wright’s year or what? Details of the mad genius game designer’s upcoming Sims 3, the continuation the best selling PC game franchise of all time, are coming...

EA’s Spore To Become First iPhone Game

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 06, Categories: Apple, Electronic Arts, Sega

Rushing past in a blur earlier today, my colleague and Apple (AAPL) columnist Arik Hesseldahl yelled something at me about the iPhone and Apple and my world being rocked later...

Turns Out, Spielberg Is The Spielberg of Games

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 03, Categories: Electronic Arts

A few weeks ago, Electronic Arts (ERTS) sat me down with an early build of the company’s upcoming Boom Blox for the Nintendo (NTDOY) Wii. Produced by EA’s Casual Entertainment...

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