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Archives: April 2008

Take-Two Shares Up, Wonder Why?

Posted by: Matt Vella on April 29, Categories: Take Two Interactive

Rockstar's epic Grand Theft Auto IV is out and -- by all initial accounts -- brilliant. (Our review is forthcoming.) Initial reviews are nearly entirely positive and as a consequence,...

Nintendo Rakes It In...But For How Long?

Posted by: Kenji Hall on April 24, Categories: Nintendo

Not even a slowing economy and an unfavorably strong Japanese yen could get in Nintendo’s way. For the fiscal year through March, the video game company reported on April 24...

Virgin America Gaming: Not All That

Posted by: Matt Vella on April 22, Categories: Misc

The uber-slick, post-iPod experience of flying Virgin America is a winning one. I find myself tempted to not even comparison shop when flying home to California given how superior the...

Sony Delays PlayStation Home Again

Posted by: Kenji Hall on April 22, Categories: Sony

Delayed again. After keeping gamers waiting for months, Sony has acknowledged that, for the second time, it will postpone the rollout of Home--the online, real-time social networking service for...

Medaverse's Founders Talk About Nintendo WiiWare

Posted by: Kenji Hall on April 18, Categories: Nintendo

It's been many years since people stopped thinking of video games as a cottage industry. But as the multibillion dollar industry has matured, the little guys who were its heart...

Gaming By Numbers

Posted by: Matt Vella on April 17, Categories: Misc

In this week's magazine, we take a look at -- surprise -- the game industry's changing demographics. The video game industry is in mid-revolution. Sales are getting a boost from...

EA-Take-Two, The Deadline's Tomorrow

Posted by: Matt Vella on April 17, Categories: Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (ERTS) set a deadline of April 18 for Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) shareholders to take the company up on its $2 billion offer, or roughly $26 per share. The...

Portfolio: Activision CEO Bobby Kotick

Posted by: Matt Vella on April 17, Categories: Activision-Blizzard

This month’s issue of Portfolio has a nice question-and-answer with Activision (ATVI) CEO Bobby Kotick. The piece, written by Kevin Maney, goes over the basics of how Kotick got into...

Metal Gear, Biggest Console MMO of ’08?

Posted by: Matt Vella on April 15, Categories: Sony

I can’t help but wonder about that, especially given the flurry of excitement over initial tidbits of information about the upcoming release of Metal Gear Online for PS3 on Sony’s...

GTA IV: The Background

Posted by: Matt Vella on April 15, Categories: Take Two Interactive

In this week’s magazine, I write about the upcoming April 29 release of Grand Theft Auto IV in the shadow of Electronic Arts’ (ERTS) heated play for Rockstar Games parent...


No longer child's play, the booming global games market is worth billions of dollars. In Games, Inc., BusinessWeek Innovation writer Matt Vella and Tokyo correspondent Kenji Hall analyze emerging business trends in video games and interactive entertainment. They’ll examine everything from button-mashing, chart-topping, console games to serious games commissioned by big corporations to train staff. They’ll also map the evolution of expansive virtual worlds and go behind the strategies at companies that are turning play into big business.

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