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Archives: May 2008

Greenpeace: Console-makers Playing Dirty

Posted by: Matt Vella on May 21, Categories: Misc

Greenpeace is taking on the major gaming console manufacturers. The group of outspoken greenniks is accusing the big gaming three – Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony – of "playing dirty" because...

B-Dubs Got Punked!

Posted by: Matt Vella on May 16, Categories: BW Arcade

We launched BusinessWeek Arcade a few weeks back and low and behold game-designer/artist/agitator Mark Essen a.k.a. Messhof subversively replaced the game we were linking to, You Found The Grappling Hook,...

A Breakdown of Sony's Gaming Numbers

Posted by: Kenji Hall on May 14, Categories: Sony

What of the prospects for Sony’s video game business? It’s one of the two core business divisions for the tech company that continues to be a drag on earnings. (The...

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 HitsThe Big 1-0

Posted by: Matt Vella on May 14, Categories: Microsoft

Just as the bitterly-fought race for the Democratic presidential nomination comes to an end, the tit-for-tat of the console race between Sony and Microsoft is heating up. Microsoft is taking...

Analyzing EA's Titanic Loss

Posted by: Matt Vella on May 13, Categories: Electronic Arts

Leigh Alexander, who is now tasked with writing Kotaku's more in-depth think pieces, has a nicely detailed analysis of Electronic Arts' financial performance in fiscal 2008. She writes: Despite having...

Help! My Wii Says I’m Fat

Posted by: Matt Vella on May 09, Categories: Nintendo

As Nintendo gears up its next big thing – the May 19 release of Wii Fit – games blogs and websites are abuzz over what might be described as the...

Grand Theft Auto Rakes In Record Sales

Posted by: Matt Vella on May 08, Categories: Take Two Interactive

Expectations for sales of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto IV were high – but maybe not high enough. Official figures released yesterday by publisher Take-Two Interactive show the game blew...

PlayTest: Boom Blox

Posted by: Matt Vella on May 07, Categories: PlayTest

Editor's Rating: The Good: Engrossing realistic physics. Precise motion controls. Cheeky graphics. The Bad: None. Really. The Bottom Line: The best casual gaming has to offer and possibly the best...

Is There A Glut of Good Games?

Posted by: Matt Vella on May 06, Categories: Misc

Are there too many good games? It sure seems that way right now. After a post-holiday dry spell, the triple-A titles are rolling in. And, by all indications, it looks...

Gran Turismo, The Ultimate “Brand Ambassador?”

Posted by: Matt Vella on May 06, Categories: Sony

A little more than a year ago, as Nissan was laying the groundwork for the launch of its GT-R supercar in the United States, a high-level marketing executive first put...

My Weekend in Liberty City

Posted by: Matt Vella on May 05, Categories: Take Two Interactive

Grand Theft Auto IV has finally made it into gamers' hands: it's big, bawdy, and utterly brilliant. For too many reasons to count last week was a frustrated mess...


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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