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Archives: June 2008

EA Unleashes Spore Creature Creator

Posted by: Matt Vella on June 18, Categories: Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts has released the so-called Spore Creature Creator, which allows players to generate infinitely varied 3D critters and interact with them. It's a tantalizing, obscenely fun preview of the...

Another Day, Another EA-Take-Two Deadline

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

Electronics Arts’ $2 billion take-over bid for Take-Two Interactive has gotten so absurdly dramatic I wonder whether it’s all finally going to end up in an estate lily pond, Dynasty-style....

LeakGate: Microsoft and Activision Plans Out of the Bag

Posted by: Matt Vella on June 16, Categories: Microsoft

Gamers are gleefully mulling over the contents of leaked documents that just may reveal top-secret projects from Activision and Microsoft. Gaming blogs exploded over the weekend in reaction to the...

Tokyo Stabbing Puts Damper on Konami's MGS4 Launch

Posted by: Kenji Hall on June 11, Categories: Konami

Konami seems to have caved to the notion that video game violence begets violence. The company has canceled three events in Japan for the launch of Metal Gear Solid 4:...

3G iPhone? Yawn. Games Are The Real Story

Posted by: Matt Vella on June 09, Categories: Apple

Yeah, yeah, a cheaper, faster, generally more-capable iPhone optionally available in – shocker – white is coming in July. Snooze. The special sauce in Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference keynote...

MGS4 + Uniqlo: Worlds Collide, Awesomely

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

Sometimes more is better. Metal Gear Solid 4 designer Hideo Kojima and Japanese fast-fashion retailer Uniqlo are collaborating in celebration of the June 12 release of the latest sequel in...

Take-Two’s (Predictable) Profit-Surge

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

Crime pays. High on the success of its gangland epic Grand Theft Auto IV, Take-Two Interactive today announced surging second quarter results, reporting net profits of $98.2 million or $1.29...

Dr. Gamer

Posted by: Kenji Hall on June 01, Categories: Health

Shigeru Miyamoto, the Nintendo exec whose obsession over his own weight led him to create Wii Fit, isn’t the only Dr. Gamer in town. Just last week, the Robert Wood...


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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