- John Riccittielo says we have the movie industry worried, in an interview for the Financial Times. He says: “Our industry is passing through a phase where I believe the greatest games will be viewed by almost everybody as being as important as Best Picture at the Academy Awards.” To me he is stating the obvious and is doing so to educate an audience that may not realise what is happening in the real world. Gaming will grow to be bigger than movies and TV combined, this is why the companies behind the movie industry are now investing so much in the games industry.
- Tesco, the huge British general retailer, is launching a digital download service catchily called Tesco Digital. “Tesco Digital will launch next month, offering 3.3m songs with plans to add TV shows and computer games.” There is going to be a lot more of this to come as major companies try to claim a stake in the carve up of the digital downloads market. Anyone who isn’t in is going to lose out big time as digital distribution becomes the main way we receive our entertainment. Cardboard and plastic distribution is a dinosaur.
- BBC iPlayer coming to a “broad range of devices.” Already on the Wii, they mention the PS3, so presumably the Xbox 360 must be on the cards. This looks like a guerrilla campaign by the BBC to bring the internet to a grinding halt and so force people back to watching broadcast TV.
- Tanya Byron compares games to heroin and cocaine on BBC television. You can complain to the BBC here http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/make_complaint_step1.shtmlÂ many already have. Add your voice to the common sense we need.
- Sony are doing market research in to why so many PSP owners hack their machines. The answer is simple, if you can steal all your content for free, with no danger of being caught,Â then why bother paying for it? This is why most publishers don’t developÂ for it and when they do they don’t invest too much into making a game.Â Sony need to tighten up a lot on their next generation PSP or it will all happen again.
- Sony say Microsoft are right. Downloadable content will take over from cardboard and plastic distribution. Makes blu ray look like a waste of time then.
- Mario Kart Wii won’t work on a chipped Wii. This is excellent, turning these thieves’ consoles into useless bricks. Nintendo take this very seriously, it is a pity about the DS but I am sure that it’s successor will be a lot more secure.
- Analyst expects GTA IV sales in the USA to be 60/40 in favour of Microsoft Xbox 360. As this will be a massive system seller we are talking about a huge potential blow to Sony here. Winning this battle could decide who wins this HD console war.