Just some random interesting links as I clear out my collection here…
- All the industry folks are abuzz over the revelations that the ESA may downsize E3, turning it into nothing but private meeting rooms, as the larger publishers all leave to make their own events (a practice that more and more publishers have been pursuing anyway). What will this mean? Well, individual events will never get the media hype that E3 gets. The big publishers can show enough simultaneous titles to run a show. Smaller folks will get frozen out a little bit more from the traditional gaming media, since it will be harder to attract attention. More marketing will have to shift to the web. The media will get clearer pictures of the games at this downsized E3, but the happy accident of finding a cool game tucked in a corner will probably be reduced.
- BusinessWeek on the use of games for treating post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Echoing the discussions on “game-hopping” in Korea that we had recently, here’s an article in which C|Net discusses the arc and lifespan of MMOs in China [edit: link fixed], with one analyst claiming that WoW is 1/3 through its viable lifespan there. Are the days of the enduring hit gone forever? I personally think that no, they aren’t — choice doesn’t always mean that people will not stick longer, but it does mean that hits become harder to come by, just as they are in TV.
- Speaking of games that keep on trucking and show growth when you don’t expect it, Puzzle Pirates has announced 2m registered users. Arr, Daniel, ye knows that registered users be a landlubber’s metric! Still, congratulations are in order, as it’s a significant achievement, and speaks well for the business model that Three Rings has adopted with micropayment doubloons.
- Cross-gender roleplay hits Reuters, and nothing new gets said. Second Life needs to add the Spivak gender as many text-based virtual worlds have. 🙂
On a side note, COBRA is a pain in the butt. And my computer is overheating, but all the fans still seem to be running. How do you tell which fan is the problem? 😛