Articles of Interest

Lots of interesting news this past week:

  • Via Slashdot, LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy sold more than 1.1M copies in a week’s time. Everyone’s calling the game “fun for the whole family” (including the mainstream press)… more evidence in favor of those trying to broaden the market.
  • Sony announced that it would add HDMI to the 20GB PS3 and preemptively cut its price in Japan. Someone’s … getting … nervous… (and it ain’t Microsoft or Nintendo).
  • MTVN is acquiring Harmonix for $175M. Other developers (of similar size) have sold for about 1/10 of that value in the past year. And bear in mind, Harmonix doesn’t even retain full right to Guitar Hero — Activision snatched that up when it acquired Red Octane. Remember when I said Harmonix was building a lifestyle brand? I think that strategy served them pretty well.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Personal note: I spent the past few days looking non-stop for a home and car (which is why I’ve been quiet.) First day on the job at MSFT is tomorrow — I’ll be spending it in new employee orientation. Eve says I could use a bit of orienting.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

3 responses to “Articles of Interest

  1. I can\’t wait to hear how things go at Microsoft. I\’m sorry I missed you before you left — ships in the night and all that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hey David — You’ve probably already seen it, but I ran across this article on a new fitness gaming center (including exercise-controlled-Xboxes) a couple of days ago and thought you might be interested.

  3. Hi Michael — yes, I noticed that, but thanks for mentioning it. I didn’t draw attention to the fitness center because it felt like “yet another” fancy arcade trying to using existing (and insufficient) products and technologies to provide a less-than-meaningful exertainment experience. I should write a whole article about this subject…

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