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.  🙂

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.  😉

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