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Web 2.0 Summit: Gaming

Trip Hawkins, Founder & CEO of Digital Chocolate, and Robert Kotick, CEO of Activision, take the stage to discuss “core gaming” with Webb Alert host Morgan Webb.

A bit slow getting started here, but Hawkins soon gets things moving by claiming traditional content is dead. We’re headed toward a world of immersive, social content, says Hawkins, a world in which content isn’t something that we pay to watch or listen to, but something we pay to participate in–a social experience.

Rumor has it Kotick is a huge fan of Activisions Guitar Hero game, but you wouldn’t know it from his demeanor. No axeman, he’s perfectly suited to discussing “casual gaming.” Webb asks if Kotick feels threatened by such gaming, which isn’t really Activision’s forte (at least not yet). The video business as you would traditionally define it is a $30 billion business, says Kotick, and we’re the No. 1 player in that market. To the extent that anything extends that market, we’re happy, he adds.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus