49 posts and columns on videogames
News Bytequoted as saying he originally created the Pi for educational use.
The practically complete absence of rules or sanctions is nevertheless astonishing: civilians or protected objects such as churches or mosques can be attacked with impunity, in scenes portraying interrogations it is possible to torture, degrade or treat the prisoner inhumanely without being sanctioned for it and extrajudicial executions are simulated.
— From a 2007 study of war violence in video games by TRIAL, a Geneva-based organization that assists in cases involving international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The topic of whether the trivialization of war crimes as depicted in videogames warrants regulation is being revisited this week during the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Switzerland.
News Bytereported third-quarter earnings today, exceeding internal guidance because of strong sales of its own uDraw GameTablet, a $70 art accessory for the Nintendo Wii. It shipped 1.2 million units in the quarter. Still, the videogame developer and publisher reported a loss of $14.9 million, or 22 cents a share, compared with a year-ago profit. THQ’s revenues totaled $314.6 million, falling 11 percent from 2009. In after-hours trading, THQ’s stock dropped nearly 13 percent to $5.60 a share.
News ByteMike Shields at MediaWeek. Shields says Massive had three problems: 1) the market for in-game ads never got nearly as big as predicted 2) Electronic Arts, which represented a big chunk of the revenue Massive did have, brought its business in-house and 3) Microsoft’s Xbox unit never bought into the deal in the first place.