Posts Tagged ‘Zynga’

What Happened This Week – Money Hats For Everyone

A good evening to all of you! My apologies for the lateness of this update, suffice it to say it’s been a busy week on this end. Still, there’s just enough time for a news rundown, so let’s get at it. Tonight, we talk about the following:

  • PopCap is looking for a billion-dollar acquisition, and EA looks to be the buyer.  Why fight Zynga when you can pay others to do it?
  • Streaming game service Gaikai teams up with WalMart to let you play game demos online through your browser.  Bandwidth-capping ISPs are going to love this.
  • An internal newsletter reveals Eve Online developers debating the merits of microtransactions.  The internet’s response: casual and relaxed.  So very, very relaxed.
  • Rumors are a-circulatin’ that Xenoblade Chronicles might not make to America.  Europe is stunned by the possibility of being the lucky ones this time.
  • Namco-Bandai admits that Microsoft paid them $Texas to keep Tales of Vesperia on the 360 in the west.  Hmm… you think that’d get Valkyria Chronicles 3 over here?
  • Microsoft also plans to use Kinect for interactive advertising on TV and in games.  Oh goody, more of the opposite of what I wanted!

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What Happened This Week – Trading the Weird for the Insolvent

Goooooooood evening!  Hope all of you are braving the latest storm of the century, seems like we get one of those every five minutes.  And then the sun comes out at the end of it just to spite us, that’s just unfair.  But I digress.  It’s time for What Happened This Week, and all the unusual merriment the topic brings.  In tonight’s topics:

  • China was revealed to have used prisoners for goldfarming in an unusual twist on forced labor.  Well, at least nobody can opt out of raid night.
  • Zynga prepares for an IPO in two weeks.  Gamers and financial experts look at each other and shrug, gamers with financial knowledge (or vice versa) start panicking.
  • Sony plans its bone-crushing five hour E3 event.  Someone’s compensating for something, like an unexpected loss even before the hack took place.
  • On the other hand, the PS4 won’t see the Big McLargehuge development costs of the PS3.  So, hey, they learned something.  I hope.
  • On BioWare looking for artists.  Yes, Dragon Age 2 dropped the ball in several areas.  Yes, Dragon Age III is still a day one pickup for me.  Yes, I am a consumer whore.
  • Speaking of which, CD Projekt patches out DRM from retail copies of The Witcher 2.  Oh CDP, you had me at hello!
  • President Obama gets strange (and awesome) gifts, GRIN blames Square for its bankruptcy, and more!

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What Happened This Week – It Only Leaks Everything

Greetings and salutations!  Time for the news, and what a busy week it’s been for that.  You gotta hand it to Sony, when it comes to spectacular failures they’re such hard act to follow.  Anyway, let’s see what’s happening:

  • Sony’s PSN saga thus far: Network goes down, small problem; company waited a week to warn of compromised personal info, big problem.
  • The scope of the hack has hit mainstream news, and both state and federal investigations are being conducted.  Sony’s marketing team prepares to make themselves taller.
  • What does this mean for Sony’s E3 showing?  Probably more than it does for their long-term prospects.  The internet never forgets, but it does have a short attention span.
  • Kaz Hirai’s press conference: Please overlook password insecurity with this free month of PSN+.  The month is also cursed.
  • Zynga acquires EA’s chief operating officer and a UK office. It’s like the 90s all over again, only closer to a depressing cyberpunk dystopia!
  • Portal 2 making-of feature hints it may be “Valve’s last game with an isolated single-player experience.”  That screaming you’re hearing is the Half-Life fanbase.
  • Nintendo issues a statement that the Wii 2 will be at E3.  Also, getting to 90% of the sales target for the 3DS is considered a flop, apparently.
  • Smurfs dancing game screenshots and Love Plus on the 3DS offer definitive proof that our creator has abandoned us.

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What Happened This Week – Impulse Buys and Picking Fights Poorly

Goooood evening, friends! It’s news roundup time, and have we got some stories for you. Here’s the latest:

  • Stardock CEO speaks out on selling Impulse to GameStop, but the reasoning behind the sale remains unclear.  Also, he claims his fingers were broken in a “boking” accident.
  • Nintendo and Sony commiserate over stock price and handheld launch woes.  Those two should get together more often.
  • Sony says price isn’t a make-or-break factor for a platform’s launch.  Uh-oh.
  • Rumor mill discussion over an alleged Sony insider leaking E3 2011 details.  Kaz Hirai and Jack Tretton to fight to the death confirmed.
  • EA thinks it can take on Zynga.  Details to follow in the documentary Wall Street 3: Make Games or Die Trying.
  • Ubisoft thinks it can take on EA and Activision.  Their likely response: “Ubi-who now?”
  • BioWare’s Mass Effect 2 deal, PopCap Games loses their mind, and much more!

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