The View From GameStop's Window: Retail Giant Talks Gaming In 2007

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343w ago - As previously reported on Gamasutra, the GameStop Expo is one of the most relevant events on the gaming calendar -- but one few know much about. Every year, managers from GameStop's some 5,000 retail stores gather to be presented the holiday lineups of publishers both major and minor in a trade show environment.

At this year's Expo, held at Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay casino/hotel, Gamasutra sat down with some of GameStop's senior management, including senior merchandising VP Bob McKenzie and marketing VP Tom DeNapoli.
 

Xbox 360 Could be 'Distant Third' By 2009

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343w ago - DFC predicts the game industry as a whole could generate $47 billion that year.
According to a series of recent reports by the research group DFC Intelligence, the game industry is poised to see enormous overall growth in 2009, just in time for the Xbox 360 to slip to a distant third place in the console race.

DFC estimates that the videogame market will swell to $47 billion by 2009, a 42 percent increase over the $33 billion generated by the industry in 2006. That forecast includes revenue from videogame hardware and software, dedicated portable system hardware and software (i.e. the DS and PSP - not mobile phones), PC games, and online PC and console games.

But the Xbox 360's selling power could be on the wane, according to DFC's research. The company has raised its forecast for the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 and lowered its forecast for Microsoft's console, predicting that the Wii will stay on top at least through 2008 and that the PS3 will move into overdrive in 2009.

"The Xbox 360 will need to build a strong base outside North America to avoid being in a fairly distant third," said DFC analyst David Cole. "We could have a situation where the Wii sells more hardware units, but by 2012 the PlayStation 3 is generating more software revenue."

Using three separate market...
 

Intel Purchases Game Tools Firm Havok

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343w ago - Chip giant Intel has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire major game tools company Havok for an unspecified sum, with the Irish-based firm to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel.

According to an official statement released alongside the late-Friday announcement: "The acquisition will enable developers in the digital animation and game communities to take advantage of Intel's innovation and technology leadership in the creation of digital media."
 

Capcom: "Three huge announcements" next week

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344w ago - Will the trade shows please end?! Tokyo Game Show picks up where Games Convention left off (which picked up where E3 left off etc) next week, with Japanese publishers said to be unleashing their big guns on the Makuhari Messe crowd.

Capcom in particular has been tipped for deployment of "three huge announcements," according to Australian site Game Player, which says it became savvy to the info at the recent Activate Asia 2007 conference in Cairns.

The site is apparently sworn to secrecy, but says the info has it "busting at the seams with excitement." Could this finally be the Dead Rising 2 news we've been waiting on, seemingly forever?

We've fired off a phone call to Capcom's UK op and unfortunately, it looks like they're all on holiday. We've left a message with their PR overlord and hopefully they'll get back to us before Wednesday.
 

Sharpen your skates: NHL 08 ships to retailers today!

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344w ago - Electronic Arts Inc. announced that the NHL® 08 videogame ships to retailers today in North America. EA SPORTS™ continues to lead the charge in the next gen era with advancements in AI intelligence, innovative controls, online depth and an unmatched level of authenticity to the sport. Already receiving critical acclaim as a Gold Award winner by Electronic Gaming Monthly, NHL 08 allows players to feel like they can play like a pro without ever touching the ice.

The revolutionary Skill Stick System evolves in NHL 08 and delivers an unparalleled level of control. An all-new deking system enables you to move the puck off your stick, to walk around a defender and give you space in front to challenge the goalie. For all the goaltenders out there, an all-new Goalie Mode feature lets you strap on the pads and be the last line of defense in net for the first time.

Showcasing true next-gen horsepower, an all-new intelligent CPU called On-The-Fly AI functionally coaches against you to counter your tendencies, and forces you to adjust your strategy. With Create-a-Play, you can hit the whiteboard and showcase your own strategic wisdom by customizing plays, recording them in practice mode and bringing them into game to outsmart your opponent. Innovative new online features such as Online Custom Leagues and Online...
 







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