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Atari Speaks on Second-Hand Video Game Sales and the Industry

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307w ago - Various video game publishers have spoke out recently to either condone or criticize second-hand video game sales for eating into their profits.

Atari president Phil Harrison isn't worried though, as he says their future strategy is to make games that people will want to keep hold of stating: "it's no coincidence that the most valuable games, the one's that have the most lifetime as a game experience, are the one's that don't get resold, that don't get traded.

The games that have the embedded community, the embedded commerce, the extended, expandable experiences, are the one's that you would never want to trade, the one's you want to keep hold of. And that's perfectly in line with our future strategy so we're not that concerned about it," he said.

To quote: Speaking at the Atari Live event in London yesterday, the publisher said that to avoid games being sold on by consumers, the industry needs to offer more online features, whether adding extra content, social functions or financial services.

"Second hand game sales represent consumer choice and desire," said David Gardner, CEO of Atari.

"Obviously, it has economically been extremely painful for the...
 

Microsoft's Helping Hand Through Sony PlayStation Advertising

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309w ago - Ever thought you would read this in a headline?

Well in any case, below is pictured a leaflet from Microsoft Windows Vista unconsciously advertising for PlayStation instead of Xbox or Xbox 360.

The sheet contains a photo with 2 guys playing with PlayStation 2 controllers!

Surely an oversight by Microsoft, but one they probably will not like once it catches up with them.

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Sony files Hand-held Touchscreen & Digital Tactile Pixels Patents

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329w ago - Panajev2001a posted on NeoGAF (linked above) that Sony was recently granted a patent for what many think could be the next PSP or PSP phone. The [Register or Login to view links] is for a 'hand-held device with touchscreen and digital tactile pixels'.

The patent application states that the device could be used as a "game device, phone, portable media player, email device, Web browser device or navigation device."

Another patent was granted for a "data-transfer using hand-held device." The device would be able to "recognize a remote device from a signal generated by the remote device detector, recognize a gesture from a signal generated by the case motion sensor as a result of motion of the case; and transfer a file with the file transfer device from the memory to the remote device or vice versa in response to recognition of the gesture."

To cite: HAND-HELD DEVICE...
 
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