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Are Game Demos Bad For Business?

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331w ago - According to a study conducted by the Electronic Entertainment Design and Research Group, the best-selling titles on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 were not released alongside a playable demo.

Discussed at last week's MI6 game marketing conference, the study suggests that publishers should release only trailers for upcoming titles.

Researchers of the study, Gregory Short and Geoffery Zatkin, concluded that if publishers must release a demo, they should begin producing the demo after the game's release, so as to avoid interruptions with the development of the final product.

Well, this study would certainly be more interesting if the actual games included in it were shown. If the overall tally includes games like Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4, then it all makes perfect sense.
 

Star Ocean 4 Scan Shows Amazing Visuals

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331w ago - Star Ocean: Second Evolution Japanese TV Commercial video is below...

A Star Ocean 4 from Dengeki magazine scan follows too.

Enjoy guys!



 

25% Off USED PS3 Games from Gamestop/EB Games!

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332w ago - Today hacked2123 let us know of a coupon (below, click to enlarge and print) that allows you to get 25% OFF used PS3 games from Gamestop/EB Games.

To quote: Just click "View Image" and print. Valid 4/11-4/17

Valid on up to 2 games, Limit 1 Per customer.

That means you can pick up games like COD3 for far less than $25!
 

The Coming of the Holodeck!

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332w ago - Virtuality reality at a desktop computer has always seemed so – how should I say it? – unreal. Now a new generation of inexpensive video cameras that sense 3D information is taking a tiny step toward the Star Trek Holodeck.

Take a peek at the video that Mitchell Kapor and Philippe Bossut posted Friday demonstrating software that allows navigation in virtual world environment without a mouse or a keyboard. Video can be seen here:





Mr. Kapor was the original investor in Second Life and he took up the idea of a prototype navigation system after he and Mr. Bossut began thinking about the implications of cameras such as the prototype from 3DV Systems, an Israeli company that has begun showing the ZCam, a low cost, real-time depth sensing video camera.

The camera can translate human hand motion or body motion into the movements of a virtual character inside Second Life. The demonstration works by placing the camera near the computer screen and pointing it at the human navigator. It is possible to move forward by leaning forward and move backwards by leaning back. It is also possible to jump and even fly around in cyberspace with the correct hand gestures.

It all looks like great fun, but is it, as they say, more than a dancing...
 

Sony: Microsoft right about downloadable media predictions

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332w ago - Well here's one that is sure to cause quite a debate. While speaking at an ELSPA press conference recently, Sony Computer Entertainment UK's Ray Maguire offered his insight on where he sees the direction of gaming media going, saying that within the next 10 years 90% of game sales will be online.

Maguire elaborated on his beliefs, saying: "We have a situation that if you're a retailer you're currently responsible for the goods that come through your chain," he continues "But that's not true with ISPs in the future.

This isn't merely a games industry issue. It's an issue for every industry with companies that have a website, and when we look at user generated content it's a people issue."

Hmm... Well considering Microsoft has said all along they feel they "backed the right horse" and claimed that Sony knows downloadable media is the next big thing, which is why they are implementing it into their plans, do we look at Microsoft trailblazing and say that they are indeed on the right path?

In a recent interview ex Microsoft exec Sandy Duncan told us that "dedicated games devices i.e. consoles (and handhelds) will die [out] in the next 5 to 10 years," he has since gone on to launch his own blog devoted to the discussion.
 
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