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Report: Online Gaming Up 22 Percent as Console Revenue Drops

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284w ago - ComScore's data by itself suggests that gamers are seeking cheap, if not free, online games in greater numbers. Compared to other metrics, does it mean movement away from consoles?

To quote: VentureBeat [Register or Login to view links] the figures, which show online gaming posting a 22 percent year-over-year boost in players from May 2008 to May 2009.

Coincidentally, the number fits with a 23 percent slide in console game revenues (attributed to NPD), and the 20 percent reduction in console game sales some analysts expect for the second quarter of this year.

Yahoo! Games and EA Online continue to be the heavyweights in this space, with more than 19 and 17 million unique visitors, respectively. EA's total is up 34 percent from a year ago.

But large brands like Disney Games and MSN Games also saw declines in unique visits. ComScore's director for gaming also notes that online games are growing at 10 times the rate of the overall U.S. Internet population.
 

The Pirate Bay Bought By Global Gaming Factory X

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286w ago - After the lengthy Pirate Bay trial and verdict along with an appeal and a biased judge, it appears a Swedish software firm named Global Gaming Factory X has [Register or Login to view links] the network for 60 million SEK (Approx $8 million USD).

Press Release: STOCKHOLM, Jun 30, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The listed software company, Global Gaming Factory X AB (publ) (GGF) acquires The Pirate Bay website, http://www.thepiratebay.org, one of the 100 most visited Web sites in the world and the technology company Peerialism, that has developed next generation file-sharing technology.

Following the completion of the acquisitions, GGF intends to launch new business models that allow compensation to the content providers and copyright owners. The responsibility for, and operation...
 

Sony to Develop Gaming Phone, PSP Phone Finally a Reality?

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286w ago - Over the last few years there have been countless rumors that Sony has plans (and even a patent) for a PSP phone. Finally some confirmation has surfaced courtesy of the Nikkei business daily.

It reported this morning that Sony is considering developing a cellphone-game gear hybrid in a bid to better compete with Apple Inc's highly popular iPod and iPhone.

To quote: Sony plans to set up a project team as early as July to develop a new product that combines functions of its portable game player and Sony Ericsson's mobile phones, the Nikkei said.

Sony Ericsson is a cellphone joint venture between Sony and Sweden's Ericsson.

A growing number of game-makers including Capcom Co Ltd and Square Enix Holdings are now offering software for the iPod and iPhone to take advantage of the Apple products' popularity, posing a threat to Sony's PlayStation Portable and Nintendo Co Ltd's DS.
 

Rumor: PS3 Slim to Be Further Stripped of Non-gaming Aspects

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286w ago - According to N4G poster Super_Secret (who [Register or Login to view links] last week that PS3 Firmware 2.80 would be released on Wednesday), the rumored PS3 Slim will arrive lacking some non-gaming features found in current PlayStation 3 console versions.

To quote: The support for other operating systems will be one such featured stripped, as well as other hardware changes, including the on/off switch in the back of the console.

Obviously only time will tell if Super_Secret is correct once again, however, it would make sense considering Sony has already docked features from the original 60GB PS3 in order to offer the current reduced price (and feature) revisions.
 

PSP Go Still Functional as Gaming System in Closed State

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287w ago - Obviously the PSP Go is designed to be a gaming system in its open state, but what about when it's closed?

JoyStiq (linked above) contacted Sony to find out if it was even possible to play games in the handheld's shuttered mode and if the company had any titles in development that would utilize the functionality.

To quote: A representative for Sony told us it hasn't announced any titles in development that strictly use the PSP Go's L/R shoulder buttons, but that "users will be able to play those games with the PSP Go in closed mode."

The Sony rep continued, "Users will be able to access content and applications on the XMB such as videos, music and Skype when the panel is closed - but users will need to launch the application first before closing the panel."

Other accessible features when the panel is closed include "original applications," like the clock and calendar.
 
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