This Week in the BusinessS

What's happened in the business of video games this past week...

QUOTE | "Unquestionable." - id programming genius John Carmack states that "within a very short time" mobile devices should eclipse the current consoles.

QUOTE | "They'll talk sh*t but they'll buy it." - Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski admits that he and everyone else will buy a Wii U simply because it's from Nintendo.

QUOTE | "Making an issue of gender." - Female game developer Quinn Dunki believes Clint Hocking's comments about "viking culture" in game development are an "aspect of the problem."

QUOTE | "Transcends anything before." - EA CEO John Riccitiello professes his love for Nintendo's Wii U and the tablet controller which he says offers something "really powerful."

STAT | $11 million – The latest sales figure for Epic Games' popular iOS title Infinity Blade, which was at $10 million just one month earlier.

QUOTE | 'We need to be on The Daily Show." - BioShock creator Ken Levine talks about the marketing challenges that game makers face today and notes that more mainstream appearances by designers would help.

STAT | 14.7 hours per month – The amount of time that the average iPhone gamer plays games, which is nearly double the time spent playing by the average mobile gamer, according to Nielsen.

QUOTE | "We would absolutely welcome that." - EA senior vice president of Global Online David DeMartini talks about bringing other publishers' content to EA's Origin service, which would put it in competition with the likes of Steam and Direct2Drive.

STAT | $112 billion – The total gaming spend in 2015, according to research firm Gartner, which says that the total gaming market will be worth about $74 billion at the end of 2011.

QUOTE | "Era of dedicated handhelds over." - Electronics firm LG comments on the growing market for smartphones as it launches its 3D-enabled LG Optimus phone, heavily supported by Gameloft.

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