What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...
QUOTE | "Xbox 720 will be a true hybrid console."—Jesse Divnich, analyst with EEDAR describes how he thinks the next Xbox will function, supporting abundant cloud features but not abandoning physical software.
QUOTE | "Zelda should inspire all developers to innovate and evolve for the fans."—Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey comments along with several other developers on the lasting impact the Zelda franchise has had on the industry.
QUOTE | "That's f***ing bullshit."—Ken Levine of Irrational Games on design, saying"I have no patience for any game designer who says everybody should design games just like I do."
QUOTE | "New forms of games are growing, but not necessarily at the expense of other forms of games."—Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime on why the rising tide of gaming is lifting all boats, even Nintendo's despite the surge in social and smartphone gaming.
STAT | 118 million —The number of people who play social games at least once per week, according to a survey by Information Solutions Group.
QUOTE | "The collapse of the traditional games business has paved the way for a new economy."—Matt Martin, editor of GamesIndustry.biz, on 7 UK studios to watch in the coming year.
QUOTE | "Didn't I just spend 20+ years of my life trying to get away from graphics and gameplay models like this?"— Warren Spector talking about the rise of mobile and social games.
QUOTE | "The social games industry is long overdue for a weeding, which may already be underway."—Scott Steinberg, industry analyst on the 5 threats to social games and what developers should be aware of.
QUOTE | "We believe we can drive the adoption of Android tablets as a great gaming device."—GameStop President Tony Bartel is "very pleased" with GameStop's tablet sales so far, as the retailer has big plans for the emerging tablets space.
STAT | 44 percent—Nielsen found that nearly half of kids (ages 6-12) greatly desire an iPad this holiday season, much more than a 3DS, Wii, Xbox 360, PS3 or other electronic device.
QUOTE | "Give us five years and I think as many people will know about gaming as they do about movies."—Won Il Sue, VP of business development at Nexon, on why games will be mainstream in five years.