What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...
QUOTE | "Max Payne 3's f***ing brilliant."—Matias Myllyrinne, CEO of Remedy Entertainment, commenting on Max Payne 3, which they got to play with in the course of advising Rockstar about the game.
QUOTE | "There needs to be another price reduction on the PS3."—Colin Sebastian, analyst for RW Baird, joining other analysts in saying that Sony needs to cut the PS3's price in order boost sales.
STAT | 25% – Amount game industry retail store sales in the USA dropped in March versus March 2011, according to the latest figures from NPD.
QUOTE | "I hope and would actively encourage Microsoft and Sony to embrace the 'Nuclear Option.'"—Richard Browne, veteran game industry executive, saying that next-gen consoles should prevent used games to save single-player gaming and mid-tier publishers.
QUOTE | "Graphics power [will] catch up with—and perhaps even exceed—the capabilities of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3."—Richard Leadbetter, veteran hardware analyst for Eurogamer, on the state of smartphone and tablet graphics in the coming year.
QUOTE | "Some crazy 75 percent or 85 percent discount ... damages the long-term value of a game."—Guillaume Rambourg, managing director of GoG.com, talking about why big discounts like what Steam offers are bad for the game industry.
QUOTE | "My main inspiration is how incredibly aggravatingly, blandly horrible the majority of Hollywood's output is these days."—Peter Molyneux, legendary game designer, talking about what's motivating him at his new startup studio 22 Cans.
QUOTE | "We're still in the infancy of understanding what's possible and what it really means for a game to be social."—Bob Bates, Chief Creative Officer for External Studios at Zynga, talking about what it's like designing social games at Zynga.
STAT | 98%—Amount the tablet market will grow in 2012 with Apple leading the way to 118.9 million units sold this year, according to estimates by Gartner Research.
QUOTE | "GameStop's not dumb enough to threaten not to sell the next generation consoles."—Veteran game journalist Chris Morris, talking about why next-gen consoles will still allow used games to be played.
STAT | 371,000—Number of Xbox 360s sold in the USA during March, the best-selling console for the 15th month in a row, according to NPD figures.
QUOTE | "They will strip down the free version [of PSN] to multiplayer and not much else."— Michael Pachter, analyst at Wedbush Securities, talking about what Sony may do to the PlayStation Network in order to increase revenue.
STAT | 24 million—Number of registered players for the free-to-play MMO game World of Tanks, since it launched last year on April 12, 2011.