Giant Online Revenue Falls, Still Rockin' the Chinese Market

Despite declining stock value, Giant Interactive — the company behind the intriguing MMO Zhengtu Online » 11/22/08 1:30pm 11/22/08 1:30pm, which is a mix of MMO, gambling, real money transactions, and gold farming — is still tearing up the Chinese market. Steve of PlayNoEvil has some interesting analysis up of some recent numbers, which have…

By the Numbers: Analyzing the Global Market

Gamasutra has an interesting — if dry — analysis of a variety of sales figures from Nintendo's investor presentation. While targeted towards a particular audience, the variety of graphs and pie charts illustrate what's going on in the global marketplace: handheld and console sales, as well as first- and third-party… » 11/09/08 1:30pm 11/09/08 1:30pm

Hype Cycles and Dysfunction: Game Journalism

Leigh Alexander has a nice piece up on what she calls the "dysfunctional family circle of game industry, game media, and game consumer," focusing on the whys and wherefores of the 'hype cycle,' hot (sometimes misleading) headlines, and a culture of jaded consumption. There's been a lot of talk of the problems of game… » 10/26/08 1:30pm 10/26/08 1:30pm

Launder That Money: RMTs in Asian MMOs

A gold farming/money laundering ring in South Korea has been accused of moving somewhere in the neighborhood of $38 million USD from Korea to China (with the help of real money transactions). According to PlayNoEvil, they made false purchases to a Hong Kong paper company to move the money, which is what eventually led… » 10/25/08 2:30pm 10/25/08 2:30pm

Video Games Equal Comfort In Troubled Economic TImes

Are video games the movies of our current economic slump? In an article wittily titled, "In Tough Economic Times, Video Games Console", NPR writer Laura Sydell explores the similarities between the growing popularity of video games in mainstream culture with the movie boom that occurred during The Great Depression in… » 9/24/08 11:20am 9/24/08 11:20am

Armature Founders on the 'Unsustainable' Business Model

As we mentioned earlier this week, three former members of Retro Studios ( Metroid Prime » 9/21/08 1:30pm 9/21/08 1:30pm) have and created Armature Studio. Mark Pacini, Todd Keller and Jack Mathews, three key development figures behind the franchise, chatted with Gamasutra about their reasons for creating a new studio, as well as the problems they…