This Week in the Business: 200 Million

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

QUOTE | "We know we owe a great deal." - Sony's statement to its "valued" PSN partners as the company began to restore the PlayStation Network in some countries.


QUOTE | "Derivative, uninspired, narcissistic." - Former Ubisoft developer and Splinter Cell and Far Cry 2 designer Clint Hocking's unkind assessment of Rockstar's L.A. Noire.

TWIST | "L.A. Noire's being lauded for its impressive facial animation tech, but its real impact on the industry is far greater, arguably bringing relevance to the gaming medium as a whole" - Industry Gamers writer David Radd.

STAT | 200 Million – The number of downloads Rovio's mobile sensation Angry Birds has seen to date, as the company prepares to go public in 2-3 years.

QUOTE | "Affecting industry in a very negative way." - Silicon Knights' Denis Dyack argues that Nintendo is right about the flood of mobile apps devaluing games.

QUOTE | "Core game companies are afraid." - Social developer Will Harbin of Kixeye reacts to Denis Dyack's assertion that Facebook gaming will "crash hard."

STAT | 5 Million – The number of iOS games downloaded per day in March in the U.S. and six European countries, according to research firm Newzoo.


QUOTE | "One of the big ones." - THQ CEO Brian Farrell's insistence that his company can rub shoulders with giants like EA and Activision.

QUOTE | "Not cannibalistic." - GameStop boss Dan DeMatteo insists that digital gaming can thrive alongside boxed product as GameStop's digital revenues jumped 53% in Q1.


QUOTE | "Apple as inspiration." - DFC Intelligence analyst David Cole's suggestion that Nintendo look at Apple and try to "upgrade iOS people to DS products."

STAT | 200,000 – The number of codes GameStop sold for the Call of Duty Black Ops Escalation DLC in the first week for Xbox Live, as GameStop sees DLC being just as important as physical now.


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I think "upgrading" to DS from iOS would be a very hard sell. Apple devices are feature rich, Nintendo devices are not. More likely, people would upgrade from a DS to an iOS.