This Week in the Business: 'Console is not Dead.'

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

QUOTE | "Console is not dead."—David Cole, analyst at DFC Intelligence, talking with other execs about the global gaming market and how consoles will bring in $25 billion in 2017.

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QUOTE | "If PC gaming died, it came back rather quickly as a surprisingly sprightly and rosy-cheeked zombie."—Rob Fahey, veteran game journalist, talking about how consoles still have plenty of life in them .

QUOTE | "The Wii U could find itself on the outs sooner than Nintendo would like."—Chris Morris, game journalist, talking about Nintendo's poor E3 showing and what their exec's statements really meant.

QUOTE | "In many ways I am not all that excited about the next generation."—John Carmack, legendary game programmer and Doom creator, talking about next-gen consoles and why his virtual reality headgear is cooler.

STAT | 845 million—Number of users on Facebook, whose games product manager says "Games are extremely important to us."

QUOTE | "Investors are genuinely concerned about EA, rather than simply being spooked by rumors."—Rob Fahey, former editor of Gamesinudtry.biz, talking about EA's stock price drop this year and why it's happening.

STAT | 700,000—Number of units of indie dungeon crawler Binding of Isaac has sold, which surprised developer Edmund McMillen.

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QUOTE | "Ultimately, devices connected to the internet in a Windows-type environment are going to win"—Arthur Lewis, Dell exec, talking about why Alienware will win the battle for the living room.

STAT | $20 million—Amount that THQ has reduced their sales expected for fiscal year 2013 due to the delay of Enter the Dominatrix, their Saints Row the Third expansion.

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QUOTE | "We love SmartGlass. I think it's a killer initiative."—Frank Gibeau, EA Labels boss, talking about Microsoft's SmartGlass and how it puts pressure on Nintendo.

STAT | 2 years—Amount of jail time you could face in Japan for illegally downloading games or making unauthorized copies, if a proposed law passes.

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QUOTE | "The Xbox 720 'leak' strains credibility somewhat but offers some interesting ideas."—Richard Leadbetter, Eurogamer's technology expert, analyzes the document supposedly from Microsoft about the next-gen Xbox and beyond.

QUOTE | "I can't accept there's too much violence, when now there's more of everything."—Johnny Minkley, game broadcaster, talking about why violence in games is not a problem for the gaming industry.

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This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International

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DISCUSSION

darthmarsden
Darth Marsden

I dunno why I started doing this, it's so bloody boring.

"Console is not dead." David Cole, analyst at DFC Intelligence, talking with other execs about the global gaming market and how consoles will bring in $25 billion in 2017. He's right. It's not. I don't know who the hell said it was, but whoever it was - we don't all want to play simple little flash games on our phones, y'know.

"If PC gaming died, it came back rather quickly as a surprisingly sprightly and rosy-cheeked zombie." Rob Fahey, veteran game journalist, talking about how consoles still have plenty of life in them. Wow, that's a weird metaphor. No idea what to make of it. I don't think PC gaming will ever really die out though.

"The Wii U could find itself on the outs sooner than Nintendo would like." Chris Morris, game journalist, talking about Nintendo's poor E3 showing and what their exec's statements really meant. I don't think they will. The Wii U's got a lot of potential, even if it is just as a stable medium for developers to port games to without making use of the touchscreen. It's a next-gen console. It's what people want. But that said...

"In many ways I am not all that excited about the next generation." John Carmack, legendary game programmer and Doom creator, talking about next-gen consoles and why his virtual reality headgear is cooler. ...and neither am I. I've said it before and I'll say it again - I'm happy with things as they are.

845 million Number of users on Facebook, whose games product manager says "Games are extremely important to us." I don't care about Facebook. Like, at all. Next!

"Investors are genuinely concerned about EA, rather than simply being spooked by rumors." Rob Fahey, former editor of Gamesindustry.biz, talking about EA's stock price drop this year and why it's happening. Well, EA is pretty much Hell PLC at this point. :p

700,000 Number of units of indie dungeon crawler Binding of Isaac has sold, which surprised developer Edmund McMillen. Surprises me as well. Thought it was more.

"Ultimately, devices connected to the internet in a Windows-type environment are going to win" Arthur Lewis, Dell exec, talking about why Alienware will win the battle for the living room. Look at the Wii 'dashboard'. Make something like that, only cleaner and more professional, and you're there. That's all we need. NOT a Windows-alike.

$20 million Amount that THQ has reduced their sales expected for fiscal year 2013 due to the delay of Enter the Dominatrix, their Saints Row the Third expansion. I still think this made no sense. If you wanted money, making a stand-alone expansion would be quicker and easier than making it a full sequel. It'd be a quick buck, sure, but it'd keep you going until the proper SR4. *shrug*

"We love SmartGlass. I think it's a killer initiative." Frank Gibeau, EA Labels boss, talking about Microsoft's SmartGlass and how it puts pressure on Nintendo. SmartGlass doesn't affect me in any way, shape or form. NEXT!

2 years Amount of jail time you could face in Japan for illegally downloading games or making unauthorized copies, if a proposed law passes. Harsh, but I suspect fair. Piracy's a big thing, cracking down on it seems valid.

"The Xbox 720 'leak' strains credibility somewhat but offers some interesting ideas." Richard Leadbetter, Eurogamer's technology expert, analyzes the document supposedly from Microsoft about the next-gen Xbox and beyond. My views on it exactly. I wouldn't have worded it like that though. Sounds way too clunky. :)

"I can't accept there's too much violence, when now there's more of everything." Johnny Minkley, game broadcaster, talking about why violence in games is not a problem for the gaming industry. There is, now he mentions it. There's too much sex, for one thing. But violence is the big thing with games, and no-one can really deny that there's too much of it.

Also, noticed a misspelling with the Rob Fahey quote, in that [gamesindustry.biz] is spelled wrong. #corrections