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This Week in the Business: 'Game Consoles are Fundamentally Doomed'

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

QUOTE | "Game consoles are fundamentally doomed."—Richard Garriott, designer of the Ultima series discussing the state of the game industry.

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QUOTE | "Xbox 360's a must have holiday item."—EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich says that people pepper spraying other customers over Xbox 360 shows how hugely in demand Microsoft's console is right now.

QUOTE | "Steam makes piracy a non-issue."—Valve co-founder Gabe Newell on how Steam's service is like DRM that customers can love.

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STAT | 2.37 million— Number of Nintendo 3DS units sold in 8 months in the USA surpassing the number of DS units sold in the first 12 months.

QUOTE | "If you care about games you're going to want a Vita."—Michael Denny, Sony Worldwide Studios Senior VP on why the PS Vita is going to be a very important system for Sony and for gamers.

QUOTE | "The Wii U consumer is going to be a different consumer."— Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, on how Nintendo is targeting a different audience than the current Wii buyer.

QUOTE | "Assassin's Creed can be carried on forever."—Ubisoft's SVP of Sales and Marketing talks about the advantage of the meta story around Assassin's Creed, which lends itself to numerous possibilities.

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QUOTE | "Critics can be jerks, but they're very much worth listening to."—Scott Steinberg, CEO of video game consulting firm TechSavvy Global, talking about the 5 hard lessons every game developer must learn.

STAT | 3—Number of key Sony PlayStation executives that have left in the last eight months.

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STAT | 8 million—Number of units of Battlefield 3 sold worldwide since EA shipped 12 million units initially.

QUOTE | "It would be undesirable to launch PS4 significantly later than the competition."—Jim Ryan, PlayStation Europe head, on why Sony doesn't want to give Microsoft a head start on the next generation console this time.

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QUOTE | "PS3 sales were very strong during Black Friday weekend."—Sony spokesperson talking about the demand for PS3 and games during the kickoff weekend for holiday sales.

This Week in the Business courtesy of IndustryGamers.com


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I don't think their doomed... but I really don't see the point of the 360 and the PC being separate platforms. Whatever MS's next console is... there's no reason it shouldn't be running a variant of windows (tailored to use minimal resources thus leaving them open for games.)

The console would be a kind of benchmark device so people who own it know they can play all the latest games without having to upgrade stuff. Meanwhile someone with a good PC should be able to pop the same game in disc and play it. (Perhaps the PC would need to meet a certain hardware benchmarks to be able to play this "standardized" game. If you don't meet the recommended spec (which woudl be the same for all games of the "generation" you can't play it at all.)

Of course developers (probably indies) can still make PC games the way they always have. I'm not talking so much of getting rid of PC games as i am making console games PC compatible. Though it such a thing did come to pass I'm sure we woudl stop seeing AAA titles getting a separate PC release.