This Week in the Business 'PS3 has a Great Future Ahead of It Over the Next Few Years.'

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

QUOTE | "PS3 has a great future ahead of it over the next few years."-John Koller, Sony VP, talking about the holiday season and future prospects for the PS3, as well as how it's a "marathon, not a sprint" for Vita.

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QUOTE | "There is a deep and fundamental lack of professional ethics in the games media."-Rob Fahey, former editor of GamesIndustry.biz, talking about the pervasive influence of game companies on game journalists.

QUOTE | "If you looked at World of Tanks two years ago, when we launched, it looked like a piece of crap."-Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming.com, talking about the progress they've made with their games.

QUOTE | "I just don't have any faith in Disney's ability to truly leverage The Force for hardcore gamers."-James Brightman, US Editor for GamesIndustry International, talking along with other journalists about what Disney's Lucasfilm acquisition might mean to gamers.

STAT | 67%-Percentage of the total time spent on tablets devoted to gaming, according to a study by Flurry; this compares to 39% of the time on smartphones. QUOTE | "Kinect is going to be something that everyone's going to want to own."-Matt Barlow, GM of product marketing for Xbox, talking about why the Xbox 360 is the best HD console now and into next year.

QUOTE | "The growth in social network gaming has slowed? That's like describing what just hit the East Coast as a ‘storm'."-Steve Peterson, West Coast Editor for GamesIndustry International, commenting onwhat EA said about social games during its latest earnings call with analysts.

QUOTE | "What they're implicitly saying is that they don't think that games should tackle taboo subjects."-Chris Delay, co-founder of Introversion, talking about critics of their new game Prison Architect.

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QUOTE | "If I pitch a new idea to my Kickstarter fans and nobody wants to fund it, I'm glad I didn't make it."-Brian Fargo, CEO of InXile, talking about why he'll keep using Kickstarter even if Wasteland II is a big hit.

QUOTE | "As we speak we are planning to release also all the games we've taken from their servers for free."-Hacktivist group Anonymous, writing in broken English about their plan to attack Zynga, and somehow hurt them by giving away Zynga's already free games.

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STAT | 1 million-Number of sales that THQ's Darksiders II has probably exceeded so far, according to analysts; unfortunately, the break-even threshold is 2 million units

STAT | 75%-Percentage of smartphones shipped in the third quarter that used the Android operating system; Apple's iOS was only 14.9% of the smartphones shipped, and Microsoft's Windows Phone was just 2%.

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STAT | $9.7 million-Operating loss for Sega's games division last quarter on revenues of $445 million; this compares to a loss of $74.6 million last year, so things are getting better.

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DISCUSSION

"Kinect is going to be something that everyone's going to want to own."

Really? The most compelling features of the Kinect that I've heard is it's sort of nifty to use for navigating some of the non-gaming interfaces. Not actually better, mind, just neat. The only games I've heard leveraging it well are dancing games, and while I'll admit those are popular for some, that hardly seems like a reason to pay ~$100 extra for a peripheral.

Look, I own a 360—have for years now, and I'm not sorry I bought it. But there's nothing compelling about the Kinect for me. And honestly, if my home were robbed tomorrow, and all my current entertainment hardware were stolen, I'd probably buy just a PS3 (which I also already own). I've got more games for the 360 right now than I do the PS3, because I've had it longer, but the PS3 does the things I'm interested in, and doesn't charge me extra for the privilege of doing them, and if I had to start over anyway, I'd rather do it with that, now that the prices are fairly comparable. I might look seriously into getting one of those 3rd party controllers that's configured like the 360 one, though. They're just more comfortable for me than the DualShock.