This Week in the Business: 'There are Still Trolls Furiously Masturbating Under Internet Bridges.'

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

QUOTE | "There are still trolls furiously masturbating under internet bridges."—Rachel Weber, journalist for GamesIndustry International, talking along with other journalists about whether the game industry has grown up.


QUOTE | "I think Nintendo becomes completely irrelevant."—Michael Pachter, analyst with Wedbush Securities, talking about Nintendo's inevitable future because "nobody's going to support it".

QUOTE | "Right now there's a feeling that the console game industry is stagnant."—Designer Travis Chen, talking about his shift from working on console games like Halo and Call of Duty to designing mobile games.

STAT | 11% —Amount US game sales at retail (hardware, software, and accessories) dropped for November over last year's November; hardware sales dropped 13%.

STAT | 1.2—Number of games sold for every Wii U console sold; this is disappointing given that Nintendo is expecting to sell over 4 titles per console in the next few months.

QUOTE | "This is a blossoming of grass-roots talent and experimentation on a scale we've never seen before."—Rob Fahey, former editor of, talking about the vast expansion of game development this year.

QUOTE | "Square Enix decided it was acceptable to not only condone but actually enable online bullying because it might sell more copies of their game."—Brendan Sinclair, GamesIndustry journalist, talking about the Hitman Facebook app that appeared for 4 hours before being removed due to massive public outcry.


QUOTE | "I would have to be in some vegetative state to consider retirement."—Peter Molyneux, famed designer and founder of 22 Cans, talking about the misinterpretation of his recent interview.

STAT | 1.26 million—Number of Xbox 360 consoles Microsoft sold in the US during November; it's the 23rd month in a row that the Xbox 360 has been the #1 selling console in the US.


QUOTE | "We cannot always be known as makers of Cut the Rope."—ZeptoLab CEO Misha Lyalin talking about the need to move beyond the company's one huge hit game to become truly successful.

STAT | 50%—Amount of the total US app revenue for the first 20 days of November that was taken by the top 25 developers; all but one of those developers (Pandora) was a game developer.


STAT | 1.75 million—Total amount of all consoles Nintendo sold in the US in November; that included 425,000 Wii U units and 540,000 3DS units.

This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International

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If the industry is stagnant, it's because every developer is chasing the success of the biggest games and homogenizing the entire console gaming sphere.

Maybe if, instead of trying to rip off Halo/Gears/Uncharted/Skyrim and clone their success, developers tried to be unique and interesting with their new games, the industry wouldn't be so stagnant.

Nah, that's just silly.