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Who's Going to Lose: HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, or You?

kotaku.com - November 2, 2007


Submitted by feelmyring (361) at 8:54AM PST on November 3, 2007


"This war between Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD is extremely nasty, as members from each camp throw barbs at each other. Unlike the console wars, which has Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo actually expanding the overall videogame market, this next gen DVD battle is not helping consumers, retailers or anyone not affiliated with one of the two sides."
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NPD hardware sales wont be released to the public anymore

Newsweek - November 7, 2007


Submitted by pilias_simber (122) at 7:22AM PST on November 6, 2007


"Beginning with the October sales data, which is due later this month, NPD is going to cut way back on what they share on a monthly basis with their non-paying customers, i.e. media. What does this mean?
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GTA IV smashes day one sales record

MCV - January 1, 2008


Submitted by Sanderson1 (1456) at 10:01AM PST on April 30, 2008


Data obtained by MCV from official UK industry monitor ChartTrack shows that Rockstar’s GTA IV has become the fastest selling game ever in a 24 hour period. Total online and High Street sales for the game hit 609,000 in one day. 335,000 copies were sold on Microsoft’s machine – 55 per cent of sales and a new record for the console. GTA IV sold 274,000 copies on PS3 yesterday – 45 per cent of all sales and another format record breaking performance.
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NPD introduces subscription tracking for games

NPD - February 11, 2008


Submitted by sonycowboy (512) at 6:17AM PST on February 11, 2008


PORT WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, February 11, 2008 Leading consumer and retail information provider, The NPD Group, today announced the release of Subscriptions Reports, quarterly reports addressing the competitive and growing market for online subscription-based products in the PC Software, PC Games and Video Games industries. Issued quarterly, these reports track the market for paid online subscriptions and renewals.
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NPD Group Responds to Gamer Outcry

1up - November 6, 2007


Submitted by zukaus (2) at 2:20PM PST on November 6, 2007


Organization surprised how many people are upset over a bunch of numbers. 1UP contacted NPD Group PR representative David Riley, who expressed some shock over how many were upset over the upcoming change. "I had no idea this would be so ill-received. Honestly, I know this sounds ignorant but I really was taken aback when I started hearing/reading about this. It was unexpected," he said.
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Apple Trademark Hints at Handheld Gaming Device

Kotaku - February 10, 2008


Submitted by ItachiItachi (481) at 12:25PM PST on February 10, 2008


a new trademark application discovered by Trademork dated Feb. 5th seems to lend credence to the rumor mill. According to the application, Apple is upping its trademark to include "Toys, games and playthings, namely, hand-held units for playing electronic games; hand-held units for playing video games; stand alone video game machines; electronic games other than those adapted for use with television receivers only; LCD game machines; "
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Phil Harrison resigns from SCE WWS

SCEI.CO.JP - February 25, 2008


Submitted by starship (292) at 2:11AM PST on February 25, 2008


Tokyo, February 25, 2008 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that Phil Harrison, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS), will resign from Sony Computer Entertainment Group as of February 29, 2008. Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO of SCEI, will immediately assume responsibilities as president of SCE WWS, in addition to his current duties.
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Analyst: Wii Production Up, PS3 Production Down

GameDaily - May 25, 2007


Submitted by argon (331) at 9:52AM PST on May 25, 2007


The latest report from Lazard Capital Markets suggests that Wii production is close to 1.5 million units per month. More importantly, PS3 production in Asia appears to be "temporarily" slowing down, leading analyst Colin Sebastian to believe that a price cut may not happen this year after all.
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Steam reaches 15m, sales growth 158% YoY

SteamPowered - February 7, 2008


Submitted by deftangel (195) at 9:49AM PST on February 7, 2008


Valve® today announced that Steam®, a leading platform for PC games and digital entertainment, has surpassed 15 million accounts and realized year-over-year sales growth of 158% through the holiday season. The year also marked the debut of the Steam Community and launch of several best-selling and critically-acclaimed titles such as Call of Duty 4, Bioshock, and The Orange Box.
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Microsoft announce sales figures

Major Nelson - January 3, 2008


Submitted by Mushashi (4) at 6:15PM PST on January 3, 2008


The PR team has just released some interesting numbers on where we are with the Xbox 360 that I thought you would enjoy discussing: * We have sold more than 17.7 million Xbox 360 consoles worldwide * More than 8.1 million copies of "Halo 3" have been sold since its launch (September 25, 2007) * Mass Effect" reached 1.6 million units sold, in just six weeks (on sale November 20, 2007)
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