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  • Blog Post: Cosmetic DLC Isn’t Evil, And It’s Probably Keeping Game Prices Down

    This week, there has been much hand-wringing over Evolve. It’s not because the game is multiplayer-focused. It’s not even the confusing pre-order/pre-purchase options. No, this week we’re revisiting one of gaming’s most contentious sometimes-issues: day one DLC. Since it began... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Nintendo's Tough Hardware Choices May Test Consumer Confidence

    This morning, Nintendo reported its fiscal third quarter financials . The news was largely positive, with Wii U sales up, strong attach rates for Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros., and a slight increase in projected net income for the fiscal year. One note did stand out as concerning, though. The company... More
  • Blog Post: The Games Of June: Comparing 2010 Through 2014

    Welcome, data heads, to another monthly retrospective. We’ve just updated May’s roundup with the NPD data we were waiting for, and the industry seems to be swinging back. This month brings us some interesting changes, as more ID@Xbox games have rolled out (quietly), the Xbox One is now available... More
  • Blog Post: The Games Of May: Comparing 2010 Through 2014

    Last month, we premiered our first look at five years of game releases . It’s time to revisit the month of May to see what made a splash and which titles fizzled. We’ve included NPD data for the years gone by and will update this story with May’s NPD data once its available in June... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Breaking Down Ubisoft's Digital Profile, Watch Dogs, And The Division

    We know that only a subset of our readers care about quarterly financial reports, year-over-year gains (or losses), and the difference between GAAP and non-GAAP reporting. But still, every three months we spend a couple of weeks bouncing from one conference call to the next, reporting and analyzing.... More
  • Blog Post: Are Sales Bad For Sales? These Publishers And Developers Don't Think So

    Last week, indie developer of Inside a Star-Filled Sky and the upcoming Castle Doctrine Jason Rohrer wrote a lengthy post on his personal blog on the impact of sales on developers and fans. He lead his thesis with a simple statement, “Sales screw your fans.” We reached out to developers and... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Low Wii U Sales Limit Software Success

    This morning’s news that Nintendo missed its nine million unit Wii U forecast came as no surprise. The target was a long shot under the best of circumstances. The bigger problem is that even the best upcoming Wii U titles like Super Smash Bros. U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and Mario... More
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