The NPD Group: More Americans Play Video Games Than Go Out to the Movies

The short version of the story…..thanks to the rising price of movie tickets + snacks, coupled with the rise of casual gaming (flash games, cell phone games, etc…) more people (63%) paid for a video game in the last 6 months. This is compared to 53% who paid for movie tickets, and a whopping 94% who paid for music (fuck you RIAA and your claim that no one is buying music). All according to NPD’s March 2009 update to the “Entertainment Trends In America” consumer tracking study which can be found here for a price.

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Fat Princess: A Buffet of Battlegrounds

Seeing the preview video of this game makes me wish I had a PS3. So Dan is going to have to get this so I can play it it at his place. Essentially its a game of capture the flag, your units are the typical RPG classes (Knight, Mage, Rouge, Priest), but the concept that really piqued my interest is the flag. The flag is a princess and she starts out tiny and as the game progresses you will find food on the ground, like cakes and pie, which you feed to the princess to fatten her up. So at the beginning of the game it takes one unit to… Read More

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Wal-Mart to enter the Used Game Market

Gamasutra reports that Wal-Mart is installing kiosks in some stores that will accept used game trades. The Kiosks, which look very similar to the Red Box kiosks in McDonalds, are technically the property of e-Play and they are simply renting space. So while it’s technically not Wal-Mart most people will not no the difference. So essentially how the system works is you have to bring in the game disc (PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360, and Wii games only) and the original box. Scan the UPC code of the original box. The machine gives you a price. Accept the price, read an agreement to sell, accept sell agreement. Insert Disc in… Read More

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