Category Archives: Industry

Electronic Arts buys Bioware / Pandemic for $800 million

Reuters says Electronic Arts is buying Bioware / Pandemic for $800 million. I think many people saw the Bioware / Pandemic merger, with support from private equity firm Elevation Partners, as a bold move to create a large-scale independent developer. With this news, it looks more like a fancy move by John Riccitiello, who worked […]

More about 4mm Games, Jamie King’s new company

Way back in June I wrote something about how Jamie King, co-founder & former VP of Development of Rockstar Games, started a new company called 4mm Games. It turns out a shady rumor blog linked to me and added a little additional information: We hear… that Jamie King, the not-so recently departed co-founder of Rockstar […]

Sony drops PS3’s backward compatibility

According to this Gamasutra news item, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is going to release a 399 Euro PS3 (that’s a 200 Euro price drop) with a 40 GB hard drive and no backward compatibility with PS2 games. The most significant exception, according to SCEE, is that the new model is no longer backwards compatible with […]

Is Bungie leaving Microsoft?

Rumor has it that Bungie is leaving Microsoft. The full email from someone who apparently is in the know and whose NDA recently expired: “So heres my big secret. You should google Bungie + Microsoft + separation this week. You know that big ol BILLION dollar franchise Bungie has created for Microsoft, to show their […]

Intel To Acquire Havok

Read Intel’s press release. I wonder what that means for Havok on non-Intel platforms. Like all current consoles. Is it RenderWare all over again? Well, probably not, but it might have some amusing effects on the middleware market. (Thanks, Tobi!) Update: Since I just phrased it so nicely in an ICQ conversation about the similarities […]

Mass Effect to include sex scene

(I don’t consider the content of this post to contain spoilers, but if you like your gaming experiences pristine, better look away now.) According to Eurogamer Mass Effect is to include a sex scene. From the BBFC rating: The single sex scene is brief and undetailed, although there is breast nudity in one version of […]

Games and Web 2.0: My presentation at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt

Last Wednesday I gave a 90 minute presentation on how the internet is changing the games industry at the University of Applied Sciences / Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt, a university near Vienna. It was part of the eMarketing course taught by Sascha Mundstein for the Business Consultancy International B.A. programme. The structure of my presentation was: […]

Bioshock’s copy protection

Here is a pretty detailed look at the copy protection mechanism that comes with the PC version of Bioshock. It is uglier than I expected: I didn’t know games were using limited activations these days. That kind of changes the whole idea of ‘buying a game’ – the impact on renting and reselling games is […]

High-end PCs and consoles are the Hummers of the computing world

Coding Horror has an article about cost trends in computing. Basically, it says that the cost of computer hardware tends towards zero (when you look at computing power per dollar), and because of this the cost of electricity is becoming higher and higher, relatively speaking. As a consequence, the goals of environmentalism and economic efficiency […]

Julian Eggebrecht on censorship in games

Julian Eggebrecht held a really interesting keynote address at GCDC this year, about a subject dear to my heart: the idiotic standards used to censor games. Just before I became a producer in 2004, I heard a particularly ludicrous story about an extremely convoluted way to access “sexual content” (a nipple) in Max Payne 2, […]