Tens of thousands of free and low-cost smartphone games are killing Nintendo and Sony
The pie chart at right, published Friday by the mobile analytics firm Flurry, illustrates just how rapidly the platforms that brought Mario to a generation of videogamers are shrinking.
It shows Nintendo's share of the multibillion dollar U.S. portable software game business collapsing in the space of a year from 70% to 57% while Apple's (AAPL) iOS and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 15, 2011 10:47 AM ET
Online games such as Age of Conan and Farmville are hot. Now industry leader Activision Blizzard is jumping into the fray with a new Internet strategy.
When videogame publisher Activision announced its merger with Vivendi Games in late 2007, analysts predicted that Vivendi's Blizzard unit, maker of the hugely popular Internet-based fantasy game World of Warcraft, would help Activision migrate to the online world.
Three years later the combined company, Activision Blizzard, MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Dec 20, 2010 5:00 AM ET
Engadget found a PSP Phone running Android. That would make a few shoppers a nice Christmas present.
The Sony PSP Phone has been rumored since the first PSP showed up in 2004. If the product shot Engadget produced this evening is the real deal, it will likely be coming to fruition either right before Christmas or early next year.
According to Engadget, the device sports a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655, 512MB of RAM, MORESeth Weintraub - Oct 26, 2010 9:41 PM ET
The stand-alone gaming device is dead. Long live the multi-purpose gaming smartphone.
Engadget is reporting that Sony (SNE) and Google (GOOG) are working on a new gaming device that will run on Android 3 (Gingerbread) and debut later this year. It is described as:
...a cross between the Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go -- in other words, it's a landscape slider with game controls in place of the typical QWERTY MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 12, 2010 11:13 AM ET
Insiders explain why the future expansion of videogames with widespread appeal rests with Apple's already popular tablet
Since the first Game Boy hit our shores in 1989, gamers have used single-purpose devices for gaming on the go, a model most developers followed until 2007, when the iPhone took "walking-around" gaming mainstream. The smartphone's touch-screen interface, hardware, and widespread adoption means that both casual gamers and hardcore gamers could get their fix MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 3, 2010 10:04 AM ET
>Ben Baer, Senior Producer - Jan 7, 2010 4:39 PM ET
At least one company is making money off of social networking. The game developer behind 'FarmVille' and 'Mafia Wars' has seen its web-based games take off - and deliver profits.
On any given day 500,000 tractors are sold on the Internet. But don't start buying stock in John Deere or Caterpillar just yet. These are $20 "virtual" tractors that belong to the 50 million players of FarmVille, the largest and fastest-growing MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Oct 26, 2009 6:00 AM ET
A year ago this week Apple opened the floodgates and began letting software developers sell software for the iPhone, and geeks everywhere caught iPhone fever.
Since then Apple's iTunes App Store has swelled to more than 50,000 titles, logged more than 1 billion downloads, and inspired an entrepreneurial surge that's reminiscent of the dot-com gold rush -- only without the illusion that everyone is making tons of money.
In fact, aside from MOREJon Fortt - Jul 6, 2009 11:10 AM ET
The Wii Fit game is one of Nintendo's biggest sellers with 697,000 sold in the U.S. in November. Courtesy of Nintendo
By Yi-Wyn Yen
Nintendo seems to have bucked the recession. The Japanese video game manufacturer has doubled November sales of the Wii in the U.S. from a year ago, according to NPD's latest release on gaming sales.
The demand for the Wii remains strong since the game console's debut two years ago. The company MOREyiwyn - Dec 11, 2008 6:43 PM ET
Xbox 360 gets an image makeover to compete with the Wii. Image: Microsoft
By Yi-Wyn Yen
The Xbox 360 is getting a major software update designed to transform it into a multimedia machine.
Starting Wednesday, all Xbox 360 owners will be required to update their gaming consoles so that they can watch movies in high-definition, stream TV shows and movies from Netflix (NFLX) and navigate categories like games, photos, and videos through a MOREyiwyn - Nov 18, 2008 12:02 AM ET
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