As one who reviews games, it's nice to believe that those reviews matter. Before I wrote reviews, I read them, and I can remember specific instances when reviews prompted me to buy or pass on certain games. But just how important are those scores for purchasing patterns?
The latest NPD figures were released last week while we were all sunning ourselves for the long weekend on our private yachts paid for by the bribes from the main distributors… er I mean we were sitting in squalor and eating rodents.
I’m pretty late to the Diablo 3 party. I only just picked up the game for Xbox 360, but I have to admit, I’m having a blast playing as monk with fists of iron. As usual, I am way beyond fashionably late, as the expansion is out for PC. And it has sold plenty so far.
This week had a great start to it. New games, new news and all that. And then we posted abut the Kalahari sale, which saw upcoming and new games receive a pretty hefty discount. Even better, there were valid vouchers floating around the net, which could have netted you further discounts. Expect those bargains to cancelled however.
It’s not yet the end of the month and you’re already eating the box that your Corn Flakes came in. Still, much like an alcoholic or a smoker, you always have money for some addiction. So here’s how you can save a few bucks with these current gaming sales.
The numbers are in, and Sony appears to have all the momentum - according to NPD figures, the PlayStation 4 is out-selling the Xbox One by 2:1 in North America.
Sony is currently enjoying a 64.6 percent increase in revenue to the tune of 441.8 billion yen or $4.35 billion dollars (USD) for the quarter ending December 31st last year, due to the launch of the PS4 in major markets.
Last night the bean counters at Take Two Interactive released their financials for the last year and there were some surprising announcements in between all the tedious non-GAAP and loan note talking.
Right now, the PlayStation 4 is the darling of the console world. Gamers love it, developers love it and the very vocal people on the internet love it. It’s certainly starting to look like the PS4 is going to be the lead platform this generation. Not just in game development, but in game sales too. It’s because Sony listened to developers, says Sony, patting themselves on the back.
In a shocking turn of events, the number one most popular app of all time, Angry Birds, has officially sold 2 billion copies. Which normally wouldn’t be considered surprising news for such a successful game. However, Rovio’s Chief Marketing Officer Peter Vestabacka told Mobile Entertainment about the milestone and how they plan to expand their business… By taking on the juggernauts of the soft drink industry.
Monopolies are terrible things and are rarely, if ever, a good thing for consumers. It’s great, then, to see how well spread out the top publishers are on the PlayStation landscape.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! by Vertigo Gaming has seen a huge increase in sales after being greenlit for distribution on Steam, making more money in one day than the developer made in the whole year prior. Developer David Galindo wrote on Gamasutra about the experience:
The extremely bored guys over at Neogaf have been checking the real time sales on Amazon using a neat little hack they found. All you need to do is head on over to Amazon and then add the console to your shopping basket. Then at the checkout change your quantity to something over 900
One of the very things that I think Sony had hoped would happen with the release of the PlayStation 4 has come to pass. People are buying PlayStation Vitas.
Most of you in South Africa will be getting your shiny new PlayStation 4’s early tomorrow, ready to take on the world for the long weekend ahead. Or perhaps you went and bought it early. Either way, you’ve contributed to making the PlayStation 4 the console with the biggest launch in the history of videogames.