There’s no such thing as a quiet year for gaming, and 2014 has certainly been a noisy one. It’s been a year very much focused on the PS4 and Xbox One finding their feet, but the two titans haven’t totally hogged the limelight. We’ve seen virtual reality continue to burgeon, we’ve witnessed free-to-play open up some interesting discussions about in-app payments, and we played Rambo: The Video Game. The less said about that last one, the better.
The end of the console ban means that Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft can now legally sell their systems in the country.
Niko Partners, an Asian games market research firm, predicts a $13.1 billion game market for China in 2013. This is in its China Games Market Mid-Year 2013 Update Bulletin, which includes data and analysis of video game salesfor the country that has recently lifted a long-standing ban on consoles. That’s a 28 percent growth for online PC games compared to 2012 and a 60 percent increase for mobile games revenue.
The LEGO Group has been around since 1932.
It’s not unusual for some brands to die out. But rarely some brands come back from the dead. Many brands like New Coke, Circuit City, and Borders are likely to be gone forever. But some companies find that certain dying brands still have some attraction for consumers. Maybe because at one time they were well-known, at least well enough to make them worthwhile targets for new investment. (Pics)
For the majority of their console generation, Nintendo has been content to play its own game. Now it’s ready to take the fight to Microsoft and Sony. (video)