Real money is being spent on virtual goods–estimates put the outlay at a cool $1 billion this year. Some say the pixel dust industry could grow to $17.3 billion in 2015. Alex Pham of L.A. Times reports that about one in 10 Americans reached into their wallets last year and spent an average of $30 [...]
Desmond the bull has a mind of his own. Show me a bull that doesn’t. Of course, what would a Londoner know about such things? Poke/London is determined to find out. The agency is busy offering the masses headed to Glastonbury next month intimate details about Desmond, like what patch of ground he’s inhabiting day [...]
Clive Thompson, writing for Wired, explains why losing weight with Weight Watchers is easy, and even fun, to do. Weight Watchers is an RPG. That’s “role playing game” for those over 40.
Everyone’s talking about Microsoft’s desire for Yahoo, but there’s another powerful company busy courting a playing-hard-to-get bride. LA Times has the story: Electronic Arts Inc. on Sunday launched a $2-billion takeover bid for troubled video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., stepping up the industry’s torrid pace of consolidation. EA disclosed that Take-Two, the New [...]
The documentary Second Skin, which debuts at SXSW next month, takes an intimate look at computer gamers whose lives have been transformed by the emerging genre of Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) like World of Warcraft, Second Life, and Everquest. Jon Cherry wonders whether the growing interest in MMORPGs signals an increase in anti-social [...]
According to Ad Age, Pepsi-Cola North America wants to keep gamers gaming deep into the night and they have just the solution—a new co-branded beverage called “Mountain Dew Halo 3,” named for Microsoft’s popular Xbox 360 game. The new Dew is positioned as “game fuel.” PepsiCo has partnered with Microsoft before. In 2005, the beverage [...]
USA Today reports that tomorrow’s warriors are likely lurking in the gaming culture, popular with today’s teens and 20-somethings. The U.S. Army is about to invade the online gaming community with an estimated $2 million sponsorship deal with the Global Gaming League website. Starting in June, the Army will sponsor a “national gaming” area as [...]
Fortune is featuring an in-depth look at Second Life. They really have no choice, given the way big business is foaming over the site’s potential. “The 3-D Internet may at first appear to be eye candy,” CEO Sam Palmisano writes in an e-mail interview, “but don’t get hung up on how frivolous some of its [...]