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How do you get a job in video games? Ask Yahoo!

I subscribe to Yahoo’s daily Ask Yahoo! column on my Google personalized homepage. It’s a creepy arrangement from which I derive a modicum of joy. Anyway, today’s column answers that age old question: What kind of background do I need to get a job in video games? Besides the obvious “eat your vegetables and stay in school, fool!” answers, it does provide some fun extr...

This week in worldwide sales

Spanning the globe to bring you data, Gamasutra rounds up some new sales figures. Wii’s numbers haven’t changed much this week. Over in DS Land, good ol’ Brain Age jumps back up to #1 thanks to an Amazon.com promotion, apparently. With their rankings disappearing from Nintendo Power, too, no one cares about the GameCube or GBA anymore. Nintendo WiiNorth America: 1. The Legend of ...

Japanese hardware sales numbers

I beginning to think the Japanese are playing a big joke on the rest of us. The weekly hardware sales numbers are that ridiculous (the DS week after week!). This week is no different: 1. DSL – 146,073 – 902,411 – 8,325,7352. Wii – 65,740 – 524,928 – 1,444,5713. PSP – 31,216 – 270,938 – 4,803,0674. PS3 – 18,727 – 155,303 – 612,...

Intense Wii demand persists (in Boston area)

Having waited in a Toys R Us line myself here in the Boston area for a second time in recent months (a second console for the fam), I can attest to this posting from ars technica about the continued demand for everyone’s favorite console of the moment, the Wii. Love it or hate it, the Wii is “it” right now, in spite of whatever flaws currently exist. Here it is, Sunday February 4...

EA plays catch up

Holy smokes, the Wii is a profitable system to develop for. At least, that’s what EA is now claiming in the drive to become the number two Wii developer. Via Joystiq: Speaking during a financial results follow-up conference call, EA CEO Larry Probst discussed the publisher’s plans to increase support for Wii and DS. “Clearly Nintendo will always be number one on the Wii and Ninte...

Wii Channels and niches

Everyone talks about the potential of Wii Channels — what could come to be, what’s already here; how wild ideas will probably never see the light of day but sound really, really cool (Wii Cricket Channel, anyone?). The reason I ramble today is that IGN Wii has some slick mock-ups on their site today of pipe dream future Wii channels. Examples include the Wii Stock Channel, Sports Chann...

Nintendo’s Wii — the impulse buy

Today, having a product that is so good people cannot help themselves but buy it without thinking of their finances or well being became a bad thing. I’m talking about the term “impulse buy,” because today a Sony exec (see also: barking mad) said the Wii was an impulse buy. “Wii could be considered an impulse buy more than anything else,” said David Karraker, SCEAR...

Konami game surge imminent

Chris Kohler over at Game|Life talks Konami games on the Wii: “Should we prepare for the Konami flood on Wii? The word on the street, the latest rumor, is that the publisher will announce “a bunch of” games for Nintendo’s console this week. Given that their first title was Elebits, might we be looking at more new franchises? Or might they bring some of their hit properties ...

NY Times on Wii’s unexpected success

From the article: “Some of the video game industry’s smartest minds thought that couch potatoes wanted richer graphics and more challenging virtual worlds. It turns out that a lot of potatoes simply wanted to get off the couch… [But] is the Wii expanding the video game market, or is it stealing customers from Sony and Microsoft?” Read on for some excellent discussion on how Wii...