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With bridled Curiosity

So Curiosity has been out for awhile now, and the dust has settled on the hype surrounding it’s creation, release and teething problems. The “game” is crushingly dull to play (in fact, I’m sure you don’t “play” it, in any conventional

30872299

With bridled Curiosity

So Curiosity has been out for awhile now, and the dust has settled on the hype surrounding it’s creation, release and teething problems. The “game” is crushingly dull to play (in fact, I’m sure you don’t “play” it, in any conventional

Overlap be damned

Apologies to all for the silence over the past few months. I stopped working in strategy consulting, and have moved to a venture capital outfit looking at (among other things) gaming and digital media. Given the potential overlap between work

Overlap be damned

Apologies to all for the silence over the past few months. I stopped working in strategy consulting, and have moved to a venture capital outfit looking at (among other things) gaming and digital media. Given the potential overlap between work

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GameStop vouching for Valve?

The end of gaming retail, I’ll vouch: I’ve written previously about the inevitable failure of GAME, and particularly the poor strategic decisions that have set the retailer apart from its competitors, and have sealed its fate. However, I also suggested, in

steam-wallet-cards

GameStop vouching for Valve?

The end of gaming retail, I’ll vouch: I’ve written previously about the inevitable failure of GAME, and particularly the poor strategic decisions that have set the retailer apart from its competitors, and have sealed its fate. However, I also suggested, in

The hunt is on

Free-to-ski: how Tribes succeeds by avoiding the low-hanging fruit

Developers have been experimenting with free-to-play (F2P) marketing strategies for more than a decade, and more recently activity has been focussed in social and mobile gaming. Increasingly however, core-market games are being marketed as F2P (Team Fortress 2 and Tribes:

The hunt is on

Free-to-ski: how Tribes succeeds by avoiding the low-hanging fruit

Developers have been experimenting with free-to-play (F2P) marketing strategies for more than a decade, and more recently activity has been focussed in social and mobile gaming. Increasingly however, core-market games are being marketed as F2P (Team Fortress 2 and Tribes:

600full-christopher-walken

Not Walken the walk

WalkenTalken sets out arguments about stocks exactly like I’d want them presented. Too few videos make use of retiring celebrity voices to make a case for going long/short on equities. I’m just glad to be one of the first to

600full-christopher-walken

Not Walken the walk

WalkenTalken sets out arguments about stocks exactly like I’d want them presented. Too few videos make use of retiring celebrity voices to make a case for going long/short on equities. I’m just glad to be one of the first to

kickstarter-badge-backer

Kickstopper: Developers need to understand the cost of their projects, or risk alienating the crowdsourced crowd

Kickstarter is at something of a crossroads. Gamers (and developers) have seen the dizzying heights that are possible when crowdsourced funding is invited for projects which capture the marketplace’s imagination. Tim Schafer’s Double Fine project exceeded fundraising goals overnight. Wasteland

kickstarter-badge-backer

Kickstopper: Developers need to understand the cost of their projects, or risk alienating the crowdsourced crowd

Kickstarter is at something of a crossroads. Gamers (and developers) have seen the dizzying heights that are possible when crowdsourced funding is invited for projects which capture the marketplace’s imagination. Tim Schafer’s Double Fine project exceeded fundraising goals overnight. Wasteland

zynga

Zynga’s “acquire to survive” strategy isn’t good for shareholders

Zynga (and analysts with “Buy” recommendations on Zynga stock) have been very publicly positive about the company’s defensive acquisition strategy. The OMGPOP deal has been much-discussed (not lease because of questions of professional conduct following the takeover), but with the

zynga

Zynga’s “acquire to survive” strategy isn’t good for shareholders

Zynga (and analysts with “Buy” recommendations on Zynga stock) have been very publicly positive about the company’s defensive acquisition strategy. The OMGPOP deal has been much-discussed (not lease because of questions of professional conduct following the takeover), but with the