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'Dropping A Nuclear Bomb On GameStop'

What’s happened in the business of video games this past week …

QUOTE | “Dropping a nuclear bomb on GameStop.” — Leading games industry analysts react to the rumour that the next PlayStation could block used titles, which could prompt GameStop to avoid stocking it.

QUOTE | “Engagement with fans doesn’t have to mean letting the lunatics run the asylum.” — Rob Fahey, former editor of GamesIndustry.biz, talking about why BioWare and other creators shouldn’t let fans pressure them into changing creative decisions.

QUOTE | “I think we’re seeing a lot more experimental game design happening now.” — Will Wright, legendary game designer, talking about game design and what’s coming up next in an exclusive interview.

STAT | 1.6 — Average number of Apple devices in US households, according to a survey by CNBC.

QUOTE | “I think mobile is starting to make its move to take over the world.” — Brian Reynolds, Chief Game Designer at Zynga, talking about game design and what the next big thing is for the games industry.

QUOTE | “People thought we were crazy.” — Neil Young, CEO of ngmoco, on how the world responded when the mobile game maker made all their games free-to-play.

QUOTE | “Movies, the Cohen brothers, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick… I steal from the best!” — Ken Levine, President of Irrational Games, joking about where he finds his inspiration for designing games.

STAT | 9 per cent — Share of revenue from games using Flash Player’s premium features that Adobe is looking for, which is making some developers angry.

QUOTE | “Sony would be taking away consumer choice.” — James Brightman, US Editor for GamesIndustry International, talking about Sony’s rumoured plan to make it impossible to play used games on the PlayStation 4 ‘Orbis’.

STAT | 32 per cent — Amount China’s online games market grew in 2011 to reach $US6.6 billion, according to a study by Pearl Research.

QUOTE | “There’s not going to be an industry.” — Denis Dyack, President of Silicon Knights, talking about how the growth of used game sales could destroy the game industry.

QUOTE | “I don’t think retail is going away. But I think retail will evolve.” — Sean Spector, co-founder of Gamefly video rentals, talking about how there’s still a spot for stores despite the growth of digital distribution.

QUOTE | “Shifting a creative culture is like teaching a company to quit smoking.” — Tommy Francois, Ubisoft director of IP development, talking about how tough it is to buy a company and integrate into your creative team.

STAT | 2100 — Number of game retail jobs lost at UK retailer GAME Group after they shut down 277 stores and entered administration.

This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International

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