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This Week In The Business: Basically Dead

“Most developers never really made money. They were able to stay in the business. But the way the deals were structured, they were basically dead.” — Oddworld founder Lorne Lanning, talking about why capitalism is killing games.


This Week In The Business: Afraid Of Making Games

“I’m scared as a game developer to think about making a game.” — Mike Capps, former president of Epic Games, talking about how hard it is to make a hit game these days and why he’s not starting a new game studio.


Everything We Know (Not Much) About Nintendo's New Hardware

Nintendo just surprised everybody with the announcement that its working on some new hardware, codenamed “NX”. Pretty much everything about “NX” besides its codename remains a mystery, however.


Nintendo Will Make Smartphone Games As Part Of New Deal

Oh, don’t be upset. You knew this day would come. Nintendo announced today that the company has entered into a “business and capital alliance” with Japanese online giant DeNA. UPDATED.


This Week In The Business: A Young Man's Game

“It has become harder and harder for me to find jobs, and particularly after I got past 50 years old.” — 59-year-old designer David Mullich, talking with other game industry veterans about the pervasive age prejudice in the game industry.


This Week In The Business: Fallen Gods

“Suddenly we’re not gods any more… There are gods, and now we just licence their engines.” — Positech’s Cliff Harris, talking about why he hates Unity and other middleware, preferring that indies write their own engines.


This Week In The Business: Great Job, Sega

“We go to Sega and the board turned it down, which I thought was the stupidest decision ever made in the history of business.” — Former Sega of America CEO Tom Kalinske, talking about the deal he had with Sony to share in the development of a new console.


This Week In The Business: Taking Aim At Metacritic

“Nobody here ever bothers about Metacritic. We think of it as irrelevant, quite frankly. We only concentrate on what the users think.” — Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley, explaining why they don’t worry about Sniper Elite getting low scores from reviewers.


This Week In The Business: He Hates These Cans

QUOTE | “I’m going to stop doing press and I’m going to stop talking about games completely.” — Veteran designer Peter Molyneux, responding to the “terrible and awful, emotional time over the last three days” after he admitted failing to deliver his Godus Kickstarter promises.


This Week In The Business: You Do Not Talk About Fail Club

“We’re trying, as an industry, we’re trying so f**king hard to just be fine. We talk about our successes and our achievements, but we shun mentioning our failures.” — Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail, talking about what’s right and wrong with the game industry in a recent blog post.