Todd Howard: 'PS3 Skyrim Is Not Nearly As Bad As It Seems'

What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...

QUOTE | "PS3 Skyrim is not nearly as bad as it seems." — Todd Howard, Bethesda Softworks Game Director, saying that Skyrim hasn't been a problem for all that many PS3 players.

QUOTE | "10 years out, we'll be talking about retail as a museum piece." — Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard, talking about the end of the game store in the near future.

QUOTE | "I totally believe the sales is not something we should be worried about." — Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida speaking about how the PS Vita is going to avoid the mistakes Sony made with the PSP.

STAT | $US1251.45 — Final price paid on eBay for a set of six "ultra rare" Skylanders figures in silver and gold.

QUOTE | "The first scenario is absolute victory for Sony... The second is complete defeat." — David Radd, Senior Editor at, talking about what might happen with next-generation consoles.

STAT | 12 million — Number of units the PS Vita could sell this year if the price was cut to $US180, according to Jia Wu, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics.

QUOTE | "The iPad 3 will likely sell 12 times the number of PS Vitas in the next year." — Steve Peterson, West Coast Editor of, comparing the PS Vita to the iPad 3.

QUOTE | "If we have to sell hardware we will." — Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve, talking about what they would be willing to do if they have to in order to drive innovation.

QUOTE | "On average, our games monetise 10x to 20x per user." — Will Harbin, CEO of Kixeye, talking about how their hardcore social games make far more money than Zynga's games.

STAT | $US1.8 million — Amount the State of California spent defending its law banning the sales of violent video games to minors, which the Supreme Court struck down last year.

QUOTE | "We want to be ready for an IPO." — What CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson said, after the EVE Online publisher took in $US66 million during 2011.

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    In my experience, I've come to realise that Bethesda, Todd Howard and Zenimax in general are all fucking evil.

    In other news, Todd Howard is either selectively blind or a liar.

    It's cool dude, he can put his head in the sand and we'll just not purchase his product. Then when his head comes back up he'll find out such an attitude loses business ;)

    While I wouldn't mourn the loss of retain stores, it would be sad to see proper collectors editions go. I like my physical artbooks and junk!

    This may just be the old man in me, but I don't want to see retail stores die. Retail stores (while some are total rip jobs) allow for competition. Plus, sometimes I just like to have a browse, you know? I like to have a look at the case before laying down my cash.

      When they are gone the digital game will never go down in price. They rarely do now and they are most times 2 or 3 times mreo the price than the retail game.

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