'Next Generation Of Consoles Will Be The Last.'

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

QUOTE | "The next generation of consoles will be the last, and they should be." -- David Jaffe, designer of God of War and Twisted Metal, talking about how consoles are going the way of the dinosaurs.

STAT | Five years -- Maximum jail term in South Korea for selling virtual goods online, as the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism tries to crack down on teenage crime.

QUOTE | "The ultraviolence has to stop. We have to stop loving it." -- Warren Spector, veteran game designer, talking about his impressions of E3 and the amount of violent games he saw there.

STAT | $US5.5 million -- Amount of money thatgamecompany, creators of Flower and Journey, has raised in funding to release its games independently in the future.

QUOTE | "PC will just continue to be a strong platform for gaming." -- Sid Meier, legendary game designer, talking about designing games and the future of games.

QUOTE | "It's our brand that's at risk here." -- Sony's European head, Jim Ryan, talking about the PlayStation Mobile initiative to put PlayStation branded games on Android devices.

QUOTE | "We're going to be in the Star Wars business for 10 years, who knows?" -- Frank Gibeau, head of EA Labels, talking about Star Wars: The Old Republic and whether they may go fully free-to-play some day.

STAT | Five million -- Number of copies EA is looking to sell of Dead Space 3 by bringing the franchise to a wider audience.

QUOTE | "Zynga is terrified of mobile -- a platform where it won't enjoy the dominance it did on Facebook." -- Rob Fahey, veteran game journalist, on the problems Zynga faces as it loses players and its stock sinks.

QUOTE | "It's always shocked me about how little Microsoft cared about the Windows platform." -- Peter Molyneux, game designer and former Lionhead boss, talking about how Microsoft has really ignored PC games.

STAT | 440,000 -- Number of units of Max Payne 3 sold in the US in its first month, which is well below the 600,000 units analysts had expected.

QUOTE | "If E3 is no longer even the best place in the world to announce video games, then what on earth is it for?" -- Johnny Minkley, ace game writer and broadcaster, talking about how there were few surprises at E3.

This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International

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    Haven't people been predicting the death of consoles since the Mega Drive/SNES days? And what happens we get new machines.

    While I see my console becoming a HDD and a Controller and consuming media via an internet connection becoming the norm by the end of the next gen I still think we will see another physical unit after that one.

    Why? Because it works, it makes money, it's what people want. If your telling me I can one day interface my phone with my TV and use it as a controller I'd believe you, I really would. All it would take is a communication device in the TV to do it now. How does Android get market share? Partner with some TV companies and do what I just said. Will that make my Android phone (which I don't have) replace my 360? Doubtful.

    But it would certainly make me think. When "Halo Reborn 6: Master Chiefs Grand-daughter goes to the Prom" looks as good on the X-Box Mega Mobile (Super Cell in the US) as it does on the X-Box Double Counter Revolution and controls just as well, than Consoles will die.

    The best thing about consoles is this that you can relax and play it. I'm a lean back Gamer not a lean forward Gamer I can't play my PC for. More then like 3-4 hours at a time without getting York to do something else for awhile on my Xbox I can play for 8 hour straight if I wanted to because I'm more relaxed.

    I played minecraft on PC is all its glory with the mods and everything could play if for few hours Max on Xbox I could play minecraft for hours on end because I'm just laying back going to town on so cobblestone.

      Lightweight :P

      Wait until you are doing 39 hour straight LAN parties, LOVE IT :D

      I have an Xbox, and it sits collecting dust, maybe play it once every two months if I am lucky, PC just does everything I need and more. Happy to see them go, then developers can focus on one platform, and not get crappy console ports.

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