This Week In The Business: 'No Sex Please, We're Gamers.'

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

QUOTE | "No sex please, we're gamers." -- GamesIndustry.biz's Matt Handrahan talks to Miriam Bellard of No Reply games, who explains why she thinks their erotic game Seduce Me was removed by Steam Greenlight.

QUOTE | "For all we know, social games are a fad." -- Chris Grant, Editor-in Chief of Polygon, talking along with other journalists about Zynga's troubles and what they need to do to fix them.

QUOTE | "The industry is changing, and we need to do some experiments." -- Yochi Wada, CEO of Square-Enix, explaining why they've started CoreOnline, where you can play games by watching ads.

STAT | 39 per cent -- Amount the sales of game consoles dropped this August, compared to August 2011; overall game sales (hardware, software, and accessories) at retail were down 20 per cent compared to August 2011.

QUOTE | "We always looked at it not as making the sequel to FarmVille, but more about re-imagining digital farming." -- Zynga VP of Games Tim LeTourneau, talking about why Zynga's newest game FarmVille 2 is a next-gen social game.

QUOTE | "We're not saying greed takes over, but we truly believe a big company cannot run as smoothly." -- Russ Phillips, veteran developer of SOCOM, talking about what it's like at their new mobile game startup.

QUOTE | "Yes, there's chaos right now, but a golden age is coming." -- Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels, talking about the game industry's tumultuous transitional period.

STAT | 20 -- Number of months in a row the Xbox 360 has been the top-selling console in the US; consumers spent more on Xbox 360 products in August than on the other two consoles combined.

QUOTE | "When people start building their games to a spreadsheet it's like putting cars through a wind tunnel -- they all come out looking like bullets." -- Matias Myllyrinne, managing director of Remedy Entertainment, talking about how relying on metrics kills off innovation.

STAT | 247,000 -- Number of copies THQ's Darksiders II sold in the US in August, despite placing #1 in the sales charts; estimates are the game has sold one million units worldwide, but it needs two million to break even.

QUOTE | "This is a new, unique device that bridges the gap between handheld mobile console and tablets." -- James Bower, CEO of Wikipad, talking about their upcoming Android tablet with a detachable game controller.

STAT | 1.65 million -- Number of copies of Madden NFL 13 sold in the first week; this is eight per cent over last year's sales on HD consoles.

This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International

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Comments

    It's incredibly Ironic that a game about porn is taken down in an industry about showing women with as little clothes as possible...

    We're happy to portray women as sex symbols but we don't like sex?

      As long as there's people out there who claim to love Dead or Alive Extreme Beach Volleyball for the volleyball, we're always going to have this level of plausible deniability regardless of how small Ivy's costume is in Soul Calibur 7, or how much Lara Croft's anguished moans sound put of place in the new Tomb Raider.

      Make a game

      As long as there's people out there who claim to love Dead or Alive Extreme Beach Volleyball for the volleyball, we're always going to have this level of plausible deniability regardless of how small Ivy's costume is in Soul Calibur 7, or how much Lara Croft's anguished moans sound put of place in the new Tomb Raider.

      Make a game about sex and you're a pervert.

    Sorry but i love gaming and sex... not a fan of erotic games or H games or anything, cartoon pixels dont get my rocks off.
    But too each there own, as long as its not illegal who cares that "joe bloggs" likes playing fantasy dressups with a fake woman? whats the difference between buying a sex toy from Adult world or buying a game that allows you to get your rocks off?

    lol @ Cats. True!

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