What's happened in the business of video games this past week ... QUOTE | "I don't think they should have had a physical drive on Xbox One — it's like having a dead body handcuffed to you." — David Darling, founder of Codemasters, discussing the revolution of digital distribution.
QUOTE | "What I don't like in the games industry today is that there are too many opportunists who are there to make money." — Former Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello, on mobile games, next-gen, and the future of games.
QUOTE | "Nintendo is going to be here in 100 years. I have no doubt." — Oddworld Inhabitants founder Lorne Lanning, praising Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata for declining to lay off employees even though revenue is down.
QUOTE | "No company is perfect, but Steam is by far the gold standard in digital distribution." — Tommy Refenes, Team Meat developer, commenting along with others on the greatest things in the last era of gaming.
STAT | 945 per cent — Percentage by which GungHo Entertainment's mobile game Puzzle & Dragons rose in the first six months of 2013; the game has daily sales of nearly $US5 million and has brought in $US763 million so far this year.
QUOTE | "How many people really want to walk, run and jump to navigate a virtual world?" — Veteran designer Warren Spector, explaining why the HoloDeck and VR is a blind alley leading to a dead-end future for gaming.
STAT | 160,000 — Number of Wii U consoles sold worldwide over the period from April to June, 60,000 of those in the US; that compares to over 400,000 Xbox 360 sold in the US in that same period.
QUOTE | "We're just putting our shoes on to get to the start line of a long distance race." — Electronic Arts' chief operating officer Peter Moore, talking about whether the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One will sell more consoles.
STAT | 37 per cent — Amount by which Take-Two's sales dropped in the April-June quarter compared to the same quarter in 2012, when the company shipped Max Payne 3 and Spec Ops: The Line.
QUOTE | "We're moving our entire company toward the concept of emergent content." — Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley, describing the new direction EverQuest Next is headed.
QUOTE | "I'd like to see other shooter developers take up the spirit of what we've done." — Scattered Entertainment head Ben Cousins, talking about his new shooter The Drowning that he hopes will revolutionise mobile FPS titles.