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We have been testing the new version of MobyGames the last couple days and things look good. Brian has been beefing up the approval system and how credits are entered. More importantly we are looking to add three new systems to MobyGames; Amiga, Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. We need a definitive list of game requirements for each system and people looking to be approvers. Send email to [email protected] if you are interested.
More E3 weirdness; CAA, Creative Artists Agency one of the world's largest literary and talent agencies, has signed Tomb Raider's Laura Croft. This is the first time a digital character has retained agency representation. I guess we will be seeing a lot more of Laura in film and television. Could there even be a possible book deal? Who knows.
Well the transition period is officially over. The games industry has been traditionally a cyclical business. Revenue and profits have historically been flat when there is no clear dominant console system. Once a single system hits critical mass the sales and profit growth in the industry is amazing. With more money being spent more games get made. At E3 Sony has declared itself the winner with over 30 million units of it's PS2 console shipped worldwide. Electronic Arts, President and COO, John Riccitiello agrees saying the PS2 has won this round. Revenue is up 43% making the industry just shy of the $10 billion mark. We are entering the next golden age of gaming.
Sony just announced effective immediately that Playstation and Playstation 2 prices will be drastically cut. The price for a PSOne system will be cut by 50% from $99.00 to $49.00 and PS2 systems will sell for $199.00 down from $299.00. Other Sony accessories are also supposed to receive price drops including Memory Cards and Controllers. You can get all these goodies at the MobyGames Store. The price cuts for PS2 is probably due to an increase in competition in the console market. In addition with 30 million PS2 systems sold worldwide there is probably enough software being sold to compensate for any additional loss in hardware revenue. April 5th Sony announced it is able to manufacture the Emotion Engine and the Graphics Processor on a single 0.13-Micron microchip further reducing the overall cost to produce the PS2 consoles. Regardless of which system you like this can only be good news for gamers. Look out for price cuts coming from Microsoft and Nintendo.
Unfortunately my new job has been taking away a lot of time from MobyGames. I should be back in the swing of approvals soon. In the mean time Jim and Brian are picking up the slack. In other news we just purchased a new router. More upgrades in the pipe.