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Wednesday shorts, part 2: Dualshock 3 goes candy blue, “Retail PC Gaming Is Dying,” more

Wednesday, 2nd March 2011 13:53 GMT By Patrick Garratt

The second installment in today’s minor story linkathon lies below. Here’s the first bit from earlier today.

  • Sony’s going to release a “candy blue” DualShock 3 in Japan on April 21, as well as a charging station for the controller. Details on Siliconera.
  • There’s an interview with Obsidian’s Rich Taylor up on GameBanshee, talking mainly about Dungeon Siege III. There’s some stuff in there about the never-released Baldur’s Gate III as well. Thanks, Blue.
  • “It’s Official: Retail PC Gaming Is Dying,” says CinemaBlend. The PC Gaming Alliance said this week that overall PC games retail is up 20 percent year-on-year to $16.2 billion, so whatever.
  • Shank dev Jamie Cheng has told GDC that Xbox 360′s Summer of Arcade promo is “dangerous” thanks to its “king-making” traits. That’s on EG.
  • Enterbrain’s reported that the top selling game for 3DS’s launch weekend in Japan was Level-5′s Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask with 117,598 units. 3DS itself sold 371,326 units of a 400,000 allocation in the same timeframe. More on Andriasang.
  • Jake Kazdal’s been talking about going indie at GDC. He previously worked at EA and Sega Japan on games like Rez: now he’s in a three-man band. More on GSW.
  • Square Enix has hired Mona Hamilton as vice president of marketing for the American branch of the company. Go nuts on Industrygamers.
  • 1Up’s got a massive feature based on a visit to Killzone dev Guerrilla in Holland. There’s some new concept art, photos and more.

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  1. typeface

    I do find the PC gaming article quite amusing. Not because of what they’re reporting but looking at the figures.

    PC retail games are dying strongly in N. America is what it truly should read. I mean look at the figures on the link it’s declined like crazy there for retail but everywhere else the decline is mostly negligible (it’s to expected during a new console revision period, could be reversed in the current period). It should be that digital games should have caused a much greater dent but it hasn’t which means people still buy a lot of PC games in stores in Europe and Asia.

    Also Japan spends more on PC games than Germany, France and the UK.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Hunam

    Japanese PC games are weird though.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. typeface

    It’s the visual novel market that probably contributes most to it. But not all of them are weird, some are quite good and have some interesting/entertaining stories.
    Of course they also have the whole eroge market but don’t think that’s the strongest genre.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. blackdreamhunk

    Game devs are making more from DD than retail. I mean console gaming has rented, piracy and the used game market. on top of that Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony get a cut. On top of that publishers are losing money on packaging,shipping and retailers get a cut. DD you skip the middle man.

    pc gaming destroys console gaming

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-yncJ98ZRc

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Crysis

    Why would you possibly give a flying fuck about where companies make the most profit, all this loyalty to an OBJECT is fucking pathetic, grow the fuck up.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. blackdreamhunk

    more profit means more games for the future. Bankrupt game devs means less games for the future.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. blackdreamhunk

    PC gaming is worth billions. BILLIONS! So that is a big deal for retailer.

    consoles can’t compete!

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Crysis

    & apparently you know exactly how the entire industry works, you talk about digital sales being more profitable than retail, but there’s a reason as to why that retail still exist, they need to reach as many potential consumers as possible to sell enough copies of the game otherwise they’ll never make up for R&D & if they can’t make up for R&D they’ll never be profitable, consoles magically going away would close more developers than it would save.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. blackdreamhunk

    vavle is like 4 billion richer because of pc gaming.

    hardware for pc gaming is at 16 billion

    http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/News/249802,pc-gaming-on-the-up.aspx

    #9 3 years ago
  10. blackdreamhunk

    yep I know the gaming industry vavle 4 billion richer

    http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2011/0228/technology-gabe-newell-videogames-valve-online-mayhem.html

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Crysis

    Stop pretending that you actually know nothing, every time you post you make everybody a little angrier because it seems that you actually believe in your own bullshit.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. blackdreamhunk

    I don’t need to pretend, oh by the way I left links for you too.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Crysis

    Still don’t understand the point that you’re trying to make, you want consoles to die because you personally think that they’re stupid? Am I right?
    Every piece of shit you dribble out is “blah, blah PC gaming is awesome look @ pointlesslink.com blah, blah” or “wah, wah console gaming is shit wah, wah” get a life!

    #13 3 years ago
  14. blackdreamhunk

    consoles can’t compete and will soon die if they don’t adapt. the writing is on the wall.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    lol BDH didnt even know Rockstar owns the Max Payne IP. What an industry noob. ;)

    #15 3 years ago
  16. blackdreamhunk

    pc gaming is not getting small it’s getting bigger ;)

    #16 3 years ago
  17. blackdreamhunk

    oh and PC gaming hardware spending expected to rocket

    http://www.techeye.net/hardware/pc-gaming-hardware-spending-expected-to-rocket

    #17 3 years ago
  18. DeathJynx

    BDH… you are some kind of ignorant…

    #18 3 years ago