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Sandy Hook fallout won’t impact game sales, says analyst

Friday, 21 December 2012 15:01 GMT By Dave Cook

Subsequent action following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings – be it a recently proposed congressional bill geared towards researching violent games – or other measures will not affect game sales, Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz has predicted.

Speaking with Gamespot, Creutz revealed that investors in the games industry have grown concerned that any legislation drafted off the back of proposed inquiries, which surrounding games and violence, will impact on game sales. However, he stated that any impact would be “minor at most.”

He then added, “We have received many questions from investors about the potential impact of the recent tragedy in Newtown on our covered universe of video game publisher stocks,” Creutz said. “While this is a difficult issue to address due to the intense emotions surrounding the incident, we have attempted to present a summary of the relevant facts herein.”

On the threat of further regulation, Creutz added, “We believe that any new attempts to regulate video game sales would be quickly struck down by the courts based on this precedent.

“While these concerns are understandable–particularly given the currently emotionally charged environment–we think video game shares are now pricing in much more risk to their business models than actually exists.

“As a result, we think the group now generally represents a buying opportunity ahead of what should be a strong year for the industry in 2013 due to a loaded first half release slate and the likely launch of new Microsoft and Sony game consoles in the back half of the year.”

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11 Comments

  1. theevilaires

    Of course it won’t and it shouldn’t. If the guy was dressed up with COD emblems and had a fox hound logo on his jacket then I could see how this would be anyway connected to gaming. This won’t affect the gaming industry in anyway. MW4 will break records again next year and some idiot will commit mass murder also and the two will have nothing to do with each other.

    THE END

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Mike W

    I don’t see why it would in the first place. What happened last Friday was unspeakable and I can’t even imagine the pain the family and friends are going thru.

    But we have to stop with these ridiculous connections that violence in any form of entertaiment are going to have a drop in sales or come to a complete halt because what happened last Friday. Even if it did, do people believe the murder rate is going to drop?

    We all need to be adults here and start looking at the individual that commited this devilish crime and stop trying to blame it on other shit, that he was into.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Mike W

    @1

    Well said bro….well said.

    Congress should be ashame of itself, I really don’t understand why it’s so hard to believe that the fucking piece of shit of a kid was a killer…

    Why does everyone keep making excuses for him? I keep hearing, “oh he was a nice kid” really? Nice kids don’t do the things this asshole did. “Oh he was mentally ill and he needed help” so he was a nice kid that was mentally ill and he needed help, yeah….right.

    Cry me a fucking river, that piece of shit knew exactly what he was doing and he was completely sane the whole time he was killing those poor innocent children, hence why he off himself when he was done. This is what is wrong with our society, no one wants to take responsibility for the actions that they commit. They want to take the easy route and say the movies made me do it or the video games made me do it….

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DSB

    I think there’s plenty of evidence of psychiatric problems in the last three shooters.

    Tucson guy was posting videos of himself rambling incoherently about grammar in public schools, Aurora guy was isolated and expressing deeply disturbed thoughts in therapy, and Newtown guy apparently had some form of autism, with serious mommy issues according to people who knew him.

    I don’t see a lot of people talking about any of those guys as being nice or balanced, unless they’re friends of the family.

    What exactly is sane about killing innocent children to you?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. AmiralPatate

    It’s easier to blame it on videogames than to reform a two centuries old constitution. But, hey, the world hasn’t change since 1787, so I guess it’s okay, right?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Cobra951

    @5:

    The principles certainly have not changed: Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, are all still just as valid today. Keeping the government away from censoring artistic expression is still as important in 2012 as it was in 1787. Taking away the right to bear arms will not make those arms disappear either. That genie will not go back into his bottle. All we can do is arm more responsible adults to nip developing tragedies in the bud, not bury our heads in the sand and pretend firearms don’t exist.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DSB

    You won’t take guns away overnight, but it’s the only way to make sure there will be less out there.

    If you arm responsible adults, you’re arming irresponsible adults right along with them. More accidents, more killings. And by your logic you’d then need to arm even more people to keep them safe from the ones you just armed.

    Somehow bending over for the genie doesn’t seem the best way either. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    I agree the way to solve gun crimes isn’t to arm more people with guns. I read the NRA cry for placing armed security in every school. And who pays for that? My local school distric is already cutting programs left and right, they can’t afford girls Volyball, but we are ‘possed to pay for police to patrol the halls because kids have(a right to have guns)?

    That is dumb.

    Also read the second admendment. It doesn’t garentee gun ownership. It states that people have the right to gather in small milittia groups in defense. Minute Men being what they were. They provided a key cog in the fight against the redcoats. I know it might seem that gun ownership and the right to assemble(with arms) is the samething, but isn’t.

    It was a statement aimed at the standing armies that Americans had faced, a warning that if threatened it was not only a right of said people but likly the predictable action of said people to defend themself.

    The founding fathers had zero insight into a future where hands guns, assult rifles and auto/semi auto firearms were such headline news. I bet if put to the very same legislators that wrote those laws, you would get a very different answer for todays set of circumstances.

    Hunting was not only a economic causality, but also a nescesity of American lifestyle during those days. Gun control wasn’t even a thought in the equation. “Protecting” anyones right to carry a conceled firearm wasn’t the point or focus. Providing food for the family with a gun was something most families did. Needed to do. Trust me, school shootings weren’t on their minds.

    But we don’t like in the 1700s or 1800s anymore. I get my food from the grociery store. I used to hunt as a kid. I was interoduced to it by my father. He felt being an outdoorsman/sportsman was a vital part of what it meant to be an american. That is one of the things that fuels the NRA. I don’t feel like that.

    I owuld rather eat Chicken I bought from a store then a Duck I shot in the field if it means less guns and less public shootings. I know it is spicy topic. No prob. I know lots won’t agree with me. No prob.

    But imo, guns have more to do with shootings then video games, TV, movies, music or books. Media has always been blamed for societies woes. I remember Elvis being blamed for derailment of american values. Are video games too violent? Yes I think so. Do they outright cause people to kill other people? Yes and No. Some people will snap. I had a kid in my hometown head up into the woods with several guns and lots of amo, and start shooting at people and cops. He had seen the movie Rambo and was acting it out. He ended up shooting a few people and then killed himself. He was 17. Did the movie cause that? No. But it was a catalyst. And that is what games do. They sometimes snap unstable people.

    But in every single shooting and tradegy of such the one common link is … guns. Period. My sons school is going on highented alert today and several polic walk the halls. Some damn kid wrote something on the walls and threatend a rampage. Being rual a lot of houses here have guns, a lot of them. Kind of makes me worried.

    My two cents, get rid of the guns. It will take years, so lets get started.

    Sorry I can’t stay and debate the issue or my post here but I need to run.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Cobra951

    “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

    Note that the main clause follows the comma. What precedes the comma justifies the main clause. It does not abridge it.

    The right to bear arms really has nothing to do with hunting, and everything to do with killing aggressors, especially when the aggressors come from a corrupt state or invading army. (The intent is to allow the people to maintain a free state.) It is an extension of keeping power in the hands of the people, rather than making sheep of us all, and making us trust a handful of official shepherds for our survival.

    A school full of unarmed educators and children is meat on the hoof for armed crazies. That will never change, anywhere in the world.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DSB

    The US government wasn’t marveling at the will of the people when the South decided they were going to walk away.

    The power of the people is the vote and the word, not the gun.

    What those guns were intended to be used for is highly disputed, but I doubt they were intended for classrooms and sheriffs deputies, and they certainly weren’t meant as a deterrent to other gun owners, as is often the argument today.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    Exactly. the intent was, in my mind, to allow for a underfunded and young nation to stave off a foriegn power. Taking the US would mean door to door fighting, where every citizen carries a gun. Where even the best funded and best equiped and best trained standing armies in the world would struggle. I believe that was the message being sent.

    It wasn’t protecting a Texans right to have a gun rack on his pick up or pack a handgun in the back of his belt.

    I fully believe that if faced with todays nightmare situations, they would have considered the “rights” of the gun owner. Hell we are talking about the same legislaters that took the power to vote away from the common uneducated everyday average citizen(electoral collage). They were concerned about the longevity of the nation and its stability.

    #11 2 years ago

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    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]