Video games dominate Hollywood in release week sales [infographic], via @davidmerzel’s BLOG

This infographic breaks down the domination gaming has over movies from a sheer numbers-perspective.

While the money-making is strong for many summer Movie releases, they often pale in comparison to big game releases. Much of it can be attributed to the prices – a newly released video game costs much more than the price of admission to a movie.

Game prices have not gone up as much as movie tickets relatively. Volumes have been increasing. More gamers are born into the world of COD and other franchises every day. Movie watchers, on the other hand, accounts for a steady number of people.

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GAMIFICATION : Future or Fail ? [slides] via @davidmerzel’s BLOG

Interesting presentation of of a new trend : “Gamification”.
What is the Gamification ?
This is the integration of the mechanics that make games fun and absorbing into non-game platforms and experiences in order to improve engagement and participation.

EA Press Conference @ E3 2011, Los Angeles, via @davidmerzel’s BLOG

Electronic Arts began their keynote by enthusiastically stating how they don’t have “random celebrity guests” but only games.

Take-out and key demos / trailers from this EA Press Conference @ E3 2011 (Los-Angeles)

Mass Effect 3 dated, March 6th, 2012.

Need For Speed: The Run announced. There are out-of-car gameplay segments.

The Sims Social announced.  Play out Facebook events in the Sims.

New game: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning; medieval action game

Battlefield 3 multiplayer trailer and single player tank section showcased. Beta dated: September 2011. Battlefield 3 dated: October 25

Gamers: Who are they? [infographic] via @davidmerzel’s BLOG

Interesting infographic on Gaming.

A stereotypical outlook on gamers is that they eat Dorito and Red Bull when they play.

But did you know 70% of America’s households play video game, with the average age of a gamer at 34?

Half of parents (in the US) say they play a video game with their child at least once a week.




Gamification is everywhere [slides]

  • Interesting Slides on Gamification.
  • What is gamificaon ?
    • Gamificaon is the process of incorporing game play elements into non-­‐gaming applications such as products, services, websites,  in order to drive parcipation, engagement & loyalty.
    • Gamificaon is all about engagement and improving user experience with a product or service.
    • Even banal everyday activties which can be low on engagement and experience such as going to school, exercising, taking your medicine and doing housework has recently been gamified. 

New Guinness World Record for Kinect, THE Fastest-Se​lling Consumer Electronic​s Device EVER !

Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking, today confirm that the Kinect for the Xbox 360 is the Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device.
The hardware, that allows controller-free gaming, sold through an average of 133,333 units per day, for a total of 8 million units in its first 60 days on sale from 4 November 2010 to 3 January 2011.

The sales figures outstrip both the iPhone and the iPad for the equivalent periods after launch.

Gaz Deaves, Editor of Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition, said: “The sales figures here speak for themselves. We can confirm that no other consumer electronics device sold faster within a 60-day time span, an incredible achievement considering the strength of the sector.”

The new record will be included in the next Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition, which recognises record breaking achievement in the world of videogames. The current Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition is available in both book and eBook versions at

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