What is the future of Gaming & Entertainment ? [SlideShare]

Yesterady, I had the pleasure to give a presentation on the Future of Entertainment in Luxembourg, for LU-CIX, http://www.lu-cix.lu/speakers-list.html

LU-CIX stands for Luxembourg Commercial Internet exchange. LU-CIX was founded in 2009 based on a cross-industries initiative set up by major national and international Internet players, with the aim of developing the Internet in Luxembourg.


Have you GREAT IDEAS with KINECT ? Official Kinect Developer Kit is now available for download ! via @davidmerzel’s BLOG


When we launched Kinect last year it was greeted with amazing enthusiasm by consumers, resulting in sales of over 10m units at last count – and a place in the Guinness World Book of Records as the fastest selling consumer electronics device of all time. Another community greeted Kinect with just as much enthusiasm – developers. Developers, developers, developers – they took to Kinect in an instant, surprising Microsoft with the breadth of their imagination.

As of 16th of June, the SDK is officially available for download

– at no cost – from Microsoft Research. It provides access to Kinect’s “raw sensor streams” – which means developers can work with the high speed skeletal tracking capabilities, depth sensor, color camera sensor and the microphone array. Oh and over 100 pages of high quality documentation and sample code to demonstrate how to use the sensor.

Channel 9 is running a 4 hour live broadcast today with in depth sessions on how to program on Windows using the SDK and under cover of darkness they have been running a Code Camp here on Microsoft Campus for the last 24 hours. They invited a select group of 50 developers to our HQ to see what they could create in just one day with access to the SDK. (see video here-below)

Source : http://blogs.technet.com/b/next/archive/2011/06/16/official-kinect-developer-kit-now-available-for-download.aspx

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.

Source : https://www.gplus.com/_Media/GLgroup—Game-Over_FINAL-L_1561.png

Click on the picture to enlarge.

E3 by the NUMBERS [infographic], via @davidmerzel’s BLOG

E3 is just done @ Los-Angeles. I was so happy to be there.
E3 is The Electronic Entertainment Expo. This is the premiere event of the year for everyone involved in the global interactive entertainment industry.

E3 Expo delivers an unmatched and highly qualified audience of developers, retail buyers, international and U.S.–based trade and consumer media, industry and investment analysts, venture capitalists and community influencers

These are the key players in the global interactive entertainment industry and this is your once-a-year chance to interact with them all, under one roof.

Let’s have a look at this infographic which comes back on key figures.

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Source : http://gonintendo.com/wp-content/photos/e3_by_the_numbers_20110603002701769.jpg

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.