MobileIndustry.biz has followed up on their interview with Tony Pearce of Player X in which he states that bad ports of popular PC and console games could possibly damage the franchises that they’re spun off from. In this second article, MobileIndustry.biz talks to THQ Wireless’s marketing director, James Scalpello, who argues that Pearce isn’t seeing the big picture, as he explains… Continue reading ‘Do bad console ports hurt the originals?’
Monthly Archive for January, 2007
Juniper Research has cautiously predicted that the mobile entertainment market will see profits of US $76 billion dollars by 2011. According to MobileIndustry.biz, this jump will be fueled by games, as well as music, TV, sports, gambling, adult content and a growing Asian market. Currently valued at $17.3 billion, “The face of mobile entertainment is expected to change significantly over the next five years as next-generation mobile services continue to be rolled out around the globe and take up steadily increases,” commented Bruce Gibson of Juniper Research. The predictions are cautious, however, as many mobile technologies are unproven and legislation could make the market go either way. You can get more on this story at the MobileIndustry.biz link, above.
Trip Hawkins, founder of EA Games and Digital Chocolate, will be delivering the keynote speech at the upcoming Games Developer Conference’s Mobile program this March in San Francisco. According to MobileIndustry.biz, Hawkins will be speaking to the topic of making mobile phones the ultimate game platform and will share thoughts on both potentials for the market as well as the obstacles. “I am thrilled to have Trip Hawkins, a game industry legend, kick-off GDC Mobile with such an important topic of discussion,” said Robert Tercek, chairman of GDC Mobile.
If you find yourself on a desert island somewhere and all you’ve got is your cell phone, you’re gonna want to make sure you’ve got quality games to pass the years until you’re rescued (here’s hoping your battery holds out)… and The Mobile Critic may have the answer for you in their “Top 5 Long-Playing Mobile Games” article. Continue reading ‘Mobile Critic’s top 5 mobile games for a desert island’
Fans of the Worms franchise will be happy to know that THQ Wireless will be bringing Worms Crazy Golf to mobiles in Europe this February (no word yet on a North American release date). The worms action now takes place on a nice, green golf course… but what makes it a Worms game is that players are armed with grenades instead of golf balls. With 3 different courses and 27 holes, this game offers a lot to people who enjoy blowing invertibrates to pieces. According to Mobile Game News, James Scalpello, European Marketing Director at THQ Wireless: “Worms is one of the best-known brands in the world of gaming. With Worms Crazy Golf, we’ve brought together the fun of crazy golf with the legendary humour of the invertebrate blast ‘em up Worms. It makes for a really unique and fun mobile game!”
In a brief article over at Mobile Games Blog, it appears that research group M:Metrics has the female mobile gaming market is becoming a bigger deal than it once was and is being more widely accepted on operators. Writer Arjan Olsder ruminates that “with over 50% of our target audience being females, we should be stimulating that.”
Gameloft’s Q4 financial report has been released, and sales of EUR 21.8M show a growth of 41% since the same period last year. According to an article at MobileIndustry.biz, 2005 saw a 50% rise in sales of their mobile game titles, particularly among downloadable games which now account for 91% of their sales.
Continue reading ‘Gameloft talks Q4 sales’
Gameloft has announced the release of America’s Army: Special Operations, the first game sponsored by the U.S. Army on the mobile platform.
Like all of the Army’s game, Special Operations focuses on realism and attention to detail. Player will take the role of many different types of Army personnel, from Apache helicopter pilots to infantry soldiers. Authentic weapons and vehicles like Strykers, M4A1 rifles, and Stinger missiles all are present in the game. Players will also take part in realistic Army operations, from neutralizing a radar station to combat search and destroy. Continue reading ‘Gameloft releases America’s Army: Special Operations’
The new Sony Ericsson SO703i will ship with a mobile version of the popular PSP hit, LocoRoco, installed when it ships in Japan next month. LocoRoco was a big hit on the Sony PSP, and picked up two BAFTA awards. Interestingly, there’s more buzz about the phone itself moreso than about the bundled software; dubbed the “Aroma Phone”, the Sony Ericsson SO703i includes a slot for “aroma sheets”, which give off a scent when the user opens the handset. No word yet on whether or not LocoRoco or the Sony Ericsson SO703i will be available in Europe or North America.
Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association have released their list of top 50 best-selling games from 2006. According to Mobile Games Blog, Electronic Arts is the clear winner on the list with a dozen games on the list, and Glu shows strongly with the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” brand, which shows up with three separate editions. If you’re looking for the complete list, check out MGB for the whole rundown.