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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Time and Again...

Simple economics are going to have a lot to do with the next couple of years in the game industry. I'm still intrigued about why everyone keeps calling the Wii Nintendo's NextGen offering despite the fact that they have said specifically it is not. It's about control, not about the hardware. NextGen seems defined by hardware. This is NinGen, and Nintendo is going to win that battle. NextGen isn't going to be won for a couple of years, as developers and tools catch up, but by that time MS and Sony are going to be trashing the NextGen for NextNextGen.

GameDaily BIZ: Ubisoft, Midway Pledge Strong Wii Support
Sega of America's Vice President of Marketing, Scott Steinberg, recently told GameDaily BIZ, "... there's no doubt that Wii is a more affordable [console] for developers and publishers to build games on... I think the economics with how the machine is going to be more affordable for the family and having games that are probably a bit more affordable for the family is really going to strike a nice installed base."

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