The No. 1 takeaway I'm seeing from the US's No. 1 videogame convention – the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) that just ended in Los Angeles – is that consoles' grip on the videogame market is slipping. It's what anyone who plays electronic games or has kids who do probably senses: "After dominating the market for decades and making their way into 1 out of every 2 U.S. homes, consoles are … [Read more...] about E3 shows game consoles no longer king
Convenient videogame reviews, ratings
There's one-stop shopping now for parents seeking ratings info about videogames. ESRB, the gaming industry's ratings organization, and FamilyFriendlyVideogames have teamed up to put each game's rating, content description, and a link to ESRB's rating summary on its "Report Card" page in FamilyFriendlyVideogames.com, according to the joint press release. Here's an example of the Report Card for the … [Read more...] about Convenient videogame reviews, ratings
Angry Birds: Future ‘total world domination’?
It's looking like that – total world domination for, of all things, Angry Birds (quite serendipitously to continue my bird theme this week [see this on red-tailed hawks]). Signs of approaching world domination: 1. Google has adopted Angry Birds, er, adapted their game for the Web via its Chrome browser, the Washington Post reports, adding that the game already runs on Android and Windows … [Read more...] about Angry Birds: Future ‘total world domination’?
FTC will look into mobile apps marketing to kids
After news coverage of kids racking up huge iTunes bills for their parents while playing game apps on iPhones and iPod Touches gained and letters from US lawmakers to the Federal Trade Commission about this, the Commission announced it will investigate, Ars Technica reports. In a letter to the FTC, Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) wrote that "what may appear in these games to be virtual coins and prizes … [Read more...] about FTC will look into mobile apps marketing to kids