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47 year old IT Security Duder. I live in airplanes. Not related to the video game industry - with an affection for research papers on software architecture. AAAS Science & NPG Nature magazines are my Penthouse & Playboy.

Video game business strategy is my Fantasy Football.

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Posted by Alex Covic on Fri, 29 Jan 2010 06:58:00 EST in
Germany's software rating organization USK presented their annual report for 2009. They tested 3100 games (114 more than last year) and only seven percent were rated M for Mature.

Posted by Alex Covic on Thu, 21 Jan 2010 08:47:00 EST in
I present some of the lists of Game Developers, Programmers, Designers, PR and Marketing on Twitter.

Posted by Alex Covic on Tue, 01 Dec 2009 08:10:00 EST in
The infamous German BPjM ("Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons") strikes again as predicted, hurting sales in a rich country. 1st amendment rights have no stand.

Posted by Alex Covic on Wed, 14 Oct 2009 06:23:00 EDT in
Families of the victims of a school attack in a town called Winnenden, (Germany) organized a demonstration on October 17th in Stuttgart. They are proclaiming "Families against Killlergames" - "Return your game & win a t-shirt"

Posted by Alex Covic on Thu, 09 Jul 2009 01:44:00 EDT in Production
Know your video game market! A recently published study about the Internet usage in Germany. Almost 70% of Germans are online. More than 43 Million over 14 years are online. DSL/Broadband in 2009 61,5 %

Posted by Alex Covic on Fri, 03 Jul 2009 08:10:00 EDT in Production
I found a niche how I can maybe be helpful to the Gamasutra Community: I will report and comment about the video games business in Germany. I was born there and live in that country for around 40 years. I'm neither working nor associated with any company.

Alex Covic's Comments

Comment In: [News - 07/17/2014 - 04:04]

Smart move by ESPN. Of ...

Smart move by ESPN. Of course, this has everything to do with advertisers and Broadcast TV seeking this sweet, elusive, young demographic, which does not care about soccer or golf Now, someone has to explain to those kids how you use a TV remote control

Comment In: [Blog - 06/24/2014 - 04:41]

True. But I am not ...

True. But I am not referring to GEMA. They are just about music rights. r n r nThe standard Euro EULA 's uphold the owners right to their content in strong ways. It is asking for specific often written permissions to let others 'use ' their work, in any form. ...

Comment In: [News - 06/24/2014 - 03:44]

I hear what you 're ...

I hear what you 're saying, Boyer. I myself am from Europe. I did grow up with European comics, like Tin Tin and Corto Maltese, etc. M tal Hurlant, Pilote ... r n r nYou 're absolutely right about it - there is a tradition in tackling with serious topics ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/21/2014 - 02:50]

I see three type of ...

I see three type of games repeatedly in this context. r n r nThe ones, which focus solely on the gameplay and game-mechanics. These type of games lack a story or real writing efforts. They are the 100 stereotypes. Their game title could easily be: Yet another Elf/Dwarf/Magic game - ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/20/2014 - 02:35]

Ripping off game developers by ...

Ripping off game developers by streaming the content of other peoples years of starving, blood, sweat and hard work I still would not call that a 'job '. r n r nIt is this age of entitlement that brew a generation, which has no sense of value or values - ...

Comment In: [News - 06/24/2014 - 05:34]

btw, whatever happened to the ...

btw, whatever happened to the Google-Twitch acquisition. US 1 billion no more