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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 - 08/22/2014 - 06:18]

So that 's why the ...

So that 's why the Ilovechocolatemuffins hashtag failed so miserably this morning... world gone mad.

Comment In: [Blog - 08/13/2014 - 05:01]

German is a solid bet ...

German is a solid bet r n r nHaving lived there for over a decade, I can attest to that. r n r nThere is still a high resistance to learn or speak English there. The US/UK TV Shows and movies are all dubbed for German audiences. Localization studios make ...

Comment In: [News - 08/06/2014 - 07:18]

There are plenty of articles ...

There are plenty of articles incl. here, on Gamasutra explaining the pickle Twitch and Google/YouTube are in. So rising fingers and blaming is meaningless, unless YOU can come up with better algorithms to match content better. r n r nEveryone knows Google has money, so everyone will sue Google. Nobody ...

Comment In: [News - 07/31/2014 - 02:33]

This is something 'old media ...

This is something 'old media ' as in print had to learn too, the hard way. r n r nForget 'ethics ' - it is holding you back. Editorial becomes marketing. Numbers don 't lie. Money does neither. Be a cynic. It 's 2014. r n r nThe headline this ...

Comment In: [News - 07/29/2014 - 07:21]

I still would break down ...

I still would break down the numbers game into a demographic game. r n r nYoung audiences - the kind 'old ' broadcast TV and their advertising partners and agencies are seeking, like Vampires seek fresh blood, are the real thing to look after. r n r nA 16-year old ...

Comment In: [News - 07/28/2014 - 10:01]

Here 's another consumer view: ...

Here 's another consumer view: people stopped buying finished products instead they are now buying 'expectations ' of future products. Phantoms of things to come. Psychology, more than anything else is at play here There is obviously a fear going around in consumer heads. r n r n 'Early Access ...