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Gamasutra's holiday round-up: What you missed
As the new year begins and everyone heads back to work, Gamasutra rounds up noteworthy game industry news, interviews, and feature articles that you might have missed during the holiday break.
01.02.12 | News | Staff
Digital Sales Can Make Up For Physical Declines, But Questions Remain
Digital video game sales in the U.S. can offset declines in physical sales, leading to a "strong upward trend" for 2011, but foggy data hinders trackability of progress, says Gamasutra's Matt Matthews.
12.27.11 | News | Matt Matthews | 8 Number of Comments 
IGF 2012 Reveals Visual Art, Audio, Mobile Jury Panels
IGF 2012 has announced the second set of discipline-specific jury panels that will determine the finalists and winner of its various awards, following Design, Tech, and Nuovo juries
12.20.11 | News | Staff
Behind The Numbers: How GameStop Is Conforming To A Digital Economy
GameStop is a retail behemoth that is steering its ship towards digital distribution. Can the retailer adapt to survive? Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews investigates.
12.18.11 | News | Matt Matthews | 4 Number of Comments 
Behind The Numbers: Much-Needed Holiday Cheer From November Game Sales
November was the third consecutive month of year-on-year increases at U.S. game retail. Gamasutra's Matt Matthews examines how Call of Duty drove the much-needed boost.
12.11.11 | News | Matt Matthews | 2 Number of Comments 
Analysis: Digital Vs. Retail At Major Third-Party Publishers
Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews breaks down public data from EA, Ubisoft, Activision and other publishers to determine digital sales growth, and how their sales are split between platforms and territories.
11.14.11 | News | Matt Matthews | 3 Number of Comments 
NPD: Behind the Numbers, October 2011
Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews breaks down U.S. retail video game sales for the month of October, as reported by the NPD Group, and additionally touches on global sales of third-party publishers.
11.13.11 | Feature | Matt Matthews
Analysis: How Nintendo's Contraction Has Impacted U.S. Game Retail
Once the driver of retail growth for the U.S. games industry, Nintendo is now leading the contraction, says Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews, who examines the company's
11.13.11 | News | Matt Matthews | 26 Number of Comments 
56M PS3s Shipped Worldwide, Approaching Xbox 360 Levels
As part of its latest financial report, Sony revealed it has shipped 56 million PlayStation 3s worldwide to date, putting it within spitting distance of tota
11.01.11 | News | Kyle Orland | 29 Number of Comments 
Analysis: How Madden Drove September's Software Rebound
As part of his monthly NPD Group physical game sales analysis, Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews looks at how EA's delay of its latest Madden title helped dr
10.18.11 | News | Matt Matthews | 2 Number of Comments 
Analysis: Are Digital/Used Sales Making Up For The New Retail Drop?
As part of his monthly NPD Group physical game sales analysis, Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews explores NPD's claim that digital and used sales are making up for
10.17.11 | News | Matt Matthews | 4 Number of Comments 
NPD: Behind the Numbers, September 2011
Gamasutra's comprehensive breakdown of NPD Group's U.S. physical video game retail sales estimates for September exhibit how Xbox 360 hardware is "defying gravity" with a higher price and higher sales than competition, and how Madden and Gears of War 3 saved the month.
10.17.11 | Feature | Matt Matthews | 1 Number of Comments 
Analysis: Xbox 360 Outsells PS3 At Higher Average Price In U.S.
Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews examines how Microsoft's Xbox 360 hardware sales are "defying gravity," as the console saw sales grow during September 2011 at an
10.16.11 | News | Staff | 24 Number of Comments 
Analysis: Breaking Down 'Alarming' U.S. Game Retail Contraction
U.S. physical video game retail saw a an "alarming" decline in August, Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews says -- and the absence of Madden NFL 12 certainly isn't all to blame.
09.13.11 | News | Matt Matthews | 45 Number of Comments 
Analysis: 3DS' Post-Price Cut Prospects In The U.S.
Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews estimates that Nintendo's 3DS is set to "exceed 300,000 units" for the retail month of September in the U.S. thanks to its August pri
09.12.11 | News | Matt Matthews
NPD: Behind the Numbers, August 2011
Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews examines yet another underwhelming month at U.S. physical video game retail, delving into price cuts for PlayStation 3 and 3DS, and pointing out that the absence of Madden isn't the only reason for August declines.
09.12.11 | Feature | Matt Matthews | 3 Number of Comments 
Analysis: How PS3's Price Cut May Stave Off Further Market Share Loss
Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews examines how PS3's August price cut affected its sales, stating that the cut won't necessarily help PS3 gain ground, "merely slow the
09.11.11 | News | Matt Matthews | 25 Number of Comments 
Microsoft: 'Cross-Platform Experience Is Better On Xbox'
Microsoft has told of how exclusive games and downloadable content for the Xbox 360 are "critical" to differentiate the console from others, while cross-platform releases are "better on Xbox."
08.18.11 | News | Mike Rose | 17 Number of Comments 
Analysis: Finding A Pricing Sweet Spot For The HD Consoles
As part of his monthly analysis of NPD results, Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews looks into the what price points the current market will bear for the Xbox 360 an
08.16.11 | News | Matt Matthews
Analysis: July's Software Slump Due To Nintendo, Music Game Declines
As part of his monthly analysis of NPD results, Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews explains what July 2011 was missing: first party Nintendo games and music titles,
08.15.11 | News | Matt Matthews | 1 Number of Comments 
Japanese Weekly 3DS Sales Up Sharply Following Price Drop
The Nintendo 3DS saw a sharp rise in weekly Japanese sales to nearly 215,000 units following a 40 percent price cut on August 11, achieving a sales rate not seen since just after the system's launch.
08.15.11 | News | Kyle Orland | 8 Number of Comments 
NPD: Behind the Numbers, July 2011
Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews breaks down sales figures for July -- the new "lowest month since October 2006" at U.S. physical video game retail -- examining trends in software and hardware, including in-depth information on 3DS, Kinect and PlayStation 3.
08.15.11 | Feature | Matt Matthews | 7 Number of Comments 
Analysis: How'd The 3DS Do At $250?
With an $80 price drop for the Nintendo 3DS now in effect, Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews takes a look at how the system performed at retail through its last full month at the original $250 price point.
08.14.11 | News | Matt Matthews | 10 Number of Comments 
Analysis: Xbox 360 Software Sales Overtake Wii's In First-Half
As part of his monthly analysis of NPD's U.S. retail estimates, Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews gives the "first clear look at Wii software unit sales falling belo
07.19.11 | News | Matt Matthews | 2 Number of Comments 
Analysis: 2011 Mid-Year U.S. Game Retail 'On Par' With 2010
Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews charts out U.S. retail video game industry sales for the first half of 2011, stating that the period is "on par" with 2010, but "fa
07.18.11 | News | Matt Matthews

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