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Counting Rupees: Oh, magazine

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: With the end of the holidays came the news that EGM is being shuttered. These are disappointing days for many people, not least the hard-working staff that contributed to the respected...

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Counting Rupees: Once bitten, twice shy

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: This past week, my 360 finally gave up the ghost. It began with an occasional hard freeze, and a day later was freezing every two or three minutes – a tell-tale symptom of impending red...

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Counting Rupees: The Importance of Innovation

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: One of the most prominent words in game journalism and discussion today is "innovation" – how can companies innovate successfully, and how come there isn't more of it in the industry?...

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Counting Rupees: Day of Crisis

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: One of the issues I've been talking a lot about recently has been the concept of crisis management – how companies respond to problems that may impact their relationship with consumers....

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Counting Rupees: Does controversy sell?

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: Another day, another video game banning controversy. Proponents of the ban, unsurprisingly, argue that eliminating the sale of controversial games prevents them from harmful exposure. Yet one...

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Counting Rupees: Korea bangs

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: I've temporarily relocated to Seoul for the summer to work for a consumer electronics firm, so I thought I'd spend a little time detailing some of the differences in gaming culture here in...

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Counting Rupees: You drink their milkshake

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: Guitar Hero IV is on its way, and with it are coming individual games themed around Metallica, Aerosmith, and others. This follows the strategy highlighted by Activision CEO Robert Kotick...

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Counting Rupees: The Job System

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: It's not unreasonable for a gamer to look at their console and wonder how it might help them professionally. Being financially rewarded for doing something we love has been the holy grail of...

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Counting Rupees: Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and the Prisoner's Dilemma

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: Much as many people expected, Activision public relations recently confirmed that (one song aside) Aerosmith's catalogue will remain a Guitar Hero-exclusive for the foreseeable future....

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Counting Rupees: Selling out without selling out

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: Earlier this week, Next Generation published a list of the top 100 selling games of last year. Some sites used the list as an opportunity to analyze the impact of review scores on video...

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