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Counting Rupees: The Network is the Platform

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: "The Network is the Computer" - John Gage, Sun Microsystems, 1984 When John Gage said this in 1984 it was a fairly controversial statement. Computers were getting smarter and more powerful ...

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Counting Rupees: Gaming the economic crisis

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: The markets have plunged thousands of points, credit is tight, unemployment is skyrocketing, and all you want to think about is what's going on with the gaming industry? Don't worry, I unders...

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Counting Rupees: Feeling used

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: Bungie audio director Marty O'Donnell recently made some controversial remarks regarding used game sales. To quote, "It seems to me that the folks who create and publish a game shouldn't stop...

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Counting Rupees: Sustainable Indies

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: Braid was released just over two weeks ago to critical raves and a few complaints regarding its slightly higher than "standard" price of $15. Despite Jonathan Blow, the creator of the game, ...

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Counting Rupees: E3 lives!

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: Last week GamePolitics editor Dennis McCauley declared in his weekly Joystiq column that E3 was dead. He is certainly not alone in his opinion. IGN's Craig Harris also pronounced the show dea...

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Counting Rupees: Bust Blox

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: Boom Blox seemed to have everything going for it. EA, one of the biggest and most successful developers and publishers, was creating it. The massively famous and successful director Steven Spi...

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Counting Rupees: The MMO-TV hybrid

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: Can a game spin off into a successful TV series? Many of us still remember waking up early on Saturday mornings to catch the latest episode of "Captain N: The Game Master" or rushing home af...

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Counting Rupees: Digital Rights Madness

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: When EA announced that Spore and Mass Effect (PC) would have a DRM program that did performed online verification every 10 days, it generated a massive backlash amongst the gaming community. ...

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Counting Rupees: GTA IV vs. Iron Man

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: According to several "analysts" last week, the successful launch of Grand Theft Auto IV threatened to sink the box office returns for Iron Man. The thinking went that since the game and the ...

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Counting Rupees: The WiiCube

Each week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: In my last column I suggested that, if Microsoft is to make a Wii-like controller, it should still continue to focus on the "traditional" types of games that have so far made the 360 a succes...

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