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Meet The Beatles … Again — The Marketing Machine of Beatles Rock Band

September 14, 2009

Would we be so excited if the game was just released on a Tuesday like so many thousands of games and it was just a regular old game release? Well that’s a ridiculous question since there was no way this would ever be a regular release. Want to see the what a behemoth marketing monster looks like? Then all you need to do is look at the icon props at the bottom of the The Beatles Rock Band website…

The Return of the Superhero Game

Over the years we’ve seen a tremendous array of superhero games. Some were good (Marvel Ultimate Alliance), some were decent (Spiderman) and some were just horrendous (Superman, Iron-Man, every Batman game ever made and of course Aquaman). This year though we got a chance to see what a good superhero game should be and in the case of Rocksteady’s Arkham Asylum, you have the making of an excellent superhero game.

Flashback — The Original Xbox

Short-lived -on many accounts and discontinued too soon considering the glitches that first year of 360, the original Xbox paved a path of success for Microsoft in gaming that continues to grow. With all of the things they’ve done in the last two years with the 360, we can definitely expect to see more than just a new gaming console in the next few years. Potentially what we may be in store for is a digital delivery system and the early beginnings of a device that doesn’t just offer gaming, but social media, online gaming and game development applications as well.

Introducing the Newest Avenger, Captain Mouse — Disney Agrees to Buy Marvel

Soon enough, we’ll be seeing that Disney stamp after the Marvel flip book at the beginning of their comic book movies. While Marvel already has outstanding deals with folks like Fox and Sony these are not super-long contracts so that means for sure that Disney will reign all that in and keep everything from the videogames, films and characters under the mouse banner.

Not to worry though Tinkerbell, you won’t be replaced by the human torch … yet.

Console Wars — Game Makers Reduce Price to Outsell Competitors

Interesting timing don’t you think? For one thing this once again evens out the pricing model with Sony and it then comes down to getting a gaming console with a great social media/online gaming element versus a really good blu-ray player and gaming console. Either way you’re getting a good deal if you’re just jumping into the market for buying a console. For the owners of older 360s that have suffered hardware failure time and time again, getting a replacement of the original 20 gig model, it seems, will no longer be an option. How will this work remains to be seen. Will they just keep sending out refurbished models?