Harry Potter movies have been a midnight favorite since the first movie got started. Thousands of people all over the country stay up way past their bedtimes to get the first look at the Boy Wizard. This week,
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince had what can only be described as an epic win, bringing in $22.2 million for midnight alone.
This number is pretty amazing. Let's compare. The previous top midnight release was
The Dark Knight with $18 million. Before that, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith with $17 million. The last HP movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix took in $12 million.
Seeing as this is the 6th film in the series, it is certainly not being plagued with Star Wars style momentum loss. Quite the contrary, considering its almost double midnight numbers. I can't wait to see where this goes (to space).
Alan Wake, the game that has been the victim of one of the worst cases of absentee parenting that the gaming world has ever seen, will now take on the episodic approach, similar to a television show or a movie saga. Sam Lake, the game's writer, in an interview explained the benefit of his segmented approach:
We all know Sony wants to rule the world. Why else would they avoid Google the way they do? A large part of that current plan involves the PSP Go. This device is built to be a major media player, not just portable games device. PSN ops director Eric Lempel said:
What do people want next? Our devices are capable of doing a lot more than gaming. There are a lot of other things we can do. What are the other services we can offer, both digitally and wirelessly? What are the other things we can add to our devices that make them even more?
Don't we all just hate the mouse? It is too convenient and easy to use. Wouldn't it be great if we could eliminate it and use Natal instead? I jest, of course, because the mouse is going nowhere, and Natal would be badass on the computer. Even ubergeek Bill Gates thinks so. So much so, in fact, that the Natal team is also developing ways incorporate the hardware into the Windows environment.
Bill Gates claims that Natal is not just a game controller,
The Governator has been all over the place with his political positions. He supports alternative fuel, but only the stuff the oil companies could sell easily. Now he is ok with games, so long as they are a) not violent or b) he is in them. I am, of course, talking about the California law that was to outlaw violent videogames. That law, of course, was found unconstitutional for many reasons, one of which being its First Amendment implications.
The law has made it all the way to the US Supreme Court, and while still waiting to hear the ruling, it has given videogame experts a chance to weigh in on the legality of it. Today's example is Robert Corn-Revere, a First Amendment Attorney. He says:
This is the week for big developers to take over the small marketplaces. First
EA starts a mobile development studio and now this. Australian Indie game publishers are claiming that Microsoft has started giving more and more of its 35 XBLA game slots to major developers.
WAToday claims that the requirements Microsoft has placed on its acceptance of XBLA games favor big publishers, "with independent games rejected for being too similar to an existing title on the service, yet major publishers were able to flood it with retro remakes."