50 Cent’s new video game w/SHOCKINGLY low sales

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50 Cent x Blood on the Sand. There is no doubt that 50 has been flexing his publicity-machine muscle to promote his newest video game “Blood on the Sand.” He did in-store appearances, contests to play against others and tons of publicity. Many in the gaming industry saw it as a clear sign 50 was serious about expanding his empire into the gaming world.

Despite all the efforts, “Blood on the Sand” has sold so little that it already can be found in “dump-bins” across America. According to NPD which monitors game sales, “Blood on the Sand” has only sold 56,000 copies from when it launched in February. In comparison, 50’s first game “Bulletproof” sold over 681,000 copies during the same initial launch window, which is TWELVE times more than “Blood on the Sand.”

The “Blood on the Sand” results are so terrible that publisher THQ did not mention the game at all in their recent earnings reports. Insiders say THQ is blaming the economy and recession but others are pointing to 50 Cent’s waning popularity with gamers and the fact that “Blood on the Sand” was originally dumped by its original developer. Will these results scare off Jay-Z from moving forward with getting into the gaming industry?

Almost 1 in 10 Young Video Game Users ‘Addicted’

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MONDAY, April 20 (HealthDay News) — A sizable number of young video game players — fully 8.5 percent — exhibit signs of addiction to gaming, a new study has found.

These kids aren’t just playing a lot. Their gaming interferes with school performance, disrupts interaction with family and friends and poses health problems, the study reveals.

Douglas A. Gentile, a developmental psychologist and an assistant professor at Iowa State University in Ames, said the study is the first to document the prevalence of video game addiction using a nationally representative sample of children and adolescents.

“What’s most concerning to me is really the total percentage, just the vast number of kids that are having real problems in their lives because they play games, and they may not know how to stop it,” said Gentile, whose study appears in the May edition of Psychological Science.

Experts don’t agree on whether such a thing as “video game addiction” really exists. At present, it is not listed as a mental disorder in the American Psychiatric Association‘s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The next update of that manual, which describes criteria for diagnosing various psychiatric disorders, is due out in 2012. Continue reading

[Op-Ed] Is Porn Recession Proof?

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The best things in life are free.  Unfortunately, the porn industry is learning that lesson the hard way as sales go soft (zing!). Down 20-30%, Larry Flynt and Joe Francis have asked for a financial fluffer to help adult entertainment companies in their time of need.  But it’s not just magazines and DVDs that are feeling the squeeze; the Internet has been screwed up too!  Thanks to amateur porn on YouTube-like sites, porn that doesn’t require payment is easier to find than a swinger party. In a recession, that’s good news for broke consumers who are worried they’re going to lose their jobs, but what about the billion dollar adult industry? Can porn still make a buck in this tight economy?  If you ask an entrepreneur named Trixie, she’ll say, “F**k yes!”porn

Just like every other industry, the formula for success has changed. Instead of passively watching sex acts, women like live cam lady Trixie, say they’re surviving the downturn by being the mom and pop shop of porn. She has a web-cam filming her 24/7, and engages her customers in conversation to build client relationships. She likens her site, TastyTrixie.com, to a local coffee shop versus a big business Starbucks. “When money is tight, people feel more resentful towards anonymous corporate entities and want the dollars they spend to go towards people they can relate to,” Trixie explains. The girl’s got a point!

While adult entertainment has always been about finding your niche, technology has let customers take the reigns, literally. “Virtually Jenna,” a video game that features porn star (and now perfume maker) Jenna Jameson allows you to poke and prod her with her infamous friends, sex toys of your choice, and even has a “Pimp My P***y” mode. At $29.95 a month, Ms. Jameson and her team are part of a trend of gaming software sales that have trumped the DVD market. Plus, there is no threat of amateur competition since video games take millions of dollars to develop. Jenna really knows how to stick it to you! Continue reading

Video Games Will Eclipse all other forms of Media

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Video games are poised to “eclipse” all other forms of entertainment, according to games studio boss Mike Griffith. guitarhero

The Activision chief made the bold call during a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

He said video games were prospering as interest in almost every other category of entertainment declines.

Mr Griffith said social gaming, more interactivity and better technology would help gaming dominate the entertainment landscape in future.

He said: “Movies, recorded music and TV – these are all stagnating or contracting entertainment sectors.”

40% growth

He quoted US market statistics which showed that between 2003 and 2007 sales of movie tickets fell by 6%; the number of hours of TV watched dropped by 6%, sales of recorded music slumped 12% and purchases of DVDs remained flat.

Over the same four-year period, said Mr Griffith, the video game industry grew by 40%.

“Video games are poised to eclipse all other forms of entertainment in the decade ahead,” he said.

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Gamers will spend longer with James Bond than moviegoers

The success of Guitar Hero, said Mr Griffith, showed how influential gaming had become on many other entertainment sectors.

He quoted Nielsen SoundScan data which showed that artists whose music featured on Guitar Hero had seen a rise in download sales of 15-843%.

The game had proved so popular that some bands, such as Metallica and Aerosmith, were bringing out a version of the game that only features their music. Continue reading

New Street Fighter Cast(Pics)

Source: Maxim

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Michael Clark Duncan as Balrog

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Taboo (BEP) as Vega

Legendary video game Street Fighter is coming to the big screen with a brand new cast that is sure to be a hit with long-standing fans. These just released pics showcase that video games will one day battle comic book characters for box office supremacy.

More of the cast here