Gaming industry seems to be thriving.

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Megapublisher beats expectations, reports $745 million for July-September quarter; full-year earnings projection revised up to $4.28 billion.

During the three-month period, Activision Blizzard achieved sales of $745 million, well above estimates of $600 million for the quarter. The publisher also made massive gains in net income compared to last year, growing profit from $15 million during the third quarter in 2009 to $51 million in 2010. The company's profit resulted in $0.04 earnings per diluted share, compared to projections of a break-even result.
Starcraft II sells 3M, Activision Blizzard reports $51M profit - News at GameSpot

The gaming industry is still in its infancy. We have some companies here who are involved such as havok.

Havok - Available Games
 


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Don't worry rather than create new jobs in this area of the 'smart economy' we'll build casinos instead. That's our gaming. Why invest in your future when you can gamble with it?
 

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Isn't video games becoming a bigger industry then gambling?
Possibly. The rise of trading in games is quite interesting and the complexity of some of them (Eve Online for instance) is amazing.

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Megapublisher beats expectations, reports $745 million for July-September quarter; full-year earnings projection revised up to $4.28 billion.



Starcraft II sells 3M, Activision Blizzard reports $51M profit - News at GameSpot

The gaming industry is still in its infancy. We have some companies here who are involved such as havok.

Havok - Available Games
I am amazed at the number of games that Havok have available! Forgive my ignorance of gaming but does this come under software development which we rely on a whole lot nowadays for income into this country?
 

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Possibly. The rise of trading in games is quite interesting and the complexity of some of them (Eve Online for instance) is amazing.

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Yup ... know a few across the Pond who were big into the Eve game ... big following

Then you have the likes of Second Life which to be fair was hugely important as a 3D Interactive World but which has stagnated .... graphics quality may be a reason
 

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Yup ... know a few across the Pond who were big into the Eve game ... big following

Then you have the likes of Second Life which to be fair was hugely important as a 3D Interactive World but which has stagnated ....

Second life is pretty much the only online game I have played, not for long, crappy bandwidth - luckily, found it really interesting. Had read that it is stagnating, is this due to other similar games?
 

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I am amazed at the number of games that Havok have available! Forgive my ignorance of gaming but does this come under software development which we rely on a whole lot nowadays for income into this country?
Havok provide a technology that games companies use. It is physics, animations systems etc. The more mathematical side of things strangely enough for this country based on current education changes for mathematics :)
 

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Second life is pretty much the only online game I have played, not for long, crappy bandwidth - luckily, found it really interesting. Had read that it is stagnating, is this due to other similar games?
Prob due somewhat to the originality factor dying out and people losing interest as time moves on .... I spent quite a lot of time on it in past times (and still hop on but very rarely tbh) ... a fascinating place ........ (check out virtual Dublin - but it's largely a Ghost Town like some parts of this country these days)

http://www.dublinvl.com/index.php
 

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Yup ... know a few across the Pond who were big into the Eve game ... big following
I don't play it myself (more an FPS player than anything) but its complexity is staggering as it seems to involve commerce and a lot of politics.

Then you have the likes of Second Life which to be fair was hugely important as a 3D Interactive World but which has stagnated .... graphics quality may be a reason
I think that Second Life was the kind of game that would attract Sims players and sociologists. I'm not surprised that the "technology" journalists talked it up only for it to crash ignominiously when people found out that it was just as boring as their real lives.

That said, Call Of Duty Black Ops should be interesting. :)

Regards...jmcc
 

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I don't play it myself (more an FPS player than anything) but its complexity is staggering as it seems to involve commerce and a lot of politics.

I think that Second Life was the kind of game that would attract Sims players and sociologists. I'm not surprised that the "technology" journalists talked it up only for it to crash ignominiously when people found out that it was just as boring as their real lives.

That said, Call Of Duty Black Ops should be interesting. :)

Regards...jmcc
Suppose SL is some bit different (and to an extent that is borne out in that some folk still frequent there and are likely to do) as rather than just a gaming sphere it's where people meet up, socialise, chat and ummmmm do "stuff" ;)
 

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Prob due somewhat to the originality factor dying out and people losing interest as time moves on .... I spent quite a lot of time on it in past times (and still hop on but very rarely tbh) ... a fascinating place ........ (check out virtual Dublin - but it's largely a Ghost Town like some parts of this country these days)

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Virtual Dublin, will check it out, did not know it existed. Is WOW still as big?
 

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