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Video Games: An Industry in Flux [INFOGRAPHIC] Video games aren't going anywhere. But where and how we play them has shifted dramatically in recent years, thanks in large part to the smartphone explosion. Sales of physical media are down after a peak in 2008 -- no surprise there. But despite the proliferation of apps and digital delivery systems like Steam, Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network, discs still drive the majority of the industry's revenue, and consoles remain strong. But tides are slowly turning. In 2011, it was a 69% / 31% split on physical vs. digital downloads. SEE ALSO: 23 Gorgeous Gaming Wallpapers for Your Desktop And while the types of games people play are shifting as well, even the most successf…

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Rickie Fowler on cover of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13. Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy will accompany Tiger Woods in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13, in the American and European version, respectably.

Rickie Fowler on cover of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13

Well, it may only be 2011, but it’s never too early to talk about a 2013 video game! Young Rickie Fowler was voted by fans to be on the cover of “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13″ alongside Woods himself. The vote was was very close, 52% to 48% in favor of Fowler against Bubba Watson. Fowler, 22 years of age, was only in ‘Tiger Woods’ last year for the first time. He now is going to be alongside Tiger Woods in the USA version of the game, while Northern Irishman and 2011 US Open champion Rory McIlroy will be on the European version for the second time, the first coming in the 2011 version of the game, as “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12″ didn’t have a cover athlete, only a picture of the then-newly added Augusta National course. MyndPlay - Mind controlled movies and video training platform. Emerging markets will spend billions on games this year.

Gamers are expected to spend billions of dollars in emerging markets this year such as Brazil, Mexico and Russia, according to market researcher Newzoo, based in Amsterdam.

Emerging markets will spend billions on games this year

Newzoo’s data shows that gaming is spreading rapidly around the globe, thanks to online play, mobile games, and new ways to pay for games such as free-to-play games with micro-transactions. In Brazil, gamers are expected to spend $2 billion on games in 2011. Online and mobile gaming accounts for 68 percent of time spent gaming and 51 percent of spending. “Brazil is leading Western countries when it comes to the popularity of new game platforms and business models,” said Newzoo chief executive Peter Warman. “Even with the current economic growth, paying more than $50 for a game is out of reach for many game-crazy Brazilians.” Games on Facebook and the Google-owned social network Orkut account for 11 percent of spending, while casual game sites account for 15 percent.

Develop I Read the latest news in game development. Japanese Engineers Enter First Robot Into Ironman Triathlon. Blog.

Pro gaming

Games in Google+: fun that fits your schedule. My family has a games closet.

Games in Google+: fun that fits your schedule

Inside you’ll find a few decks of cards, two decades’ worth of board games and a Twister mat for those times when we’re feeling limber. Playing games is a great way for us to spend quality time with each other (and a little healthy competition never hurt anyone either). Today we’re adding games to Google+. With the Google+ project, we want to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to the web.

But sharing is about more than just conversations. That means giving you control over when you see games, how you play them and with whom you share your experiences. When you’re ready to play, the Games page is waiting—click the games button at the top of your stream. HopeLab. Zamzee. Game Developers Conference.

Developers

No PS4, Xbox 720 before 2014, says Skyrim boss. Next-generation consoles won't arrive in 2012 "or the year after", reckons Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim director Todd Howard.

No PS4, Xbox 720 before 2014, says Skyrim boss

Zoom When asked by PSM3 magazine how long he thinks we'll have to wait for successors to PS3 and Xbox 360, Howard said he thinks "consumers are happy" with current hardware. "I think it's going to be a while still, I really do. I think consumers are happy with the current ones, there's a lot you can do with them," he said. "So I don't think it's coming next year or the year after. " Quizzed on earlier comments that Bethesda was considering waiting until the next PlayStation and Xbox hardware to release Skyrim, Howard said that conversations over moving the title to next-gen consoles were "very serious". "We want [Skyrim] to be fresh. 2K global president Christoph Hartmann recently claimed Microsoft and Sony are already "experimenting" with Kinect and Move for what could be the foundations of their next-generation console plans. Gameful.

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When did Microsoft lose its way? Marketwatch just ran an interesting article that quoted Eric Schmidt on the current winners and losers in the technology market.

When did Microsoft lose its way?

Describing Google as one of a “gang of four” that also includes Apple, Amazon and Facebook, I believe he’s accurately captured the core companies that are the driving force behind consumer technology. Microsoft, When they were the Rebels Why isn’t Microsoft in the list? I imagine that Microsoft’s failure to become a leading consumer technology company will be the subject of many business school studies in years to come. Microsoft had absolutely everything going for it, yet seemed to make mistakes at every turn.

Where Apple succeeded was to have the courage to deliver new products to market that were unshackled by the past. Jon Radoff's Internet Wonderland. Casual Connect Seattle: July 19 - 21, 2011.

Mobile Gaming

ESPN Releases Social Game for Sports Fans on Facebook.