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THE MARKET FOR COMPUTER AND VIDEO GAMES

Issue 545 Friday July 10 2009 £3.25

17 The Disney Channel MCV speaks to head of Disney Interactive Studios Graham Hopper

WITH THIS

04 Gamerbase grows

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Over 30 new ‘game experience zones’ to open in HMV stores this year

The essential guide to interactive entertainment agencies and service companies

08 Chart attack The Official Charts Company plans to include DLC sales in its music charts

EVERY BUYER  EVERY BRANCH  EVERY INDIE  EVERY WEEK

INCORPORATING

Grainger Games goes nationwide Ambitious indie specialist kickstarts unprecendented expansion to 80 stores by snaring top Gamestation staff by Christopher Dring A NEW national games retail powerhouse is emerging to challenge the market dominance of GAME, Gamestation, HMV, CHIPS and the supermarkets. MCV can reveal that Grainger Games plans to quadruple its

Former Gamestation regional manager Phil Moore has joined the outfit as sales director – and MCV understands that Grainger is keen to sign more top staff from the 60 employees made redundant at the GAME-owned specialist this year. Moore told MCV: “I can absolutely see a

It would be great to see our orange on the High Streets of the South. I can see a time when we’ll have 80 UK stores. Phil Moore, Grainger Games

presence in the UK to over 80 stores after snaring an experienced, crack team to mastermind its growth. The store burst will be initiated by Grainger opening its first outlets in the south of England.

time when we have 80 stores. My long term plan is to grow Grainger Games into a nationally recognised brand that delivers real value to every customer, across every revenue channel.”

He added: “It would be great to see our orange on the High Streets of southern England, but we are not limiting ourselves to expansion in only one direction or location. There are currently a number of options on the table that Grainger Games is very excited about. “When I see how our customers interact with our proposition, and see how much value we deliver, I know that the Grainger Games brand will sit very comfortably in any UK location. As long as the right sites become available, and we remain in a strong enough position to expand into those sites, then we will do.” Grainger Games currently operates 22 stores in Scotland and the North of England.

DRIVING FORWARD: Grainger is plotting to expand into the South

CATCH US IF YOU CAN... Grainger’s growth will undoubtedly catch the attention of its rivals. But it will have to go some way to challenge the store count of the biggest entertainment retailers in the UK...

No. of stores

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ARE YOU READY FOR B&Q: THE GAME? HOME IMPROVEMENT giant B&Q wants to make its own video game, MCV understands. A reliable source close to the firm told MCV that it is on the hunt for a studio to create either an ‘instructional’ DS game or a ‘pure fun DIY title’ for Wii. “It may seem bizarre,” said a trade insider. “But when you consider how mainstream instructional games have become, suddenly B&Q’s plan doesn’t seem so wacky.”

However, an official spokesperson for the business claimed they had no knowledge of the plan.

PERSONNEL 28 RETAIL BIZ 29 NEW RELEASES 34 HIGH STREET 36 CHARTS 38


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[LEADER] MASS MARKET EFFECT Our cover this week offers yet more fascinating evidence of the increasingly wide acceptance that games are enjoying from ‘the world outside’. One small chain is looking to become a ‘super indie’, while a DIY retail giant wants to try both development and publishing. Good luck to both of ‘em. As ELSPA said in its announcement of the half-year charts this week, everyone’s interested in being a gamer these days. But in the stampede towards the mass market, the industry shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that video games have built their legacy and reputation on both inclusive experiences (ie the ones for my Wiiowning dad) and visceral, single-player entertainment (ie the ones for me). Yes, great family games – some of which, like Wii Fit and Professor Layton, stretch the definition of ‘video game’ – are raking in cash for retail. But so too are the games for more mature audiences. Resident Evil 5 is the biggest new release of 2009 so far, whilst Killzone 2 is the biggest single SKU released this year. Both are action-driven games for a specific audience (check the age rating on the box) – not ideal to crowd around and enjoy with your gran. The real measure of a grown-up industry is one that celebrates and champions its variety. And the industry needs to be prouder of the fact it doesn’t just excite one nebulous mass of people that likes Nintendo and party games, but serves a diverse set of players that want different things.

Gamerbase growth kicks off in Glasgow HMV to operate over 40 ‘games experience zones’ by 2010 HMV’s new Gamerbase zone in Glasgow (pictured) is already proving popular

LAND OF THE RISING FUN On page 14 we turn the spotlight on the rising power that Japanese publishers command in the UK. It’s turned out to be more topical than we thought given the news as we go to press that Square Enix is to merge its European operation with Eidos – despite originally saying the two would be independent. Call it what you will - a rebranding, a revamp, a closure - ultimately this spells both good and bad news. Yes, two respected publishing labels have found a way to stay strong. But the merger still puts a bunch of jobs in the US and Europe at risk. Here’s hoping those people whose roles are under threat find a new home quickly.

CHART THROB Our story that the Official Charts Company wants to start counting Guitar Hero, Rock Band and SingStar DLC towards the weekly singles chart is yet more evidence that people want a slice of the games pie. So there’s a chance that, when the brilliant The Beatles: Rock Band is released, players could net the Fab Four their 18th number one. But it’s only a slim chance. Fact is, until someone like Sony breaks the lengthy production cycle for DLC track releases and manages to get reactive content – like The X Factor winner single being released on the SingStore at the same time as it hits iTunes – this is a booming part of the industry that won’t get the kudos it deserves. Michael.French@intentmedia.co.uk

by Tim Ingham HMV PLANS to launch over 30 new Gamerbase areas in its stores this year – starting with the opening of this week’s Glasgow branch. The Gamerbase ‘games experience zones’ offer multiplayer and online gaming

founder Dominic Mulroy told MCV that he had big plans for Gamerbase’s growth. “We will be rolling out five of the larger Gamerbase centres this year, to join London, Manchester and Edinburgh,” he said. “We also plan to build smaller, scaleable Gamerbase experiences in around 30 stores

Gamerbase is a sign of HMV’s priority on providing a live experience for the consumer, akin to our live music venues. Dominic Mulroy, Gamerbase

in-store, and the initiative was voted the winner in the Retail Innovation category of this year’s MCV Awards. And after launching in Glasgow this week – the fourth major instalment in the project’s history, with others in London, Manchester and Edinburgh –

nationwide. So by Christmas, HMV will have almost 40 Gamerbase experiences.” He added: “When we opened the first Gamerbase, we did not integrate retail at all. So when HMV acquired us, the challenge was to convert what we were doing into a retail experience.

“Since then, Gamerbase has proven to be a success in terms of the like-for-like sales of games across all platforms. Gamerbase also creates a gaming community for HMV, and we have found those gamers to be very loyal. “Gamerbase is a sign of HMV’s priority on providing a Live Experience for the consumer, akin to the MAMA live venues for music.” HMV plans to network all of the Gamerbase stores together this year, allowing gamers in one city to play against counterparts in another. “Our biggest plan is to form and launch nationwide gaming leagues of city versus city in a variety of games. HMV will be the place for gamers to represent their towns in a Premiership-style league,” added Mulroy.  To read our full interview with HMV Gamerbase, turn to page 22.


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Killzone 2 stars in ‘09 sales data

THQ’s Rory Donnelly praises IDEF’s recent success and is already looking forward to the 2010 show

IDEF sets up Southern Europe for record Q4 Attendance up, mood good – but E3 date causes concern for 2010 event by Stuart Dinsey EVEN its unexpectedly close proximity to a resurgent E3 didn’t stop IDEF making more progress amongst international buyers and distributors last week. The strictly trade-only event was again dominated by French and Italians, but overall numbers were up and the market’s mood was overwhelmingly positive. Held in its popular Cannes venue, over 2,000 delegates attended – including 800 buyers. Overall, the show was up by 15 per cent. “There was a significant increase in the number of Spanish attendants this year, following 2008’s experiment,” THQ’s Southern Europe VP Rory Donnelly told MCV.

“Being able to meet over 90 per cent of our Southern European trade partners in one place in a professional atmosphere is key for us attending IDEF. “We managed to show some of our key upcoming properties, such as WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2010, Drawn to Life, Up, Cars: Race-o-Rama, World of Zoo, Marvel Super Hero Squad, Darksiders and MX Vs ATV Reflex amongst others.” Few strategic changes are likely to be made to the event, with the prohibition of media and shell scheme booths remaining the order of the day in 2010, although next year’s date will take into account E3’s shift to mid-June next year. THQ: 01483 767656

SONY IS celebrating after Killzone 2 became a star performer in the GfKChartTrack/ELSPA’s official sales data for the first 26 weeks of the calendar year. In a surprise result, the PS3 FPS was confirmed as the biggest-selling single SKU released so far this year. The top four sellers were all Nintendo titles released in previous years: Wii Fit, Wii Play, Mario Kart Wii and Professor Layton and the Curious Village. Killzone 2 took fifth spot, ahead of Resident Evil 5 on Xbox 360. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training on DS came in seventh – as it surpassed the three million sales mark to become the most successful game in the UK’s history. In the All Formats chart, Wii Fit again came in at No.1 – ahead of FIFA 09, Call Of Duty: World At War, Resident Evil 5 and Wii Play. “Our PR team ensured that the title received some unprecedented coverage from both

specialist and mainstream press alike,” said Sony Computer Entertainment product manager Phil Lynch. “We had a very healthy marketing budget and our roster of communication partners came together with impassioned responses to our marketing briefs, which really hit the mark with consumers. “Of course, we wouldn’t be anywhere without the huge push from our sales team to ensure that the game had plenty of exposure at store level.” Nintendo’s Wii Fit, Wii Play and Mario Kart Wii enjoyed 1.65 million combined sales in the period. Sony: 020 7859 5000

TOP 10 UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES PS3 SONY

2. MODERN WARFARE 2 360 ..................................ACTIVISION

3. MODERN WARFARE 2 PS3 ..................................ACTIVISION

4. GRAN TURSIMO 5 PS3 ..........................................SONY

5. HALO 3: ODST 360 ..................................MICROSOFT

6. OP. FLASHPOINT: DRAGON... 360 ..............................CODEMASTERS

7. PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010 PS3........................................KONAMI

8. TEKKEN 6 PS3 ............................NAMCO BANDAI

9. WII SPORTS RESORT WII ....................................NINTENDO

10. ASSASSIN’S CREED 2 PS3 ......................................UBISOFT Week ending July 3rd Source: SHOPTO.COM

‘Toy Story 3 title will wow gamers in 2010’ WE MIGHT only be halfway through 2009, but Disney’s games boss is already naming his firm’s games as key titles for 2010. In an interview with MCV, Disney Interactive Studios head Graham Hopper says new IP Split/Second, Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned and Toy Story 3 will all be big hits next year. Toy Story 3 is the firm’s first internally produced game based on a Pixar movie after the firm snatched the rights back from THQ. “That decision was made by management at Pixar, co-

[PRE ORDERS]

founders John Lasseter and Ed Catmull,” Hopper told MCV. “Really, it was about quality – that is what Disney stands for. The game itself is really unlike any other movie licence game. It is going to be very innovative and will garner a lot of attention when it comes out.”  Read the full interview with Graham Hopper on page 17

[MARKET VALUE]

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£20.3m

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851,924 Units

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ELSPA: The real work starts now After success with PEGI, body turns its attention to lobbying Government, on tax breaks, piracy and more by Tim Ingham ELSPA wants to take advantage of its strengthened relationship with the Government to get more important issues for the industry discussed in Parliament. After the body’s success in lobbying the Government to choose PEGI as the UK’s only age classification system, it has

piracy and tax breaks. We still face both physical piracy and criminal piracy online – with organised groups making money from both. “Without question, we need to continue to stop both in their tracks – and show no tolerance, regardless of who it is repeatedly stealing from our members.

We need to stop both online and physical piracy in their tracks - and show no tolerance to either. Michael Rawlinson, ELSPA

now turned its attention to tax breaks, piracy and other issues – as well as ensuring the smooth transition away from a BBFC-led system. Speaking in MCV’s exclusive new ELSPA update director general Michael Rawlinson said: “The two biggest priorities for us are

“On the tax breaks issue, we’re getting closer – as you can see from the open discussion with the DCMS that MCV reported on the other week. “We’re working with the right solution that supports British creativity and inward investment.

RAWLINSON: ELSPA boss is talking to Government about piracy

“However, achieving tax breaks is obviously going to be difficult, given the budgetary constraints that will face whichever party that makes up the next administration.” However, Microsoft’s senior regional director for northern Europe Neil Thompson said that ELSPA would also be fixated on assisting retail with the new age ratings: “We will listen to any concern retail has and collectively focus hard on ensuring we overcome those. “The feedback we’ve had is that the new system and symbols are clear and understandable and although the transition from today’s world to the new system will inevitably create some work, we are confident the intuitive nature of the new approach will help retail.” Thompson added that ELSPA could help curb unfair coverage in the national press.  Turn to page 24 to read our new ELSPA Update in full

Brand new look for Develop online Leading games development industry portal reborn at www.Develop-Online.net  Site sees record traffic MCV’S SISTER publication Develop has relaunched its leading online site. Develop also has a new URL, at www.develop-online.net. The sleek upgrade reinforces the site’s position as the leading news source for the global games development community, featuring breaking stories, industry comment, interviews with leading names, company spotlights and indepth profiles. The new website also brings with it a number of new features, including a customisable news feed page, an improved comment system, and a regularly updated blog written by both Develop’s on-

staff writers and its many industry contributors. News content is also now grouped into categories specific to each major games development territory and

month rise in unique users, up to 101,490. Page views also grew during the month, up to 201,072. Develop’s online editor Rob Crossley, the former UK online

The relaunch follows record monthly figures for the site, which enjoyed 101,490 unique users in June.

subject, so readers can find news relevant to their region or interest. The relaunch follows record traffic figures for the site. In June Develop saw a month on

editor for Edge, is the main point of contact for the new site. He can be reached via telephone at 01992 535646. The Develop site also offers an increased number of

NEW HIGHS: Develop has a revamped site after record traffic in June

advertising and sponsorship opportunities. MCV readers can discuss options by emailing

Katie.Rawlings@intentmedia.c o.uk for more details. www.develop-online.net


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Exclusive TV programmes on the way to Xbox 360? Platform holder Microsoft suggests it wants to be first to show football, movies and more by Tim Ingham MICROSOFT believes that securing exclusive televised content can be the next step in Xbox 360’s growing domination of UK living rooms. The firm signed a partnership deal with Pay-TV

Exclusive TV content would be very cool. We have nothing to announce, but we’re focused on partnerships. Chris Lewis, Microsoft

broadcaster Canal Plus in France last week – in a similar agreement to that reached with BSkyB last month in the UK. Both deals will see Xbox 360 ‘mirror’ certain broadcasts from both channels. But European Xbox boss Chris Lewis told MCV this week that the firm is keen to eventually acquire exclusive rights to a major broadcast– which could be movies, TV

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shows or football games. When asked if Xbox could ever bid for exclusive televised content, Lewis told MCV: “Now that would be very cool, wouldn’t it? We’ve shown our focus on getting people to think about Xbox 360 as a destination vehicle in

the home. We’re fixated on it. We want to offer the kind of entertainment experiences that are both unique and exclusive. “People are very demanding in what they consume. I’ve got nothing specific to announce, but Xbox 360 increasingly will be the place consumers go to get their entertainment. He added: “Football’s something of a religion in Europe, and we’re undoubtedly

NDS, WII, PS2, PS3, X360, PC Join Ice Age’s unlikely herd of prehistoric pals for their wildest, wackiest, most exciting adventure yet! For the first time, play as six beloved Ice Age characters as they embark on a rescue mission across melting snow to the mysterious Dinosaur World - an all-new, fur-raising jungle of carnivorous plants, lush foliage and fierce dinosaurs.

LEWIS: Microsoft boss says Xbox 360 consumers want exclusive TV content

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aware of people’s desire to access live Premiership and Champions League football – which are both available to us through our Sky deal. “Exclusivity is a part of that. There’s nothing specific we

have to say right now, but you can be sure we’re focusing on the right partnerships to give that sort of exclusivity. That’s what our consumers are going to want from us.” Microsoft: 0870 601 0100

Become the ultimate Autobot ™ or Decepticon™ in TRANSFORMERS™: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, the official game of one of 2009’s biggest blockbuster films. Unleash your power to determine the fate of Earth as the ultimate war rages across the globe. Every second counts as you experience TRANSFORMERS like never before!

UK games retail joins Twitter revolution TOP UK RETAILERS have taken to social networking service Twitter to promote their latest games offers and communicate with customers. High Street and online giants including GAME, Gamestation, HMV, Amazon and Play are already using the service, with many working the social networking website to gather feedback from its customer base. “Communication is crucial to maintaining close relationships with customers,” said GAME’s online general manager Steve Wind-Mozley. “Our aim is to ensure that we

meet our customers’ needs to the best of our abilities, regardless of channel. Clearly social media gives us a fantastic opportunity to

participate in conversations with our customers in a dynamic manner. “We can offer advice and product recommendations and receive a wealth of

feedback and opinion extremely quickly.” An Amazon spokesperson added: “We know that many of our customers like being

informed of new releases and great value offers and this is another effective way of providing that information.” Twitter, which launched in 2006, is one of the fastest

growing websites in the world. The games industry has been quick to make use of the social networking site, with developers, publishers and even the trade’s media (including MCV) making use of the service. “Twitter helps people find out what is happening right now, whether it’s among a group of friends or the whole world,” said Twitter founder and creative director Biz Stone. “As a real-time network of information, Twitter is becoming a relevant tool to more people every day.”

Out Now X360, PS3, PS2, Wii Guitar Hero’s most explosive game yet! Take to the stage as Metallica, with the band fully motion captured, and on some of their most iconic stages. With 28 of Metallica’s definitive tracks, plus 20 guest acts - and with the new ‘Expert+’ mode, that supports 2 bass pedals, you can drum like Lars or play as the full band. This May, rock with Metallica to an explosion of metal!

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Official Charts firm to count game music? Company in charge of UK singles chart hopes to include Guitar Hero and SingStar DLC sales in weekly lists by Michael French VIDEO GAMES could shape the outcome of this year’s UK singles Christmas No.1. The Official Charts Company has told MCV that it wants to see music games’ DLC sales counted in the muisc charts it compiles. Provided a deal is thrashed out between publishers and format holders, music downloaded to play in the likes of Rock Band, Guitar

data in the weekly Top 40. Since then there have been numerous artists which have topped the charts based on download sales –- but now the Official Chart Company wants to make its listings more accurate by monitoring the rock and pop songs sold through video games. “We have been in discussion with record labels and the various games companies that host games which allow users to download master recording

Guitar Hero and Rock Band generate a significant volume of downloads that we would like to capture in our survey. Omar Maskatiya, Official Charts Company

Hero, SingStar and upcoming games like DJ Hero, will be combined with the current download charts. The Official Download Chart started in 2004 and from the following year included that

La Roux, Lily Allen and Leona Lewis have topped the download charts. Can games shape the list too?

versions of artist tracks. In theory they could be eligible to be combined with downloads of the same tracks that take place from the wide range of digital retailing services that currently make up our chart

panel,” said Omar Maskatiya, chart director at the Official Chart Company. Over 2m downloaded tracks are sold a week via iTunes and other similar services. Globally, some 40m tracks have been downloaded by Guitar Hero fans according to Activision; over 30m are thought to have been downloaded on Rock Band,

and millions more have been downloaded for the PS3 version of SingStar. Maskatiya added: “Our brief is to ensure that the charts are the most accurate barometer of the best selling tracks or singles in the UK. And the information we have to date suggests that the incredibly successful Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises can generate significant volume

of master recording downloads that we would like to capture within our weekly survey. “We are at various stages of discussion in terms of capturing these additional downloads so we are not talking about inclusion from next week, but it is certainly high on our agenda to follow through between now and the end of this year.” www.theofficialcharts.com

Hysteria builds for Oxygen Koch expands East PUBLISHER Oxygen is preparing a marketing blitz for its upcoming Hysteria Hospital, as the game continues to rise up the pre-order charts. The DS, Wii and PC title currently sits amongst the most anticipated games on Amazon, Play and GAME’s websites, and Oxygen is expecting anticipation to grow further with its PR and marketing push. The publisher has booked several competitions, online MPU and banner advertising, as well as in-store visibility, videos and e-mailers.

Hysteria Hospital is shaping up to be a smash hit on each format

“We are really pleased with how well Hysteria Hospital is pre-ordering and the support we are getting from retail,” said Oxygen CEO Jim Scott. “The title’s potential is huge and we have high expectations for its success this summer.” Hysteria Hospital is a strategy management title in which players work to become the nation’s best nurse. It is due for release on July 17th. Oxygen: 01933 442660

KOCH MEDIA is expanding into the Benelux region with a dedicated office in the territory. The HQ will be headed up by industry veteran Hans Lange, who has previously worked for the likes of Davilex, Samas and Rebo Publishers. Directly supported by Koch Media’s UK office, the Benelux sales and marketing office will look to open key accounts in the region and focus on Koch Media’s own Deep Silver publishing label. “The Koch Media Group has seen tremendous growth over

the recent years and is fully committed to expanding the Deep Silver label,” said Hans. “Establishing our own office in Benelux and interfacing with customers directly is a natural next step in the evolution of the company and the brand.” UK MD Craig McNicol added: “The Benelux market is one of strategic importance to Koch. We are focused on initially supporting our own Deep Silver products and, with Hans on board, feel we have the right man to achieve this.” www.deepsilver.com.


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Tomy starts publishing in UK Mastertronic brings toy giant’s first boxed title Lovely Lisa to High Street shelves by Tim Ingham TOMY HAS published its first video game in the UK – the initial step in its quest to steal significant sales share in the DS and Wii market. Lovely Lisa, a DS mini-game collection based on the popular Japanese doll Licca-Chan, has

commented: “We are extremely proud to be working with Tomy on this title, who, for over 80 years have delighted children and their parents around the world with their toy brands. “We are looking forward to bringing Lovely Lisa on DS to the UK market – its success

We are extremely proud to work with Tomy, who for over 80 years have delighted children around the world. Kirsty Payne, Mastertronic

been released through Mastertronic, with a price point of £19.99. MCV revealed in November last year that Tomy – which already distributes its Naruto games in Europe through Nintendo – plans to raid its 50-year IP catalogue to quickly help it dominate the familyfriendly, casual marketplace. Marketing and PR manager at Mastertronic Kirsty Payne

[IN BRIEF] WARNER: The proposed buyout of Midway has been given the green light and is expected to be closed some time next week. Warner will acquire the Mortal Kombat IP, the unreleased This Is Vegas and Midway’s sports and arcade brands. MICROSOFT: The public beta for Xbox Live’s quiz show style trivia game 1 Vs 100 begins on July 10th.

and popularity is on a par with the Barbie series in the United States and we are confident that the brand will be a hit in the UK.” Tomy also told MCV that it plans to bring boxed games to Xbox 360 and PS3 in the future, as well as Nintendo hardware peripherals. The company has already branched into digital downloads as well, with a WiiWare edition

SQUARE ENIX: Highly anticipated fighter Dissidia Final Fantasy will arrive on the PSP on September 4th.

of its popular children’s game, Pop-Up Pirate. The firm will rely on its own Japanese development team to remain self-sufficient and maximise profit. In 2005, Tomy merged with fellow Japanese toy firm Takara, which became known in the

mid-‘90s for porting SNK Neo Geo games such as Fatal Fury to Nintendo and Sega consoles. Takara also owns the rights to toys such as Transformers and BeyBlade – which are both distributed globally by Hasbro. Mastertronic: 0845 234 2467

Antigrav aims for new retailers SPECIALIST distributor Antigrav is targeting new and non-traditional retailers in order to drive the company’s growth. The firm’s managing director Robert Orchard told MCV that the recession has prompted it to look beyond the usual games outlets. “We have all experienced some very difficult trading conditions recently, and we have tried to be as flexible as possible,” he said. “However, the games industry as a whole seems to be doing better than other industries

and we have noticed that a lot of non-traditional retailers are looking at entering the market. We feel that these are the type of customers we will be targeting with our specialised peripherals distribution.” The distributor has also moved to strengthen its relationship with independent retailers. Heena Lakhani joined the team in April to develop Antigrav’s product channels through indies. “We see this segment as being slightly overlooked in the past and we can offer them

Antigrav’s Robert Orchard highlights retail opportunities

access to a larger product portfolio, with many items in our warehouse,” said Orchard.

The economic downturn has seen the distributor seize a variety of other opportunities as it continues to expand both its product range and portfolio of clients. Antigrav has added seven new ranges over the last year, such as Ferrari, Ben 10 and Disney-licensed products. The company now boasts 17 partners and a line-up of over 500 products. “We are continuing to grow the business and looking out for new products.” Orchard added. Antigrav: 01932 454 929

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Tide turns towards Brighton conference EVENT PREVIEW: Over 1,000 will flock to Develop Conference & Expo and Develop Awards next week by Michael French NEXT WEEK over 1,000 of games developers will descend on Brighton for the fourth Develop Conference. Taking place from Tuesday, July 14th to Thursday, July 16th, the event is a three-day conference which covers every discipline of games development. The first day consists of a new event: a one-day conference called Evolve dedicated to emerging areas

for games devleopment. An accompanying one-day event also looks at games education. The main conference runs on the Wednesday and Thursday. Keynote speakers include GTA creator and Realtime Worlds’ Dave Jones, and the co-founders of Media Molecule. Other key talks will be provided by the teams

at Sony and Microsoft, plus Intel, EA, Crytek, LucasArts, Channel 4, and Playfish. “This year’s programme is the strongest we’ve had to date,” Andy Lane of the conference’s organiser Tandem Events told MCV. “We’ve once again got some top class speakers from around the globe who are guaranteed to deliver

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NEWS ANALYSIS: JAPAN’S EURO INVASION TARGET EUROPE: Japanese publishers Square Enix, Namco Bandai and Tecmo Koei have made significant moves into Europe

GOING WEST Last week Tecmo Koei joined a long list of Japanese companies planning to grow their business in the West. Christopher Dring takes a closer look at how Namco Bandai, Square Enix, Capcom, Konami and so forth all plan to become Europe’s next top games publisher… JAPAN’S GAMES market is in decline. During 2008, Europe and the US enjoyed record-breaking game sales, but over the same period in Japan the market shrunk by 15.3 per cent to YEN 582.61 billion (£3.7 billion) according to Famitsu data. Hardware sales also plummeted, dropping a worrying 24 per cent, while software fell by 7.9 per cent. It’s a trend that has continued well into 2009, and has been a cause of concern for the Japanese video game superpowers, including Nintendo, Square, Namco, Sega, Capcom and Konami. “The Japanese console market is the least robust in the world today,” Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has admitted. “In the US, the home console market is very robust. If the US sold two or three times as much as Japan, it would be tolerable. Yet, I feel that something is wrong when the US is selling ten times as much as Japan on a weekly basis.” There does indeed appear to be a problem, and while the likes of Nintendo try to come up with a solution, the rest of Japan’s leading publishers have shifted their gaze towards the West. But not, as you would expect, to the US – the world’s biggest games market – but instead to Europe, the region that saw game sales grow the most during 2008. “One of the features of our industry in recent years has been the way Japanese publishers are realising the potential of the European games market,” explains SCEE vice president Jim Ryan. “A number of Japanese publishers have established separate organisations, both here in the UK and throughout Europe.”

Indeed, Europe has become a battleground for Japan’s biggest games companies. Square Enix initiated the arms race back in April by acquiring Eidos. The Final Fantasy publisher instantly secured itself some muchneeded Western IP, while boosting its European sales and marketing teams. “The Japanese market has stagnated,” Square Enix’s global president Yoichi Wada told MCV. “Other companies will not be able to find such a good arrangement. “Could Capcom now merge with Take 2? Absolutely not. It would not work and they would always be arguing. Eidos is a missed opportunity for our rivals.”

ROUTES TO MARKET Despite Wada’s claims, Square’s Japanese rivals have found alternative opportunities of their own. Shortly after the Eidos acquisition, Namco Bandai began the process of taking over Atari Europe’s distribution business, providing the Tekken-publisher with an established European base. Meanwhile, just last week Tecmo and Koei pulled together to launch a new European initiative, Tecmo Koei Europe. “The European games market is expanding very rapidly,” says Tecmo Koei president Kenji Matsubara. “Ten years ago the European market and Japanese market was almost equal. During that decade the European market has almost doubled, while the Japanese market has stayed the same.

“Our European business is not so big at the moment, but we see many opportunities for us to expand, and this is why we’ve launched Tecmo Koei Europe. Our goal is to establish ourselves as a major publisher in this market.” Like its contemporaries, Tecmo Koei is working on several new titles targeted at European consumers, including Warriors: Legends of Troy and Quantum Theory. Yet one of the biggest challenges for these firms is increasing sales of their established Japanese IP in the West.

In terms of games consoles, the Japanese market is the least robust market in the world today. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo Capcom is one Japanese publisher that already enjoys big sales in Europe with the likes of Street Fighter and Resident Evil. However, Monster Hunter, which was the biggest selling game in Japan last year, has so far failed to make a successful transition to the West. And so the publisher has launched a big budget marketing campaign for the latest Monster Hunter, which takes in TV advertising, a ‘Gathering Hall’ in London and a PSP bundle. Konami too, another publisher that enjoys global success with Metal Gear Solid and Pro Evo, is looking to grow its other franchises in the West by making use of European development talent.

Last year’s GTi Club+ was made in the UK, and the upcoming Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is being worked on by Spanish studio MercuryStearm, marking the first time a Castlevania game has been developed outside of Japan. “Europe plays a major part for Konami,” says Europe president Kunio Neo. “Games such as PES were so strong, that Japan created versions tailored to European tastes, and we have a big say on all future titles. “Better still, we are now contributing to the development pot with a raft of great titles, and – as shown with GTi Club and New International Track and Field – we are being entrusted with the future of respected Konami titles, and charged with taking them forward.” Each of Japan’s gaming giants have a clear strategy on how to be Europe’s biggest publisher – be it via marketing, acquisitions, or developing new IP. Meanwhile, smaller Japanese firms are releasing games via the likes of Rising Star, the self-proclaimed ‘home of Japanese games,’ a slogan that could soon be applied to the whole of Europe. “These organisation have people on the ground that really understand the European consumer,” concludes Ryan. “And we are now seeing games being developed for the European palate. This is great news for platform holders, it is great news for retailers and great news for consumers as a whole.”


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MCV INTERVIEW GRAHAM HOPPER, EVP & GM, DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS

Disney’s determination With its family brand and popular franchises, Disney sits where gaming hits mass market acceptance. Here, games boss Graham Hopper talks to Michael French about the recession, new IP and tween consumers… At E3 many publishers were talking about tween gaming, but Disney has been in that space for a while. What are your thoughts on that sector? I’d like to think that we were part of the creation of the tween gamer space. It was completely unattended by publishers before. We got into it slowly, with a little on GBA and then on DS, and over time have put a lot of energy into developing content girls like. It’s not easy to do, for sure: it’s about thinking about what girls enjoy, what content they want, how they might play games differently, how the gameplay evolves and the difficulty grows. You have to talk to that audience – we have done a lot of focus testing. I’m glad other publishers are finally waking up to it and realising that there is a whole generation of gamers out there that will play provided we make games for them. Likewise, Disney and others are eyeing the racing game space at the moment. What’s your strategy? What we are trying to do is expand the market for racing games by bringing innovation to the category. So Split/Second has all the racing fun you’d want to have from a premier racing developer. That team, Black Rock in Brighton, UK, has really built on what they achieved with Pure, which was one of the highest rated games we’ve ever made and won lots of awards last year. A number of publishers have said that it’s too hard to launch new IP at the moment given the generational cycle and the recession... There is no doubt that a tougher economic climate makes consumers cautious. But cautiousness doesn’t mean they are not buying – they are just being more selective about what they are buying. So what’s happened is that launching something that is just a ‘good’ IP isn’t good enough. You need something that performs at every level – that’s why we are excited about Split/Second. Because whether we launched in this economy or a better

which are relatively cheap compared to a holiday or trip to a restaurant. Our games, which have wide appeal and take in both original IP and franchise properties, put us in in a good position. Does that mean you have to take a bigger gamble, spending more than you might have before on marketing to ensure games are successful? Often there is this idea that it’s all about marketing. Marketing is important, but the product has to stand up first. If it’s a great game, gamers will come to it, they will tell their friends and make it special – marketing is about communicating that to the broader audience.

HOPPER: Disney boss says the new Pirates of the Caribbean game is a key title for 2010

one, the pressure to get consumers up out of their chair and walk down to the store to pick the game up doesn’t stop. One of the big stories in the industry at the moment is how games are out-stripping other mediums. Does Disney – which has a vast number of media interests – see that ‘distraction’ happening? We definitely live in a time when there are more and more ways for people to entertain themselves, and companies in that climate have two options: you put your head in the sand and ignore it, or you embrace it. Embracing it is what we’re doing, and we’re finding that more choices isn’t leading to a decrease in the consumption of media it is leading to an increase in the amount of media consumers want. If they happen to spend their time in games, that’s

The Toy Story 3 game will be unlike any movie licence game that has been made before. It is very innovative and will get a lot of attention. Graham Hopper, Disney

great. If they watch films or TV – well, we’re there too. In the current climate consumers are happier to spend the money they have on entertainment like movies and games,

New IP aside, which are the key brand-based Disney games for you? A big one for us will be Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned. The last Pirates game was a big success, it sold 3.5m units. Armada is not tied to a movie and really opens up the world. It’s an action RPG but has broad appeal. We’ve also got Toy Story Mania coming out on Wii later this year. It’s based on a theme park ride that usually has a one-hour waiting line. We’ve taken the ride to Wii – the ride itself is a midway shooter and is interactive, so it’s a perfect fit. It also has 3D elements. We’re hearing a lot of retail excitement about that title. It’s good timing, too – Toy Story 3 is due in 2010 and the first two Toy Story movies will be re-released. And what about the Toy Story 3 game? Isn’t it the first Pixar-related game to be handled internally? Yes, Toy Story 3 will be published and developed by Disney Interactive [instead of THQ]. The decision to do that was made by management at Pixar by cofounders John Lasseter and Ed Catmull. Really, it was a decision about quality. The goal for the game itself is to produce something that is really unlike any movie licence game that has been made before. It is going to be very innovative and will garner a lot of attention when it comes out.


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TERRITORY REPORT: FRANCE

The French Evolution [THE FACTS: FRANCE] Population: 65,073,482 Capital: Paris Currency: Euro GDP: (per capita) $33,334 Language: French Distributors EMC Groupe Casino Innelec Multimedia Key Retailers GAME GameStop Fnac Carrefour Saturn Media Markt

France is one of the world’s video game superpowers, with established retail channels, huge publishers and a wealth of development talent. Christopher Dring takes a closer look at the territory…

ACCORDING to GfK, the games “The Wii is undeniably a clear leader market in France generated an in the French market,” explains impressive €3.21 billion during 2008 – Ubisoft France managing director a 20 per cent year-on-year rise. Geoffroy Sardin. It was a triumphant time all-round for “Historically, France has always been Europe’s second largest video games attracted to Japanese culture, and we market. French publishing giant Ubisoft see that in the sales charts every week. posted annual revenues of over €1 billion during the The Wii is on top in France, financial year, while in but Sony and Microsoft are October US retail giant doing well. We’ve always liked Gamestop acquired French Japanese culture. chain Micromania, taking control of 332 stores for Geoffroy Sardin, Ubisoft €480 million. It was a year of growth driven “Ubisoft France is thrilled to see that by the runaway success of Wii, with our beloved Rabbids have become such titles such as Mario Kart, Wii Fit and a huge cultural icon in France and on France’s very own Rayman topping the top of it all, they're on Wii. However, software charts. the Wii may be top in France, but Sony

and Microsoft are also doing well. DS is also a huge market in France.” FRENCH CONNECTION

So far in 2009 the French games sector has seen a slight slide. Compared to 2008, the first five months of the year is down 14 per cent, with sales of software falling 12 per cent. But remember that last year saw major new releases including Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii and GTA IV, and the market is still well ahead of the results posted during 2007. And despite the recession, games retail remains robust, with GAME continuing to expand, hypermarkets increasing their presence and GameStop’s lucrative buyout of MicroMania.


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TERRITORY REPORT: FRANCE FRANCE’S TOP TEN CONSOLE GAMES 1. Wii Fit (Wii) 2. Mario Kart Wii ( Wii) 3. Resident Evil 5 (PS3) 4. Professor Layton And the Curious Village (DS) 5. Wii Play (Wii) 6. Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360) 7. Street Fighter IV (PS3) 8. Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party (Wii) 9. Pokémon Platinum (DS) 10. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

LOUVRE ANY MOUNTAIN: French retailers seem to have fared better than their UK counterparts during the recession

“Micromania is a terrific brand,” says Micromania’s boss Pierre Cuilleret. “I am particularly pleased that the GameStop management team recognised the impassioned quality and importance of our sales advisors and senior managers. With GameStop as a partner, and with their history of seeking out new growth opportunities, I am very enthusiastic about our potential to expand a brand that has been built for over 25 years.” Managing director of GAME France Philippe Wehmeyer adds: “GAME has grown fast – tripling the number of stores and quadrupling sales in just four years. This has been driven by a combination of factors, including the increasing number of mass market customers, the consumer understanding of pre-owned, the reach of the GAME brand, and the competition against supermarkets and other specialists. “The hypermarkets are very strong in France, and there are a number of retailers selling video games. “There are similarities to other territories, and each of GAME’s specialist services is maximised to ensure we can compete hard and grow our presence in the market. Our strategy has worked well – we’ve grown from 37 stores in 2001 to 198 today.”

The country is filled with quality level of recognition as our Montreal developers too, from Asobo Studios to studio has achieved in Canada.” Ubisoft Montpellier, past Eden Games, Even with a slide in sales the future Darkworks and Lexis Numérique. of the French games market looks Developers responsible for titles such as strong. Developers in the region are Alone in the Dark, V-Rally, XIII, Red already working on big new titles, Steel, Test Drive Unlimited, Beyond including I Am Alive, Red Steel 2, Good and Evil and Rayman. Beyond Good and Evil 2, and Tin Tin, “The main advantages of working in while Ubisoft are publishing some of France includes access to a very good this year’s biggest new releases, educational system,” continues Sardin. including Assassin’s Creed II and “Also, France has a rich cultural Splinter Cell: Conviction. history, which helps us feed And that’s not mentioning growing our studios with very highdigital distribution outfits such as French retailers have tackled profile talent. These studios Metaboli, who recently bought up the the economic challenges well have invented Rayman, US-based Gametap. so far. There have been no worked with the greatest Midon concludes: “We still believe serious casualties. filmmakers like Peter Jackson the software market will grow over the and Steven Spielberg. next couple of years. And that’s despite Fleur Midon, IDEF “We must highlight the the economic challenges we are all strength of our French expertise in currently facing and the levelling out of “We then moved to Cannes, which is game development, reaching the same the market in general.” the town of the movie industry with Cannes Film Festival, music industry CHANNEL HOPPING with Midem as well as TV and video with MIP TV. GfK has just released data for the French games market in 2009, “The retail sector is quite robust with factoring in sales between January and May. Below are the highlights: a varied cross-section of different types Total hardware and software sales sales are down 11 per cent, while PC of retailers who have coped well with reached e914 million, a 14 per cent fall games sales have dropped 20 per the economic challenges so far with no compared to the same period in cent. Despite the fall, the software serious casualties.” 2008. market between January and May France has always been home to a well-organised retail and publishing community. As well as a wide-variety of thriving outlets, the country has housed several key trade shows, including the Cannes-based IDEF, which is continuing to grow and attracting users from throughout Europe. “France was at the origin of the trade show with MEDPI, which took place over ten years in Monaco,” says IDEF project chief Fleur Midon.

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MCV INTERVIEW DOMINIC MULROY, FOUNDER, HMV GAMERBASE

Gamerbase touches base After picking up an MCV Award this year, HMV’s Gamerbase is going from strength to strength – playing a key role in the retailer’s healthy financials last week. As the retailer opens a new Glasgow branch, Tim Ingham interviews head of the division, Dominic Mulroy… Let’s start simple: for the uninitiated, what is Gamerbase? Gamerbase is a pay-to-play gaming venue which is built into the games department of selected HMV stores, and which offers 50 to 60 seats offering networked PC and console gaming for customers to play games across the LAN or online. Gamerbase is staffed by dedicated gaming evangelists, there to offer instruction and encouragement to gamers of all backgrounds to experience multiplayer gaming. How big can Gamerbase get for HMV – and do you have expansion plans for this year? We will be rolling out five of the larger Gamerbase centres this year, to join London, Manchester and Edinburgh – Glasgow is the latest of those. In addition, we plan to build smaller, scaleable Gamerbase experiences in around 30 stores nationwide. So by Christmas, HMV will have almost 40 Gamerbase experiences. Why did HMV buy Gamerbase and what benefit does it provide? When we opened the first Gamerbase, we did not integrate retail at all. So when HMV acquired us, the challenge was to convert what we were doing in to a retail experience. Since then, Gamerbase has proven to be a success in terms of the like-for-like sales of games across all platforms. Gamerbase also creates a gaming community for HMV, and we have found those gamers to be very loyal. Does Gamerbase have an international presence? Are you planning on giving it one? We would love to extend the promotional opportunities that Gamerbase provides to the games industry in other parts of the world, but we have no plans as yet. We have made contact with some of the best gaming venues across the world and are currently exploring opportunities.

Do you think that being the first to launch something like this will win you customer loyalty if any other retailer attempts something similar? You have to look at what it is that we are doing and ask: “Could another retailer actually replicate this?” I don’t just mean the store space required, but also the skillset needed to develop the technology behind Gamerbase. HMV hired Sujoy [Roy] and I because we have been running these type of centres for nearly ten years, and we brought that knowledge and established customer loyalty to their business. I’ve already seen other attempts over the last few years by some big names, and all of them have failed in realising the fundamental strategy of Gamerbase. Which is? Ironically its not about selling more games – at least, not in the first instance. It’s fundamentally about building a community. Gamerbase is the next generation of social clubs that were successful back in the ‘70s and ‘80s. All we’ve really done is to swap pool tables

and dart boards with PCs and consoles. The reason that it's within a games department of HMV is just convenience.

Gamerbase is a sign of HMV providing a live experience for the consumer. It has live venues for music, cinemas for film and Gamerbase for games. Dominic Mulroy, HMV

Is Gamerbase a sign of games becoming HMV’s priority? Gamerbase is a sign of HMV’s priority on providing a Live Experience for the consumer. Over the last few months HMV has outlined its strategy for the coming years: MAMA live venues for music, the Curzon cinema partnership for film and Gamerbase for games. HMV’s priority is building upon all its strengths, and games is just part of that. No-one else can reach those other audiences and connect them all up. What plans do you have for Gamerbase in the next 12 months? All of these stores will be networked so that a gamer in HMV Liverpool can play against a gamer in HMV Glasgow. Our biggest plan is to launch nationwide gaming leagues of city versus city in a variety of games. HMV will be the place for gamers to represent their towns in a Premiership-style league.


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A touch of classification Board member Neil Thompson, senior regional director of Xbox, discusses PEGI… As a platform holder, does having PEGI as the UK’s single classification make you more confident that less games will reach an inappropriate audience? The beauty of having one standard that has cross industry support is that it will make it easier for publishers and retailers to help educate parents on the nature of the content they are producing and selling. That encourages parents to ensure the content their children are interacting with is appropriate. As we explained many times to members of the Byron team and subsequently the Government, we need a tri-party approach to child safety, where the industry works effectively with retail and Government to educate parents on the appropriate use of interactive content. Do parents still need to be educated about consoles such as Xbox 360 being an entertainment machine for all – rather than just a kids’ toy? What can ELSPA do to help achieve this if so? The simple answer is yes. As a platform holder we take our responsibility of enabling parents to make the right decisions for their children very seriously. This is why we build technologies into the platform that allow parents to switch content on or off as well as allowing them to control the amount of time the products can be used. The key for us is to make the setting of these controls very easy and ensure we’re also playing a leading role in publicising age ratings and their importance to parents and retailers alike. Every responsible member of the

The new Governmentbacked PEGI ratings will aid both retailers and consumers, says Thompson

ELSPA NEWS TAX BREAKS: The DCMS has called on the industry to provide evidence for a culturally-based tax break for UK studios. In a letter to the Tiga and ELSPA, the DCMS asked for evidence to demonstrate how the issues currently facing developers can be resolved with financial help. UK CHART: EA’s Fight Night Round 4 has become the first ever boxing title to top the ELSPA/GfKChartTrack All Formats chart, knocking Activision’s Prototype off its perch at No.1.

video games industry needs to step up and play as active a role as we can to keep this education process front of mind. It’s ELSPA’s job to corral the industry around this agenda and ensure we’re all doing everything we can reasonably do. How do Microsoft’s developers and marketing

Will the new ratings act as a useful shield against the misunderstood press allegations the industry has suffered in the past? When certain elements of the media choose to take a less than balanced approach to issues that arise, a rating system in itself is unlikely to have a major impact on the headline they will lead on.

One of ELSPA’s key roles is to bring factual balance to the press – and avoid the hysterical hyperbole. Neil Thompson, Microsoft

guys feel about the changeover? Does it make their job easier? We simply view the new PEGI classification decision as a way to make it easier for us to help protect children from unsuitable content, be it online or offline. We work in an incredibly dynamic industry and having one standard across a wide range of countries will certainly help in our desire to be a responsible industry that creates content for all.

In the search for controversial stories it sometimes feels like balance and reason are quickly put aside. One of ELSPA’s key roles during these times is to bring balance and objective viewpoints so that over time the story becomes more of an educated debate rather than just hysterical hyperbole. Our actions as an industry are the things that will define people’s view of us and we need to continue to build on the good work to date and keep focused on enabling

parents to make the right decisions for their children. What would you say to a retailer who is uneducated in the PEGI debate – so who doesn’t read MCV! – and is concerned about the amount of work or explanation the new ratings will require? Firstly, I’d say I can’t believe you don’t read MCV… then I’d say the industry is here to help you. All the platform holders and major publishers are committed to ensure this system is effectively communicated both to retail staff and to consumers. We will listen to any concern retail has and collectively focus hard on ensuring we overcome those. From a retail perspective, the feedback we’ve had is that the new system and symbols are clear and understandable and although the transition from today’s world to the new system will inevitably create some work, we are confident the intuitive nature of the new approach will help retailers and their consumers clearly understand the content being sold.

FRONTIER: Independent game developer Frontier has become the latest company to join ELSPA. The Cambridge-based firm, with a staff of more than 200, has notched up a string of gaming hits including BAFTA-nominated Dog's Life and Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo. It also made bestsellers RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and Thrillville. DEFEATING PIRACY: A trader from Hull has been sentenced to 12 months in prison, after being found guilty of selling counterfeit games for PS2, PSP, Xbox 360, Wii and PC at Walton Street Market, Hull. Paul Richard Thornill, 36, was sentenced for offenses under the Trade Marks Act (1994) and the Video Recordings Act (1985), following a prosecution brought by Hull Trading Standards, local police and ELSPA. MARKET VALUE: According to MCV calculations, based on GfkChartTrack/ELSPA data, the UK market hit £20.2 million for the weekend ending June 20th. Unit sales dipped four per cent to 873,096. The result followed the previous week’s dip of nine per cent, the first weekly fall in over a month.


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ELSPA’s new approach Our relationship with Government has changed – along with our attitude, says the trade body’s director general Michael Rawlinson… PEGI’S ascent to becoming the sole ratings system for games was a momentous achievement for the industry – and just goes to show how we can really get the Government’s attention when we get our approach right. We’ve deliberately become more professional in terms of our dealings with Government. We’re strategically planning what we do – we don’t just bowl up to meetings, answer questions then leave. We not only had to convince Government that PEGI was the right solution for protecting children – we also took our arguments much wider, taking in the whole of Westminster, as well as the devolved parliament in Scotland and the regional assembly in Wales as well as the European parliament. Retailers, children’s charities and more were also covered. All of these groups had different needs we had to meet. ‘HOLISTIC STRATEGY’ Having gained the broad support from of all these areas, it gave Government the confidence to make the rather difficult decision in favour of PEGI. This hopefully gives our members an idea of the sophistication of our approach when lobbying on these important policy areas. Our success came about because ELSPA and the industry isn’t just shouting anymore – we’re actually delivering solutions. Turn the clock back 18 months, to professor Tanya Byron’s original report. It was inconclusive, but talked about a BBFC/PEGI combination. The Select Committee that followed recommended a BBFC solution. It wasn’t an easy situation to face. But in the subsequent months – with a holistic, measured strategy – ELSPA and the industry managed to demonstrate the strength of an enhanced PEGI solution for child protection. And we convinced the people that mattered. We need to continue this model of ELSPA leading the industry position, with involvement from people across the trade – because

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there are still plenty of issues on the agenda. Some of these were covered in the Government’s Digital Britain report. For example, is the 2MB universal broadband target sufficient for the

both. Without question, we need to continue to stop both in their tracks – and show no tolerance, regardless of who it is repeatedly stealing from our members. Achieving tax breaks is obviously going to be

ELSPA and the trade will continue to address Government. There are plenty more issues on the agenda. Michael Rawlinson, ELSPA

industry? Are the proposals for ISPs becoming more involved in tackling peer-to-peer filesharing the right way forward for us – and how will they work practically? There’s also the skills agenda. We need to help the Government have a knowledge-based economy – and a highly trained workforce is paramount in that. We have the best creative games talent in the world, and we need a skilled workforce to ensure that continues. And then there’s the latest thing: The supporting evidence that’s required for culturally-based tax support for interactive software. Of those, the two biggest priorities for us are piracy and tax breaks. We still face both physical piracy and criminal piracy online – with organised groups making money from

difficult given the budgetary constraints facing whoever makes up the next administration.

‘WHAT’S A BRITISH GAME?’ But then there is this vast other area – where normal citizens are sharing files like they used to do with discs in the playground. Does anyone want to make those people criminals? Probably not. Then again, I’ve heard figures of internet traffic increasing six times over because of the popularity of illegitimate online activity. Nobody gets paid for that – not even the ISPs. It is clearly not right and a responsible Government should want to deal with it. If you increase the M25 by three lanes to deal with traffic, and no-one’s paying for it... you’ve got a problem that needs a solution.

On the tax breaks issue, we’re getting closer – as you can see from the open discussion with the DCMS that MCV reported on the other week. We’re working with the right solution that supports British creativity and inward investment. What makes a culturally British game? It is an important question and one which needs a definitive answer so that ELSPA’s members know exactly where they stand. As our scope increases, a wider variety of companies stand to benefit from ELSPA membership. With the success our members can demonstrate, we’re confident other businesses will see the value in being part of our organisation – and just how effective we can be at every level.

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Industry veterans take over MTV Games Rock Band house snaps up Guthrie and Cox  Hassal seeks new venture  Crossley takes on PC Retail MTV  Former THQ man SCOTT GUTHRIE and Sony Computer Entertainment Amercia’s DAVID COX have both taken leading roles at MTV Games. Guthrie previously worked as executive vice president of publishing for THQ’s North Amercian arm, but recently left to ‘pursue another opportunity’. He now joins MTV Games as executive vice president and general manager, where he will direct the unit’s publishing strategy and execution including marketing, sales and

Guthrie will use his experience at THQ to boost MTV Games

distribution of all MTV Games products, such as The Beatles: Rock Band. Cox has been named senior vice president of sales, and

will manage both the gaming division’s short-term distribution plans and its longterm sales strategies. He previously worked as the senior director of sales and merchandising at SCEA. “We’re going after the best in music video games with Rock Band and the best in storytelling with our Bruckheimer partnership, and now we have the best leaders and teams in place to bring MTV Games to the next levels and grow through the next evolution in video games,” said MTV Networks’ president VAN TOFFLER.

NINTENDO  LINDA HASSALL has now left Nintendo after 13 years where she most recently held the position of senior national account manager. Linda was part of the original team of seven that helped launch Nintendo back in the UK market during 2001. Whilst at Nintendo, she dealt with a number of retailers, including GAME and Argos, and played an integral part of the launch of the Nintendo 64, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and, more recently, the Wii and DS. Prior to Nintendo, Linda worked at Warner Home Video where she held the position of

national account manager. She is now seeking new challenges and is currently considering various roles in the industry. Please contact her on 07977 438564 with any job opportunities that arise. INTENT MEDIA  ROB CROSSLEY, Develop’s online editor, now expands his responsibilities as he takes up the same position on PC Retail. As with Develop, he will work across all aspects of the recently relaunched site, www.PCR-online.biz, including news and analysis.


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RETAILBIZ RECOMMENDED GAMES  PRICE CHECK  CHARTS  NEW RELEASES

PEPPA PIG P32 P2 teams up with Ubisoft for a game based on the popular kids’ TV show ACTIVE HEALTH P33 Nintendo produces the DS’s natural successor to Wii Fit and Walk With Me NEW RELEASES P34 MCV provides a rundown of all the games waiting to be placed on your shelves

A GOOD SPORT The sequel to Nintendo’s classic Wii Sport arrives in time for summer...

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HIGH STREET P36 We round up the most important Metacritic stores of the week, and check your prices FULL UK CHARTS P38 MCV recounts the full All Formats top 40 – as well as individual format charts


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Gamers of all ages and abilities will be lining up to get to grips with MotionPlus and explore WuHu Island

Nintendo’s most important release of the year arrives, heralding the abilities of the recently launched MotionPlus add-on and reminding consumers what made the Wii so popular in the first place…

by James Batchelor

“Every new console needs a killer app, or a piece of software that defines the console,” explains senior product manager Rob Lowe. “For the DS it was Brain Training, for Wii it was Wii Sports. It completely explained what Wii was about from the moment you

THE ORIGINAL Wii Sports was one of the key titles in popularising what is now the most successful hardware format in the world. For some people, it helped define the Wii itself. It managed to show consumers instantly and instinctively that the Every new hardware needs a format was all about fun for killer app, or a piece of everyone, and also illustrate software that truly defines the new and unique method the console of physical control. Wii Sports Resort, the Rob Lowe, Nintendo next major multi-event title for the platform, is a truly ‘second had your first go on Wii Sports Tennis – generation’ title. The game offers players even people sceptical about games a more varied line-up of sports and couldn’t help but smile. competitions, as well as utilising the Wii “The feeling you get when you play MotionPlus accessory which provides Canoeing or Table Tennis on Wii Sports the most responsive experience possible. Resort for the first time is almost And Nintendo is confident the title will identical to this – which is a fantastic have the same impact as its predecessor. commendation for the product.”

Wii Sports Resort takes place on WuHu Island, a resort packed with things to do. One of the most noticeable differences between this game and the original is that there are now twice as many sports – 12 compared to the original five. Some will be familiar to Wii Sports owners, but Lowe points out that these are the events that truly show the advances MotionPlus brings to the Wii Sports series. “The best way to compare is to play Bowling and Golf on Wii Sports, and then try them out on Wii Sports Resort,” he says. “The extra level of control is amazing, especially on Golf, where every slight draw or fade, slice or hook is replicated on the screen.” Within each sport there are often plenty of different styles and gameplay


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HOLIDAY PLANS Nintendo is keen to use the public’s love of glorious summer weather to entice them to Wii Sports Resort. With that in mind, the company has prepared the brightest and most extensive marketing campaign in its recent history.  The three month TV campaign began last week, and will reach a wide audience. The ads will target 16 to 44 year olds and will appear during all major prime time family viewing throughout the summer. Various sporting professionals have been brought on board to show the precision MotionPlus brings to Wii Sports Resort and how enjoyable the multiplayer mode will be.  Ads will be shown before Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, reaching more than 5.1 million moviegoers.  A major press takeover will see coverwraps on Metro, Daily Star and Shortlist. Advertorials will also run in Sport and the Observer Sport.  Online takeovers have been planned for all major gaming sites, including MSN, delivering more than 4.3 million impressions across the two weeks of launch.  A major sampling campaign will see a makeshift WuHu Island touring the country, visiting nine locations over the summer and giving consumers the chance to get to grips with Wii Sports Resort.

options, so it’s a far broader and more diverse experience. In every case, the Wii MotionPlus helps to recreate the physical reality of the actual sport, giving players the sensation of smashing one down the fairway, slamming a basket or firing an arrow straight into the bullseye. A SPORTING CHANCE

The controller picks up every nuance of a player’s movement and translates it onto the screen. The difference is brought into sharp focus in Archery, for instance, when every single twitch or tremor changes the direction of the arrow and can result in a miss. All the different sports use the controllers differently, and some make use of the Nunchucks as well as the Remote. In Canoeing, for example, players hold the Remote on its own, like a paddle, while in Cycling they hold the

Remote in one hand, the Nunchuck in the other and ‘pedal’ like crazy with both arms. One really different activity falls under the banner of Air Sports. This involves flying round the island, doing a spot of competitive sight-seeing and using the Wii Remote like a paper plane. This is phase two of the revolution that began with Wii and is now becoming industry standard – just as Nintendo moves things on still further. Lowe deems this to be “the biggest launch on Wii this year”, and as a result the platform holder will be marketing it heavily (see Holiday Plans), both over the summer and at Christmas. Given the success and universal appeal of Wii Sports, it is inevitable that its sequel will deliver on its promises.

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 A dual-phased POS campaign will kick off in-store from July 13th. An array of marketing items will be available, including window posters, FSDUs, wobblers, deco cubes and more, all designed to recreated WuHu Island in stores.


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New publisher P2 Games joins forces with Ubisoft to bring kids’ TV character Peppa Pig to the Wii for the first time, offering children everywhere educational fun… by James Batchelor FOR THOSE not in the know, Peppa Pig is a beloved and highly successful children’s cartoon that has been delighting and educating young viewers since 2004. Having already made a strong video game debut with a DS outing last year, the porcine protagonist now ventures onto a new platform. Making her Wii debut, Peppa is set to entertain children with her first console title, published by the newly-formed P2 Games. The game is being released through a partnership with Ubisoft, which believes the franchise’s impressive popularity ensures the Wii adventure will recreate the success of its DS predecessor. “Peppa Pig: The Game was a smash hit on Nintendo DS when it was released in November 2008 and continues to retain its Top 20 DS chart position in the official Top 40 DS full price chart, nearly six months after its launch,” explains Ubisoft’s brand manager Rachel Grant. “With DVD sales in excess of 2 million units, a No.1 position in the children’s pre-school book sales chart and a top-rated TV show, Peppa Pig’s popularity continues to grow, so we have great expectations for the relaunch of the game on DS and the arrival of the Wii version.” THIS PIGGY PLAYED AT HOME

Peppa Pig features a range of minigames presented in the style of the fiveminute cartoons the licence from which originates. Players use the Wii remote to help Peppa and her friends with a variety of activites and dilemmas, from washing cars and cooking pancakes to building a snowman and splashing in muddy puddles. Each activity features a familiar character from the series and relevant Wii Remote gestures to make the games seem more immersive. Games can be played with or without a time limit and can also be set at three difficulty levels

to cater for children of different ages and abilities. As children complete the games, they unlock new content, such as extra clothes to dress the snowman, more kites to fly and additional pictures to colour in. There are more than ten different challenges to take on that not

Peppa Pig already has a great presence in all major UK retailers and the game will grow the franchise. Rachel Grant, Ubisoft only offer great replay value but also benefit children. “Peppa Pig: The Game encourages the development of children’s powers of concentration, their creative skills and – through the timed games and scoring – their counting and number skills,” says Grant. “Playing the game on Nintendo

DS and Wii allows the player to explore and interact with Peppa Pig’s world and is fun and entertaining for all involved.” THIS PIGGY WENT TO MARKET

P2 Games will be working hard to support the release with an integrated marketing campaign that includes print and online advertising as well as significant in-store retailer support. This activity will be supported by a comprehensive national PR campaign covering TV, online, national and regional newspapers, radio and magazines. All of this will target two distinct areas: parents and kids. While Ubisoft will be offering additional support to publisher P2 Games, and both are optimistic about Peppa Pig’s success, pointing to the continually strong performance of the original release as a good sign of things to come.

“Considering the DS version has sold consistently well and maintained Top 20 chart position most weeks since launch and has had sales to date in excess of 80,000 despite reasonably limited distribution, we have high hopes that retailers should expect long-term consistent volume sales from this title,” Grant says. “Peppa Pig already has a great presence in all major UK retailers and the Wii release will see a growth in the already huge popularity of the Peppa Pig franchise. This will be a must-have title for parents to buy for their children.” RELEASED: AUGUST 7 (DS), AUGUST 21 (WII) FORMATS: WII, DS PUBLISHER: P2 GAMES DEVELOPER: ASYLUM ENTERTAINMENT PRICE: £19.99 DISTRIBUTOR: UBISOFT CONTACT: 01932 578000


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Nintendo continues to expand its fitness range with a successor to the recently launched Walk With Me… by James Batchelor TAKING ITS lead from the recently released Walk With Me! Do You Know Your Walking Routine?, Active Health with Carol Vorderman is the next lengthily-titled DS game that revolves around the Activity Meter – Nintendo’s own version of a pedometer. Once again, the Meter can be tucked into a pocket or handbag and records the number of steps the user makes. However, Active Health takes things further by accounting for DS owners’ diets and any exercise they take. The concept blurs the lines between the likes of Wii Fit, Walk With Me and even Cooking Guide, a combination that Nintendo is confident will make Active Health its most appealing selfimprovement title to date. “Active Health blends a range of features into one of our most complete lifestyle products,” explains Nintendo’s senior product manager James Honeywell.

“We have been fortunate to have Carol’s input during the development of this title,” says Honeywell. “She has been fundamental to the development, offering her own insight and recipes.” In addition to Walk With Me’s stepcounting mechanic, Active Health takes other exercises into account as gamers specify any other activities they do, such as swimming or a session on Wii Fit. COUNTING CALORIES

The game also helps users improve their dietary habits, with over 70 in-built recipes. Furthermore, gamers can track their daily consumption and calorie count, as well as fat, salt and sugar levels. “All of this is wrapped up in a handy package that you can take with you anywhere,” adds Honeywell. “You simply add data as you go along. We think this is a unique take on the healthy lifestyle products.” Active Health is the latest in a string of Nintendo titles that are designed to

Active Health is a great title that fits nicely within our lifestyle range. We expect sales to be very strong. James Honeywell, Nintendo

“The basic principle is that you enter your amount of daily exercise and intake of food and drink, and see if there is any imbalance. The software will then help you to achieve your goals of sticking to a specific diet and improving your general fitness through advice from our guide.” THE CAROL FACTOR

As the title suggests, a familiar celebrity face is on hand to help motivate and advise players in the form of Carol Vorderman. The British TV personality acts as the face of the game and calculate your BMI from personal details entered into the software. She can then advise you how to become fitter and lead a healthier lifestyle. RELEASED: AUGUST 7 FORMATS: DS PUBLISHER: NINTENDO DEVELOPER: NINTENDO PRICE: £29.99 DISTRIBUTOR: KOCH CONTACT: 0870 027 0985

motivate consumers in improving their health. Its predecessors have all performed well at retail, particularly Wii Fit, and the platform holder has high hopes for this title. “Active Health is a great title that fits nicely within our range of lifestyle products,” concludes Honeywell. “We expect sales to be strong as it will appeal to our new audience. We have planned an extensive mass market media campaign that will start a week before launch that then continues throughout August.” Nintendo’s campaign includes a significant TV push aimed at a female audience. The TV ads will be 60 and 30 seconds in length and will run across all major channels. This will be joined by an advertorial campaign in female publications. Finally, Carol Voderman-inspired POS will be made available for retail.

CELEB POWER: Carol Vorderman was involved in the development of Active Health


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MUSTSTOCK ..........MY FITNESS COACH: CARDIO Released: July 17th Format: Wii Publisher: Ubisoft Distributor: Trilogy Contact: 0845 362 7769

Following on from the success of Get In Shape, Ubisoft focuses its next iteration of the My Fitness Coach franchise on cardio workouts. Featuring several routines modelled around Boxercise, Cardio Workout has an established audience ready and waiting.

MUSTSTOCK ................................FRITZ CHESS Released: July 24th Format: PS3 Publisher: Mindscape Distributor: Koch Contact: 0870 027 0985

The PS3 edition in the longrunning series that teaches gamers to play one of the world’s oldest board games. Fritz Chess features standard matches, tournaments and tutorials, as well as a story mode that merges chess with medieval diplomacy.


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2 5 3 18 7 13 11 6 6

[1] [FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE CURIOUS VILLAGE DEVELOPER: NINTENDO PUBLISHER: NINTENDO

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE - AUTOBOTS

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

MARIO KART DS LEGO BATTLES NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. THE MYSTERY OF THE MUMMY MYSTERY STORIES

PLAYSTATION 2 THIS LAST WEEK WEEK

TITLE

2

NEW

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NINTENDO

3

6

TRANSFORMERS 360, PS3, PC, Wii, DS, PS2, PSP

4

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5

5

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6

NEW

7

3

THE SIMS 3 PC

8

2

[PROTOTYPE] PC, PS3, 360

9

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VIRTUA TENNIS 2009 PS3, 360, PC, Wii

10

NEW

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11

11

GRAND SLAM TENNIS Wii

12

14

COD4: MODERN WARFARE 360, PS3, PC, DS ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

UBISOFT GSP/AVANQUEST

PUBLISHER

HARRY POTTER & HALF-BLOOD PRINCE EA GUITAR HERO: METALLICA ACTIVISION BLIZZARD FIFA 09 EA CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR ACTIVISION BLIZZARD INDIANA JONES: STAFF OF KINGS LUCASARTS BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE D3P GHOSTBUSTERS SONY TOMB RAIDER: UNDERWORLD EIDOS ICE AGE 3: DAWN OF DINOSAURS ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

THIS LAST WEEK WEEK

2 3 4 5

FIFA 09 EA TRANSFORMERS: FALLEN ACTIVISION BLIZZARD RESISTANCE: RETRIBUTION SONY HARRY POTTER & HALF-BLOOD PRINCE EA

6 7 8 9 10

5 8 7 6 NEW

DEVELOPER: CAPCOM PUBLISHER: CAPCOM

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2009 NEED FOR SPEED: UNDERCOVER BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE ROCK BAND UNPLUGGED TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 10

[5]

SEGA EA D3P EA EA

EA

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD NINTENDO THQ

EA ACTIVISION BLIZZARD SEGA

EA

13

7

COD: WORLD AT WAR 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, DS, PC

14

9

EA SPORTS ACTIVE Wii

15

12

PROFESSOR LAYTON: CURIOUS VILLAGE DS NINTENDO

16

16

MARIO KART WII Wii

17

15

FIFA ‘09 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS, PC

18

17

OVERLORD II 360, PS3, PC

19

10

GHOSTBUSTERS PS3, PS2

20

19

POKÉMON PLATINUM DS

THIS LAST WEEK WEEK

PUBLISHER

PUBLISHER

CALL OF JUAREZ: BOUND IN BLOOD 360, PS3, PC UBISOFT

PC CD-ROM

1 NEW

[4]

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MONSTER HUNTER: FREEDOM UNITE

2 3 4

[3]

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TITLE

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WARNER BROS.

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TITLE

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LAST WEEK

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NEW

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[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

THE SIMS 3

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

ARMA II 505 GAMES FOOTBALL MANAGER 2009 SEGA SPORE: GALACTIC ADVENTURES EA WOW: WRATH OF THE LICH KING ACTIVISION BLIZZARD CALL OF JUAREZ: BOUND IN BLOOD UBISOFT STREET FIGHTER IV CAPCOM COD 4: MODERN WARFARE ACTIVISION BLIZZARD THE SIMS 2: DOUBLE DELUXE EA EMPIRE: TOTAL WAR SEGA

2 4 3 5 NEW NEW

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enjoy a six per cent and eight per cent increase

at the top of the All Formats Chart, outselling its

in sales respectively.

EA Sports represents a quarter of the Top 20, with five titles covering boxing, golf, tennis, fitness and football. Consumer interest in tennis is particularly strong thanks to Wimbledon: both EA’s Grand Slam Tennis and Sega’s Virtua Tennis

PS3

L FORMATS Highest New Entry

THIS LAST WEEK WEEK

Highest Top 40 Climber

21

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22

13

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NINTENDO THQ

SONY

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SEGA

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BETHESDA

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CAPCOM

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30

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28

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35

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KOEI ROCKSTAR

STREET FIGHTER IV 360, PS3, PC

CAPCOM

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39

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DR KAWASHIMA’S BRAIN TRAINING DS

40

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PC CD-ROM THIS LAST WEEK WEEK

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1 2 5 6 7 3 9 4 16

NINTENDO SEGA

TITLE

PUBLISHER

FALLOUT 3: GAME ADD-ON PACK DEVELOPER: BETHESDA PUBLISHER: ABETHESDA WOW: BATTLE CHEST ACTIVISION BLIZZARD WORLD OF WARCRAFT ACTIVISION BLIZZARD MYSTERY CASE FILES: RAVENHEARST FOCUS MYSTERY IN LONDON: JACK THE RIPPER FOCUS AMAZING ADVENTURES: LOST TOMB FOCUS HIDDEN EXPEDITION: AMAZON FOCUS WOW: THE BURNING CRUSADE ACTIVISION BLIZZARD MYSTERY CASE FILES: MADAME FATE FOCUS BROKEN SWORD TRILOGY MASTERTRONIC

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen rise by 30 per cent. The game outperformed rival movie tiein Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, which debuts at No.10. James.Batchelor@intentmedia.co.uk

[FULL PRICE] TITLE

PUBLISHER

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FIGHT NIGHT ROUND 4

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 10 CALL OF JUAREZ: BOUND IN BLOOD UFC 2009: UNDISPUTED GHOSTBUSTERS PROTOTYPE TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN INFAMOUS VIRTUA TENNIS 2009 CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE

NEW NEW

3 2 4 7 5 8 11

WII THIS LAST WEEK WEEK

DEVELOPER: EA CANADA PUBLISHER: EA

TITLE

WII FIT

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

GRAND SLAM TENNIS EA SPORTS ACTIVE TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 10 MARIO KART WII VIRTUA TENNIS 2009 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2 HARRY POTTER & THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN ANOTHER CODE: R

NEW

4 5 6 NEW

12 18

THIS LAST WEEK WEEK

TITLE

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UFC 2009: UNDISPUTED TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 10 [PROTOTYPE] CALL OF JUAREZ: BOUND IN BLOOD CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR VIRTUA TENNIS 2009 OVERLORD II

2 NEW

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EA EA EA NINTENDO SEGA MAJESCO EA ACTIVISION BLIZZARD NINTENDO

[FULL PRICE]

FIGHT NIGHT ROUND 4

NEW

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

DEVELOPER: NINTENDO PUBLISHER: NINTENDO

1 3 4

THQ SONY

PUBLISHER

1 3 2

EA UBISOFT

[FULL PRICE]

XBOX 360

[BUDGET PRICE]

While several titles saw a drop, the success of the movie has seen sales ofActivision Blizzard’s

(c) ELSPA, Compiled by ChartTrack

fellow EA Sports title Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 in its debut week – despite a 35 per cent drop in sales.

WEEK ENDING 04/07/09

PUBLISHER

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DENMARK

All Interactive.................Helensvale Town Centre

Otto Group ...................................................Hamburg Playcom Software Vertriebs .......................Erfurt Vitrex Multimedia Großhandel.....................Erfurt

POLAND CD Projekt Sp. z o.o......................................Warsaw

GREECE ENTERTAINMENT TRADING APS AFA INTERACTIVE

Stenholm 1, 9400,

66 Hughes Street, Mile End,

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South Australia 5031

Phone: +45 70277640

Tel: +61 8823 41355

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TECHLAND Sp. z o.o. ul. Jana Szczyrki 12, 54-426 Wroclaw, Poland E-mail: business@techland.pl

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Web: www.techland.pl Phone: +48 71 354 46 10 Fax: +48 71 354 46 10

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PORTUGAL

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BELGIUM

+44 1279 408 665 (UK)

Horelec S.A. ...........................................Bruxelles

+45 7026 0870 (DK)

CLD Distribution S.A. .........................Fernelmont

dt@gatewaydistribution.dk www.gatewaydistribution.dk

BENELUX

ESTONIA Andrico ..............................................................Tallinn

FINLAND Panvision Oy.......................................................Turku

GAMEWORLD Cornusbaan 1, 2908 KB Capelle A/D IJssel Tel: +31 10 298 3838

MILESTONE INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE LIMITED Pramukh Plaza, 2nd Floor, Cardinal Gracious Road, Chakala, Andheri East, Mumbai 400 099, INDIA. Tel: +91 22 28203319 Fax: +91 22 28203334

EMC GROUPE CASINO..........Croissy Beaubourg

Tel: +34 93 492 08 89 distributioninteractive@planetadeagostini.es www.planetadeagostini.net

website: www.milestoneinteractive.com

ISRAEL Hed-Arzi......................................................Or-Yehuda

INNELEC MULTIMEDIA EBS Benelux

45 rue Delizy,

Lorentzweg 1

93692 PANTIN Cedex, France

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Email purchase: f_alglave@innelec.com

The Netherlands

Email export sales: g_armspach@innelec.com

Phone: +31 (0)33 201 21 00

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Cidiverte Spa ...............................................Gallarate Coop Italia..........................................Sesto F.NO (FI) Digital Bros spa................................................Milano

GERMANY

Newave Italia...................................................Firenze Promovideo SRL ...........................................Senago

Gameworld BV............................Capelle A/D Ijssel Micromedia BV...........................................Nijmegen Favour Games..................................................Tilburg Rigu Sound B.V................2153 GB Nieuw Vennep

CYPRUS DTP ENTERTAINMENT AG Goldbekplatz 3-5, 22303 Hamburg, Germany

GOODTONES GREAT GAMES LTD

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1 Alkaiou Street / Office 1 /

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tel. +357 22 666612

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RUSSIA Hitzona.............................................................Moscow Noviy Disk .......................................................Moscow Soft Club..........................................................Moscow Vellod...................................................................Mitishi

SERBIA

NEW ZEALAND Gamewizz..........................................................Albany

NORWAY Pan Vision Norway.....................................Trollasen MPX.no .......................................................Sandefjord Platekompaniet....................................................Oslo Massemedia AS...........................................Notteroy

Groß Electronic .......................................Rohrnbach

v.2 PLAY. LDA Studio Office Marquês de Pombal –

Leader Spa.................................Gazzada Schianno

NETHERLANDS

E-mail: info@ebs-benelux.com

www.greatgames.com.cy

08034, Barcelona, Spain,

email: distribution@milestoneinteractive.com

ITALY

Gibareio.............................................................Nicosia

Diagonal, 662-664, 3ª planta D,

FRANCE

Web: rishi@gameworld.nl

Website: www.ebs-benelux.com

PLANETA DEAGOSTINI INTERACTIVE

Pan Vision Norway..............................................Oslo

COMPUTERLAND DOO Kumodraska 45 11000 Belgrade, Serbia Tel:+381(0)11 309 95 95 Fax:+381(0)11 309 95 96 mail:games@computerland.rs website:www.computerland.rs

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

JAPAN

SINGAPORE

TURKEY

Replay Interactive....................................Singapore

ARAL Import..................................................Istanbul Nortec Eurasia...............................................Istanbul

SOUTH AFRICA Midigital ..............................................Johannesburg

UNITED STATES

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NINTENDO’S Motion Plus-enhanced Wii Sports Resort sold 353,827 copies in its first four days on sale in Japan. The number is impressive, though maybe less so when compared to the debuts of some other Wii big hitters. Super Smash Bros Brawl, for instance, which shifted 816,000 units in its first four days on the Japanese market, whilst Mario Kart Wii sold 608,000. Of course, much like Wii Fit, Wii Sports Resort is likely to be a year-round seller and could yet go on to break a few records. Wii Sports Resort will be released in the UK on July 24th and will come bundled with Nintendo’s Wii Motion Plus attachment.

Email: sales@bascodistribution.com

 Meanwhile, the latest adventure in the life of the bad-tempered Ryu Hayabusa, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, will be released for PS3 in Japan on October 1st. NGS2 is a reworked version of Xbox 360 exclusive Ninja Gaiden II and includes a host of new additions such as online co-op play, new characters and sharpened camera controls. It’s being developed by Team Ninja.

Web: www.bascodistribution.com

PLANETA DEAGOSTINI INTERACTIVE Diagonal, 662-664, 3ª planta D, 08034, Barcelona, Spain, Tel: +34 93 492 08 89

DREAMGEAR, LLC

distributioninteractive@planetadeagostini.es

20001 S. Western Ave.

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Torrance, CA 90501 Phone: 310-222-5522 x 111 Fax: 310-222-5577 Contact: Moris Mirzadeh Email: moris@dreamgear.net

VIRGIN PLAY Paseo de la Castellana 9 – 11,

SWEDEN

28046 Madrid, Spain Tel: +34 91 789 35 50 Web: www.virginplay.es

U.S. GAMES DISTRIBUTION, INC. DistribucionesVideográficas Digitales ....Madrid

16700 Schoenborn St.

Distribuye Palmera................................Las Palmas

#2 North Hills, CA. 91343

JC Distribuciones .............................................Getxo

Tel: +1 818 920 9393

Shine Star, S.A...........................................Barcelona

info@usgamesdist.com www.usgamesdist.com

SWEDEN Bergsala AB............................................Kungsbacka

UAE Red Entertainment Distribution ..................Dubai

GAME OUTLET EUROPE AB

PLUTO GAMES

PO Box 5083

PO Box 10705, Office 103-104

S-650 05 Karlstad, Sweden

Emirates Islamic Bank Building,Dubai, UAE.

Phone: +46 54 854750

www.pluto-games.com

Fax: +46 54 854759

Tel: +971 4261 8111

E-mail: info@gameoutlet.se

Fax: +971 4261 8112

Website: www.gameoutlet.se

Panvision....................................................Stockholm

Modern Pluto Trading LLC...............Saudi Arabia

SIBA AB ...................................................Gothenburg

NXT Global LLC .................................................Dubai Pluto Derinton Games LLC............................Egypt

SWITZERLAND ABC Software GmbH.......................................Buchs

USA

SOFTWARE FIRM and internet café network Global Gaming Factory X is reported to have paid around $7.8m for notorious site The Pirate Bay. The firm has stated that the way in which the website operates will be altered in the process – with copyright holders set to be the main beneficiaries. “The Pirate Bay is a site that is among the top 100 most visited internet sites in the world,” GGF boss Hans Pandeya stated. “However, in order to live on, The Pirate Bay requires a new business model, which satisfies the requirements and needs of all parties, content providers, broadband operators, end users, and the judiciary as well. “We would like to introduce models which entail that content providers and copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site.” However, the site’s martyr-like founders remain defiant, telling its users on the site’s blog that: “If the new owners will screw around with the site, nobody will keep using it. That’s the biggest insurance one can have that the site will be run in the way that we all want to.” THE ENTIRE workforce at Blue Omega Entertainment has been laid off. Employees at the development house have suggested that Damnation’s disappointing sales attributed to collapse. Furthermore, it was alleged that a number of lawsuits – caused by disagreements with Codemasters and two subcontractors – contributed to the situation at the Maryland-based studio.

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EDITORIAL PLANNER Some of the special issues coming up in MCV, the only trade publication that covers all sectors of the market... FRIDAY JULY 17th

FITNESS FOCUS With a wealth of fitness games already hitting the shelves since 2009 began and more to come in the run-up to Christmas, we look at this fast growing market and what is fuelling its popularity. We speak with the major players in the genre about the titles they are currently working on and the influence Wii Fit has has on the market. FRIDAY JULY 24th

TERRITORY REPORT: SOUTH AMERICA In the latest MCV Territory Report, we look to the developing countries of South America and their growing video game industries, charting the course these markets are taking to improve themselves. We discuss what challenges publishers face in bringing their products to the market and who the key retailers in the region are.

BUDGET SOFTWARE SPECIAL FOCUS With the economy still suffering, MCV looks at how publishers can take advantage of the budget software market. We examine the growing trends and recent success stories, as well as exploring the advantages value software offers everyone from retailers to consumers.

DEVELOP AWARDS REVIEW MCV offers the complete guide to the biggest awards evening of the development community’s calendar. In addition to a full run-down of the winners in each category, we’ll have interviews with some of the key companies and discuss their success. FRIDAY JULY 31st

GAMESCOM PREVIEW We offer the definitive guide to the biggest European games trade event of the year. Expect to find a complete overview of Gamescom as it makes its debut in Cologne, including what exhibitors will be attending and what the industry expects to see from this year’s show. FRIDAY AUGUST 7th

BACK TO SCHOOL SOFTWARE FOCUS As the summer holidays finally draw to a close, parents and children turn their attention away from leisure and entertainment titles and towards preparing for the new academic year. MCV investigates what part video games can play in this and what opportunities the sudden need for school supplies can present to both publishers and retailers.

TERRITORY REPORT: NORTH AMERICA The United States and Canada form the biggest and most influential video games market in the world. MCV analyses this gargantuan market, speaking to key players in the territory about how the sector is performing and the changes seen in the territory over the past 12 months. FRIDAY AUGUST 8th

MUSIC GENRE FOCUS MCV takes a look at this ever-expanding genre with Activision Blizzard’s Hero franchise branching out into new fields and EA bringing the world’s most iconic band to games in the latest Rock Band. We offer a guide to where this genre is heading and the key titles on the way.

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DIARY DATES ‘09 From the MCV Awards to our next Pub Quiz, here are all the essential industry dates to get in your diary…

JULY GAMES CONVENTION ONLINE Friday, July 31st Sunday, August 2nd Leipzig Messe, Germany www.leipziger-messe.com

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MULTIPLAY M FESTIVAL Friday, August 7th – Monday, August 10th Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire www.mfestival.com EDINBURGH INT. FESTIVAL Monday, August 10th – Sunday, August 16th TBC, Edinburgh www.edinburghinteractivefestival.com GDC EUROPE Monday, August 17th Wednesday, August 19th Cologne, Germany www.gdceurope.com GAMESCOM Wednesday, August 19th Sunday, August 23rd Cologne, Germany www.gamescom-cologne.com

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The Develop Conference and Expo is where the European development community comes together to learn from each other and share experiences, be inspired by renowned experts and gurus, get up-to-date with the latest development tools and techniques, make new contacts and catch-up with old ones. Last year, over 1,200 developers from every level of the development community descended on Brighton to meet, learn, share and network with their peers.

MCV PUB QUIZ Thursday, September 24th Sway Bar, Holborn orlaith.kennedy@intentmedia.co.uk TOKYO GAME SHOW Thursday, September 24th – Sunday, September 27th Makuhair Messe, Tokyo tgs.cesa.or.jp/english BRAND LICENSING 2009 Wednesday, September 30th – Sunday, October 1st Olympia, London www.brandlicensingeurope.com

OCTOBER GAMES MEDIA AWARDS Thursday October 15, 2009 Jongleurs, Camden, London dave.roberts@intentmedia.co.uk MCM EXPO Saturday, October 24th – Sunday, October 25th Excel Centre, London www.londonexpo.com

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DEVELOP CONFERENCE 2009 Tuesday, July 14th – Thursday, July 16th Hilton Metropole, Brighton www.developconference.com

DEVELOP INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARDS Wednesday, July 15th Hilton Metrople, Brighton jodie.holdway @bhpr.co.uk The biggest awards night on the game development industry’s calendar returns to Brighton. While there are a number of awards shows attended by developers throughout the year, the Develop Awards are the only peervoted prizes for UK and European games developers which focus purely on studios’ creativity, teamwork, and inspiring innovation.


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‘Corrosive’ pre-owned effect only just beginning This week, a top exec at a smaller publisher points to the worrying signs coming from UK retailers’ fiscal results…

I SEE ON MCV’S website this week that pre-owned games are at an all-time high, according to Nielsen Research – a sure sign of money-savvy gamers protecting their wallet. A quick glance at recent financials from GAME and GameStop tells a similar story – with the UK specialist admitting that second-hand games equate to a whopping 18 per cent of its revenue. Does anyone else get the nagging feeling that this is the sharp end of the wedge? As a small publisher, this all makes for very scary reading – and genuine concern that the corrosive effect of the pre-owned market on my company’s sales is only just beginning. “Stop moaning – you’re just looking out for yourself,” the indies cry. Guilty as charged. That, ultimately, is all I’m interested in. I wouldn’t be much of a businessman otherwise. But please, think about the bigger picture here. We read in the papers every day that we should be tightening our belts – that money worries are the norm. So people cut down on their biggest

expenditure – boob tubes and beer for their Saturday night Booze Britain escapades. Instead, they look to purchase entertainment that will offer them entertainment and escapism behind closed doors. Which is all good news for the games industry. Except, when they get to their local GAME (or ‘Viv’s Video’), they’re going to sail

not then going to buy another new purchase all year. They’ll just keep him from smashing the house up with £10 or £20 Xbox 360 games that have been fingered by another gamer. Eventually, companies that produce niche titles like us will die out – leaving a very vanilla selection of games on the shelves, all from three or four major companies.

Eventually we’ll get less games, made with less money – what a way to balls up our ‘golden age’.

past the new releases – just as they would the Tesco Finest range when doing their weekly shopping trip. In these tight times, preowned gives out a clear message to consumers: you can buy the latest games on a budget. Fine, but think of the consequences. First, it impacts most on companies like mine (there’s my self-interest again), because parents might save up £40 for Fight Night for little Johnny’s birthday… but they’re

Anon

When EA/Activision/THQ starts losing out, so will the amount of time, staff and cash they pledge to development. Put simply, eventually we’ll get less games, with less variety, from less companies, made with less money. Which, ultimately, will mean less consumers – and I’m pretty sure that none of us (retailer or publishers, large or small) want that to happen. What a effective way to balls up video games’ ‘golden age’. Anon publisher ‘stalwart’

The next step? Parents start becoming savvy to the idea that they can buy second-hand Fight Nights/FIFAs/Harry Potters and save a quarter on the cover price – they adopt the mentality of the hardcore gamer with a Saturday job. As this begins to happen, you just wait to watch that ‘18 per cent’ in GAME’s results grow to become ‘80 per cent’ – and where will that leave the big publishers?

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PIC OF THE WEEK It’s always a beautiful moment when someone captures a ‘Wow! These games really are impressive these days’ pic from a senior figure. But when it’s a politican (in this case, Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe, on a Wii Balance Board) it’s a little bit extra special. After the decent fist of addressing industry issues that the current incumbants made in their Digital Britain report, we’ll be nice here – but you can sense ELSPA’s John Hiller (right) thinking: “I could thrash him at this.”

Off The Record

SONIC COMES OF AGE

In celebration of Sonic The Hedgehog turning 18, MCV has plunged into our archives to deliver this fantastic snap from the launch of Sega’s first game in the series, back in 1991 (make you feel old, no?). Sadly, both Virgin Megastore and the Ray Parlour perm from this picture have since deceased, but the spiky blue mammal is still going strong. Still, now he’s old enough to hit the booze, those heart/obesity problems can’t be far behind...

This week, the UK’s Sports Minister tentatively tackles Wii, as Sonic ‘gets mature’ and EA shows off its wares to retailers and the media...


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RETAIL ADVISORY BOARD

MCV takes soundings from its Retail Advisory Board on the biggest issues of the day. The current members are...

Do you consider yourself an uber PES fan? Does it take up far too much of your time, and cause friction with mates/dates/partners? If so, you could be a candidate for PES STAR - a chance to appear in the TV and print ads for PES 2010. Entry is simply. Just send Konami a photo or a 30 second video that includes you and sums up why you are PES’s most ardent fan. It could be you surrounded by the many PES boxes you have accumulated over the years, trophies you have won - or even bruises that have been accumulated from gloating over victories. Just send Konami your picture...

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To enter, simply go to PES STAR section of www.peswantsyou.com and select ‘enter the casting.’

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OF THE WEEK

“It’s depressing to have a label tell you that Guitar Hero is how kids are learning about and experiencing music.” The White Stripe’s Jack White sobs over music games’ popularity

QUOTE

We take a look back at the most troubling/ exciting/dumb observation of the industry from the past seven days...

PETER WILLIS, DSGI

IGOR CIPOLLETTA, SHOPTO

ANTHONY STOCKER, ARGOS

STEPHEN STALEY, GAMESEEK

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EA’S CLONE-LY HEARTS CLUB BAND... UK retailers and media were offered multiple treats at EA’s Q4 showcase last week. Not only were attendees given a sneak preview of exciting upcoming releases such as The Beatles: Rock Band, FIFA 10 and Need For Speed: Shift – all surely destined to sell by the bucketload – but they were also gifted a virtuoso performance by EA’s top dogs dressed as the Fab Four. In the main pic above, we have (from left to right) Keith Ramsale, Gary Booker, Simon Smith-Wright and Rob Davey looking (and, no doubt, sounding) splendidly authentic. To the right, UK MD Ramsdale practises with EA’s very own ‘Luc(ies) In The Sky’, whilst Official PlayStation editor Tim Clark gets a ‘little help from his friends’ at Future.

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Belfast Castle Court

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Bristol Balloon Fiesta

12th – 16th August

London Westfield

15th – 16th August

Dublin Pavilions

20th – 23rd August

Bournemouth Air Festival

26th – 30th August

Birmingham Bullring

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Archery

Basketball

Table Tennis

Canoeing

www.wiisportsresort.co.uk © 2009 Nintendo TM, ® and the Wii logo are trademarks of Nintendo.

*Wii Sports Resort requires Wii MotionPlus.

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