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A.T. Nelson

On Gaming

The video game industry appears to be pulling out all the stops this holiday season as the beleaguered sector looks to salvage what remains of a year continually dogged by sagging sales figures.

In a little over a week since changing the subscription model of "DC Universe Online" to free-to-play, local Sony Online Entertainment boasts a 1,000 percent increase in players, heralding a new start for the comic-book-based massively multiplayer online game.

“Technology and innovation are the answer to creating jobs,” TechAmerica interim President and CEO Dan Varroney said during the trade organization’s 18th annual High Tech Awards on Friday.

It was quite a week around the video game industry. As BlizzCon did its best to steal most of the spotlight over the weekend, the TIGA quietly submitted a proposal to establish a government-backed creative content fund in the United Kingdom.

In spite of the NPD Group releasing yet another report showing weaker than expected retail sales for the video game industry during the month of September, a closer analysis shows some positive signs among the numbers.

Looking to find a new job in this down economy or seeking to learn more about becoming a war correspondent? Then odds are that you may need to sharpen up those video game skills in addition to polishing up that résumé, as more industries look to “gamification” for solutions.

As gamers and shareholders eagerly await Tuesday’s release of Epic’s “Gears of War 3,” the video game industry finds itself coming out of a tumultuous week of headlines highlighted by Sony’s move to quell future class action lawsuits, controversy over tax incentives for game makers, and assisting in AIDS research.

It’s been 10 years since our nation looked on in horror as the actions of 19 terrorists claimed the lives of nearly 2,800 people and forever altered the course of United States history.

Last week was an interesting one for the video game industry, as the news from the annual Penny Arcade Expo (PAX Prime) in Seattle was offset by a controversial decision from GameStop.

In spite of the latest report from the commerce department finding that domestic retail sales inched slightly higher in July, the video game industry suffered its worse month since October of 2006, according to the NPD Group.

The Staniforth family of Sheffield, England, shared a cautionary tale about the dangers of marathon video game sessions with the London’s Sun this past weekend, after a coroner report found that the sudden death of their 20-year-old son in May was due to a blood clot caused by deep vein thrombosis.

Video games have become just as much a part of our culture as any other form of entertainment. However, with our societal obsession on celebrity, this industry finds itself playing a distant second fiddle to Hollywood as one of Comic-Con’s main attractions.

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