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He Went On To Exclaim

I would love to see us have an online Call of Duty world. I think our players would just have so much of a more compelling experience.” He answers “hopefully” to their follow-up question of whether this is coming, and goes on to explain that their customers have been “clamoring” for the opportunity to pay a monthly fee for multiplayer support, as demonstrated by how much they play for free: “I think our audiences are clamoring for it. If you look at what they’re playing on Xbox Live today, we’ve had 1.7 billion hours of multiplayer play on Live. I think we could do a lot more to really satisfy the interests of the customers. I think we could create so many things, and make the game even more fun to play. “

He went on to exclaim “I am so fucking high right now you couldn’t even believe it, man. I don’t even know where I am.”

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, in the Wall Street Journal

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No, Wait, We Are Really Serious This Time

What’s that sound? Ah, yes, my bullshit detector going ah-woo-gah.

“In terms of revenue, Windows is far and away the largest gaming platform in the world, so it’s an incredibly important part of Microsoft’s business. From core games like “Fable III” to casual, social and Facebook titles, more gaming happens on Windows than anywhere else. Windows 7 is a world-class gaming platform, and you can bet Microsoft has a vested interest in using it as a platform for amazing first party content.

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Mario Hates Apples

I asked Nintendo something that, though ridiculous, I know we’ve all wondered at some point: “Theoretically, could you ever imagine selling a Nintendo game in an app store—either Apple’s or Google’s.” Their answer? No.

From Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive VP of sales and marketing:

“You know, I really can’t. Our intellectual property like Mario like Zelda—those are just our crown jewels.”

While Nintendo could almost certainly fill the top 50 list of the App Store with their endless pile of IPs, their answer makes sense. Nintendo without proprietary hardware is not Nintendo.