The video game legacy of Tom Clancy

Tom tom-clancy-obitClancy had one of the most valuable names in gaming.

It was so valuable, in fact, that Ubisoft bought it from the prolific author in 2008 for an undisclosed substantial sum. And while Clancy’s writing legacy is at an end with his untimely passing, his name will continue to be a part of video game culture.

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Video game sales down 29% in June

The next generation of consoles can’t get here fast enough.

According to the NPD Group, overall video game sales were down 29 percent in June compared to last year ($699.8 million to $989.5 million). Hardware sales were hit hardest, tumbling a massive 45 percent, though game accessories — such as gift cards and Skylanders figurines — were up slightly.

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Facebook targets traditional gamers

Facebook games — whether they tie into larger entertainment properties or are island unto themselves — tend to have a formula.

Make sure players can interact with their friends in some way. Don’t deviate far from the established handful of models that have proven successful. And never, ever, make a game that targets the core gamer. Facebook is casual territory.

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