Nintendo Universal partnership

Nintendo Universal partnership

A few years back, I wrote a blog suggesting that Nintendo should consider its present status in the marketplace and team up with some of the other big guns in the entertainment and technology circuit. I felt Nintendo had room to capitalize on its wonderful array of...

OnLive’s brand must be about more than the technology itself

OnLive is no longer new to the world of gaming. Yet, almost three years after its release, I am still not sure the brand will be a success unless the company quickly re-evaluates its focus. Both my interest in OnLive as well as my frustration with the brand is rooted...

Best Buy is leaderless…So what is different?

I hate to harp on Best Buy yet again, but boy, when it rains it pours. Best Buy is leaderless and CEO Brian Dunn unexpectedly resigned due to a personal conduct investigation underway and all I could think was what a lucky break it is for Best Buy. Not lucky in the...

Best Buy Mobile. Not the answer

Things are not looking very good for Best Buy. Its last quarter, which ended March 3, had it down by $1.7 billion, a figure even more disheartening when you consider that the loss included an additional week of sales to help soften it. Best Buy’s answer to the...

Best Buy Beware, GameStop is watching

Over the past year or so, retailer Best Buy has been trying to establish a presence in the used game market. The transition has not been immediate. Over time, it has established a small pre-owned section, dedicated game trade-in kiosks in the store, and a...

What would digital distribution mean for GameStop?

Film has done it. Television has done it. Music has done it. I’m speaking of the shift towards digital distribution. Gone now are the Tower Records and Blockbusters, replaced by Netflix, iTunes, and Hulu. It is a path that, given the consumer’s need for instant...

Samsung TVs with Google TV sound like more of the same

Samsung is currently in late stage talks to bring Google TV to its new line of televisions. The pairing has me wondering, why? Since its initial release and general lack of hype since then, Google TV has not been the profound change to television it needs to take off....
Nintendo console mistakes the medium for the message

Nintendo console mistakes the medium for the message

Nintendo console mistakes the medium for the message Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 5 August 2011 Nintendo consoles should be about more than the technology Some time ago in an earlier blog, when the Nintendo console 3DS was in development but had not yet...

The Permission Issues of a Playstation phone

Building a brand without the correct permissions is like a house of cards. Inevitably, it will fall. The importance of permissions is that they determine boundaries. What does the consumer give the brand permission to say about them? What permission do consumers grant...

OnLive game system’s success will be based on brand

In an already crowded and competitive market, the OnLive game system hopes to make its mark in the video gaming industry. However, without a definable brand to drive preference, OnLive’s uphill battle to gain a user base might be a little bit too steep for them climb....