Innovation and Marketing in the Video Game Industry: Avoiding the Performance Trap

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Gower Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Business & Economics - 262 pages
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Based on their extensive research into the business and marketing strategies of the video game industry, David Wesley and Gloria Barczak of Northeastern University's Institute for Global Innovation Management consider how and why, in the search for the holy grail of high definition gaming, many companies have become ensnared in a "performance trap" that causes them to lose sight of the customer. The history of technology is littered with examples of superior products that either failed or sold poorly relative to technically inferior competing products. Innovation and Marketing in the Video Game Industry examines the factors behind success and failure and identifies patterns that will help engineers, developers, and executives formulate better business strategies.

A great read for anyone interested in video games and the entertainment business. Wesley and Barczak craft a compelling read based through the history of video games---the unexpected success stories and colossal failures---which give us a foundation of learning that help those of us in the industry make better decisions in this new era of gaming. Tom Sperry, CEO of Blade Games, Founding member of Microsoft Games Group

This riveting and highly enjoyable book fully documents the history of the fascinating video game industry...uncovering the stunning triumphs and errors that mark an industry changing so fast that, at times, top management at the leading companies are barely able to keep up, let alone develop sound marketing plans. Anthony Di Benedetto, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Product Innovation Management, and Professor of Marketing, Temple University.

Easy to read yet powerful in its insights, this book emphasizes the importance of consistently identifying and effectively serving customers' needs as a path to long-term corporate success. R. Duane Ireland, Editor of the Academy of Management Journal, and Distinguished Professor of Management, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Shigeru Miyamoto and the Art of Donkey Kong
9
Nintendos Dark Age
29
PlayStation Dreams
47
Xbox Empire
65
Handheld Consoles and their Impact on Adult
79
Rings of Death
101
Sonys Supercomputer
113
Defining the Ultimate HighDefinition
131
The Wii Revolution
143
Game Development and the Rise of Casual Games
171
Guitar Hero Nation
195
Conclusion
211
Bibliography
229
Index
257
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About the author (2010)

David Wesley is a Research Manager at Northeastern University's College of Business Administration in Boston. His award-winning case studies on companies like Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, and Nintendo have appeared in numerous management textbooks and have been consistently ranked among the best-selling cases at Harvard Business School Publishing and Ivey Publishing. Mr. Wesley has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria. Professor Gloria Barczak is Professor and Chair of the marketing department at Northeastern University and former director of the Executive MBA program. She has published over 25 articles and several book chapters in the area of innovation and new product development and was recently recognized as one of the top innovation management scholars in the world by the Journal of Product Innovation Management and has been awarded the Robert D. Klein University Lecturer for 2009-2010 award by Northeastern University. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and Creativity and Innovation Management.

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