iPad Mini Not Cutting Into Regular iPad Sales

A recent survey by Forrester found that 47 percent of iPad mini purchasers have never purchased an Apple product, debunking the myth that it’s cannibalizing regular iPad sales. Right now the 7.9-inch iPad mini makes up 34 percent of total iPad purchases.

“The iPad mini will add to Apple’s overall sales, but also cut into some of the big iPad sales, and that’s a risk they’re willing to take,” predicted Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps around launch. “They’d rather have a lower average selling price, but keep market share.”

Source: Wired.com

Project Godus Reaches Kickstarter Goal

22 Cans has reached its goal of 450,000 British Pounds ($730,000) for Project Godus. The successor to Populous hit the goal with less than 48 hours remaining on the Kickstarter.

22 Cans announced stretch goals for the product as well. At £460,000 they will add three additional single- and multiplayer game modes, at £475,000 players will be able to create their own sects, at £485,000, BAFTA award winner James Leach will pen the story, at £500,000 the team will add both first-person world crafting in “possession mode” and a co-operative multiplayer mode and at £550,000, support for Linux and Ouya will be added.

Source: Kickstarter.com

Monkey Island Creator Still Interested In IP

Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert has expressed interest in returning to the adventure game franchise. The Monkey Island franchise is currently owned by Disney, and if they’re going to do a game with a pirate IP it is more likely to be related to Pirates of the Caribbean.

“I would love to contact them at some point,” said Gilbert. “I haven’t done anything yet but I definitely want to. I would love to get the rights back to Monkey Island and be able to really make the game I want to make.”

Pirates of the Caribbean is a rip-off of Monkey Island which is a rip-off of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride [at Disneyland theme parks],” Gilbert noted. “So it’s hard for me to get too mad at Disney when I ripped them off originally.”

Source: Eurogamer.net

Escape To An Island Of Happiness

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Take a trip over to Coca-Cola’s Happiness Islands, a friendly little “sitelets archipelago” in the vast Internet ocean.

Each island leads to its own breezy diversion-like FallingDominoes.com, BlowingBubblesInTheSky.com, UnderwaterDanceparty.com and ABeachBonfire.com. The unassuming sitelets add a little happiness to your day, in support of the marketer’s broader brand promise.


Rewind YouTube Style 2012

As a tribute to the hottest videos of the year, YouTube got some of their most recognizable stars to appear in this mash-up. In five years, this video will make no sense to anyone, but it certainly is fun now!


The Unmaking Of Carthage – Total War: Rome II Developer Diary

This developer diary by Creative Assembly looks at making Carthage a dynamic place to fight, a first look at the new tactical map, and combined naval and land battle features. The second video has Jack Lusted, Lead Unit Designer on Total War: Rome II, who goes into more detail on the battle of Carthage and discusses some questions that have emerged on the Total War forums.


BioShock Infinite Will Have Reversible Cover

There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the cover design for BioShock Infinite, which was basically decided upon for marketing reasons. However, Irrational is accommodating fans with a reversible cover for the game.

“But that’s not all. We want to hear your voice on what that cover should be,” posted Ken Levine. “To that end, we’ve arranged a poll below that lets you choose from several potential reversible covers. I’ve got my favorite, but I’m not telling which.  We’ve got to do this quickly to meet our print deadlines, so vote soon.”

“But what’s that you say? You want even more choice in covers? We’re also going to be arranging a whole mess of MORE alternate covers which will be available to download and print yourself,” he added. “Of course, these are free and we’d love to hear your thoughts in the forums {link no longer active} as to what you’d like to see.”

Find out more at IrrationalGames.com.