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The UK Government announced this week that it had asked Ofcom to review certain sections of the Digital Economy Act (DEA). The Ofcom review will assess whether the Act’s reserve powers, to enable courts to block websites dedicated to copyright infringement, could work.
UKIE will be responding to OFCOM’s review to ensure that the interactive entertainment’s position is made clear.
This week is very similar to last week with the only new release in the chart being a sequel that’s gone straight in at No1 and this time it’s with EA’s ‘Dead Space 2’, continuing the trend of a different No1 for every week of 2011. This sequel however sees a 70% increase in launch sales compared to the original ‘Dead Space’ game which debuted at No6 and was released in week 43 2008 (two weeks before the original LittleBigPlanet).
UKIE has been informed by DCMS that the legal implementation of PEGI as the sole age ratings system for video games and interactive entertainment products in the UK is now not likely until at least September this year.
Sony’s ‘LittleBigPlanet 2’ slays the mighty goliath that is ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ to debut at No1. Developed by UK studio Media Molecule, ‘LittleBigPlanet 2’ is the first in the franchise to achieve top spot in the All Formats Chart. The original PS3 game which launched to much acclaim back in week 45 2008 could only manage No4. ‘Black Ops’ (-15%) has to settle for No2, ahead of ‘Just Dance 2’ (-19%) which is a non-mover at No3. ‘FIFA 11’ (-25%) remains EA’s top selling title this week, despite dropping two places to No4.
Activision Blizzard re-claim top spot with ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ gaining a 7th week at No1 (-35%).
EA’s ‘FIFA 11’ (-50%) kicks off the New Year staying top of the table, giving it a total of four weeks at No1.
Nominations for the 56th Ivor Novello Awards ‘Best Original Video Games Score’ are currently open until Friday February 4 2011, 6pm.
‘FIFA 11’ (-39%) shoots down ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ (-45%) in the last week of the year, denying Activision-Blizzard a 7th week at No1. However, six weeks at No1 is still the most for any game in 2010.
2010 will be remembered as a tough, though successful year for the video games and interactive entertainment industry. It was the year that saw casual games and online games played through social networks emerge from boxed-products’ still large shadow as key forms of interactive entertainment. It seemed as though everyone was playing Angry Birds at some point this year (including David Cameron and Ed Vaizey) and its success was an indication of how widely gaming has spread.
UKIE found that Monday night’s Panorama programme failed to uncover any new evidence that would help to progress debate on this topic.
There is currently no proven link between video games and addiction. There is no official medical diagnosis of video game addiction, either from the American Medical Association or the World Health Organization.