Video Game April Fools and Economic Boom

In light of Barry’s oh-so-funny April Fool’s joke – that I did not realize was a joke until today out of my own laziness and ignorance of the attached “proof” in his email – here were some of the best video game company pranks from yesterday.  Most spoof some actual video games that we have encountered in the class, and take a laughable twist:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gamehunters/post/2012/04/april-fools-day-the-best-video-game-pranks/1#.T3pIC1TuBcM

In less jovial news, but still positive, the video game also appears to be booming in the U.S despite economic downturn.  Industry research shows that in the 5 years to 2012, that sales have risen due to an increased spending by companies in advertising and hype for new game releases.  Investment in this has allowed for the video game industry to stay above water in the midst of national economic troubles, and looks like it will even steadily rise over the next few years.  It seems as though this industry might be something (for us as college students and soon to be graduates on the hunt for a job) to keep an eye on and something to get involved with.

http://www.seattlepi.com/business/press-releases/article/Video-Game-Software-Publishing-in-the-US-Industry-3450828.php

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