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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Star Wars: The Old Republic, world's most expensive video game, snags 1.7 million subscribers

Star Wars The Old Republic
From The LA Times Company Town Blog. Click here for the latest industry news.

Star Wars: The Old Republic, an ambitious and costly online game, has sold 2 million copies since the title launched in mid-December and amassed 1.7 million "active subscribers," according to the game's publisher, Electronic Arts Inc.

The subscriber figure includes players who are still within their 30-day free trial period and haven't yet started to pay the $15-a-month subscription fee but have entered their credit card information and authorized EA to begin charging them when their trial period ends.
The early performance suggests that the game, which cost an estimated $200 million to make and took more than five years to develop, is at least off to a healthy start, said Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities.
"The numbers are very good," said Pachter, who estimates that at least 1.2 million of the active subscribers have already started to pay the monthly fees.
EA has said that the game approaches break-even with just 500,000 paying subscribers, but only to cover its ongoing costs to operate the game, not nearly enough to earn back what the company invested to create the game.
The title will begin to be meaningfully profitable above 1 million subscribers EA said. At 2 million paying customers, analyst Doug Creutz at Cowen & Co. predicted, EA could make $156 million a year in operating profit.
It will be at least several months, however, before investors will know for sure whether EA's big bet on Star Wars will pay off. That's because a portion of the "active subscribers" haven't yet hit the point where they must pay to continue playing the game online.
In addition, EA is relying on Star Wars: The Old Republic to captivate players for years to come, not just a few months. Its biggest rival, Activision Blizzard Inc.'s World of Warcraft, has operated for more than seven years, peaking in October 2010 with 12 million active subscribers.
However, even Warcraft - -the dominant subscription-based online game -- is beginning to wane in popularity, with the number of subscribers dipping to 10.3 million last October. That creates an opportunity for The Old Republic to scoop up players who are tired of Warcraft, as well as pick up players who are drawn to the Star Wars universe.
In the short term, strong sales of The Old Republic, which retails for about $60 a copy, helped boost EA's December quarter results. The Redwood City, Calif., company posted $1.1 billion in revenue its third quarter ended Dec. 31, roughly flat with a year ago. Net loss narrowed to $205 million, or 62 cents a share, down from a $322-million loss, or 97 cents a share, a year ago.
The flat revenue and losses disguise EA's actual sales because the company has chosen to delay the revenue of games that can be played online over a six-month period. As a result, much of EA's profits from the holiday quarter typically won't hit the company's bottom line until the March and June quarters.
THQ restructures, reduces quarterly forecast
Activision stock slips as World of Warcraft subscribers decline
Star Wars The Old Republic: The story behind the galactic gamble
-- Alex Pham
Screenshot of Star Wars: The Old Republic courtesy of BioWare / Electronic Arts.

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The CSN/UNLV/NSC General Education Comment Website

The General Education Comment Website for AA, AS and AB degrees is live. The site contains the Gen Ed Committee Charge, the text of the proposal for AA, AS and AB degrees, and a space for comment submission to the Committee. Comments need to be made before March 1st.

Links to the site can be found on the Faculty Senate Committees page as well as the General Education page inside the Senate Ad Hoc Committee list. Alternatively, folks can navigate to

Henderson and Cheyenne Gen Ed Town Halls

The second and third Town Halls for comment on proposed Gen Ed changes to AA, AS and AB degrees are both in February. (The first was at Charleston during Spring Convocation.)

Henderson - Friday Feb. 17 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, in room C - 106

Cheyenne - Friday Feb. 24 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, in room 1227

It's not your imagination, LA Drivers are more dangerous

It is not your imagination Los Angeles has the second worst drivers in the country, second by a fraction to Philadelphia. The measurement used is how often the average driver is involved in an accident and number of overall accidents adapted for population. Air Force training may have something to do with Fort Collins, Colorado having the safest drivers.

A Raisin in te Sun" February 25, 26 at CSN

February is Black History Month.

Celebrate with CSN by attending several college related events taking place on and off campus.
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From PC to Mac

The Mossberg Solution in today's Wall Street Journal helps open a window on the Mac, making transition from a Windows Machine to the easier to use Mac even simplier. 


Rather than go into the details of the story attached (such as getting use to the screen, minor differences in keyboard and various mac mice---widows mice will work on a mac just as if they are hooked up to a Windows based machine), I would like to point to other differences and fallacies.

So how do Macs compare to Windows? It is in the eyes and ears of the consumer and in the nature of their use of computers.

Windows 7 Pro is as good as and based heavily on the consumer and business programs already operating on Macs. Windows programs will run on a Mac (some simple manual help hints may need to be followed, or you can load Windows side by side on your hard drive and run both operating systems).

Macs run Windows, including Window 7, faster than machines build specifically for Windows. The exceptions are some specialized high end machines, and machines built only for specific use (such as video gaming).

Macs run 99.9% of video games available on-line and will run 100% if Windows is installed as discussed above.

So, what do you look at as you make your decision which computer to put under the tree, or buy in the New Year? (see date at bottom of this post).

Mac hardware is top shelf, where as most PC hardware is made and sold to keep cost down. Preference on programs is an individual decision, however most programs for the PC are available for the Mac, and if you prefer Windows will run on a Mac faster than on any PC near the same cost as a Mac.

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It's great to live in Boulder City!

Clean Green Boulder City....15,000 residents in a protected limited growth Small Town America setting, listed by Sunset Magazine as the number one "exburb" in the nation and a great place to raise a family. I mover here in 2004, which makes me a newcomer, however my wife and I were quick to find that people are more friendly here, and if you roll up your sleeves to become a local you are welcomed.
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We are a lot closer than you think, ten minutes from Henderson, a half hour from the Las Vegas Strip and downtown! We are in a different valley on a plateau overlooking Lake Mead and the Boulder "Hoover" Dam.

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