A history of (muted) violence: The present and future of Adults Only games – This is a rather long article about the dangers of the Adult Only rating but what I took from it was that the distribution platforms for games have a lot of power. Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, and Apple all prohibit certain types of games to be played on their consoles or mobile platforms. Brick and mortar stores won’t carry these games either.
One developer of an Adult Only game called Seduce Me was kicked off the STEAM platform (a cloud based library of games). The developers enjoyed a brief boost in visibility but when the noise died down so did the sales. Says the developer: “We naively believed that the unusualness of our content would make up for the lack of distribution channels and that we would succeed anyway through word-of-mouth,” she says. “We were wrong.”
Is this extensible to ebooks? Yes and no. The distribution arms of Amazon, Apple, BN are quite powerful and we’ve yet to see a true indie book breakout and by that I mean a book sold but not through using one of the main platforms. However there are other “platforms” on which to read a book. Polygon
Barbara Mertz aka Elizabeth Peters passes away – William Morrow shared that Barbara Mertz aka Elizabeth Peters passed away yesterday at the age of 85. Peters wrote the amazing series featuring Amelia Peabody. It’s a great mystery series set in the Egypt and Middle East and has a long time enduring romance that weaves its way throughout the series. William Morrow
Amazon nearly destroyed local bookstores. It may do the same with online art sites. – Apparently Amazon is not allowed to expand into any markets where it might have a chance of dominating. Or at least that is what I’m reading from the headlines. Smaller ONLINE art stores are threatened by Amazon’s newly launched art marketplace. Sure, the brick and mortar stores aren’t affected but that’s not the story. The story is that you can one click a Monet. I’m all for this new product launch because the reviews for the Monet are priceless! Washington Post