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  • kevinslacking kevinslacking Jul 6, 1999 9:17 AM Flag

    This week..?

    Where are we going this week? Anyone want to give their opinion? Opinions based on technical analysis are especially interesting to me.

    thanks,
    kevin

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    • Top Selling Football Titles
      July 1997 - June
      1998
      (Ranked on
      Units)
      ..................................................
      ���.Proj�........�Proj....
      ......................................���..Plat-�.Unit..�.....�.Unit.....Avg.
      Rank
      Title.............Publisher...�form.....Range.......... Share...Price

      1.....NFL Gameday
      98.....Sony..........PSX..... 1.2m - 1.3m 23.0%...$36
      2.....Madden NFL
      98..... EA.......... PSX..... 1.0m - 1.1m
      18.7%...$38
      3.....NFL QB Club 98.....Acclaim..... N64..... 700k - 800k
      14.0%...$61
      4.....Madden 98.......... EA.......... N64..... 600k - 700k
      11.9%...$61
      5.....NCAA Football 98 EA.......... PSX..... 300k - 400k
      5.7%.....$42
      July 1998 - June 1999
      (Ranked on
      Units)
      ..................................................
      ���.Proj�........�Proj....
      ......................................���..Plat-�.Unit..�.....�.Unit.....Avg.
      Rank
      Title.............Publisher...�form.....Range..........
      Share...Price
      ......................................................................
      1.....Madden
      99........EA...............PSX..... 1.2m - 1.3m...18.7%...$41
      2.....NFL Gameday 99
      989 Studios...PSX..... 1.0m -
      1.1m...16.5%...$40
      3.....NFL Blitz........Midway..........PSX..... 800k -
      900k...12.2%...$41
      4.....NFL Blitz........Midway..........N64..... 700k -
      800k...11.6%...$60
      5.....Madden NFL 99...EA...............N64..... 600k -
      700k...9.5%.....$49

      Source: NPD TRSTS........................
      Mary Ann
      Porreca, 516/625-2345

    • Although not a huge threat to GameDay and Madden,
      Dreamcast
      titles next month will enter the football mix for the
      first time.
      Sega's NFL 2000 has positive early
      reviews, and Acclaim
      Entertainment's [AKLM] Quarterback
      Club 2000 and Midway Home
      Entertainment's
      arcade-style NFL Blitz 2000 show promise. In part,
      though,
      the key feature for all three is Dreamcast's novelty.
      (NPD,
      Mary Ann Porreca, 516/625-2345; EA, Charlie Scibetta,
      650/628-7537)

    • Additionally, Midway's arcade title Blitz, which
      entered the fray
      last year, hurt 989's sales more than
      EA's, for the same reason.
      Furthermore, early
      reviews for NFL Xtreme 2, which shipped last month
      for
      PSX (mmW, July 21), do not bode well. Gamers will
      simply weed out
      the bad stuff and go for Blitz.

      With an eye to the "extreme" gamer, EA this year again
      includes
      an arcade mode in Madden, while 989 persists with
      two separate SKUs.
      Madden also had an arcade mode
      last year, but appears to be edging
      toward Blitz's
      territory increasingly, by promoting this year's
      arcade
      mode as "zebra-free."
      On N64, last year's picture
      was skewed after Acclaim released QBC
      99 in
      October, missing the early season sales rush. It should
      see
      better numbers this year, although still some way behind
      EA and 989's,
      due to N64's much smaller installed
      base.
      This year will not offer much new in the way of
      features for the
      old guard-Madden NFL 2000 boasts "new"
      polygon graphics on the aging
      PSX and a tutorial mode
      on both PSX and N64, while NFL GameDay 2000
      adds
      a training camp mode. Acclaim's N64 and DC versions
      of
      Quarterback Club 2000 boast "Ultra High-Rez" (yes, they
      spelled it
      with a "Z") graphics.

    • from MMWIRE

      FOOTBALL SEASON KICKS OFF WITH
      EXPANSION TEAM IN THE MIX

      This year's football
      season is upon us, with 989 Studios' GameDay
      and
      Electronic Arts' [ERTS] Madden PlayStation titles once again
      going
      head-to-head for the top spot in a console genre valued at
      $276m last
      season.
      Looking to steal a march on
      Madden, 989 today ships NFL GameDay
      2000 for PSX -
      three weeks early, according to EBWorld.com. Madden
      NFL
      2000 will follow next week, although an EA official
      tells mmWire the
      ship date has nothing to do with
      the actions of its competitors.
      In 1997, 989's NFL
      GameDay 98 introduced polygon-based players to
      a
      football title for the first time, thus making Madden NFL
      98's sprite-
      based players look dated. Gamers took
      to 989's spiffy player models as
      the GameDay
      franchise toppled Madden, taking 23% of the football
      game
      market, according to data from The NPD Group.
      Fast
      forward to 1998, when EA took notice of the polygon
      craze
      (and its loss of market share) by incorporating
      polygon-based players
      into its next installment, Madden NFL
      99. Once again, gamers responded
      and the Madden
      franchise was back at the top of NPD's chart.
      1998
      wasn't as rosy for 989 - its market share fell to 16.5%
      vs. Madden's
      18.7%. Madden may also have been
      helped by the fact that 989 opted to
      ship NFL Xtreme,
      a title whose arcade gameplay arguably eroded
      sales
      of Gameday, a title with more arcade-like gameplay
      than Madden.

    • PC DATA'S TOP-SELLING GAMES, FIRST HALF 1999
      (RANKED BY UNITS SOLD)

      Table below:
      PC Data's
      Top-Selling Games, First Half 1999 (Ranked by Units
      Sold)

      Rank..Title......................... Publisher.......... Avg. Price
      1.....Sim City
      3000....................Electronic Arts..... $41
      2.....Baldur's
      Gate....................Interplay.......... $45
      3.....Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2.....
      Activision.......... $19
      4.....Starcraft Expansion: Brood Wars
      Havas
      Interactive.....$27
      5.....Half-Life.........................Havas Interactive.....$42
      6.....Monopoly
      Game....................Hasbro Interactive $18
      7.....Deer Hunter II
      3D............... GT Interactive.....
      $17
      8.....Frogger......................... Hasbro Interactive $20
      9.....Deer
      Avenger.................... Havas Interactive.....$18
      10....Sid Meier's
      Alpha Centauri..... Electronic Arts..... $42

      11....Microsoft Flight Simulator..... Microsoft.......... $44

      12....Myst..............................Mattel Media..........$44
      13....Wheel Of
      Fortune............... Hasbro Interactive $27
      14....Lego
      Island.................... Mattel Media..........$17
      15....Star Wars Ep
      I: Phantom Menace LucasArts..........
      $43
      16....Civilization: Call To Power..... Activision.......... $42

      17....Hoyle Casino 99............... Havas
      Interactive.....$27
      18....Age Of Empires....................Microsoft..........
      $28
      19....Combat Flight Simulator..........Microsoft..........
      $44
      20....Roller Coaster Tycoon.......... Hasbro Interactive
      $28

      Source for charts: PC Data, Ann Stephens, president,
      703/435-1025

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    • Check out Media Arts which is selling at only $4.60 a share. Their site is "www.mediaarts.com.".

    • There are possibly talks between Excite@Home and
      Electronic Arts!
      http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,84-39965,00.html?tt.yfin..txt.ni

      Long on EA! AND on ATHM!

      Excite@Home

    • Thanks to Raphael, Siracusan and Halbuddy for
      your insightful comments. When I posted my original
      message, I thought I might have missed some news (and
      indeed I had, thanks Halbuddy). But I tend to agree that
      the technicals are weak right now. From this a.m.'s
      press, it seems the whole market kinda dived at the end
      of the day. My gut is that the weak technicals and
      low volumes are more a function of it being August
      than of anything else. However, since it began in July
      this year, maybe "August" will end in a week or two.
      Or maybe not, I am a Southwesterner and have no clue
      about East coasters' vacation habits. I'm not really
      even sure what or where the "Hamptons" are. Please
      don't tell me, I want life to hold a few mysteries yet.

    • I don't think the following quote, which appeared
      in an article 7/30 on CNet, helped us any (you can
      link to the full article from news on
      ERTS):

      "Sony said this week that shipments of its best-selling
      PlayStation slipped 13 percent in its first quarter ended in
      June. Sales of PlayStation software accounted for 43
      percent of Electronic Arts' revenue in the last fiscal
      year."

      However, I agree with Raphael's analysis. The stock was
      ready to go down according to MACD. The market is going
      down. The news was negative. It's a trade from the
      short side for now.

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