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Via Vu Games
September 23, 2002
Vivendi Universal's Vu Games has announced the upcoming launch of Lord of the Rings: Middle Earth Online , a massively multi-player online roleplaying game (MMORPG) based on the Tolkien works.
Magic Still on Top
August 21, 2002
The robust sales patterns that have characterized the Spider-Man-influenced summer of 2002 continued to make their mark on ICv2's Top Ten List for July. Even more than usual, big ticket items tended to dominate the lists this month.
Magic Back on Top in Games
July 18, 2002
In comics, Spidey still holds three of the Top 10 Cool Comics in June, with the Kevin Smith-penned Spider-Man/Black Cat #1 in the top slot.
???I Hope this Fails for Them???
June 30, 2002
We recently covered the introduction of the online version of Magic: The Gathering . Jerry Ringi feels it's an attack on his livelihood.
Onslaught Due in October
June 25, 2002
Wizards of the Coast has released the logo and the first description of Onslaught , the next expansion for Magic: The Gathering . Onslaught is slated to go on sale in October, and the cards will be available in a number of different formats.
The Shortsightedness of Manufacturers
June 25, 2002
Yu-Gi-Oh is a hot topic with retailers because they can see that this CCG could be a top seller in the hobby if only enough product were available. Gail Burt of Metropolis Comics contrasts M:TG with Pokemon and has some advice for Upper Deck if they want to make Yu-Gi-Oh a perennial seller.
Goes Live Today
June 24, 2002
Wizards of the Coast announced today that the company will take its franchise collectible card game, Magic The Gathering online. WOTC is hoping that Magic can cast its spell online, and will be able to compete with popular online games like Everquest , which have become huge cash cows --but some retailers are worried about the effect the online game will have on in-store sales.
We Talk to Two Medium-Size Retailers
May 21, 2002
This week we spoke to two retailers with medium size stores that also use events to build sales: Chris Petitto of New World Manga and Robert Nicaise of Dr. Bob's Game Shop.
In Run-up to May Release
May 18, 2002
Although the Spider-Man movie did not debut until May 3, its influence was already apparent in the Top 10 Cool products in several categories in April.
Two Retailers Give You Tips
April 16, 2002
Non-sports trading cards can be a successful product category, so we sought out a couple of retailers that we were told do an especially good job of merchandising and promoting entertainment cards to find out their secrets.
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