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Geometry Wars trial downloaded over 200K times

Greg Canessa, the group manager in charge of Live Arcade, said the trial of Geometry Wars has been downloaded over 200K times and sold nearly 45K copies adding, "Geometry Wars has been our Halo." The article on MTV gets some industry reaction to Microsoft's Arcade service and to GW in particular; Epic's CliffyB calls it "an interactive version of those acid-trip musical visualization devices."

Geometry Wars' developer, Stephen Cakebread of
Bizarre Creations, originally planned on having mazes and multiplayer functionaltiy in the sequel to the original Geometry Wars, which appeared in Project Gotham Racing 2. (Tip from Cakebread: the game stops getting harder around 5 million points, the only challenge then is staying alive as long as possible!) MTV says, "Developers interviewed for this story estimated that the cost to create a Live Arcade game could run between $10,000 to $100,000." Let's take the extreme example and say Microsoft takes 50% of the sale from the game and that Geometry Wars cost $100,000, Bizarre has still made a 12.5% profit in under two months!

Canessa said to expect 35 Arcade titles by summer, with new games arriving each week! I'm calling it: first game to unseat Geometry Wars for most popular Arcade title will be Street Fighter II.

[Thanks, m3mnoch]

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1. Have you guys tried the Billiards game that's on the market place? It's the most likely game that I'll be purchasing. I LOVE the trick shot magic games they have.

Posted at 1:05AM on Jan 14th 2006 by Don Wilson 2 stars

2. I'm not saying it wont be worthy, but I don't think SFII will outsell geometry wars. It really comes down to the price. SFII is rumored to cost $20+... which isn't as stomachable as $5 for Geometry Wars. The question is... how much are people willing to play for an Arcade game?

Posted at 1:09AM on Jan 14th 2006 by Justin Nolan 0 stars

3. Justin:

that's the BIG question. What will the Arcade market bare? I think alot of people may consider buying that ridiculously stacked SFII for $50 in a store, but they may not feel the same way about a download.

SFII has the name, it has the quality, and it, unlike Geometry Wars (to an extent) can REALLY take advantage of all Live has to offer. It could be a real killer app. We should take bets! ;)

Posted at 9:45PM on Jan 14th 2006 by C. Grant 0 stars

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