Our latest round of GamesBeat 2012 speakers

VentureBeat is pleased to announce the latest speakers added to our roster for GamesBeat 2012 in San Francisco on July 10-11. We’re inviting 500 movers and shakers from throughout the games industry — social, mobile, online, and console — to talk about the “Crossover Era”. The game industry as we know it is changing. We’re seeing established companies cross over from one market to another, where once they faced barriers. As companies adapt to change, we are witnessing disruption, change, consolidation, innovation, and the arrival of big money. We’re talking billions of dollars that are at stake.

Embracing Silicon Valley, EA gears up for its digital empire (interview)

Electronic Arts generated $1.2 billion in digital game revenues in the past year. That includes revenues from downloadable content, Facebook games, web titles, mobile games, and other non-retail categories. But that’s just the beginning of EA’s transformation into a digital game company, since chief executive John Riccitiello says that games are moving from “that disk you buy to a place you go.”

A tale of three E3 parties

If you’ve never been to the Electronic Entertainment Expo — or even if you have — there’s a lot going on that you don’t see. The entire gaming industry converges in this one place at this one time, and when the L.A. Convention Center kicks us out every night, we tend to reconvene elsewhere. Generally somewhere with alcohol and food and alcohol.

New Super Mario Bros. 2′s coin fixation is confusing

Nintendo recently showed off how New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS is going to be all about the heroes getting paid, but something doesn’t quite add up to me. During the company’s software-showcase presentation during the recent 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, made a reference to players helping Mario collect one million coins but didn’t say why.

Do video games think I am stupid?

When I was growing up, my cousin — four years my senior — experienced some pretty horrendous sunburn. It was so bad that he was hospitalized. I can’t remember exactly how old I was at the time, but I am pretty certain neither of us had any idea what the hell a hole in the ozone layer was, so I can’t blame him. In fact, I thank him. The fact that he was hospitalized introduced me, for the first time, to video games.

Surviving DayZ: The Arma II mod that challenges your “Humanity”

If you’ve been living under a rock these last few weeks, you may have missed the Internet talking about DayZ, the current hotness among our somewhat strange cultural obsession with zombies. This mod for Arma II, created by Dean Hall (better known to the community as "rocket"), has been called "the zombie game we’ve all been wishing for" and "2012’s greatest story generator."