Can we panic now? — Core gaming has a problem

THQ layoffs, Sega cancellations, and Sony studio closures caused last week to be one of the worst in memory for the gaming industry. Compare that to mobile darling OMGPOP which was sold for $210 million based on the strength of one game. It seems like one side of the market is on its way down, while the other side has nothing but growth ahead of it, but that isn’t necessarily the case.

Battlefield 3 suffering prolonged server issues while enraged fans go “ignored”

It has not been a good week for Battlefield 3 players, apparently. The forums and official Battlefield Facebook page are beseiged by users complaining that they cannot connect to the game, and are especially having trouble locating hardcore servers after a recent update. These issues seem to apply across all three platforms (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC).

This week on Xbox Live: Expansions for Battlefield 3, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, and Gears of War 3

Microsoft has expanded Xbox Live to enable new entertainment options such as YouTube and Verizon’s FiOS TV, but the bread and butter of the Xbox 360 remains games. This week will see a slew of attention-grabbing new content on Xbox Live for some of the year’s biggest titles. Battlefield 3 finally gets its Back to Karkand expansion, available for $15, or free to those who purchased the Battlefield 3 Limited Edition retail package. Gears of War 3 kicks off its 12 Days of Gearsmas celebration with the RAAM’s Shadow campaign. You can read my review here. I didn’t like it. And Assassin’s Creed Revelations receives the first of several content bundles with the Ancestors Character Pack, which adds a few new faces to the multiplayer.

No bonanza: November video game sales grow a scant 0.4 percent

U.S. retail video game sales were only slightly up from a year ago, growing 0.4 percent to $3 billion this year, according to market researcher NPD Group. Even though growth wasn’t huge, software sales were up 15 percent and the industry will probably greet the report with some relief because sales didn’t shrink during one of the most critical sales months of the year.

Lawsuit filed against Electronic Arts for failing to keep Battlefield 3 promise

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Electronic Arts by disgruntled Playstation 3 owners, unhappy that the company failed to provide the extra content with Battlefield 3 that had been promised. Battlefield 1943, the best-selling Playstation Network title, was supposed to have been included with PS3 copies of Battlefield 3, but it failed to materialize, leaving many gamers frustrated and disappointed.