GamesBeat Weekly Roundup

Here are some of the stories that ran on GamesBeat this week. We’re running more articles exclusively in the GamesBeat section of VentureBeat, particularly when they’re mainly of interest to our game readers. The broader-interest posts will continue to run on VentureBeat as well. Please visit the GamesBeat section to catch up on the latest game news. We’re ramping up our game coverage, so you’ll find a larger amount of deeper news at GamesBeat.

Square Enix chief foretells fall of retail video games, the rise of Zynga, and gaming's globalization

Yoichi Wada is living a fantasy life. He’s the chief executive of Japanese game publisher Square Enix, and his company has sold more than 96 million units of its Final Fantasy games worldwide since 1987. Back in March, the company started selling Final Fantasy XIII. This title has a lot more action in it and loads of movie-like animations in between the fighting sequences. But it remains true to its role-playing roots as well. Now the company is close to publishing its online game Final Fantasy XIV. We previously spoke with Wada in March and caught up again with him this month at the E3 video game trade show. Here’s a transcript of the interview.