Quick Update on our Latest Projects

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Since I know everyone appreciates updates, I thought I would take some time to let everyone know the latest with the two hottest projects that we're all working on here at Armchair Arcade, as well as an old favorite. First, is the book, Wii Fitness for Dummies, which I'm working on with my wife Christina. Section I of the book covers Wii Fit Plus, Section II of the book covers EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer, and Section III of the book covers Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010. This full color Dummies book will contain a typical "Part of Tens" section (actually two) that will talk about some of the other Wii fitness options as well. The book is shaping up nicely, but we won't have access to the software in Sections I and III until their street release dates, which are in October. The present plan is to finish the book by the end of November for a possible January release. Fingers crossed with that, but at least Section II should be finished in another week!

The feature film documentary on videogames for Lux Digital Pictures also appears on track, as Matt Barton, Mark Vergeer and I are busy capturing and sending footage to the Director/Editor. It's still going to be a long process, as even though we already did a few hundred media files, there will ultimately be thousands in the film, along with the interviews we filmed back in March. Good stuff and we'll try to make a big push on this over the next month.

Finally, there's our book, Vintage Games, which I'm sure you're tired of hearing about by now. Anyway, the ninth and final free online bonus chapter (not found in the book) should hit Gamasutra any day now, and a special Italian edition is presently being shopped around, with more translations possibly to follow. Exciting stuff to be sure as that book continues to surprise us.

Any questions? Sound off!

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Mark Vergeer
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Dutch translation?

If they are in need of a Dutch translation for the Vintage Games book I may be of help ;-)

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Rowdy Rob
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Several Questions about the above projects.

Wii Fit for Dummies: Since it's a "For Dummies" book, what are the chances that it will be widely available in general bookstores? I imagine that the prospects are good for a wide release (i.e. I can pick it up at Barnes & Noble).

Playing Games (Lux Digital Pictures): You guys did a large amount of posting about your experiences at the video game/electronics convention (I forgot the name of it), but then, only a trickle of info on the progress of the movie since. From my standpoint, it sounds like the progress of the movie slowed way down after the convention. So what's really going on? Is it being steadily worked on, or is it something that gets done in spurts?

Vintage Games and Dungeons & Desktops: Just how are these books doing, anyway? Obviously they aren't selling in Harry Potter numbers, but are they "successful" in the genre they are targeted at? I hope so.

Ok, that's all for now. Hope I'm not being too nosy.

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Bill Loguidice
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Rowdy Rob wrote:

Wii Fit for Dummies: Since it's a "For Dummies" book, what are the chances that it will be widely available in general bookstores? I imagine that the prospects are good for a wide release (i.e. I can pick it up at Barnes & Noble).

Wii FitNESS for Dummies now. It changed scope to incorporate the three products+ after Nintendo dropped the Wii Fit Plus bombshell as we were nearing completion on the original Wii Fit for Dummies. And yes, it's a major Dummies release and will be available everywhere Dummies books are sold. This one will be shelved in the fitness section. We just found out today that because the schedule is going to be so tight (two of the software titles covered in the book won't be out until October), it's going from color to black and white. It will have an 8 page color insert and a slight increase in page count. A full color book would have taken too long to print and we would have missed our scheduled publish window. It sucks, but understandable given the situation.

Rowdy Rob wrote:

Playing Games (Lux Digital Pictures): You guys did a large amount of posting about your experiences at the video game/electronics convention (I forgot the name of it), but then, only a trickle of info on the progress of the movie since. From my standpoint, it sounds like the progress of the movie slowed way down after the convention. So what's really going on? Is it being steadily worked on, or is it something that gets done in spurts?

Well, we took vacation time to go away and do the interviews in March because that would be our only opportunity to get them. Those were conducted pre-script. Since then the script has been written. Once a draft of that got approved, we've been doing the media captures for the editor/director to work with. This is still ongoing. I'm estimating another month or two at least, so this probably won't finish the editing process until the end of the year.

Rowdy Rob wrote:

Vintage Games and Dungeons & Desktops: Just how are these books doing, anyway? Obviously they aren't selling in Harry Potter numbers, but are they "successful" in the genre they are targeted at? I hope so.

It's too early to tell on Vintage Games as no sales numbers have come back. Once I know, you'll know. I suspect it's selling well for a variety of reasons, and yes, not Harry Potter well, but technology book well. Maybe Matt can shed some like on D&D, since he got one round of sales figures back I believe.

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Matt Barton
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I'm not really happy about

I'm not really happy about the sales of either book. Not sad or disappointed, but definitely not jumping up and down. We had a great period of VG sales after the Slashdot review hit, but it's been okay after that. D&D has slacked off, though occasionally it'll creep back down to an Amazon rank of 100,000 or so. I'm guessing that VG is selling something like 1-6 copies per week, whereas D&D is selling an average of 1-3 per week. That could be inaccurate, but probably in the ballpark.

My guess is that if the documentary is a hit we will see these figures go way up, perhaps--PERHAPS--propelling one or both onto the low end of best seller lists. Of course, as long as we're dreaming, if the documentary is a smash hit, we could both be millionaires, quit our day jobs, and dedicate 100% of our productivity towards game-related stuff. :P

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Bill Loguidice
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No reason to guess, though,

No reason to guess, though, Matt. I'd rather see real figures, as there's no good way that I know of to estimate. Again, the all-time best seller in our category sold what, like 16,000 books? That's not a lot in the grand scheme of things. I'm expecting Vintage Games to have sold a few thousand, maybe.

I'd like to believe that the documentary will be a success, but who knows if it will even be as successful as the books. Fingers crossed, though. I can't see it having much impact on the books, though, just like I don't see the potential success of "Wii Fitness for Dummies" having much of an impact on our other projects. It's all whether the audience will first of all be interested in the other subject matter and then to know to actually seek more stuff out by us. Of course, it certainly won't hurt sales, and should be good for at least a few additional. Like I always say, each new projects helps the last in some way and vice-versa. The more we do, the better it has to get.

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