As much as I love online games, I'll concede that I hadn't visited THQ's
Right. And my name is Lord Tetris.
No offense to SlingDot. It's got a slick interface, and it offers plenty of free games for those who don't want to sign up for a premium subscription of $4.95 a month or $29.95 a year. It's just no Pogo. Many of the games are similar and potentially addicting. SlingDot uses a dot-based point system, similar to Pogo's, to keep rewards-driven players online longer. But two years until it hits Pogo status? Don't hold your breath.
Even before EA acquired Pogo five years ago, it was a strong online brand, generating 800 million monthly ad views. SlingDot is starting from scratch. It's got a tongue-twister of a name -- sling dot dot com -- that some may confuse with the Sling Media's hot Slingbox gadget.
Similar names can be forgiven in the world of video games. Folks confuse video game retailer GameStop
This doesn't mean I don't like THQ. I think the company is doing some great things by making attractively priced games based on popular licensed characters. The company also bucked the trend over the holidays by not warning of weak sales the way larger houses like EA and Activision
It's just that investors shouldn't put too much of an emphasis on THQ's move into casual online games. SlingDot has a long way to go-go before it's the next Pogo.
So sayeth Lord Tetris.
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