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Posted: Aug 19th 2009 8:12AM Macabre 13 said

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These days, you have better odds in Vegas...

Recession-proof? lawl... n00bz...

Posted: Aug 19th 2009 8:35AM (Unverified) said

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You could look into ways of shorting the market, so you profit if it goes down, if that's how you feel. Some bigger companies you can sell futures in, which would have the right effect (and is nice and simple) or you can short the shares directly (but you have to find someone to lend them you their shares, so you can sell them).

If that sounds insane, BTW, welcome to how we got into this mess.
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Posted: Aug 19th 2009 9:22AM Macabre 13 said

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I was actually just making a mockery of the system...

If you ask me, I would say, what's the point in trying to make a profit in a system that, when it fails (I mean, *really* fails), the "profit" you've made has no actual value?

Perhaps we could ask Weimar Germany? They might have the faintest idea, but even they would only provide a hint...

But that's another topic, for another day, on a totally different forum... I'm here to "escape" :)
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Posted: Aug 19th 2009 8:24AM SMELTN said

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It honestly depends. Sony and Microsoft have the advantage in that their stock is combined with everything to do with the company. So you can ride on their stock when they release a new game, OR a new browser, mobile phone, OS update, etc.. Better investment to me, because investing in the other companies only net you profit when they come out with a new game or expansion, so not alot of movement.

EA on the other hand is another good investment because they release a TON of games in all genre's. ActiBlizz is a good investment now though, with the combining of the 2 companies and with MW2 coming out in November, their stock should climb 2-5% easy.

Posted: Aug 19th 2009 8:32AM ReijMan said

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Where is Turbine.... with all their money from WB, and their secret (Harry Potter?) MMO... I'd put my money on them.

Posted: Aug 21st 2009 6:33PM Deusdictum said

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Turbine is a private company, so you can't track the value of the company on the public stock market.
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Posted: Aug 19th 2009 8:32AM (Unverified) said

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I would say ERTS would be your best bet. Because its a very low cost now due to warhammer doing poorly recently but will sky rocket as soon as star wars pops on the map.

Posted: Aug 19th 2009 8:33AM (Unverified) said

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I bet on Funcom (spread betting, which is a form of investment so insane it's illegal in the US) around the AoC launch, actually, back in my day trading days (good challenge, but yikes the PvP death penalty sucks). Made a decent profit, too.

Mostly, however, I avoid. You can get into all sorts of complex messes with it be possible insider trading if you're in a closed beta, for example (because you have limited access information)...

Posted: Aug 19th 2009 8:50AM (Unverified) said

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Oh, missed the request for which company we think is the best investment. Easier to take out the ones I wouldn't buy:

Blizzard: Everyone knows them, odds of them being underpriced are extremely low.

EA: WAR doesn't sound like it's doing very well. Star Wars MMO sounds good, but not out anytime soon. Also, a lot of their core output of constant sequels is likely to be hit badly by the recession, as people "make do" with the previous version.

THQ: Have only vaguely heard of either MMO. Not enough information.

Atari: I'm liking Champions Online, but when I hear Atari, I think "Wait, they're still in business?"

Leaving Funcom (bit of a wild card, but cheap), NCsoft (Aion looks to be popular, and GW2 news coming soon) and Sony (Free Realms may well be a license to print money) as companies I would consider.
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Posted: Aug 19th 2009 8:35AM NeoDodge said

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I'd bet on CCP, they're actually trying something new and interesting (two MMO games of different types interacting... I'd like to see where it goes).

Posted: Aug 19th 2009 8:45AM brookep said

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Actually, many MMO studios seem to be private and don't trade on the open market. I tried searching for Turbine, CCP, Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, etc. but came up empty.

Posted: Aug 19th 2009 9:12AM postman said

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well i think you would have better luck buying Enron stock then investing money in Cheyenne Mountain.....
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Posted: Aug 19th 2009 9:00AM (Unverified) said

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Turbine is indeed a privately owned company, so there are no public stock options.

Posted: Aug 19th 2009 9:37AM (Unverified) said

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the stock market is base primarily on speculation and news events. If a story comes out about a particular company, their stock fluctuates based on the news. In the short term, you can make a good amount of money being a day trader and riding the waves of news information/ speculation. Long term, if you link onto a good company, you can make some descent money for retirement, its still better then keeping your money in a savings account. by time you retire, the money in your savings account wont be worth the amount it was when you put it in there.

Posted: Aug 19th 2009 9:40AM (Unverified) said

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I am not 100% sure about how game company stocks do but look for NCSoft to raise the release day of Aion, same for Atari when they release the next Expansion pack for WoW or finally release starcraft 2, only because these events will make it into the news and speculators will cause the market to go up by investing in it, thinking the market will go up. I think therefore I am.

Posted: Aug 19th 2009 1:36PM nitz said

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I love that the top MMO you list for Sony is Free Realms.

Not a stab at FR, but it just makes you think, what has SOE become, since they used to be a company that was very much so on top. Oh how the giants fall.

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 12:20AM (Unverified) said

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Warhammer 40k MMO is THQ, not Vigil?

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 1:04AM (Unverified) said

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In the end what you need to look for in these troubled times is a safe stock in a company you trust. You can't base the decision entirely on what games are coming out or how many, you have to look at the companies financial strength. How much debt do they have? How much income? What the companies overhead? How much of the company is institution owned? Also because some of these companies depend on just a few releases a year to keep their income going can they weather the storm if they get a dud? Does their CEO have policies that will lead the company to success or is he more concerned with flying the corporate jet to Cancun?
I would never recommend day trading unless you have studied the market for a long time, while some people make great money doing it, day trading also depends on other people losing money. In the end the average Joe (you and me) needs to invest (long term) and watch their money grow. The best basis for comparison is the S&P, you want to beat it or you may as well just by shares in the S&P, and if the S&P isn't beating government bonds and neither are you you may as well invest in those.

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