About Tim Ellis

Tim Ellis is a data junkie, economist, and game geek.  He has been tracking the local real estate market since 2005 at Seattle Bubble.  You can read his occasional thoughts on other topics at TimAndJeni.com, or follow him on Twitter at @The_Tim

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How to win at PAX Prime: Tips from a PAX veteran

Heading to PAX Prime this weekend? So am I! In fact, I’ve attended every day of every PAX Prime since 2006, when a 3-day all-weekend pass cost just $35—the same price as a one-day pass to PAX Prime 2014. All told I’ve spent 25 days at PAX over the last 8 years. Based on those… Read More

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Nintendo at E3: Great games are coming … eventually

Great games are coming to the Wii U … but we’re going to have to wait. That’s the main takeaway from Nintendo’s announcements this week at E3, the big video-game event in Los Angeles. Yesterday I argued that Nintendo’s problem selling home consoles has been building for decades, but was masked by the fluke runaway success of… Read More

Nintendo Home Consoles: Sales per Year

Can Nintendo reverse a decades-long sales slide?

Ever since Nintendo posted its first annual net loss in early 2012, the Japanese gaming company (whose North American headquarters is right here in Redmond) has seen a steady decline in its fortunes. Earlier this year Nintendo announced a $228 million loss for 2013, and last week the company revealed it will be closing their European headquarters… Read More

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Neal Stephenson’s sword-fighting game ‘Clang’ falls short of lofty post-Kickstarter goals

Seattle-based author-turned-video-game-designer Neal Stephenson had high ambitions for his sword-fighting game called Clang, which successfully reached its $500,000 funding goal on Kickstarter in July. Now, though, those plans have been somewhat disarmed. In an update posted on the Kickstarter page late yesterday, the Subutai team indicated that they have “hit the pause button” on development… Read More

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Inside PAX’s 6-Hour Sellout: ‘The crush was insane’

At 10:38 AM Wednesday, the Bat-Signal for gaming geeks lit up Seattle’s cloudy skies: It’s time!PAX Prime badges have gone live!prime.paxsite.com/registration — PAX (@Official_PAX) April 17, 2013 Tickets for the tenth annual Penny Arcade Expo (PAX Prime)—running four days for the first time this year over Labor Day weekend—went on sale this week, but if… Read More