From Wall Street to virtual reality... wait, aren't they the same thing?

January 25, 2007, 12:35 PM · Several business stories from the past week to round up today....

  • Six Flags inks video game deal with Nintendo

    Nintendo's wii will be the official video game console at Six Flags, with in-park promotions promised for the upcoming year. Sounds like yet another of Six Flags' recent marketing deals (Papa John's pizza, etc.), until you remember that the second-biggest stockholder in Six Flags, behind Daniel Snyder was... Bill Gates.

    Yeah, that Bill Gates. Head of Microsoft. Maker of the XBox.

  • USA Today disses Six Flags stock

  • Disney World wins energy efficiency award

    The University of Central Florida lauded the Walt Disney Resort with the second-annual Florida Energy Achievement Award, for Disney's "Strive for Five" program to reduce its overall energy consumption by 5 percent. Congrats to Disney.

  • More good news for Disney, in Europe

    Attendance at Disneyland Paris/Walt Disney Studios Park was up 8 percent in the first quarter of this new fiscal year, leading to a 10 percent increase in theme park revenue.

    Trends, conclusions and conjecture from these stories are left to the reader ;-) Comment below....

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    January 25, 2007 at 9:41 PM · Gates must not have that big of interest in Six Flags. There was plenty of time for the XBox to carve out a spot with Six Flags. Guess he was (and probably still is) too busy killing the infestation of bugs in Vista.

    I've been waiting for a park to partner up with a video game company for a while now. While this partnership isn't going as far as designing themed areas and rides (as it should IMHO), it still provides promotion for both companies. WII is visible and accessible daily in a place filled to the brim with teens and kids, and Six Flags actually have games for the crowds to play...That last statement was a bit of a joke, but not really.

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