Blockbuster Inc.: From Tiny Texas Shop to International Entertainment Company

It’s hard to believe that Blockbuster (NYSE: BBI) will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in a year.  The video chain, which started in Texas in 1985, was one of the first video rental companies in the world.  The company opened its first store in Texas, but soon expanded across the United States and then the world. […]

Nintendo – From Playing Cards to Video Games

Believe it or not, Japan’s Nintendo (TYO:7974) wasn’t always a video game company.  In fact, the company is more than 100 years old, and when first launched, it was a card company.  Over the course of 100 years, it had tried a variety of different ventures, including a taxi company and a love hotel.  It […]

Poll Results: Proposed Barbie Ban Sexist

Last week, Prospere Magazine asked its readers how they felt about West Virginia politician, Jeff Eldridge’s proposed ban on the sale of Barbies in the state.  Close to 40% of you, at 37.5%, believed that his proposal was sexist, since he didn’t call for a ban on violent video games, predominantly played by boys.  These […]