Posts made in June, 2010

Who Will Be the Next Zynga?

Who Will Be the Next Zynga?

Zynga is obviously not just a leader in the social network game development and publishing field, but a big leader with a big lead. But as an industry category, the barriers to entry are low and it cannot possibly be “winner take all” in such an open type of environment. This provokes for me two big questions: What’s going to be their Achilles’ heel? Everyone has one. Who’s on the “Flip Side?” No matter how big the hit single,...

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Trip Hawkins: Has Facebook Gone Too Far?

Trip Hawkins: Has Facebook Gone Too Far?

Facebook recently announced some interesting new developments to its interface and back-end, but I find myself wondering right now if the firm has gone a bridge too far. Beginning about six months ago, Facebook began to indicate that they were going to reel in the game spam on their social network. This was followed by a series of moves that turned down the spigot and began to choke off the viral coefficients of Faecbook games. Using www.Appdata.com and...

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Gaming’s Hottest New Trends

Gaming’s Hottest New Trends

Massive changes are currently afoot in the video game business, challenging our concept of how today’s leading PC and console titles operate, let alone the very definition of the term “interactive entertainment.” As a consequence, several exciting new frontiers are rapidly being pioneered across a myriad of devices from PCs to TVs, consoles, smartphones and tablet computers, making it one of the most exciting times ever to be an enthusiast. Been...

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Video Game Conventions: Enough with the Excess

Video Game Conventions: Enough with the Excess

No matter how bad the economy gets, you can always count on one thing: Somewhere out there, there’s always a video game publisher determined to throw one hell of a party and set such mundane cares aside. Ditto for developers, analysts and middleware providers, who seem increasingly determined to drink away 2009′s troubling results, and continue to host events, cocktail parties and lavish editor’s days with gleeful abandon. Nowhere was the...

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Are Video Games Art?

Are Video Games Art?

It’s the age old question: “Are video games art?” Some (e.g. Robert Ebert, at least before they occasionally retract their position) say no, others (i.e. the rest of the free world) argue in favor. Either way, it seems something of a silly debate to be having in 2010, after moving experiences from Ico, Passage and Shadow of the Colossus on up to modern-day masterpieces like Braid, BioShock and Heavy Rain have clearly proven the medium’s...

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Best Free Online Games Sites

Best Free Online Games Sites

Sometimes, we prefer to bring you pointed game industry insight and analysis. Others, a moment’s mindless relief in a world of buzzing Blackberries and shrieking significant others. Case in point: Our recent column on CNN.com highlighting today’s top sites for free online games. That’s right: Literally thousands of games in all genres from action and arcade to sports, racing, role-playing and adventure are playable immediately in your Web browser...

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Why Video Games and Movies Don’t Mix

Why Video Games and Movies Don’t Mix

Ever wonder why filmmakers struggle to adapt video game properties from Prince of Persia to Alone in the Dark to the big screen? Hint: It has more to do with fundamental differences in each art form than choice of director, as we’re certain Uwe Boll (the mastermind behind such cinematic ‘classics’ as House of the Dead and Bloodrayne) will be relieved to learn. Similarly, it may have also dawned on you that many of history’s most celebrated...

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How Digital Distribution and DLC Reinvent Gaming

How Digital Distribution and DLC Reinvent Gaming

As observant readers may have noted, we’re firm believers that many of the most promising trends in gaming are happening outside the box. Blame the dawn of digital distribution and downloadable content (DLC), which are helping to transform the way in which we browse, purchase, access and enjoy games of all shapes and sizes. Moreover, these technologies are also rapidly redefining the entire field of game design, allowing software makers to instantly patch,...

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When Will 3D Video Games Take Off?

When Will 3D Video Games Take Off?

3D games or 3D movies – from a commercial standpoint, which matters more? It’s an interesting question that we explore with The Hollywood Reporter in a new piece that examines which medium is more apt to influence the shape of 3D technology and TV sets to come. Writer John Scott Lewinski posits the question to a number of experts from both industries, who say that consumer electronics makers like Sony, Toshiba and Panasonic still have yet to define...

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Online File Sharing: The Rules of the Game

Online File Sharing: The Rules of the Game

Naturally, fine, upstanding members of society such as yourself would never engage in illegal online file sharing. So let’s just assume you’re not getting pirated games, movies or music this way – just legitimate software demos, mods, user-generated content, fan-made updates, bonus levels and other wholesome content. With that out of the way, one important thing worth keeping in mind: Taking part in the wild word of BitTorrent and peer-to-peer...

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