Posts made in July, 2010

Are Game Makers Failing Women?

Are Game Makers Failing Women?

Despite continued victories for women in gaming, who now represent nearly half of the video game audience and a larger portion of the game-playing public than teenage males, software publishers appear slow to recognize these achievements. With retail shelves still dominated by the likes of Charm Girls Club and My Baby, you’d be hard-pressed to tell just how large a portion adult females now represent within the overall gaming populace. BAFTA-winning...

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Digital PC Download Sales Rival Retail

Digital PC Download Sales Rival Retail

During 2009, digital PC game downloads managed to achieve almost the same sales figures as boxed retail games, according to market watchers the NPD Group. New statistics and sales analysis show that sales of boxed PC games in the US totaled 23.5 million units, while digital PC game sales ultimately tallied up at 21.3 million units. NPD’s latest report classifies digital retailers by two categories, including casual retailers (those offering casual games...

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Casual Games are Killing the Industry

Casual Games are Killing the Industry

OK, so maybe that headline is a little melodramatic. But the topic of whether or not casual games are killing the traditional video games industry is certainly worth exploring given the continued rise of social network games, digital game downloads, smartphone apps and free online games while retail titles continue to decline in sales and prominence. Interestingly, it’s our friends at Fortune magazine doing the heavy lifting in recent article Is Casual Gaming...

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The Right Way to Do Remakes

The Right Way to Do Remakes

Per earlier observations, retro gaming is back in a massive way in 2010, 2011 and beyond. But while our previous post takes a look at why classic video games are on the rise again, it’s also important to note what qualities differentiate a solid update from one which tarnishes a particular game or franchise’s image simply for the sake of a shameless cash-in. While its examples may be a tad passé, given that the article was written in 2009, the points...

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The Holy Grail of Social Games

The Holy Grail of Social Games

Think titles like FarmVille, Pet Society and Happy Aquarium represent the Holy Grail of social network games? Guess again, says USA Today, which claims that the a game with the ability to seamlessly travel across devices from online social networks like Facebook and MySpace to your iPhone, iPad, television or smartphone is actually what so many companies are seeking. As we point out in the piece (Wanted: 1 Social Game That’s Fun on iPhone, Facebook, TV),...

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2D Gaming Makes Unexpected Comeback

2D Gaming Makes Unexpected Comeback

With all the talk lately surrounding 3D gaming and 3D video game systems like the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS, it bears repeating: Even in 2010, 2D games remain 100% relevant, thanks to a variety of original free 2D online games, top new releases and retro remakes/updates that wow with their old-school 2D game play and charm. (Not to mention a number of effortless and intuitive new ways to enjoy the best 2D games of yesteryear courtesy of digital distribution,...

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Are Designers Running Out of Ideas?

Are Designers Running Out of Ideas?

Have social network games makers run out of ideas? It’s an intriguing question, especially given the industry’s continued emphasis on Facebook games and social gaming companies like Zynga, Playfish and Playdom, not to mention one we explore more deeply in a CNN article entitled Imitation Breeds Success For FrontierVille. Using FarmVille‘s recent successor’s meteoric rise (20 million users and counting) as an excuse to compare and contrast...

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How to Make Your Own Game

How to Make Your Own Game

Surprise: In addition to analyzing video game trends and ranting about video games, new game systems and technologies to anyone who’ll listen, we’ve also self-published and signed hit video games ourselves. As a result, we’re commonly asked the question: “How do you make a video game?” To be frank, there’s no easy answer in this day and age when iPhone and iPad apps; digital distribution services (PlayStation Network, Xbox Live,...

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10 Essential iPad Games

10 Essential iPad Games

While a list of the 10 best Apple iPad games is essentially impossible to compile (everyone’s got their own subjective opinion, naturally), what’s a little thing like common sense to stop us from taking our best shot? Case in point: A recent column for CNN wherein we run down the top 10 best games for iPad – at least, from yours truly’s perspective. Suffice it to say that it wasn’t an easy job, with dozens of compelling new offerings...

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Blizzard Addresses Real ID Complaints

Blizzard Addresses Real ID Complaints

With all the commotion surrounding World of Warcraft creator Blizzard Entertainment’s announcement to require the use of real names in its forum, then the rescinding of that policy, gamers have been asking more questions about how identities (real or in-game) are going to be used in the future. When the initial policy was announced, there was a backlash from players about invasion of privacy, lack of protections and fear of real-world reprisals for in-game...

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