Posts made in July, 2010

Do Developers Really Respect Women?

Do Developers Really Respect Women?

Hit your local software retailer, and you may be surprised by the number of games clearly targeted at a female audience – a major positive for a field that’s long been too one-sided in catering to male tastes. Just one problem: Most either take the form of fitness programs, spin-offs of popular yet vapid TV shows or are strictly targeted at audiences age 12 or under. Intrigued as to whether or not game developers are really designing with women in mind,...

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Apple’s Game Changing Technology

Apple’s Game Changing Technology

Motion controls such as Sony’s PlayStation Move and Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 are obviously one of the hottest (and potentially most overhyped) new video game trends in 2010, as many hope that they’ll expand the gaming audience even further than the Wii has already done. We recently connected with our friends at Fox Business for a live broadcast – from Nintendo’s 3DS press conference, ironically enough… hey, we don’t...

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Retro Gaming Strikes Back

Retro Gaming Strikes Back

Mortal Kombat, Contra, Frogger, Metroid, NBA Jam… stop us if any of these titles seem familiar. Amusingly enough, the aforementioned classic video game franchises, while fond reminders of millions’ misspent youth, are also among the hottest new gaming debuts of 2010 and 2011. Credit a resurgence in retro gaming, the practice of dusting off old games and bringing them kicking and screaming into the harsh light of today. But why the sudden rise in support...

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Best Game Download Services

Best Game Download Services

Want to buy and download games right to your favorite video game system? Wish granted, as console owners now have online multiplayer and shopping services like the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, WiiWare and DSiWare right at their beck and call. But what about Mac and PC gamers? Fear not – from Steam to Impulse, GamersGate and GOG.com, the Internet is full of promising vendors that also offer keyboard jockeys the chance to download the hottest new...

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The Ultimate Retro Arcade

The Ultimate Retro Arcade

Having played games for nearly three decades, we often noted with sadness how many childhood favorites would quickly be discontinued and lost to time (OK, maybe just abandonware and dubiously legal retro games download sites, but we digress). Credit the blistering pace of today’s video game industry: Even titles less than five years old are often forgotten with each passing Christmas. Thankfully for those who grew up alongside gaming, and fear for titles like...

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Get Paid to Play Games

Get Paid to Play Games

Professional video game players (pro gamers) such as Fatal1ty and members of the PMS Clan can make a comfortable living doing what they love most: Playing video games. But professional gaming hasn’t been all wine and roses, with many leagues folding in recent years and the hobby struggling to be recognized both as a viable living and respectable sport. Not that we disapprove: It’s just that, given the current economic and cultural climate, North America...

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Game Industry 101: A Crash Course in Business

Game Industry 101: A Crash Course in Business

Determined to break into video game development or publishing and follow in the footsteps of giants like Activision, Electronic Arts and UbiSoft (OK, Zynga or Playdom) with your own take on Modern Warfare 2, Grand Theft Auto IV or Madden NFL? Then check out this step-by-step video walkthrough and tutorial, which takes you behind the scenes of the life of a game developer, and explains how hit games are signed, made and brought to retail. Warren Spector, Sid Meier...

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Rethinking How We Do Business

Rethinking How We Do Business

While it may seem like a simple question – why don’t players finish most video games? – rest assured that the answer is anything but. As we recently discussed with Yahoo!, part of the issue comes down to major changes in modern lifestyles, frequent spikes in difficulty level and titles which simply pour on too many features in hopes of either overcompensating to compete with industry leaders or pandering to a small minority of hardcore fans. But...

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Reliving the Next-Gen Console Wars

Reliving the Next-Gen Console Wars

While it seems obvious in hindsight how the next-gen console wars between Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii were bound to play out, things weren’t quite so clear back in 2008. On the eve of the dawn of new technologies such as motion controls and 3D gaming which promise to reignite the battle all over again, we thought it might make a fun flashback to have a look at an old documentary (The Next-Gen Console Wars)...

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Get to Know Today’s Top Designers

Get to Know Today’s Top Designers

Sid Meier, Peter Molyneux, Warren Spector… ever wonder what today’s top video game designers are thinking, and just who these notable individuals are behind all the gala appearances and flashing lights? From Denis Dyack to Brenda Brathwaite and David Perry, we got to know some of the field’s most notable game development legends in a 2008 documentary dubbed Games That Push Boundaries. Viewable at the link above, it also explores the art of game...

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