Posts made in July, 2010

The iPad’s Killer App

The iPad’s Killer App

Just what the world needs – another video game platform. But following the recent release of Apple’s new touchscreen tablet PC, the iPad, it looks like we have one. Not only can the new super-sized iPod touch run all the current iPod games and applications, it can also host souped up titles with bigger graphics and more programming muscle on its much bigger display. For the time being, it’s easy to dismiss the iPad as an overgrown iPod. And since the iPad...

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How to Save on Video Games

How to Save on Video Games

With cash tighter than ever for many video game players, everyone’s wondering how to save money on PC and video games these days. Thankfully, from game rental services and trade-in sites such as GameFly and Goozex to online deal and bargain-hunting resources and digital game download shops, we run several of the best ways to score deals and discounts down in Popular Science article Cheap Thrills. Check it out if you’re looking to save cash and find ways...

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Where Have All the Good Games Gone?

Where Have All the Good Games Gone?

Over the past couple of months, it has become painfully clear to me and many casual game fans that the quality and quantity of downloadable games is dropping. There are less games for download being released each week, and of those that are released, many are just not that good. Suffice it to say that the state of download games is in dire shape. And, unless changes do not happen soon, things will only get worse. Before I talk about what’s going wrong, let...

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$304,149,300 Stolen From Activision

$304,149,300 Stolen From Activision

Over $300 million dollars was stolen off of just one game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, in 2009. Obviously, Activision had much more stolen from it with other titles, but MW2 is by far the worst affected. According to TorrentFreak, a staggering 4,100,000 copies of the PC version of MW2 were stolen and 970,000 copies of the Microsoft Xbox 360 version. Thieves using bit torrents are indulging in the biggest orgy of theft in the history of humanity. When they...

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Don’t Make Video Games Out of Movies

Don’t Make Video Games Out of Movies

Before we start, I do know all about GoldenEye 007, the exception that proves the rule. This was made by Rare at the height of their pomp, yet ironically  by a very inexperienced team there. It sold over 8 million copies back in 1997 and is considered a seminal game in the development of video gaming as a media. But one success in 30 years of trying does not make video games spun off from films a good idea. Compare and contrast GoldenEye with Avatar from...

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Facebook’s New Strategic Approach

Facebook’s New Strategic Approach

Strategy games are hot in 2010, according to Inside Social Games. Citing Appdata numbers (which are the exact same numbers as those recorded by Facebook, unless we’re missing something), the most popular and fastest growing games appear to titles with a tactical bent. From Verdonia (3 million MAUs) to Nanostar Seige, Backyard Monsters and Evony, what can we say: Social network strategy games are hot! As for farming games? In the words of Bruno, ...

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What Happens When Social Games Die

What Happens When Social Games Die

In the past few weeks, Zynga has closed down Ponzi Inc. and now Roller Coaster Kingdom. Kyle Orland has written an interesting article for Games.com pondering the implications of the closure of such games and what shutting them down means for social games as a whole. The first point he makes is that the standards for what makes a profitable game on Facebook have skyrocketed, at least for companies like Zynga. Roller Coaster Kingdom and Ponzi have 1.2 million...

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The Supreme Court vs. Gaming

The Supreme Court vs. Gaming

It’s clear that a loss in the upcoming ‘violence in video games’ Supreme Court case, aka Schwarzenegger v EMA, would have profoundly negative public relations impact for the industry and for gamers in general, but would it also impact the bottom line of publishers? The games business in the U.S. is worth a whopping $12 billion dollars and contributes $3.8 billion to the Gross Domestic Product. The industry employs almost 100,000 skilled workers and even has a...

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Interactive Ads to Appear with Kinect

Interactive Ads to Appear with Kinect

During the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), one of the games that was demonstrated with the Kinect motion control system was the racing game Forza. The hands-free Kinect allowed players to examine the virtual cars they were driving, get a look at features and peek inside at the interior. But more interesting still in our opinion is the fact that one car manufacturer is already looking at using that technology to get people to examine its real-world vehicles,...

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Will Civilization V Make History?

Will Civilization V Make History?

Civilization V is the latest incarnation in the successful series of strategy games developed by Sid Meier that allows players to take a tribe of people and attempt to make them the most dominant country in the world. As part of a recent feature for CNN.com, we got an invitation to the Civilization lair at Firaxis Studios to get a look at the new elements of the video game and talk with the brain trust there about what changes they made and how it will all fit...

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