Posts made in July, 2010

3G Coming to Handheld Consoles?

3G Coming to Handheld Consoles?

According to The Wall Street Journal, a Japanese wireless carrier is in talks with game console makers about adding 3G connection capabilities to their handheld gaming devices. NTT DoCoMo in Tokyo would not specify which companies they were talking with in the report. Nintendo’s DS and Sony’s PSP are already Wi-Fi capable, but lack the ability to connect to a 3G network. Both companies declined to comment to The Wall Street Journal and a Nintendo spokesman...

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How to Make Money with Online Games

How to Make Money with Online Games

What would I tell an online game developer in 300 words or less that would make them more money from their games? The BIGGEST mistake that online game developers consistently make in the formulation of their games is how and where they place monetization hooks in their games. In the traditional retail world, great game designers used to be able to just focus on making a great game and they could leave the tedious chore of monetizing it to the marketing and business...

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Download Games On-Demand

Download Games On-Demand

Hardcore gamers are well aware that downloading video games to your PC or console is the best way to enjoy many of today’s hottest new gaming titles. But the vast majority of casual gamers and mainstream fans sadly remain in the dark as to the fact that game downloads are really starting to take off in force outside of platforms like the iPhone and iPad, and revolutionize the games industry as a result. In case you happen to be friends or related to someone...

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A Parent’s Guide to Online Safety

A Parent’s Guide to Online Safety

As we’ve previously discussed, it’s imperative for parents to be aware of what kids are playing online, whom they’re playing with and in what manner these titles are being enjoyed – even more so as social networks, Web browser-based offerings and massively-multiplayer titles continue to gain in prominence. Thankfully, a little research and foresight is all it takes to ensure your child has a safe, fun experience, whether exploring World of...

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Summer’s Hottest New Releases

Summer’s Hottest New Releases

Summer is traditionally a dead period for video games, as releases slow to a trickle in the wake of family vacations, school breaks and departures for more exotic climes. Alas, little seems to have changed here in 2010, despite publishers’ increasing awareness of the value of better spreading new game launches out across the entire 12-month calendar vs. simply cramming them into the spring or holiday months. Besides the almighty StarCraft II (sure to top wish...

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Wayne Gretzky Returns to the Ice

Wayne Gretzky Returns to the Ice

The Great One is about to lace up his skates once again — this time inside a video game — to help promote NHL Slapshot, EA Canada’s first hockey game designed specifically for the Nintendo Wii console. Due out this fall, Wayne Gretzky will be the cover athlete for the video game, plus he’ll serve as a playable character and coach in one of its modes. “Not only is Gretzky one of the greatest hockey players of all time, but his name is...

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Killzone 3 Preview: Thoughts on PS3′s Killer App

Killzone 3 Preview: Thoughts on PS3′s Killer App

One of the more impressive showings at Sony’s E3 conference — and throughout the rest of the show — was Killzone 3, a new sci-fi sequel to the popular PlayStation 3 first-person shooter series. Slated for a February 2011 launch, Guerrilla Games’ intense action game once again has you facing off against the relentless Helghast army — and scrambling to protect the human race in the process — albeit now in new war-torn environments,...

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Fable III Preview: Hands-On Impressions

Fable III Preview: Hands-On Impressions

While Microsoft Game Studios’ sci-fi shooters — namely Gears of War 3 and Halo: Reach — might’ve received more attention from media outlets as of late, role-playing game fans are still excited for the upcoming release of Fable III, the latest role-playing epic from legendary designer Peter Molyneux. Available November 1, this Xbox 360 exclusive from UK’s Lionhead Studios once again returns gamers to Albion — but five decades...

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Can Virgin Gaming Succeed?

Can Virgin Gaming Succeed?

Video gamers who boast about their skills can now put their money where their mouse is – a new service lets you place a wager to compete in online matches and tournaments against other willing participants. Virgin Gaming was unveiled at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, with billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson on hand to announce $1 million dollars in cash and prizes for tournaments over the next 12 months. Competitive...

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A New Way to Experience Games

A New Way to Experience Games

Apple’s trendy iTunes App Store is no stranger to music games, but the latest download for iPhone and iPod touch is the first that doesn’t require sight whatsoever. Aurifi ($1.99; aurifi.com) from UK’s Punk Pie is billed as the first ever audio-only game, allowing players to interact with the content by moving the device around according to the audible instructions, music and sound effects. The iPhone and iPod touch’s integrated...

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