Posts made in September, 2010

Cloud Computing Changes Everything

Cloud Computing Changes Everything

Cloud computing is transforming all types of software businesses, but the changes are playing out differently by industry – video games included. In enterprise software, which yours truly covers for Gartner, the change is most visible in software-as-a-service (SaaS) businesses like Salesforce.com. Small- and medium-sized companies are all jumping onto the SaaS bandwagon, because it lets them have access to capabilities that previously required expensive software...

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Will MMO Millions Pay Off?

Will MMO Millions Pay Off?

* Editor’s Note: Article syndicated in partnership with Gaming Business Review. Privately held game developer Trion Worlds revealed that it has spent more than $50 million developing the platform for its first crop of massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, including debut titles Rift: Planes of Telara and End of Nations. Both are due out next year. Trion’s first officially announced game, Rift: Planes of Telara, has been in development from the time the...

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Have Social Games Peaked?

Have Social Games Peaked?

Here’s a question you have to ask yourself: Just how much FarmVille, Mafia Wars and Pet Society is enough? For some, a year’s worth of wasted afternoons, others a couple play sessions and still more a single reminder to tend your @&(!$ crops. Still, that’s the beauty of social games, designed less to push the conceptual or technical bar than keep people clicking. Our position on these titles? They’re great at helping expand the gaming...

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What Games Mean to the Military

What Games Mean to the Military

As we all observe (and in some cases participate personally) in the transitions that the United States military and other Alliance partners are making to support democratic embryos in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other less publicized corners of the world, it creates a certain emotion in each of us. While many have experienced the sadness associated with the loss of our brave brethren who fallen in pursuit this noble cause, many more have felt the pride of observing what...

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Lessons from the Leading Shockwave MMO

Lessons from the Leading Shockwave MMO

I don’t know if Maid Marian‘s Sherwood Dungeon RPG is indeed the most successful Shockwave free to play MMO, but it’s done pretty well for Gene Endrody and his wife – the only two employees of the developer, Maid Marian. More interesting though is that the lone source of revenue for all of Maid Marian’s games is Google Adwords PPC (pay per click) ads. Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Gene and discuss Maid Marian,...

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Video Games Are Art: End of Debate

Video Games Are Art: End of Debate

Who says that video games aren’t art? Critics like Roger Ebert and others who are typically uninformed or ill-disposed towards the medium. Thankfully, the good folks at CNN.com recently gave us the chance to tell the other side of the “gaming as artwork” debate. While we could rehash our arguments (and the same tired old rhetoric that’s fueled the discussion for years), or wax philosophical on whether or not a video game can make you cry (of...

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