Posts made in November, 2010

Why Consoles’ Future Looks So Dark

Why Consoles’ Future Looks So Dark

At the dawn of the home computer and video game console, consumers had little choice in terms of color and style. If you wanted a first-generation Atari 2600, you adopted its ’70s-era faux wood paneling, too. If you wanted a first-generation NES, you unvaryingly took a grey box into your home (though United States law would eventually lend the NES a splash of color when the Zapper was painted orange to differentiate it from real guns). Game system aesthetics...

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Is There Any Hope for DSiWare?

Is There Any Hope for DSiWare?

Nintendo has its work cut out for it as far as Apple is concerned. The company is not afraid to admit it. It’s specifically rising to challenge Apple with the Nintendo 3DS, which features a tilt sensor, a gyroscope, an A+ game lineup, and nifty 3D gaming capabilities. While that’s neat and all, Apple’s main strength is arguably the App Store, which entices indie studios with cheap development costs and easy distribution. It also offers gamers huge...

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GameStop PowerUp Rewards Card Reviewed

GameStop PowerUp Rewards Card Reviewed

Corporate America has made it so that buying a jug of milk is a harrowing question-filled ordeal that would make the legendary Sphinx turn tail and run: “Cash, credit, debit, or check?” “Paper or plastic? Or did you bring your own bag?” “Do you have one of our Reward cards?…Would you like one?…I really think you should sign up. We’ve been trained in the art of pen-based torture.” Hyperbole aside– Actually,...

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Can Sony’s PSP Phone Succeed?

Can Sony’s PSP Phone Succeed?

We’ve heard the rumblings and the rumors, and now it’s pretty much confirmed: The PlayStation Phone (PSP Phone) is coming. Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but presumably in time to give the iPhone, Android handsets, and Nintendo 3DS something to think about. In short, the smartphone and handheld gaming market is going to get a wee bit more crowded. That’s why Sony should think very hard about its reasons for developing and releasing the...

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Why Does Nintendo Fear Apple?

Why Does Nintendo Fear Apple?

It’s interesting to sit back and observe Nintendo’s open fear of Apple. The company doesn’t seem to consider Microsoft’s Kinect or Sony’s PlayStation Move as blips on its Threat Detector, but it’s nakedly honest about the forthcoming struggles against Steve Jobs. “Do I think that in the near term they [Apple] can hurt us more than Microsoft? Absolutely,” Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said in an interview with...

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Is the Wii Dying of “Gamer Fatigue?”

Is the Wii Dying of “Gamer Fatigue?”

This current generation of video game consoles is starting to feel a little tired. That’s not to say Microsoft or Sony would benefit from immediately showing their hand for the next generation: Both companies are very new to the motion control scene, and neither is going to want to do or say anything that will draw attention away from Kinect or PlayStation Move–especially not this close to Christmas. It’s too early to say whether or not the Kinect...

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How the iPad Can Attract More Gamers

How the iPad Can Attract More Gamers

Apple’s App Store has many handy applications available for download. Better yet, the most popular paid downloadable app for the iPad is that greatest of time-killers: Games. Interestingly though, while games have a pretty clear audience, they’re not without close competition on the App Store. Recently, the Nielsen Company surveyed 5000 consumers who are in possession of an iPad, in addition to a tablet computer, eReader, netbook, media and games...

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Kinect: The Ultimate in Active Gaming?

Kinect: The Ultimate in Active Gaming?

Microsoft’s Kinect and Sony’s PlayStation Move are currently fighting an interesting little battle with each other, as both are very different approaches to motion controls. Sony’s ads insist that some kind of button interface is necessary for gaming, and scorn Kinect for abandoning buttons entirely. Microsoft, however, argues that truly interactive gaming means being naked and free. Okay, not exactly, but Kinect definitely tries to convince its...

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Should Microsoft Lose Xbox 360 Division?

Should Microsoft Lose Xbox 360 Division?

When a financial services firm as massive as Goldman Sachs strings together the words “Micorosft,” “Xbox 360” and “unprofitable,” everybody in the games industry stops and pricks up their ears to listen. That’s what happened recently when the firm advised Microsoft to split off its “unprofitable” consumer entertainment division, which includes everything Xbox, from the rest of Microsoft to make the company more...

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