Posts made in December, 2010

Is Single-Player Gaming Dead?

Is Single-Player Gaming Dead?

It might take some time, but one day gamers and developers alike are going to realize that the games industry is not a field of absolutes. The Nintendo 3DS and Sony PSP 2 won’t be ground into dust by anything Apple produces. Downloadable games won’t replace retail titles. The casual games market won’t devour traditionalist titles for sustenance. The industry is huge; there is plenty of room for everyone to co-exist. That doesn’t mean trends...

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Google Chrome Web Store: A Game Changer?

Google Chrome Web Store: A Game Changer?

If you haven’t found enough ways to squander your work hours, Google believes it has the answer for you. The Chrome Web Store went live recently, offering apps, games, and software extensions that all operate through the Chrome web browser. A quick visit to the store opens up a world of tasty software, especially as far as video games are concerned: There are 200 titles in a wide range of genres, including some familiar faces: Plants vs. Zombies, FarmVille,...

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Why Do Veteran Gamers Hate Social Games?

Why Do Veteran Gamers Hate Social Games?

Quick, describe what comes to your mind when someone mentions teen pop star Justin Bieber. Was it “Ugh?” Or, “Oh man, I’m nauseous?” Or, “What the hell is wrong with kids these days?” But if you’re not a 15-year-old female, why waste time and energy hating on something that’s clearly not meant for you? So goes the ancient question that’s troubled humankind’s artistic community since chalk drawings...

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Motion Controls: What Tomorrow Holds

Motion Controls: What Tomorrow Holds

So, what’s the final verdict on video game motion controls? After a quick analysis of the Wii’s accomplishments alongside Microsoft’s Kinect and the PlayStation Move, we know that controller-free setups are capable of emulating tennis racquets. Oh, boy, can motion controls ever emulate tennis racquets. But what happens after audiences finally grow tired of playing pretend-sports and doing pretend-dances? We have yet to see what motion controls are...

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The Games Industry is Not Dying

The Games Industry is Not Dying

Humans are grim little animals with a fixation on decimation and destruction. We’re always thinking about the inevitable nuclear war that will end us, or the next killer plague, or the next meteor strike. When we’re not talking death, we chatter about smaller disasters. For instance, people have been predicting the next Video Game Crash of 1983 since Mario came hopping and bopping onto the NES in 1986. Numerous factors contributed to the 1983 crash,...

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Does Gaming Addiction Exist?

Does Gaming Addiction Exist?

Though gaming has become a more widely-accepted pastime in recent years, video games still often come under attack from parents and the media for making kids fat, lazy, and/or murderous. Understandably, our backs go up whenever someone points a finger at Mario and says, “J’accuse,” because issues of bad grades and bad health usually go far beyond video games alone–but games bear the brunt of the blame. What this means, unfortunately, is that...

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What’s With All the Nintendo Hate Lately?

What’s With All the Nintendo Hate Lately?

Christmas is a time for cheer and goodwill, but somebody forgot to tell the gaming community. With the season comes gift recommendations and lists, mixed with plenty of scorn and spitting-upon. This year’s whipping boy is Nintendo, which had some trouble with its video game sales in the latter half of 2010. That is to say, Nintendo only sold a bazillion Wii’s and DS’s instead of the usual hojillion. Nevertheless, gamers have pounced on the giant...

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Let’s Talk About Game Developer Layoffs

Let’s Talk About Game Developer Layoffs

Job security (perhaps best referred to in quotes) is a term that means very little to the current working generation, and not because of youthful apathy. Job security in America is simply an endangered animal that’s on the brink of vanishing entirely. It’s becoming rarer for someone to stay on a job site for five years, let alone ten. Sometimes they depart of their own will. More often, they’re laid off. The games industry isn’t exempt from...

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Metrics vs. Creativity: Killing Video Games?

Metrics vs. Creativity: Killing Video Games?

The romantic depiction of the pale, smoking “starving artist” or writer isn’t necessarily the norm outside of books about suffering and death. Creative folks love exercising the left side of their brains, and they take a lot of pride in what they do. But they also like their hot dogs and their pop and not dying of hunger. In reality, creative individuals and the business-oriented people who sell their product have always kept a careful eye on each...

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How Holiday Themes Benefit Video Games

How Holiday Themes Benefit Video Games

Quick, name some of your favorite Christmas/holiday movies. Not a problem, right? There’s A Christmas Carol, A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, The Santa Clause– Now name some of your favorite Christmas/holiday-themed video games. That’s a bit trickier, isn’t it? Granted, there have been past instances of the games industry acknowledging Christmastime through its works. 1996’s Christmas...

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