Posts made in January, 2011

Has Nintendo Blown Its Chance for Wii 2?

Has Nintendo Blown Its Chance for Wii 2?

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter smells doom and gloom in Nintendo’s future. Pachter says that Nintendo has “completely blown” its opportunity to introduce a Wii 2 while the market for a successor was still hot. “With as much respect for Nintendo management as I can muster, I think Nintendo’s completely blown it with their second generation Wii strategy,” Pachter told IndustryGamers.com at Nintendo’s mid-January...

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Best iPhone and iPad Apps: Video Games Win

Best iPhone and iPad Apps: Video Games Win

To celebrate the 10 billionth app download from the App Store, Apple has revealed the top ten iPhone and iPad app downloads since the Store’s conception. Here’s what we’ve learned: iPhone owners sure love their games. What’s more, they’re happy to pay for them. Apple divided its report into two categories: The top-downloaded paid apps for the iPhone/iPad, and the top-downloaded free apps for the iPhone/iPad. Few games made it into the...

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Handheld Gaming is Over: We Think Not

Handheld Gaming is Over: We Think Not

Last week, Midori Yuasa, the President of Capcom Interactive, declared that handheld gaming is over. Long live mobile games. “The casual gamer that used to play on the PC,” Yuasa told MCV in an interview, “and the hardcore gamer that used to play on a dedicated gaming portable now plays on their smartphone.” She also said that Capcom will be upping its support for the iPhone tremendously in 2011. Capcom Interactive develops and distributes...

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Online Gambling: Will Virgin Gaming Benefit?

Online Gambling: Will Virgin Gaming Benefit?

Need some quick cash? Why not let Virgin and EA help you bet your college money on a quick game of Madden NFL 11 for the PS3 or Xbox 360? Okay, don’t do that. But you can do it, theoretically. If, y’know, you want to. After you’ve acknowledged and obeyed a few rules. Virgin Gaming, a Toronto-based division of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin brand, has signed a deal with EA to let fans of Madden NFL and FIFA place electronic wagers on on-line...

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iPhone vs 3DS: Why Are We Fighting Again?

iPhone vs 3DS: Why Are We Fighting Again?

Video game and tech fans love declarations and absolutes. We preview a good-looking adventure game and babble about its potential as a “Zelda killer,” or another tablet comes onto the market and instantly it’s an “iPad killer.” With the way the industry is supposedly brimming with shadowy murderers of popular technology, you’d think that there’s only room in this town for one device that does it all. Key example: Apple...

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PSP2: Sony’s Big Announcement?

PSP2: Sony’s Big Announcement?

Nintendo lorded over the first half of January with all kinds of Nintendo 3DS news. Now Sony’s stepping up to claim the end of the month. On January 27, the company will make some announcements of its own, presumably to confirm the existence of its successor to the PlayStation Portable: The aptly-named PSP2. If so, despite Nintendo’s earlier announcements, people are going to have a hard time ignoring the PSP2. The original PSP didn’t set the...

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Changing the Face of Gaming

Changing the Face of Gaming

Think about some of your favorite video game characters. What attracts you to them? Their dialogue, their motivations, their awesome character models? When Team Bondi and Rockstar release LA Noire for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 later this year, you’ll have another reason to admire video game characters: Their humanity. Like many of Rockstar’s offerings, LA Noire will be an open-world sandbox game. Players will fall back into the year 1947 and slink...

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Making Original Games: The Critic’s Take

Making Original Games: The Critic’s Take

Gameloft is a French games studio that publishes most often on mobile phones. Many of their games are high-quality portable re-releases or remakes of games that were made popular ages ago (Earthworm Jim, Oregon Trail, Assassin’s Creed). Therefore, while we understand where they’re coming from, it’s hard not to smile at the company for criticizing the industry’s supposed lack of innovation. “The video game industry has always played...

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Can Player Tribunals Save Online Games?

Can Player Tribunals Save Online Games?

Everybody who’s been online has seen what Internet-granted anonymity does to people. It’s not pretty. Worse, none of us can claim total innocence: We’ve all slipped behind an alias at least once and, to varying degrees, acted in a rough manner that we wouldn’t even consider in our daily face-to-face interactions with people. What the heck is our problem? Are we all just really terrible people? Whatever it is about the Internet that leads us...

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Video Game Dictionary: A Glossary of Terms

Video Game Dictionary: A Glossary of Terms

If you need evidence for the growth and maturation of video games, consider the rapid expansion of game-related jargon. Long gone are the days when you just pulled out “the Nintendo” if you wanted to click around for a few hours. Sure, there was some pseudo tech-talk about how many “bits” a system had. And Sega formulated a beauty of a lie with a mysterious technology called “Blast Processing” that helped Sonic the Hedgehog make...

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