Posts made in January, 2011

Interplay’s Eric Caen on the Fallout IP Battle

Interplay’s Eric Caen on the Fallout IP Battle

You would think that no one would have much use for a rubble-strewn chunk of irradiated land, but right now, a heated IP battle between Interplay and Bethesda Softworks is taking place over one such stretch of seemingly unattractive real estate. The Fallout post-apocalyptic sci-fi role-playing series (most recently revisited in Fallout: New Vegas) has been around since 1997, and has garnered a rich culture and storyline in that time, even if the source material...

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How to Fix the Japanese Games Industry

How to Fix the Japanese Games Industry

Games writers often wring their hands over the seemingly sickly state of the Japanese industry. We have good reason to do so: Japan was once a mentor that developers around the world looked up to, and now it limps alongside Western development. Japanese console sales are stagnating, the Xbox 360’s attempt to gain any semblance of recognition in the market has been troubled to say the least, and game sales are down overall. The picture looks bleak, but what...

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Technology Expert Witness Scott Steinberg

Technology Expert Witness Scott Steinberg

One of today’s top technology expert witnesses, high-tech experts and consultants, over a billion people have tapped high-tech analyst Scott Steinberg for insight into today’s hottest consumer electronics products, computers, software apps, IT and online services. A veteran expert witness, software publisher and the head of technology consulting firm TechSavvy Global, he’s a frequent on-air analyst for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CNN. A consultant to the...

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Gaming Consultants Speak: Game Consultant Scott Steinberg

Gaming Consultants Speak: Game Consultant Scott Steinberg

One of today’s top gaming consultants and expert witnesses, game consultant Scott Steinberg has counseled today’s top video game publishers, developers and casinos, and provided over a billion people with insight into today’s hottest computer, console, online, mobile, social and downloadable gaming trends. A veteran expert witness, publisher of video game software and the head of consulting firm TechSavvy Global, he’s a frequent on-air...

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Working with Outside IP, Part 1

Working with Outside IP, Part 1

In October 2010, Georgia-based Hi-Rez Studios purchased the Tribes franchise from InstantAction. This article is the first in a multipart series analyzing why the company made its decision and how it plans to incorporate this externally created intellectual property (IP). Part II examines the studio’s plans for utilizing fan suggestions, existing technology, and other aspects of their new IP. Part III, after the new Tribes game is released, will address how...

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Video Games Expert Witness Scott Steinberg

Video Games Expert Witness Scott Steinberg

Today’s top PC and video games expert, game expert witness and consultant, over a billion people have tapped gaming analyst Scott Steinberg for insight into today’s hottest computer, console, online, mobile, social and downloadable games. A veteran expert witness, publisher of video game software and the head of consulting firm TechSavvy Global, he’s a frequent on-air analyst for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CNN. A consultant to gaming’s top developers...

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Are Free-To-Play MMORPGs Here To Stay?

Are Free-To-Play MMORPGs Here To Stay?

What happens when a subscriber-based massively multiplayer online (MMO) game suddenly switches to the free-to-play formula? Ask Turbine. The company saw a 500% increase in revenue after it made Dungeons & Dragons Online a free-to-play game. Turbine’s other massively multiplayer project, Lord of the Rings Online, likewise switched to a free-to-play model in September, and its revenue has tripled since. “We are super-pleased with how so many of our...

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The Future of Apple’s App Store

The Future of Apple’s App Store

Video game history is dotted with examples of instances where a system, company, or game seemingly became a force overnight. But to date, there hasn’t been a game-changer quite like Apple’s App Store. Two years ago, the iOS’s digital distribution service was a curious distraction for techies with an affinity for cutting edge toys. Now, it’s in the vernacular of the entire developed world. Need to look up directions, figure out a tip, or hurl...

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PC Games: What’s Keeping Them Alive?

PC Games: What’s Keeping Them Alive?

Though digitally-distributed console games have forced retail distribution to scootch on over and make room, the retail games market for consoles is still very hot. By contrast, the retail market for PC games could probably fit in a thimble. At best, you’ll find some dusty games knocked askew on the same shelf where game retailers also sequester the leftovers from some years-ago attempt to sell VHS movies. But that doesn’t mean PC games have fallen out...

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Nintendo 3DS: Will it Be a Sales Success?

Nintendo 3DS: Will it Be a Sales Success?

Nintendo’s seeming aloofness on issues pertaining to hardware design can be maddening, but also exciting (they’re obviously doing this to drive us crazy). The company is talented at rolling out hardware innovations, but at the same time, it’s set in its ways. While the industry changes around it in great bounds, Nintendo takes tiny steps. That’s the maddening part. But there are also small hints here and there indicate Nintendo is starting...

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