Posts made in February, 2011

Is Gaming Becoming Too Expensive?

Is Gaming Becoming Too Expensive?

Gaming isn’t a cheap pastime. Well, to clarify, video games aren’t cheap. “Gaming” is a pretty broad activity that can be conducted with a tree branch and some imagination. But as for the type of gaming that can only be done when we pay the price of admission to Club Mario, that takes some dosh. Sometimes we can’t help but look at the industry and wonder, “Has it always been this way?” Nintendo’s asking price of $250...

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Console Games vs. Mobile Gaming

Console Games vs. Mobile Gaming

If you’ve had the privilege of being a “Nielsen Family” in recent years, congratulations, you’ve helped shape a hot, ongoing internet debate. Data from the Nielsen entertainment research group indicates that between 2009 and 2010, people are spending less of their leisure budget on traditional video games (including consoles, rentals, game purchases, and even downloads) and more of their budget on “cellphone entertainment” that...

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DRM vs. Software Piracy: Worth the Hassle?

DRM vs. Software Piracy: Worth the Hassle?

Earlier in the month, Matt Ployhar, the President of the PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA) told Gamasutra that PC-based game piracy is on the decline. Ah, such a conflict of emotions. On one hand, we want to see developers get paid for their hard work. On the other hand, we can see manifestations of EA and UbiSoft in the backs of our imaginations, their (huge, scaly) arms crossed, smirks lifting the corners of their (fang-filled) mouths. “See? All that torture we...

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Will the Wii 2 Appear at E3?

Will the Wii 2 Appear at E3?

Retail workers speak of “Christmas Creep,” a phenomenon that sees ads make mention of the holiday buying season as early as July. Games writers have their own variation: “E3 Creep.” We’re in February’s deep freeze, but we started buzzing about annual industry gala E3 2011 a long time ago. The volume on said buzz recently rose a bit after IndustryGamers posed a question: Will Nintendo reveal anything about the inevitable...

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A Better Approach to System Exclusives

A Better Approach to System Exclusives

For years, exclusive third-party games have heaped stress and despair on gamers. If you own a limited number of consoles, it’s agonizing to watch a cool-looking game or a long-awaited sequel get locked down by the rival camp. In 1996, when Square announced that Final Fantasy VII would be a PlayStation exclusive, Nintendo 64 faithfuls wept in rage. Happily, video game exclusives are gradually becoming less brutal. Earlier in the month, PlayStation software...

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Nintendo: Time to Ditch Retail?

Nintendo: Time to Ditch Retail?

With the Nintendo 3DS on the horizon and the rising digital market, Nintendo is continually being cornered by the press and asked what it thinks about increasing competition from smartphones. To no one’s surprise, Nintendo usually declines to preach doom and gloom. Instead, journalists get answers like the one Nintendo of Europe’s Laurent Fischer gave to Edge Online at the European 3DS showcase in Amsterdam last month: “We have never seen any link...

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Dead Island Trailer: A Video Too Far?

Dead Island Trailer: A Video Too Far?

Oh, video games. They just want to show us a good time, but lately, they can’t seem to help but upset the apple cart. Typically, any controversy relating to video games pits the mainstream media against gamers. But the most recent disturbance has actually erected a partition between brothers and sisters at (virtual) arms. Not long ago, we were united in our cause to tell off Fox News for stripping Bulletstorm of all context and using it to deepen the fears of...

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Mobile Gaming’s Top 5 Dirty Secrets

Mobile Gaming’s Top 5 Dirty Secrets

When you break out your mobile phone for a bit of gaming, where do you tend to be situated? And don’t say “Oh, usually on the bus or the train,” because EA has been watching you and it knows that you’re lying. At the recent DICE summit (“DICE” standing for “Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain”), EA’s Vice President of Mobile Worldwide studios, Travis Boatman, attempted to dispel what he called “five...

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Activision/Take-Two Merger: Good Idea?

Activision/Take-Two Merger: Good Idea?

In a move that might be looked upon as a kind of rebound date after its break-up with the Guitar Hero franchise, Activision is considering the absorption of Take-Two. Well, that’s the rumor: There’s no word from Activision or Take-Two on what’s going to happen, or when. But if Activision did buy out Take-Two, it would also adopt some very lucrative game franchises, including Grand Theft Auto, BioShock, and Red Dead Redemption. If the takeover did...

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Industry Experts: Can Rock Band Survive?

Industry Experts: Can Rock Band Survive?

The end of a once-hot franchise like Guitar Hero is disappointing for gamers, but it’s downright unnerving for other developers in the industry. Even employees in competing companies know one another, and an upheaval of any magnitude spreads shockwaves for miles. It’s an emotionally taxing time: Employees at surviving companies mourn for their friends’ job loss. Subsequent worries are more self-centered but perfectly understandable: “Are we...

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