Posts made in March, 2011

Metacritic Ranking Developers: Bad Idea

Metacritic Ranking Developers: Bad Idea

Metacritic is a handy one-stop site that tallies up video game and movie reviews from numerous sources. The average score that’s awarded to each game gives careful buyers a general idea of what’s worth spending money on, and what should be avoided by everybody except individuals with a fetish for throwing away money. But those average scores tend to be too generalized according to some critics of Metacritic (get it?). Metacritic ratings can make or...

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Social Games: Too Many Imitators?

Social Games: Too Many Imitators?

There is a significant divide between core video game players and social gamers. Though the latter doesn’t pay much attention to the former, core gamers tend to regard social games with scorn. One reason can be narrowed down to a mild case of xenophobia. Our unfortunate human nature causes us to bristle when we believe someone is intruding on our territory and changing the landscape in ways we don’t regard for the better. Some core gamers also feel that...

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A Detailed Look at ESRB Ratings

A Detailed Look at ESRB Ratings

If you have a kid who’s into gaming, it’s not a bad idea to familiarize yourself with the Entertainment Software Ratings Board–better known as the ESRB. Founded in 1994, the ESRB is a non-profit and self-regulatory body that analyzes video game content and makes note of the potentially violent and/or offensive material within, just as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) does for movies. The ESRB also oversees advertising guidelines...

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Where Does GameStop’s Future Lie?

Where Does GameStop’s Future Lie?

GameStop reigns over physical video game distribution. It would therefore seem safe to assume that the retail giant is sweating buckets over the rise of downloadable games, but that’s not the case. In fact, GameStop has very successfully implemented digital downloads into its inventory; gamers purchased $290 million worth of downloadable PC and console-based content on GameStop’s online store through 2009. What’s more, the company is looking to...

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Social Games vs. PSN, Xbox Live Arcade

Social Games vs. PSN, Xbox Live Arcade

If you’re a core gamer who’s a bit nervous about the possibility of Zynga’s social offerings encroaching on Xbox Live Arcade’s territory, fear not. Brian Reynolds, Zynga’s chief game designer, says that’s probably not happening any time soon. Xbox Live Arcade (and presumably its counterpart, the PlayStation Network) is just “too small” for Zynga’s needs. “We’re after a lot of demographic,”...

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How to Set Up PSP, PSPgo Parental Controls

How to Set Up PSP, PSPgo Parental Controls

Like movies, video games span a multitude of genres and cover a lot of controversial ground. That means there is the potential for very young kids to run into game content featuring sex, drugs, and rock and roll–game content that’s far removed from the likes of Big Bird’s Sailboat Adventure. If you’re a parent or a guardian, you might not want your young charge wandering into content that’s not suitable for them. Fortunately, most...

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How to Set Up Nintendo 3DS Parental Controls

How to Set Up Nintendo 3DS Parental Controls

Like movies, video games span a multitude of genres and cover a lot of controversial ground. That means there is the potential for very young kids to run into game content featuring sex, drugs, and rock and roll–game content that’s far removed from the likes of Big Bird’s Sailboat Adventure. If you’re a parent or a guardian, you might not want your young charge wandering into content that’s not suitable for them. Fortunately, most...

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How to Set Up Wii Parental Controls

How to Set Up Wii Parental Controls

Like movies, video games span a multitude of genres and cover a lot of controversial ground. That means there is the potential for very young kids to run into game content featuring sex, drugs, and rock and roll–game content that’s far removed from the likes of Big Bird’s Sailboat Adventure. If you’re a parent or a guardian, you might not want your young charge wandering into content that’s not suitable for them. Fortunately, most...

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How to Set Up Xbox 360 Parental Controls

How to Set Up Xbox 360 Parental Controls

Like movies, video games span a multitude of genres and cover a lot of controversial ground. That means there is the potential for very young kids to run into game content featuring sex, drugs, and rock and roll–game content that’s far removed from the likes of Big Bird’s Sailboat Adventure. If you’re a parent or a guardian, you might not want your young charge wandering into content that’s not suitable for them. Fortunately, most...

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How to Set Up PS3 Parental Controls

How to Set Up PS3 Parental Controls

Like movies, video games span a multitude of genres and cover a lot of controversial ground. That means there is the potential for very young kids to run into game content featuring sex, drugs, and rock and roll–game content that’s far removed from the likes of Big Bird’s Sailboat Adventure. If you’re a parent or a guardian, you might not want your young charge wandering into content that’s not suitable for them. Fortunately, most...

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