Posts made in March, 2011

iPad 2 Games: Do They Have Potential?

iPad 2 Games: Do They Have Potential?

Finally ready to break your penny jar for the purchase of an iPad? Hold on a sec. If you live in the United States, you may as well grab yourself an iPad 2 instead. A mere year after the launch of the original iPad, the American public now has the option of adopting an iPad 2. It costs about the same as the original iPad (though stores that still stock the first incarnation of the tablet will undoubtedly be dropping prices to make some room for the sequel), is...

read more

Social Games Turn Consoles Upside Down

Social Games Turn Consoles Upside Down

From the first time you beat your sister’s high score in Tetris to that noob you totally pwned in WoW last week, your gaming life has likely been “social” long before FarmVille was anything but a small town in North Carolina. Like most industries, gaming has been shaken up by the web and its new platforms for entertainment. The games that once required a substantial investment in console, cartridge and TV can now be downloaded to your mobile for $0.99, or...

read more

Best Video Games 2011: Top New Releases

Best Video Games 2011: Top New Releases

On the heels of a topsy-turvy 2010 that saw sales dip by 6%, video game makers are getting back to basics in 2011. Translation: Rather than lightweight entertainment apps, social games and casual downloads, that means more face-melting blockbusters. Following are five of the best new gaming debuts expected to keep you glued to your PC or TV through the coming year. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks, PC/PlayStation 3/ Xbox 360) – Sequel to...

read more

The Secret to Game Industry Success

The Secret to Game Industry Success

The funny part about being a video game consultant and analyst is being repeatedly asked which industry trends are valid and of lasting concern. The irony being, of course, that from social to mobile, free to play to cloud computing, the answer is essentially all – just look at how they’re reshaping the industry with each passing day. Sales of physical games may be down 9 per cent to $5.06 billion as of 2010 according to the NPD Group. But as...

read more

Best Music Games: Gaming’s Top Hits – Pt 1

Best Music Games: Gaming’s Top Hits – Pt 1

Activision’s Guitar Hero video game franchise is dead. But music gaming’s legacy, a part of interactive entertainment’s history since the very beginning, lives on. A special preview of yours truly’s upcoming free digitally downloadable book, Music Games Rock: Gaming’s 100 Greatest Hits of All-Time (Power Play, 2011), we’re proud to present a look back over the field’s 30-year history. In the first of a special three-part series, we give you some of ...

read more

How Video Games Make You Smarter

How Video Games Make You Smarter

Critics often accuse video games of making players lazy, inept and socially awkward. Contrary to popular belief, though, many build, not burn brain cells by requiring extensive problem solving, teamwork and dynamic decision-making skills. Also capable of building players’ confidence and helping them see the world from multiple viewpoints, games can be powerful learning tools. At minimum, they readily encourage fans to fall on their face then pick...

read more

Are Mobile Games Too Disposable?

Are Mobile Games Too Disposable?

To the surprise of nobody, the 2011 Game Developers Conference (GDC) had a special focus on portable gaming. Nintendo President Iwata delivered Nintendo’s keynote in his own charmingly halting way. He did, however, raise a few eyebrows when he criticized smartphone manufacturers for “[Lacking the] motivation to maintain the high value of video game software.” “For them, content is something created by someone else… Their goal is to...

read more

Does Controversy Help the Games Industry?

Does Controversy Help the Games Industry?

There’s an old saying about how there’s no such thing as bad publicity. That largely depends on the person who’s being dragged into the spotlight: Nobody wants their face plastered on the 6 o’clock news because they were caught on camera being mean to a puppy. Regardless, the surface message is clear: If people are chattering about your goods and services in any capacity, that is preferable to them turning away and busying themselves with...

read more

Can Developers Prosper on Nintendo 3DS?

Can Developers Prosper on Nintendo 3DS?

The Nintendo 3DS will be launching in North America on March 27 with 18 games. That’s a pretty impressive library on its own, but the 3DS’s launch lineup is worth a special mention for what it lacks: Namely, first-party titles. Out of the 18 launch games, only three belong to Nintendo’s development teams. Those include Nintendogs + Cats, Steel Diver, and Pilotwings Resort. That’s not to say Nintendo is lacking for content. The Nintendo...

read more

PlayStation 3 vs. Xbox 360: Who Wins?

PlayStation 3 vs. Xbox 360: Who Wins?

The online gaming community gets a high out of fighting in “console wars.” Going to war over a game system requires throwing one’s faith behind either Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft, and then energetically supporting every decision the company makes in regards to its console(s), no matter how boneheaded. To date, no console manufacturer in the history of gaming has ever presented a medal of honor to any message board user who took up the lance for...

read more
Page 5 of 6123456