Posts made in June, 2011

How Japan Can Regain Its Crown

How Japan Can Regain Its Crown

The cultural divide between Eastern and Western gamers is keeping Japanese game developers up at night. “How can we break into the worldwide market?” the developers fret. “What kind of thematic content will make our games interesting to Western players?” Famous Japanese game director Hideo Kojima has an answer: Japanese game developers should separate themselves into “Japanese” and “Worldwide” markets. Further,...

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How to Save Sonic the Hedgehog

How to Save Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog hit the big 2-0 on June 23, 2011. Unlike more responsible and down-to-earth game mascots like, say, Super Mario, Sega’s spiky rodent has gone through an adolescence that’s rougher than the buzzsaw on his back. Sonic’s fast-moving games catapulted the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive above and beyond the Nintendo Entertainment System in the early ’90s. Opinions are mixed on how Sonic spent the money he earned as child star, but...

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Retail vs. Streaming Video Games

Retail vs. Streaming Video Games

There isn’t a foolproof way to woo the mainstream public into adopting a new technology that’s still a little shaky on its newborn legs. There’s one way to give that technology a decent chance, though: Get Wal-Mart to utilize it. Wal-Mart has signed an agreement with Gaikai to provide streaming services for its GameCenter website. “Over the next 12 months, when people see a video game on TV and want to try it out, they can be sure the...

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Redbox and Video Games: Will it Work?

Redbox and Video Games: Will it Work?

If you want to rent a video game, you have a couple of options. You can try and hunt for a Blockbuster Video store, but given the chain’s massive troubles, you’re likelier to flush a unicorn from the city dump. You can use a mail-rental service like GameFly, but that won’t suit you if you’re in the middle of some chores and are suddenly bitten by the impulse bug. Redbox, the distinctive DVD rental kiosk that stands tall at grocery stores and...

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Violence and Video Games: The Real Facts

Violence and Video Games: The Real Facts

It seems any discussion of families, kids and video games always includes at least a mention of the impact of “violence in video games.” On one side, entities in support of regulating and restricting games based on violent content often point to research that says that video games, without a doubt, lead to increased aggressive behavior as well as other negative consequences, just as other forms of violent media do. On the other hand, advocates that consider...

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Free to Play: Do Big Licenses Work?

Free to Play: Do Big Licenses Work?

Studios are adopting a new strategy for standing out in the hyper-competitive free-to-play game market: They’re acquiring major properties on which to base their titles. Gamasutra lists a couple of examples in a recent feature about licensed massively multiplayer games: Three Rings, the studio behind Puzzle Pirates, is working on a free-to-play multiplayer version of the hit sci-fi show Dr. Who. And Bigpoint, a studio based in Germany and acquired by NBC...

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Does Xbox Have a Future in Japan?

Does Xbox Have a Future in Japan?

Let’s be honest: When most of us think about the gaming scene in Japan, Microsoft’s offerings don’t even cross our minds. The size of the original Xbox’s failure in the Land of the Rising Sun was matched only by the console’s massive shell (*pause for audience laughter*). Any other game company might have slunk away from releasing any follow-up consoles, but Microsoft is not easily thwarted. The Xbox 360 hit Japan in 2005, and to...

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Software Expert Witness Consultant

Software Expert Witness Consultant

One of today’s top testifying software expert witnesses, high-tech experts and consultants, over a billion people have tapped high-tech analyst Scott Steinberg for testimony and 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...

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Wii U: Has Its Hype Killed the Wii?

Wii U: Has Its Hype Killed the Wii?

Nintendo put a lot of energy into its presentation of the Wii U, and it’s paid off: The hype surrounding the new video game system is strong. At the very least, even the skeptical want to know more. But the Wii U’s unveiling commanded a hefty price: It may have administered a lethal injection for the original Wii. Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews took a thorough look at the Wii’s recent slide in sales numbers and determined that, even with the...

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Computer Expert Witness Consultant Scott Steinberg

Computer Expert Witness Consultant Scott Steinberg

One of today’s top testifying computer expert witnesses, high-tech experts and consultants, over a billion people have tapped high-tech analyst Scott Steinberg for testimony and 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 ...

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