Posts made in June, 2011

Internet Expert Witness Consultant

Internet Expert Witness Consultant

One of today’s top testifying Internet 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...

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IT Expert Witness: Testifying on Computers, Software, etc.

IT Expert Witness: Testifying on Computers, Software, etc.

One of today’s top testifying IT 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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EA Buys PopCap: Smart Purchase?

EA Buys PopCap: Smart Purchase?

EA has a lot of confidence in the social games market. Oh boy, does it ever have a lot of confidence in the social games market. Multiple reports indicate that EA has dished out a billion bones to acquire PopCap, one of the biggest and most recognized developers of casual and social games. Bejeweled, Peggle, and Plants vs Zombies are just three of PopCap’s hits. Given EA’s breathless dive into the social games market, including its 2009 acquisition of...

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Games and Toys: High-Tech Crossovers

Games and Toys: High-Tech Crossovers

It’s not unheard of for a video game to be coupled with a physical toy, or toys: In its earliest incarnation, the Nintendo Entertainment System was packed with “ROB,” a little robot pal who could interact (awkwardly) with one of the system’s pack-in games. Though ROB existed only to fool game-weary parents into thinking they were buying an “entertainment system” and not a video game console, Rob is still looked on fondly as an...

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Why Wasn’t The Last Guardian at E3?

Why Wasn’t The Last Guardian at E3?

All the exciting sights and sounds of E3 weren’t enough to distract us from the absence of two much looked-for guests: A little boy and his baby monster. Team Ico’s The Last Guardian, a beautiful and mysterious follow-up to the celebrated Shadow of the Colossus for the PlayStation 2, lay low for E3 2011, much to our disappointment. When footage of The Last Guardian blinked into existence in 2009, it introduced us to an adventure/puzzle game that made...

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Nintendo vs. Free-to-Play: Dumb Move?

Nintendo vs. Free-to-Play: Dumb Move?

Nintendo has two new video game systems under its belt: The Nintendo 3DS, and the Wii U (a work in progress). Now’s the perfect time for the veteran company to adopt the newest, hottest trends going on in the games industry. Say, for instance, some free-to-play titles on the Wii U and/or Nintendo 3DS? Nintendo already has an answer for you: No, never, not on your life. “Nintendo is not interested [in free-to-play],” president Satoru Iwata told the...

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Can the Wii U Save Gaming in Japan?

Can the Wii U Save Gaming in Japan?

Gamers who practiced their art through the ’80s and ’90s can pen a few memorials about the battles fought between themselves and family members who wanted the TV “Right now. No, I don’t care if you have to find a save point.” The Wii U’s ability to switch from a television to a tablet display is ingenious; it’s a piece of technology that 16-bit RPG enthusiasts would have shanked their own mothers to possess. Now, however,...

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Lord British’s New Social MMOG: Worth Playing?

Lord British’s New Social MMOG: Worth Playing?

Whether you enjoy Fallout, Dragon Age, Final Fantasy, or Dragon Quest, you can thank one man for sculpting the foundations on which most modern role-playing games (RPGs) rest: Richard Garriott, also known as Lord British. Garriott developed the Ultima series of games, which pioneered the tile-based RPG and hugely influenced massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) with Ultima Online. And now the Lord of the modern RPG genre admits he’s...

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Can Video Game Magazines Survive?

Can Video Game Magazines Survive?

If print is dead, then video game magazines are dead twice over. When the Internet gained mainstream relevance in the mid-90s, video game news, reviews, previews, and blogs were among the first bits of content to jump from the magazine page to the digital world. Our access to game-related content has only become faster and more efficient with the advent of social networks like Facebook and Twitter. It’s no wonder major magazine publishers like Future are...

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How Square-Enix Can Recapture Its Glory

How Square-Enix Can Recapture Its Glory

One of E3 2011’s shining stars was Eidos, which brought with it several impressive IP reboots, including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Hitman: Absolution. It was a healthy showing that should have made Eidos’ owner, Square-Enix, as proud as a cat with newborn kittens. But even though Square-Enix is undoubtedly happy about Eidos’ success, the company has become painfully aware, even ashamed, of the poor showing from the Japanese side...

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