Posts made in June, 2011

Fake Wii U Footage: Bait and Switch

Fake Wii U Footage: Bait and Switch

When Nintendo showed off a few of the third party titles coming to the Wii U in 2012, you probably noticed some familiar faces in the trailer. Said faces are more familiar than you think: All the footage used in the video came from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. When GameTrailers asked Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime outright whether or not the Wii U’s third party reel utilized footage from competitors, Fils-Aime was open...

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Can Xbox Become a Home Media Brand?

Can Xbox Become a Home Media Brand?

Every so often, a game system will achieve such widespread distribution that its name becomes the replacement noun for the actual act of video gaming. People might say, “Want to play Nintendo?” instead of saying, “Want to play some video games?” Console engineers rocket over the moon when they achieve that honor, and for good reason: It means their own system has become the very definition of entertainment. Microsoft says that the Xbox brand...

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Square-Enix: GRIN’s Executioners?

Square-Enix: GRIN’s Executioners?

Though Square-Enix publishes some of the most beloved game series of all time, including Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy, the company doesn’t always endear itself to its North American followers. From half-assed work on its most important titles, to shutting down fan projects at the last possible second, to (some will claim) recycling the same hero archetypes and costumes game after game after multimillion dollar game, Square-Enix commands a huge fan base that...

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Are Developers Running Out of Ideas?

Are Developers Running Out of Ideas?

E3 is three solid days of flipping out over video games. Every minute on the show floor is crammed with gaming: We run from kiosk to kiosk, sampling this and that. A certain metaphor about kids in candy stores comes to mind, and boy, is it apt. So it’s kind of weird to lean back after E3, reflect on what we’ve played, and ask ourselves, “Gee…what’s new?” Nobody is questioning the quality of the demos, all of which offered up...

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Wii U: So Much for Introductions

Wii U: So Much for Introductions

If you attended Nintendo’s E3 2011 press conference, or if you watched the live feed, you probably clapped after seeing the trailer for the Wii U and exclaimed, “Great!…So, uh, is this a new video game system, or what?” The Wii U is most definitely a whole new console; it’s more powerful than the Wii, and possibly even more powerful than the PlayStation 3. It features impressive high-definition graphics. Unfortunately for Nintendo, a...

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PlayStation Vita: Does Anyone Care?

PlayStation Vita: Does Anyone Care?

Some might argue that the smartphone market is strangling the portable gaming market, but Nintendo and Sony are having none of it. Both companies are pushing against Apple’s advances with immense strength. At E3 2011, Sony familiarized us with its latest soldier in the fight: The PlayStation Vita, or, if you like, the PS Vita. The portable handheld system, which will probably be available near the end of 2011, will come in two flavors: One with 3G and Wi-Fi...

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Will Wii U Win the Next Console Race?

Will Wii U Win the Next Console Race?

The unveiling of the Wii U at E3 2011 confirmed a point that’s been illustrated since the home console industry was resurrected in the ’80s: Nintendo does its own thing. After all, Nintendo’s independence is what brought motion controls to living rooms across America–and spawned a “casual/core gamer” divide in its wake. Since other concerns mushroomed on top of the Wii’s success, including Nintendo’s hesitation to...

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The Wii U: Doomed to Fail?

The Wii U: Doomed to Fail?

If you’re a longtime fan of video games, then you’ve doubtlessly said, “Oh God, what is Nintendo doing?” at least once through your gaming career. When it comes to unveiling seemingly crazy ideas, Nintendo is king–and the company has surprised us once again with the introduction of the Wii U at E3 2011. Though Nintendo could have engineered an HD follow up to the Wii that snuggled into a safe crevice by implementing a traditional...

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Is the Internet Killing E3?

Is the Internet Killing E3?

E3 2011 was the usual flurry of meetings, previews, and press conferences. Handshakes were exchanged, controllers were gripped and music blared until June 9, when the proprietors of the Los Angeles Convention Center flicked off the lights and said, “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.” Attendance for E 2011 was healthy: Early numbers indicate that over 46,000 exhibitors, developers, publishers, retailers, and members of the...

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Used Games Forcing Devs to Go Multiplayer?

Used Games Forcing Devs to Go Multiplayer?

If you’re amongst the growing number of gamers who are unhappy about the gradual dissipation of the single-player experience, Silicon Knights’ boss, Denis Dyack, has someone you can blame: GameStop. Last month, Dyack told IndustryGamers that developers are being forced to build their games around multiplayer options because the used game trade–which GameStop more or less owns–is putting a serious hurt on game studios. Dyack said,...

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