Posts made in June, 2011

Can GameStop Sell Used Tablets and iOS Devices?

Can GameStop Sell Used Tablets and iOS Devices?

GameStop already has command over retail game distribution, and is particularly interested in the sale and trade of used games. Recently, the chain has made public its plans to offer widespread digitally downloadable games and streaming. Is there any game retail territory left for GameStop to jab its flag into? You bet, and that’s the next stop: GameStop is testing out a trade-in market for Apple iOS devices like iPod Touch digital music players, iPhone...

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PlayStation 4: Sony Gambling with PS4?

PlayStation 4: Sony Gambling with PS4?

Dreaming of Sony’s PlayStation 4 already? Then consider. When the PlayStation 3 hit the market in 2006, it was the best bit of console hardware available at the time. In other words, it was very impressive and shiny. Its initial price tag was impressive, too: $599 U.S. dollars (a price quotation from Sony CEO Kaz Hirai that will live in infamy). Some price drops have since helped cash-strapped families find room in their entertainment centers for the PS3, but...

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PlayStation 4 vs. Microsoft Xbox Next

PlayStation 4 vs. Microsoft Xbox Next

The PlayStation 4 is in its embryonic stage, if it’s even gotten that far, so we won’t know much about it for quite some time. But one fact that has been confirmed by Sony is that the company won’t be investing as heavily into the PS4’s specs as it did for the PlayStation 3. Not a huge surprise: It took over four years for the PS3 to turn a profit, and that’s not a bath Sony can afford to take again. IndustryGamers asked industry...

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Social Games Stereotypes: The Problem

Social Games Stereotypes: The Problem

The mainstream’s unflattering portrait of the stereotypical “gamer” is finally starting to loosen its crocodile grip: No longer are video games supposedly the domain of socially awkward male teens with an insatiable appetite for pizza and a revulsion for physical activity. Unfortunately, a new stereotype is pouring into the void: The portrait of the “casual gamer” who, we are told, is a 40-year-old housewife obsessed with FarmVille, or...

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Death of a Major Publisher: Coming Soon?

Death of a Major Publisher: Coming Soon?

Sitting around and talking about death is a morbid thing to do, and we humans are admittedly good at doing it. So when Chris Carvalho of the social games studio Kabam predicted the death of a major Western video game publisher last month, it was hard to resist making guesses with the enthusiasm of slumber party patrons dabbling with Ouija boards and wax drippings in bowls of water In fact, Industry Gamers followed up Carvalho’s prediction with a poll of its...

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Call of Duty: Dead or Just Jumped the Shark?

Call of Duty: Dead or Just Jumped the Shark?

There is no scientific procedure for determining the exact point when a rabidly popular television or video game series peaks and then loses its seemingly supernatural appeal (or, as the kids say, “jumped the shark”). The best anyone can do is make a note of the exact moment a gaming series they once loved came tumbling down after enjoying a stay at the top. From there, they find like-minded individuals in an online community and inscribe that moment in...

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When Will the Sony Hacking Attempts Stop?

When Will the Sony Hacking Attempts Stop?

Hackers made another attack on Sony. In other news, grass is green and birds go “tweet.” This time, a group calling itself ‘LulzSec’ yoinked home address info, birth dates, passwords, and other sensitive information from SonyPictures.com. Sony does seem to be attracting gobs of unwanted attention these days. Is there anything the company can actively do to muzzle hackers, or will it do any good to just turn around and hope the problem goes...

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Video Games: Positive Benefits for Kids

Video Games: Positive Benefits for Kids

Often the video games that get the most attention are the most sensational, shocking and often violent games, but they’re not really representative of what all videogames are like.  In fact, most video games do have quite a few redeeming qualities.  Many games can and do have benefits for players, and in a number of different and sometimes surprising ways. EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS FOR KIDS A recent study from the Education Development Center on the Ready To Learn...

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E3 2011: Who Will Win?

E3 2011: Who Will Win?

Hurry, hurry. Pick your horse and throw down your bets: It’s time to predict if E3 2011 will belong to Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft! “Why does someone have to win?” asks “dudester” from the VideoGamer.com forums. “So the eternal fanboy war will rage on,” answers “Bloodstorm.” First, we need to look at what each company will have to offer. At this point, everything on Microsoft’s plate is vague and...

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Does E3 Still Matter?

Does E3 Still Matter?

If you work for the games industry in any capacity, chances are you’re gearing up to party down at E3, gaming’s biggest annual trade show. E3 is always a spectacle, complete with celebrity events and appearances to match, and this year likely won’t be any different: We’ll see new systems, new games, speeches, press conferences, and industry bigwigs puffing up at each other in the manner of frilled lizards posturing over territory. But not...

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