Posts made in July, 2011

What PSP Can Teach Nintendo 3DS

What PSP Can Teach Nintendo 3DS

All of us make mistakes; it’s one of those charming little quirks that make us oh-so-human. But while most of us offer pity or irritation when we watch someone bung something up, we also feel forgiveness and even warmth when that person says, “I’m sorry. I messed this up, and I learned my lesson. I’ll do better next time.” Mistakes happen in the games industry, and the lessons that follow are oh-so harsh. Since 2004, for instance, Sony...

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Will Nintendo Shy Away from Shooters?

Will Nintendo Shy Away from Shooters?

While many Japanese game studios struggle to remain relevant with Western gamers, Nintendo is still one of the most recognized brands in North America and throughout the world. Even so, the company still deals with significant culture clashes. One example lies with the West’s affinity for shooter games. Call of Duty and Halo are among our biggest series, but games about guns and marines don’t generate a whole lot of excitement in the East. Nintendo...

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Origin and Downloadble Games

Origin and Downloadble Games

If you’re primarily a PC gamer, you probably visit Steam for all your game needs. Steam is nearly ten years old, which has given the distribution platform a decent chunk of time to worm its way into the hearts and muscle memory of its users. Though Steam won’t release its numbers, its rival distributor, Impulse, estimated back in 2009 that Steam owns 70% of the digital distribution market. It’s hard to conceive of switching to another distributor...

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Why More Developers Need to Be in the Media

Why More Developers Need to Be in the Media

Next time you’re shopping for cat food, take a look at the magazines that are typically peddled beside the cash register. What do you see? Probably a lot of smiling actors and actresses, talk show hosts, and generally a whack of pretty people with perfect teeth. The media decorates the news, papers, and magazines with actors, but the names of famous directors are usually sandwiched somewhere in between the pages. Michael Bay, James Cameron, Ridley Scott,...

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Amazon’s Plans for Social Games

Amazon’s Plans for Social Games

Online retailer Amazon has been showing signs of entering the social games market. Don’t everyone cheer at once, now. This isn’t strictly new territory for Amazon. The company has been in the games market since 2008, when it purchased Reflexive Entertainment, the developers behind Big Kahuna and Airport Mania 2. As a corporation, Amazon has also been dabbling in digital game distribution, and even though its presence isn’t nearly as impressive as...

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Wii U: Are Haters Right?

Wii U: Are Haters Right?

We talk a lot of trash about the companies that make our games and our consoles. To be fair, though, we often do it while standing in line at GameStop with the latest console and digging around in our pockets for some change to pay for the cursed thing (usually after a five-hour wait in a cold, cold queue). Why do we do it? It’s a natural defense. Our valuable leisure dollars go into console purchases, and the months building up to a console’s release...

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Handheld Gaming Systems: Not Dead

Handheld Gaming Systems: Not Dead

With the constant declarations from mobile phone and tablet companies about how the age of the dedicated handhed gaming device is supposedly “over,” you would think that one of them would have the courtesy to send a carrier pigeon to Nintendo. Despite the doom and gloom and the prophecies of destruction, the company that made the Game Boy is still sitting in its chair, slowly putting together game after game and handheld after handheld. LG is the latest...

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Free Online Games: The Future?

Free Online Games: The Future?

Planet Earth has a perpetual shortage of Awesome Cool Free Stuff. There’s just never enough of it to go around. Oh sure, there’s “Love,” but eh, that’s an okay start. “Peace?” Still not there. Zynga’s Mark Pincus knows of something awesome that ought to be free to everyone: Video games. When filing Zynga’s initial public offering (IPO) at the start of July, Pincus’ letter to potential investors outlined...

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Motivational Speaker: Best for Business, Technology

Motivational Speaker: Best for Business, Technology

Ranked among today’s best business motivational speakers, high-tech experts and consultants, over one billion people have turned to technology analyst and radio/TV host Scott Steinberg for insight into today’s top high-tech trends and innovations. One of the best business motivational speakers, having built and sold leading high-tech media start-ups, served as a syndicated business columnist and headed technology consulting firm TechSavvy Global, ...

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Guest Speaker Scott Steinberg: Business and Technology

Among today’s best business and technology guest speakers, high-tech experts and consultants, over one billion people have turned to entrepreneur, high-tech analyst and radio/TV host Scott Steinberg for insight into today’s top technology trends and innovations. One of the best keynote speakers for business and corporate events, having built and sold leading high-tech media start-ups, served as a syndicated business columnist and headed technology...

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