Posts made in July, 2011

Keynote Speaker Scott Steinberg: Business, Technology

Keynote Speaker Scott Steinberg: Business, Technology

One of today’s best business, media and technology keynote guest speakers, high-tech experts and consultants, over one billion people have turned to 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, 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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The Top 10 Free iPhone Games

The Top 10 Free iPhone Games

If you own an iPhone, chances are good that it goes everywhere with you. If you’re looking for some games to load on that puppy but are restricted by a tight budget, consider a few of the many free offerings on the App Store. Needless to say, some of the free titles up for grabs on the App Store, are, well, bad. But even if you’re broke, you shouldn’t have to put up with sub-par games. Here are ten of the best free iPhone games that are well worth...

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Free MMOs: A Beginner’s Guide

Free MMOs: A Beginner’s Guide

What Are MMOs? — An “MMO,” also sometimes referred to as an “MMOG,” stands for “Massively multiplayer online game.” An MMO is a game or virtual online world that hosts multiple players–sometimes dozens, hundreds, or thousands–at once. MMOs are played over an Internet connection, and players can typically interact with each other through speech and/or text. An MMO can be played through a computer, a game console,...

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Publisher Wars: Exciting, or Immature?

Publisher Wars: Exciting, or Immature?

When kids squabble with one another, we scold them and tell them to “stop acting like children.” Truth is, adults are arguably more attracted to bickering and backstabbing than most youngsters. We sigh and look away, but then we open one eye and catch what we can. For instance, even gamers who aren’t necessarily interested in Call of Duty or Battlefield can deny that following the often-heated banter between Activision and EA is intriguing. At E3...

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Can Sony Bring Back Virtual Reality?

Can Sony Bring Back Virtual Reality?

From a ’90s point of view, the year 2000 looked technologically exciting. We dreamed especially hard about what the future held for video games: With sleek, silver CDs spinning in our consoles, it seemed like we’d taken a major step upward from the “old” ways and were content to let game cartridges decompose into a grey powder. But we wanted to know what lay beyond CDs, and with the high-tech fantasies that arcades were throwing around in...

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Does Nintendo Take Core Gamers Seriously?

Does Nintendo Take Core Gamers Seriously?

Here’s a handy tip for starting an internet fight: Invade an online gaming community and ask, “What defines a hardcore gamer?” Three hundred posts later, you’ll have a lot of speculation, a lot of arguments, a lot of hissing and spitting, but you probably won’t have a solid answer. Nintendo thinks it has a good idea of what constitutes a “core gamer;” namely, the player base the company cheesed off with the Wii and most of...

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Valve Goes Free to Play: Bad Choice?

Valve Goes Free to Play: Bad Choice?

Valve’s famous team-based shooter, Team Fortress 2, recently went free-to-play. Everyone should celebrate by repeating this good news to themselves in the voices Valve has bestowed upon the game’s colorful cast. Start with Scout (“Yo!”) and end with Pyro. (“Mrfrrfrff!”). This isn’t the first instance of a subscription-based online game going free-to-play. Dungeons & Dragons Online has done it, as has Lord of the Rings...

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Operation Rainfall: Nintendo’s Folly?

Operation Rainfall: Nintendo’s Folly?

Nintendo knows how to make legendary games and properties that survive through the decades to be embraced by multiple generations. Nintendo also knows how to infuriate its fans. Oh boy, does it ever know how to infuriate its fans. Nintendo’s latest punt at the hornet’s nest involves three Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs): Xenoblade Chronicles, Pandora’s Tower, and The Last Story. The games aren’t connected story-wise, but they share three...

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Are Movies and Video Games Merging?

Are Movies and Video Games Merging?

There are countless ways to tell a story. Through a book. A movie. A video game. On a paper bag, with some crayons. If you’re passionate about what you have to say, then the medium in which you say it in shouldn’t alter the message. Key word here: Shouldn’t. Whenever a video game appears to have a deep message that should survive the transition to the silver screen, a movie director invariably ambles by and demonstrates that’s not always the...

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The 10 Best Social Games

The 10 Best Social Games

Social games for Facebook and other social networks are offered in an impressive assortment of colors and flavors. You can tend to your farm, build yourself a city, pick at a puzzle, fend off zombies, or crush your enemies and hear the lamentations of their women. Got some spare time and a Facebook account? Here are ten of the best free social games currently available. Grab a friend, grab a drink, and have fun. Ravenwood Fair (Simulation) — It’s one...

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