Posts made in July, 2011

Social Games: The Complete Guide

Social Games: The Complete Guide

Want to learn how to get, install and play social games and free online games for Facebook and other social networks? As revealed in part one of our beginner’s guide to social games, it’s a simple and fun process. Below, in the final part of the series, we reveal how to download, try and pay for social games, including how these titles work, and some of the best free online games sites where you can find social games to play on-demand over the...

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10 Best Free Online Games

10 Best Free Online Games

The summer months are ideal for fresh air and exercise, but sometimes outdoor activities are rendered downright unpleasant by that relentless, pulsating ball of nuclear fire in the sky. If you need a break from Mr. Sun, consider slipping into an air-conditioned basement to chip away at some video games. What’s that? You’re saving your money for ice cream? Well, here are ten of the best free games and free-to-play games available online, inclufing free...

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10 Best Free iPad 2, iPad Games

10 Best Free iPad 2, iPad Games

If you have an iPad or an iPad 2, then you have a big beautiful ticket to some great free-to-play games. Though much of the iPad’s game library consists of high-definition remakes of iPhone games, the iPad’s roomy screen makes the device ideal for puzzle games, word games, adventures, and other titles that don’t thrive in a squished environment. Here are ten of the top best free games available on the iPad and iPad 2. Each one is well-suited for a...

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How to Get and Play Social Games

How to Get and Play Social Games

Looking to play all the best free online social games for Facebook you’ve been hearing so much about? Our guide to social gaming breaks down how to get social games, install them and enjoy free online games of all types without needing a degree in computer engineering. Here’s how to start playing today: What is a Social Game? — Generally, a social game refers to a game that is coupled with social interaction–in other words, a multiplayer...

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Video Game Fans vs. Publishers

Video Game Fans vs. Publishers

The Internet has built a solid bridge between the people who play games and the people who make them: For better or for worse, it’s pretty easy to get a hold of the ladies and gentlemen who make our favorite games, whether through email, Twitter, Facebook, or blogs. Even the biggest companies have one or more “community managers” or public relations (PR) managers who carry messages from the bottom to the top and back again. Either way, if we want...

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Motion Controls: Game Design Tips

Motion Controls: Game Design Tips

When Nintendo conceived the Wii, maybe it expected that fifty percent of our games or better would utilize shaking and waving within a mere couple of years. Needless to say, that hasn’t been the case. The reality has left gamers split, with casual audiences adopting motion control and traditionalists sticking to their keyboards, mice, and controllers. Ken Levine, the creative director of Irrational Games, believes that maybe things ought to stay that...

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Will Nintendo Screw Online Gamers Again?

Will Nintendo Screw Online Gamers Again?

Between poor connections, the under-realized Wii Connect 24, and Wii owners having to endure the tedium of Friend Codes, Nintendo has never been praised for traversing the cutting edge of online gaming. Next to Xbox Live Arcade and even the troubled PlayStation Network, going online with the Wii is something of a joke. But maybe Nintendo just needed to see with its own eyes that online gaming and digital stores are a non-negotiable part of gaming’s future....

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Xbox 360: Can it Last 10-Plus Years?

Xbox 360: Can it Last 10-Plus Years?

Do you love your Xbox 360? You’re in luck. Microsoft has declared that the system is only midway through its life cycle, meaning you might get another six years out of the old workhorse. (Provided it doesn’t Red Ring first. Schwing!) Toward the end of June, Chris Lewis, Xbox’s European VP, told MCV [via CVG and Industry Gamers] that the Xbox 360 received a “huge shot of adrenaline” thanks to the introduction of Kinect. “What we...

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World of Warcraft Free Online: A Good Idea?

World of Warcraft Free Online: A Good Idea?

Need a vacation, but low on funds? Consider Azeroth, where you can befriend walking cows and pillage in the name of the Horde. Best of all, it won’t cost you a dime: World of Warcraft is the latest subscriber-based game to switch to the free-to-play formula. There is a catch, though: World of Warcraft is free until you hit level 20. If you want to break out and go beyond, you have to pay up. IndustryGamers asked some of the industry’s best-known...

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Can Free-to-Play Succeed on Xbox Live?

Can Free-to-Play Succeed on Xbox Live?

Reportedly coming soon to an Xbox Live service near you: Free-to-play games, with in-game purchases made possible with Microsoft Points! Free-to-play games and game consoles have had a curious relationship thus far. You can play Sony’s massively multiplayer online game Free Realms on the PlayStation 3, but it took a long time for Sony to port the game over from its original PC home. Nintendo has made it clear that free-to-play games will not appear on...

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