Posts made in August, 2011

Social Games Need to Grow Up

Social Games Need to Grow Up

Though opinions on the matter do vary, social games have the same right to exist as any other breed of video game. True, Facebook/social gaming is still a relatively young genre, and therefore playing with them sometimes feels like you’re being forced to interact with your little brother. After all, social games can be jittery, childish, pushy (“Play with me! Play with me!”), and sometimes it seems as if the entire genre doesn’t have an...

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PlayStation Vita: Will 2012 Launch Work?

PlayStation Vita: Will 2012 Launch Work?

Are you reluctant to enter the next phase of the handheld gaming wars because you’re waiting to see what the PlayStation Vita has to offer? You may as well go make a sandwich: Sony recently announced that the PS Vita won’t be coming to North America or Europe until an unspecified date in 2012. Japan will be getting the system in time for the holidays, but unless you’re looking to import (and that’s a viable option, as the PS Vita is...

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Xbox 360: Dead in Japan

Xbox 360: Dead in Japan

The Xbox has a long history of failing to make any kind of impression on Japan. To Bill Gates’ credit, Microsoft continues to cling to the Japanese market with a bulldog grip, but word has started coming in about Japanese retailers phasing out the Xbox 360. It looks like the Xbox 360′s time is up in the Land of the Rising Sun. Edge has a thorough tally of the 360′s misfortunes overseas. Though Microsoft did in fact move 1.5 million units by last...

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Deus Ex Fiasco: The End of GameStop?

Deus Ex Fiasco: The End of GameStop?

GameStop is a big corporation, easily the first name that comes to mind when we think about game retail. Therefore, when it pulls a boneheaded move, the entire world can see it. It’s like watching a ten mile-high baby steal from a huge cookie jar. And, like a child, GameStop is capable of showing genuine remorse when it’s caught doing something bad–but given GameStop’s latest stunt, it’s not clear if remorse and an apology will be...

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Steve Jobs Quits: What it Means to Gaming

Steve Jobs Quits: What it Means to Gaming

After 14 years at the helm of Apple, Steve Jobs loosed a resignation announcement on August 24. The announcement has since created the kind of fuss that’s usually reserved for when a bee slips into the car. The media, iOS device owners, and pretty much the entirety of planet Earth wants to know, “What’s gonna happen to Apple?” And us observers of the handheld gaming market who have been watching the ripples caused by the smartphone market...

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Top Video Game Books: Now on iPhone, iPad

Top Video Game Books: Now on iPhone, iPad

*** SPONSORED POST *** Shameless plug: Our top-selling video game industry books Get Rich Playing Games and The Videogame Style Guide and Reference Manual are now available in digital editions downloadable for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch via Apple’s iBooks online store and iTunes. Priced at $2.99, both volumes are immediately viewable in the iBooks app for your enjoyment, courtesy of P3: Power Play Publishing. Happily, the pair also remain 100% free to...

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Do Graphics Still Matter?

Do Graphics Still Matter?

“Good gameplay matters more than good graphics.” We keep saying it, and it’s true, for the most part: The simple, angular shapes that build Tetris are universally recognized and loved, whereas even the most wonderfully built character model probably wouldn’t garner a second look from the mainstream. But while in our heart of hearts we understand that gameplay matters more than graphics, we can’t help but steal a very intense look at...

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Facebook Games: More Variety Needed

Facebook Games: More Variety Needed

Facebook-based social games come in a surprising variety of flavors. Want a monster-fighting game? You got it. Want a restaurant-management game? You got it. Want a pet-raising game? You got it. Want a farming game? Oh boy, you’d better believe you got it. But Sean Ryan, Facebook’s director of games partnerships, believes the Facebook gaming scene could use some original and unexpected niche content beyond casual games for parents, kids and fairweather...

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Is a Nintendo-Apple Merger in the Cards?

Is a Nintendo-Apple Merger in the Cards?

Envision a force that’s powerful enough to take over the world. Godzilla crossed with Mothra. A tiger shark crossed with a Tyrannosaurs Rex. Apple crossed with Nintendo. Could that last terrifying cross-breed ever come into being? “Impossible,” you scoff. “We’re more likely to see Godzilla produce offspring with that giant moth-thing.” A Nintendo-Apple merger is unlikely, but it’s not exactly impossible. And if something...

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Game Consoles: Home to Movie Streaming War

Game Consoles: Home to Movie Streaming War

Video games are changing, and movie and television distribution are changing alongside them. Not only are modern consoles and handhelds there for you when you want to blast your way through a game, but they’re also your go-to spot when you want to lean back and watch a story that doesn’t require you to jump in and press “A.” Recently, HBO revealed that its online video-on-demand service, HBO Go, will be coming to consoles. Though the service...

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