Posts made in August, 2011

Is Wii U Merely a Transitional System?

Is Wii U Merely a Transitional System?

The next generation of consoles is stealing up on us, but interestingly, we know very little about what’s coming. The only new console we’re intimate with in any regard is the Wii U, and even our relationship with Nintendo’s follow-up to the Wii is as tangible as autumn mist; we don’t know much about the games that are coming for the system, and we know even less about the system’s final specs. We do know that the Wii U is at least as...

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Should Blockbuster Games Drive the Industry?

Should Blockbuster Games Drive the Industry?

With the games industry scattered in so many different directions nowadays, can we still point at one type of game as the industry’s main earner? Activision believes so. And, unsurprisingly, the company believes that the triple-A games that it tends to produce is what keeps the industry going strong. “The biggest titles in the industry continue to generate a disproportionate percentage of the profits and revenues,” said Activision Publishing CEO...

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World of Warcraft: Showing Its Age

World of Warcraft: Showing Its Age

World of Warcraft wants you to get off its lawn. The massively multiplayer online RPG (MMORPG) is almost seven years old, which is something like a hundred years old in MMORPG years. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but World of Warcraft is definitely getting a little creaky in its joints. During a recent earnings conference call, Blizzard admitted that there has been a bit of a gradual decline in the game’s subscriber numbers. “[W]e experienced a...

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PlayStation Vita: Price Drop Coming?

PlayStation Vita: Price Drop Coming?

Nintendo has been sweating profusely over its $80 price cut to the Nintendo 3DS, but at least the company is not stressing out alone. Doubtlessly Sony has had a few sleepless nights of its own since Nintendo announced the cut on July 28. Portable gaming enthusiasts around the world are watching Sony with their chins propped in their palms, waiting for the seemingly inevitable PlayStation Vita price drop. Unfortunately for them, it’s probably not going to...

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Does Publisher Mud-Slinging Hurt Gaming?

Does Publisher Mud-Slinging Hurt Gaming?

Not all that long ago, we talked about the heated competition between Activision and EA. The size of each studio alone is enough to make titans look like tykes, but both companies are wielding weapons that will clash this holiday season: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision) and Battlefield 3 (EA). The two military-themed shooters will leap at each others’ throats this Christmas. Only one will come out on top, and EA is aiming to make sure Battlefield 3...

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Why Diversity Matters in Games

Why Diversity Matters in Games

Video games can take you to far away worlds populated by all manner of beasts and humanoids. You can form alliances with elves, talk to dragons, and shake hands (or exchange laser fire) with alien races beyond anything from your imagination. In fact, the only life form you’re unlikely to meet in a video game is a person of color. Regardless of how fantastic a game’s setting might be, and no matter how far beyond the stratosphere an adventure stretches,...

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10 More Great Games for Female Gamers

10 More Great Games for Female Gamers

The “10 Great Games for Women” article we posted some time ago here on Game Theory went over like a brick on Jupiter, and perhaps rightfully so. Though the purpose of the list was not to suggest that female gamers don’t enjoy shooters and other genres that are typically perceived as “Manly!”, the exclusion of the genre in our list of examples didn’t help our case. Moreover, it’s sort of impossible to define a...

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10 Things to Know About Social Games

10 Things to Know About Social Games

Social games: They’re everywhere, so you might as well play ’em. What is a social game? Technically, any game that involves interaction with other players can be filed under the “social” breed, so that includes the likes of Monopoly and Go Fish. When we speak about social games today, however, we generally mean free-to-play titles that weave gameplay and social interaction. Some of the more popular social offerings include FarmVille by Zynga...

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Can Nintendo Create a Massive Single-Player Experience?

Can Nintendo Create a Massive Single-Player Experience?

Is there a more compelling way to scuff around in an MMO’s virtual world in real-time and actually feel like your presence has greater consequence? It seems like Nintendo might be trying to think of a way. In 2010, the company filed a patent application for what might be described as a “single-player online game”–a virtual world wherein the player’s presence alters the environment accordingly. Kotaku summed up one of the examples...

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3DS Price Cut: Killing Fans’ Trust?

3DS Price Cut: Killing Fans’ Trust?

When Nintendo announced the massive Nintendo 3DS price drop on July 28 ($169.99 USD, down from $249.99 USD), a glut of positive energy rushed from the Internet gaming community. After all, the cut is big news: The Nintendo 3DS’s high price was undeniably a big barrier between the system and potential adopters. Once the holiday season’s line-up beefs up the 3DS’s library, we should see numerous portable gaming enthusiasts vault over their...

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