Posts made in August, 2011

How to Ease Rising XBLA Game Prices

How to Ease Rising XBLA Game Prices

Have you noticed that prices for games in the Xbox Live Marketplace have been making a bit of a climb lately? In similar news, you may have also noticed some of life’s other small details, like “water is wet” and “the sun rises in the morning.” In other words, it’s a little difficult to disregard the recent rise in Marketplace content, because it’s hard not to notice when a cheap alternative to gaming becomes less cheap. At...

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Can Star Wars: The Old Republic Last Decades?

Can Star Wars: The Old Republic Last Decades?

Star Wars: The Old Republic has been in the works for a long time. If you’ve been tapping the end of your lightsaber impatiently while counting down the minutes, good news: Your wait will reportedly be coming to an end this Holiday season. If you’re still irritated over the wait, cheer up. BioWare wanted to get The Old Republic just right, because you’ll supposedly be playing the game for a long, long time. Years. Decades, even. James Ohlen, the...

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Can Take-Two Bridge Social and Core?

Can Take-Two Bridge Social and Core?

Facebook users who have been harassed for years to join FarmVille, CityVille, or any number of social games available on the platform might be able to exact a bit of revenge in the near future. Tired of reading requests from your Aunt Etta to join Restaurant City? Try sending back an invitation to play Grand Theft Auto with you within the walls of Zuckerberg’s digital world. It’s not possible at the moment of course, but it might be only a matter of...

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How Google+ Can Improve Social Gaming

How Google+ Can Improve Social Gaming

Now that Google+ is out and about, the social network has had some time to present itself as a hipper, safer, and more convenient alternative to Facebook. Google+ is more upfront than Facebook about security settings, for starters, and its Circles make it a breeze to ensure that parents aren’t subjected to sons’ and daughters’ detailed updates about how much beer was guzzled last night, and how much came back up. Maybe you made the switch to...

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Microsoft Games: Better than Rivals?

Microsoft Games: Better than Rivals?

A company that engineers a game console isn’t judged exclusively by the system they assemble: They’re also scrutinized according to the games they make for said console. After all, who ought to know how to harness the strengths of a platform more than the company that put it together? Xbox’s Chief Financial Officer, Dennis Durkin, trotted out a bold claim regarding first party games during a mid-July interview with IndustryGamers. The Xbox...

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The Future of Cloud, Streaming Games

The Future of Cloud, Streaming Games

*SPONSORED POST* Interested in learning more about how cloud gaming, cloud computing and online streaming will change the future of the video games business? Consider attending the first Cloud Gaming USA conference, which our very own industry insider Scott Steinberg will be hosting September 7-8 in San Jose, CA. Featuring keynote speeches, panels and workshops by games industry legends such as Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Gaikai CEO David Perry, GameStop...

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Nintendo 3DS Price Cut: Too Soon?

Nintendo 3DS Price Cut: Too Soon?

The video games industry is fast-paced and never lacking for surprises, so it takes a real piece of news to make us put down our teacups and declare “Oh my heavens.” But Nintendo made us all double-take on July 28 when it announced that the price of the Nintendo 3DS will be slashed by a full $80 in North America; down to $169.99 USD from $249.99 USD. Many of us believed, deep in our heart of hearts, that a Nintendo 3DS price cut was inevitable....

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Japan’s Stagnation: Blame Executives

Japan’s Stagnation: Blame Executives

The state of the games industry in Japan (barring Nintendo’s continued success) can be described with a handful of unhappy words: “Sad, confused,” and “struggling” are three accurate ones. But labeling the maladies of Eastern game development is much easier than pinning down an exact reason for the troubles, and it’s a hell of a lot easier than prescribing a cure. Still, Japan’s stake in the industry is very much worth...

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Are the Days of Full-Priced Games Over?

Are the Days of Full-Priced Games Over?

To hear the way some people tell it, the $60 retail game is an endangered species, a withered king ruling over a crumbling kingdom. EA Sports’ senior VP of Worldwide Development, Andrew Wilson, is one critic of the price of admission for retail games, and he believes its days are numbered. “There will come a time where the consumer is simply not prepared to pay $60 up-front for a game anymore, the same way they have said that for movies and music and...

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Should Game Devs Expect to be Overworked?

Should Game Devs Expect to be Overworked?

If you’re a fan of The Simpsons, you might recall an episode wherein Lisa Simpson visits the factory that assembles her beloved Malibu Stacy accessory dolls. The smiling tour guide makes some quip about there being a “hint of fairy dust in the air” while Lisa gazes down at the reality: An assembly line of cursing, flabby employees in grey jumpsuits who only stop their mind-numbing work long enough to unclog the torso chute with a broomstick when...

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