Posts made in September, 2011

Do Consoles Still Need to be Region Locked?

Do Consoles Still Need to be Region Locked?

Fans of imported games and systems recently received a spot of good news about the PlayStation Vita: Sony’s handheld will be region free. Meaning, it should be fairly easy for someone with a North American Vita to import and play games from Japan on their system. Or, someone with a Japanese Vita shouldn’t have a problem playing European games on their system. Or, someone with a European version of the Vita shouldn’t have a problem playing North...

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Short Battery Life: Trouble for 3DS, PS Vita

Short Battery Life: Trouble for 3DS, PS Vita

Handheld games have come a long way since the cabbage-colored days of Game Boy titles. Portable game systems are no longer tethered by cartridges and link cables: we can buy games online and play with friends from around the world. We can also take pictures, watch movies, download demos, and access social media. Unfortunately, all these features command an additional price beyond the initial price tag: battery power. Nintendo, a company that arguably seized hold of...

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Corporate Policy: Dumbing Down Video Games?

Corporate Policy: Dumbing Down Video Games?

Interesting things happen when a console race drags on as long as this current era of the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. For the first few years of its life, the PS3 was inaccessible to the average family, because $599 USD is just a heck of a lot of money to spend on a console. The Xbox 360 was the affordable choice, though its inner works are not as powerful as the PS3′s–and there’s the system’s unfortunate habit of buckling like a spent...

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Cloud Gaming: The Future of Games?

Cloud Gaming: The Future of Games?

Playing a video game on a console used to invariably mean going to the store and browsing over a selection of CDs and/or cartridges. Then you’d pay the nice man or woman behind the counter, go home, plug the game in, and play. That’s all changed dramatically over the past half-decade. People can still buy games that have been pressed onto a shiny disc, and many still do. But we can also download games, and stream them directly to our PCs and consoles....

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Free Video Game Book: Music Games Rock

Free Video Game Book: Music Games Rock

It’s finally here! Four years in the making, we’re proud to announce the release of our latest free video game book, Music Games Rock: Rhythm Gaming’s Greatest Hits of All Time. Downloadable free at www.MusicGamesRock.com, the book is a complete guide to the music and rhythm gaming genre’s past, present and future, and explains the meteoric rise and fall of games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Charting hundreds of the field’s biggest...

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Can GameStop’s Tablet Succeed?

Can GameStop’s Tablet Succeed?

The majority of the gaming community has its brains in knots trying to determine which company will emerge with the upper hand in the next generation of game consoles. The analysis isn’t set to get easier any time soon, because here comes a new challenger: The GameStop gaming tablet. The tablet, according to GameStop president Tony Bartel, will be labeled a “GameStop certified gaming platform,” and starting next year, will sell alongside the next...

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How Capcom Titles Can Regain Worldwide Relevance

How Capcom Titles Can Regain Worldwide Relevance

Japanese video game developers seem to understand that their portion of the industry is suffering from several problems, including player drop-off, fading relevance, and stagnation. Some developers have since stepped up to the next level: They’re preparing to do something about it. Capcom is one such developer. According to a note released to investors by the company, it’s taking a good long look at potential mergers and acquisitions of Western...

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Dragon Quest X: Doomed in North America?

Dragon Quest X: Doomed in North America?

The announcement of a new Dragon Quest game is always a tremendous deal in Japan. Less so in North America, but Square-Enix’s revelation about Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online being an online game certainly got us chattering on this side of the puddle, too. It’s also difficult not to be intrigued by the news that a Wii U version of the game will be available, though whether or not the Wii U edition will launch alongside the Wii version...

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Can 3D Games Technology Still Succeed?

Can 3D Games Technology Still Succeed?

A mere two years ago, 3D technology was the hottest trend in entertainment. Every theatre-bound movie boasted about the characters jumping out at you. The Nintendo 3DS was unveiled at E3 2010 to much fanfare and excitement. And Sony promised us the most immersive gaming experience ever engineered, courtesy of a PlayStation 3 software update that enabled 3D support for its games. Here we are in 2011, and there’s no denying that the 3D hype has cooled a little...

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Is Triple-A Game Development Stifling Creativity?

Is Triple-A Game Development Stifling Creativity?

When summer winds down and a chill starts to nip the air, a beast awakens from hibernation: the triple-A game retail market. Game merchants count on big-name blockbusters to help them make a profit over the holiday season, and game developers and publishers throw everything they have into making sure their project will breed cash. After all, if a large studio spends two years paying a hundreds of men and women to make a game that will have one brief moment to shine...

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