Posts made in October, 2011

Video Game Trends 2012: Top 5 Predictions

Video Game Trends 2012: Top 5 Predictions

We’ve entered the final quarter of 2011. What can we expect from 2012? A few folks have made guesses that involve prosperity, massive changes for all of mankind, and oh, something about an impending apocalypse. We won’t be able to draw any conclusions about 2012 ’til its noteworthy events actually happen (or don’t happen), but we can put our faith in this much: Video games will still be around. We can even guess at some upcoming predictions...

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Best Free MMOs: Sports, Simulation, Family

Best Free MMOs: Sports, Simulation, Family

If you enjoy traveling but you’re on a strict budget, you can immerse yourself in one of hundreds of free games on the Internet. Free-to-play massively multiplayer online (MMO) games are often as deep and engaging as full-priced retail games, and they come in all kinds of flavors. Part two of our guide to MMO games offers recommendations for enjoyable titles in the Racing/Sports, Simulation, and Kids/Family genres. TOP 5 FREE RACING/SPORTS MMOs Quick Hit...

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How Nintendo Can Ensure the 3DS’s Survival

How Nintendo Can Ensure the 3DS’s Survival

Nintendo is a very reserved company; it doesn’t talk much about its feelings. Nevertheless, there’s little doubt President Satoru Iwata has loosened his collar and let loose a sigh of uneasy relief since sales of the Nintendo 3DS picked up over summer’s end. The Nintendo 3DS continues to do well at retail, and will probably remain solid through the holiday season thanks in part to the gradual arrival of must-have games like Star Fox 64 3D, Mario...

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Digital vs. Retail: The New Generation

Digital vs. Retail: The New Generation

As much as video games have changed over the past few decades, console game retail remained quite predictable for a long, long time. Whether you wanted a game for the Atari 2600 or the PlayStation 2, you generally hopped in your car and drove down to Wal-Mart, or Toys R Us, or EB Games. It’s only taken a few years for game retail to turn completely on its head. Our choices go way beyond physically shopping for games, and even the practice of buying at an...

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2011 Holiday Video Game Gift Guide: Pt. 2

2011 Holiday Video Game Gift Guide: Pt. 2

The holiday season brings with it family, fellowship, and a whole lot of shopping stress. Thankfully, if you have a gamer in the family–or you just want to spoil yourself–buying a wicked-cool present is as easy as picking a game (or two, or three) from our 2011 Holiday Video Game Wish List. Battlefield 3 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, iOS) — EA’s Battlefield 3 is a long-awaited first-person shooter that thrusts players into a multitude of...

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Holiday Video Game Gift Guide 2011: Pt. 1

Holiday Video Game Gift Guide 2011: Pt. 1

The holiday season brings with it family, fellowship, and a whole lot of shopping stress. Thankfully, if you have a gamer in the family–or you just want to spoil yourself–buying a wicked-cool present is as easy as picking a video game (or two, or three) from our 2011 Holiday Gaming Wish List. Batman: Arkham City (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC) — Batman disapproves of all joy and color, so he’s not much of a Christmas guy. Nevertheless, Arkham...

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5 Reasons Why the Wii U Will Succeed

5 Reasons Why the Wii U Will Succeed

Nintendo has been taking a lot of hard knocks in recent months–and a few of those have come from us, we’ll admit. But if we’re hard on Nintendo, it’s only because we believe in it. It’s also because the company’s next major console, the Wii U, is set to come to life sometime next year, and we still don’t know a whole lot about the system. The mysterious nature of the Wii U, combined with Nintendo’s problems getting...

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Top 5 Free Online Games: Sports, Simulation, Family

Top 5 Free Online Games: Sports, Simulation, Family

If you’re on a tight budget, then no doubt you’re the owner of a thousand and one worries. Here’s a nice revelation, though: if money’s a bit scarce but you have a semi-decent computer, you already have access to hundreds of free games. Not surprisingly, only some free-to-play games are worth experiencing, while others are better off festering in a pit somewhere. Part two of our guide to online free-to-play games will direct you to some of...

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Best Free Online Games: Action, RPG, Classic

Best Free Online Games: Action, RPG, Classic

There was a time when playing free games online required you to wade through pounds of text in a multi-user dungeon (MUD) or else involved clicking aimlessly on a virtual pet for hours. But over the past few years, the free-to-play online game market has blossomed into a huge industry, with several offerings that are as detailed and complex as some of the full-price console games available at retail. With so many free games up for grabs, it can be difficult to...

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Can Indie Devs Survive on Consoles?

Can Indie Devs Survive on Consoles?

Canadian rocker Bruce Cockburn once sang, “Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight.” Though every single human living on the planet can identify with those words, they hit independent game developers square in the heart. It’s not just difficult to get a small game published on a digital console platform like Xbox Live Arcade or WiiWare. To hear some devs talk about it, digital publication on consoles borders on impossible. Rudolf...

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