Posts made in December, 2011

5 Challenges the Industry Faces in 2012

5 Challenges the Industry Faces in 2012

With 2012 coming up fast, many of us are wishing and hoping for a fruitful, healthy year, preferably free of Mayan-predicted doomsdays. Conversely, in our darker moods, we think about ways in which the new year might be a soul-sucking series of struggles. 2012 is going to be a tense time for video game developers, too. The past couple of years have been volatile for the industry, and 2012 will prove no less challenging for the business thanks to some specific...

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Wii U’s Biggest Industry Innovations

Wii U’s Biggest Industry Innovations

There are certain and somewhat important characteristics about the Wii U that are currently up in the air, and might not be settled until the last moments before the console’s 2012 release. We don’t know an exact release date. We don’t know a price, or much about the system’s launch lineup. We do know that the Wii U will bring some interesting innovations to the console market. Even if the Wii U doesn’t revolutionize games as...

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5 Reasons Why Video Games are Good for Kids

5 Reasons Why Video Games are Good for Kids

When something goes wrong with today’s youth, the media is quick to loose the dogs on video games. The attacks generally portray video games as noisy, violent time-wasters that are the equivalent of a potato chip feast for the brain. Truthfully, playing games can be very beneficial for children. When combined with exercise, sensible time limits, and adhesion to the ESRB’s content ratings, video games are a relatively inexpensive and fun pastime that can...

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Top 10 Digital Distribution Platforms

Top 10 Digital Distribution Platforms

It might be hard to think of the digital realm as cutthroat territory, but believe it or not, online game stores are constantly battling one another for your space dollars. The market is a pretty interesting place at this current time: it’s a bustling jumble of services that includes veterans and dozens of newcomers that are trying to get in on a good thing. Some digital distribution portals offer access to exclusive titles, or are convenient to use thanks to...

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Why A Game Biz Crash Isn’t Coming

Why A Game Biz Crash Isn’t Coming

The video game industry is bouncing along with a level of vigor it hasn’t seen since the day the business was born. It is, however, human nature to look at a healthy animal and wonder about the possibilities of plague and death. So we talk a great deal about the Video Game Industry Crash of ’83 (Or Thereabouts), and wonder if it can happen again. In fact, some of us insist it will happen again, and when you take a quick glance at the industry as it...

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How to Develop Great Niche Games

How to Develop Great Niche Games

The games industry is doing everything it can to appeal to the mainstream, including offering free games, social games, casual games, games that fix dinner, etc. With so many titles trying to be all things to all people, you might be tempted to look at past gaming trends and declare them dead. Nope. The financial and critical success of games like Catherine and Dark Souls indicates that there’s still a market for niche games, and it’s a very hungry,...

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5 Reasons Game Retail Isn’t Dead

5 Reasons Game Retail Isn’t Dead

Of all the enormous changes that have swept over the games industry since the mid-Aughts, one of the most significant is the method by which we actually obtain our games. While console owners would almost exclusively buy their games at retail, the advent of digital marketplaces like Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and the Wii Shop Channel allow us to supplement our physical purchases with digital fare–and we are only too happy to oblige. What’s...

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Offensive Video Games: Best of the Worst

Offensive Video Games: Best of the Worst

When we put together our list of the Most Offensive Video Games Ever, our kind readers helped underscore one of the fundamental problems we faced when trying to compile an abbreviated sample: there are more than a few depraved games out there that have amassed over the last several decades. So, in the interest of doing justice to the bloodiest and most controversial pages in the Great Big Book of Gaming History, here are five more of the most offensive games to hit...

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10 Best Board Games

10 Best Board Games

Video games are great and all, but sometimes you just gotta unplug yourself. That’s when you load up on beer and chips, lasso a bunch of friends, and sit down to enjoy a board game. It’s easy to think of video games as a digital “replacement” for toys and board games, which, in turn, are sometimes regarded as lumbering relics from the past. Truthfully, board games are still a popular way to pass the time amongst a family or a group of...

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Used Games: Good or Bad for Gaming?

Used Games: Good or Bad for Gaming?

Open communication via the Internet has brought gamers and developers quite close, and for the most part, we’re all good buddies. However, one issue still divides us like a katana through a cake: the used games debate. Game developers generally do not harbor warm feelings about the used game trade. They believe it takes money directly out of their pockets, and, by extension, food out of their children’s mouths. Gamers, by contrast, think the pre-owned...

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