Posts made in February, 2012

5 Reasons PC Gaming Isn’t Dead

5 Reasons PC Gaming Isn’t Dead

When groups of people gather to chatter about video games, a lot of untrue statements get thrown back and forth. It’s nothing new: in the days of the 16-bit console wars, there was always that person who would swear by everything holy that Nintendo and Sega were working on a console together (his uncle, who worked at Nintendo, told him so). One of the most popular modern misconceptions is, “PC gaming is dead.” That statement isn’t simply...

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How to Get Crowdfunding For Your Game

How to Get Crowdfunding For Your Game

The past two decades have initiated a remarkable transformation over humankind. Once so very far apart, now we think as one, act as one, breathe as one. Okay, we haven’t advanced that far yet, but it’s hard not to get melodramatic about about how thoroughly the internet has changed our lives. With communications flying at the speed of light, what was once impossible is now typical. Take, for instance, video game development. Before the advent of the...

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Best iPhone Games for Kids

Best iPhone Games for Kids

Video games pull kids towards them as automatically as a magnet pulls iron shavings, and the low price and easy availability of iPhone games makes them especially accessible. Not every child has an iPhone; they’re costly, and, being multi-function devices, they are typically on temporary loan from parents. Nevertheless, there are a multitude of games for the iPhone that rank beyond simple toys and distractions. Many are also fun, engaging, and even...

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10 Best iPad Apps for Kids

10 Best iPad Apps for Kids

Tablet devices like Apple’s iPad series aren’t as small and easily-handled as the iPhone, iPod Touch, or the Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita. Nevertheless, the iPad’s large touchscreen makes for an interactive experience that’s not possible with the iOS family’s smaller displays. Creative and educational games and Apps particularly thrive on the iPad for this reason, which makes it easy to recommend ten must-plays for kids. Cut the...

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10 Best Indie Games of All-Time

10 Best Indie Games of All-Time

It takes a lot of dedicated work to put together any kind of video game, but independent games are labors of absolute love. Indie games are typically developed without financial assistance from a publisher, so the projects are often money-starved and hanging by a thread. On the flipside, there’s no guy in a suit poking at the developers and saying, “Hey. Hey. This game needs more birds. Kids these days like birds. Put in lots and lots of birds.”...

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Best Video Game Schools: Design and Development

Best Video Game Schools: Design and Development

Should you attend a video game school? Meditate carefully on your answer. A better question would be, “When you plunge that knife into your mother’s dreams and ambitions for your future, should you twist the knife once, or twice?” Oh, but we jest. Even so, the decision to school yourself in game design is a serious one. Though many successful developers break into the industry with little or no schooling at all, it’s never a bad idea to have...

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Best iPhone Games 2012

Best iPhone Games 2012

The iPhone developed into a legitimate gaming platform at a remarkable speed. It’s as if we turned around to look at something behind us, and when we faced forward again, Apple’s iOS series of handhelds was suddenly making a serious grab for a market that had been dominated by Nintendo for ages. While nobody can predict the future, we can comfortably assume that the iPhone will continue to evolve and mature as a handheld gaming system. Here are a...

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PlayStation Vita Reviewed: What You Need to Know

PlayStation Vita Reviewed: What You Need to Know

The PlayStation Vita (also known as the “PS Vita” and in a few instances, the “PSV”) is Sony’s next portable gaming system, and the follow-up to the PlayStation Portable/PSP. The portable gaming market is more crowded than ever thanks to the launch of the Nintendo 3DS and the runaway success of iOS devices as game platforms. That said, the PS Vita still boasts unique characteristics that make for specialized play sessions. Here’s...

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How to Buy Video Games for Kids

How to Buy Video Games for Kids

So, you want to buy a video game for that awesome kid in your life? Excellent choice. Video games are always popular with the young crowd, and for good reason: many of them tell compelling stories, they all get the brain working in some capacity, and, (this is vital) they’re fun to play. It’s hard to mess up while buying a video game as a gift. Whatever you get – especially if you’re a parent – is almost guaranteed to garner a happy...

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Games Kids Love and Parents Hate

Games Kids Love and Parents Hate

Men and women of all ages love video games, but the bond between a kid and his or her video game is special. Not only are video games fun and exciting–and even beneficial for a child’s mental and physical development, in some situations–but they can serve as a child’s introduction to storytelling that’s a bit more complex than “See Spot Run.” Which, in turn, lands video games in a love-hate relationship with parents....

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