Posts by Nadia Oxford

Can GameFly’s Digital Downloads Work?

Can GameFly’s Digital Downloads Work?

The very idea of renting games through the mail is a weird one, but it didn’t take long for GameFly’s mail-based game rental service to tear a few mouthfuls out of Blockbuster, the former king of temporary video game ownership. Going digital is a logical move for GameFly, and indeed, the rental service will be offering downloadable alternatives for clients who’d rather not mess with mailboxes. According to GameFly co-founder Sean Spector,...

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Consumers vs. Creators: When Fans Collide

Consumers vs. Creators: When Fans Collide

The balance between creative expression and garnering profit for survival’s sake is a delicate dance as far as the games industry is concerned. Unfortunately, this summer’s dance has not been a favorable experience for long-time fans of Nintendo and Capcom. The two veteran companies have let down their supporters in big ways in the past month, to the point that it’s important for everyone to take a step back and reconsider what it means to be a...

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Automatic 3DS Downloads: A Good Idea?

Automatic 3DS Downloads: A Good Idea?

There was a time when turning on a game system without plugging a cartridge into it first would yield an ominous black void on the television screen, and nothing more. Those days are long gone, lost in a modern era featuring downloadable demos, built-in Internet browsers, social media options, and much, much more. Whereas the game console once served a single purpose, now our systems are arguably the busiest appliance in the house. That goes double for portable...

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Xbox Next: Do the Graphics Matter?

Xbox Next: Do the Graphics Matter?

No matter how old you are, and no matter what level of professionalism you operate at in the game industry, there is still a little kid inside of you who reacts to new system announcements with: “Well, can it do cool graphics?” Indeed, the Internet has been wondering the very same about Microsoft’s next Xbox (or “Xbox Next,” or “NextBox,” or “Xbox 720,” if you like). Chip manufacturer AMD is not...

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Do FPS Games Really Need to Innovate?

Do FPS Games Really Need to Innovate?

Creativity is always at odds with the bottom line, and nowhere is the struggle between expression and profit more fierce than within the games industry. For instance, the first-person shooter genre comes under a lot of fire from the gaming community for its seeming lack of creativity, but said games sell well, are popular, and often rate positively with critics upon release. Studios need money to operate, but is the trade-off of stagnation worth it? John Carmack,...

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PlayStation 3: A Second Place Finish

PlayStation 3: A Second Place Finish

Sony and Microsoft have been very slow to show their hands for the upcoming console generation, but we may as well shrug and declare the winner for this generation: Nintendo. The Wii demolished the sales charts over the months and years of its existence, and even though its longevity leaves a lot to be desired, neither the Xbox 360 nor the PlayStation 3 is likely to catch up before the Wii U hits the market and the next console generation officially begins. So...

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3DS Ambassador Program a Joke?

3DS Ambassador Program a Joke?

Woe to the early tech adopter. One would think that, by now, we’d know better than to fight to be first in line for a piece of hardware of software. Sure, we get bragging rights, and we get to bask in the thrill that comes with being amongst the first to grab a newborn piece of technology. We essentially become pioneers. Alas, pioneers often got snake-bit, and early tech adopters also know the sting of a misstep. Inevitably, early adopters subject themselves...

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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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