Posts by Nadia Oxford

How Google+ Can Improve Social Gaming

How Google+ Can Improve Social Gaming

Now that Google+ is out and about, the social network has had some time to present itself as a hipper, safer, and more convenient alternative to Facebook. Google+ is more upfront than Facebook about security settings, for starters, and its Circles make it a breeze to ensure that parents aren’t subjected to sons’ and daughters’ detailed updates about how much beer was guzzled last night, and how much came back up. Maybe you made the switch to...

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Microsoft Games: Better than Rivals?

Microsoft Games: Better than Rivals?

A company that engineers a game console isn’t judged exclusively by the system they assemble: They’re also scrutinized according to the games they make for said console. After all, who ought to know how to harness the strengths of a platform more than the company that put it together? Xbox’s Chief Financial Officer, Dennis Durkin, trotted out a bold claim regarding first party games during a mid-July interview with IndustryGamers. The Xbox...

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Nintendo 3DS Price Cut: Too Soon?

Nintendo 3DS Price Cut: Too Soon?

The video games industry is fast-paced and never lacking for surprises, so it takes a real piece of news to make us put down our teacups and declare “Oh my heavens.” But Nintendo made us all double-take on July 28 when it announced that the price of the Nintendo 3DS will be slashed by a full $80 in North America; down to $169.99 USD from $249.99 USD. Many of us believed, deep in our heart of hearts, that a Nintendo 3DS price cut was inevitable....

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Japan’s Stagnation: Blame Executives

Japan’s Stagnation: Blame Executives

The state of the games industry in Japan (barring Nintendo’s continued success) can be described with a handful of unhappy words: “Sad, confused,” and “struggling” are three accurate ones. But labeling the maladies of Eastern game development is much easier than pinning down an exact reason for the troubles, and it’s a hell of a lot easier than prescribing a cure. Still, Japan’s stake in the industry is very much worth...

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Are the Days of Full-Priced Games Over?

Are the Days of Full-Priced Games Over?

To hear the way some people tell it, the $60 retail game is an endangered species, a withered king ruling over a crumbling kingdom. EA Sports’ senior VP of Worldwide Development, Andrew Wilson, is one critic of the price of admission for retail games, and he believes its days are numbered. “There will come a time where the consumer is simply not prepared to pay $60 up-front for a game anymore, the same way they have said that for movies and music and...

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Should Game Devs Expect to be Overworked?

Should Game Devs Expect to be Overworked?

If you’re a fan of The Simpsons, you might recall an episode wherein Lisa Simpson visits the factory that assembles her beloved Malibu Stacy accessory dolls. The smiling tour guide makes some quip about there being a “hint of fairy dust in the air” while Lisa gazes down at the reality: An assembly line of cursing, flabby employees in grey jumpsuits who only stop their mind-numbing work long enough to unclog the torso chute with a broomstick when...

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Will the Nintendo 3DS Price Cut Hurt the Wii U Launch?

Will the Nintendo 3DS Price Cut Hurt the Wii U Launch?

If you feel bad about spending $250 on a Nintendo 3DS before you knew about the $80 August price drop, don’t worry: Chances are, Nintendo feels worse. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has been apologizing up and down for the price drop since it was announced on July 28. Iwata is even worried that Nintendo’s most faithful might wind up so burned by the cut that potential early adopters of the Wii U will think twice about grabbing the new console at...

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What PSP Can Teach Nintendo 3DS

What PSP Can Teach Nintendo 3DS

All of us make mistakes; it’s one of those charming little quirks that make us oh-so-human. But while most of us offer pity or irritation when we watch someone bung something up, we also feel forgiveness and even warmth when that person says, “I’m sorry. I messed this up, and I learned my lesson. I’ll do better next time.” Mistakes happen in the games industry, and the lessons that follow are oh-so harsh. Since 2004, for instance, Sony...

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Will Nintendo Shy Away from Shooters?

Will Nintendo Shy Away from Shooters?

While many Japanese game studios struggle to remain relevant with Western gamers, Nintendo is still one of the most recognized brands in North America and throughout the world. Even so, the company still deals with significant culture clashes. One example lies with the West’s affinity for shooter games. Call of Duty and Halo are among our biggest series, but games about guns and marines don’t generate a whole lot of excitement in the East. Nintendo...

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Origin and Downloadble Games

Origin and Downloadble Games

If you’re primarily a PC gamer, you probably visit Steam for all your game needs. Steam is nearly ten years old, which has given the distribution platform a decent chunk of time to worm its way into the hearts and muscle memory of its users. Though Steam won’t release its numbers, its rival distributor, Impulse, estimated back in 2009 that Steam owns 70% of the digital distribution market. It’s hard to conceive of switching to another distributor...

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