Posts by Nadia Oxford

Will Nintendo Screw Online Gamers Again?

Will Nintendo Screw Online Gamers Again?

Between poor connections, the under-realized Wii Connect 24, and Wii owners having to endure the tedium of Friend Codes, Nintendo has never been praised for traversing the cutting edge of online gaming. Next to Xbox Live Arcade and even the troubled PlayStation Network, going online with the Wii is something of a joke. But maybe Nintendo just needed to see with its own eyes that online gaming and digital stores are a non-negotiable part of gaming’s future....

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Xbox 360: Can it Last 10-Plus Years?

Xbox 360: Can it Last 10-Plus Years?

Do you love your Xbox 360? You’re in luck. Microsoft has declared that the system is only midway through its life cycle, meaning you might get another six years out of the old workhorse. (Provided it doesn’t Red Ring first. Schwing!) Toward the end of June, Chris Lewis, Xbox’s European VP, told MCV [via CVG and Industry Gamers] that the Xbox 360 received a “huge shot of adrenaline” thanks to the introduction of Kinect. “What we...

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World of Warcraft Free Online: A Good Idea?

World of Warcraft Free Online: A Good Idea?

Need a vacation, but low on funds? Consider Azeroth, where you can befriend walking cows and pillage in the name of the Horde. Best of all, it won’t cost you a dime: World of Warcraft is the latest subscriber-based game to switch to the free-to-play formula. There is a catch, though: World of Warcraft is free until you hit level 20. If you want to break out and go beyond, you have to pay up. IndustryGamers asked some of the industry’s best-known...

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Can Free-to-Play Succeed on Xbox Live?

Can Free-to-Play Succeed on Xbox Live?

Reportedly coming soon to an Xbox Live service near you: Free-to-play games, with in-game purchases made possible with Microsoft Points! Free-to-play games and game consoles have had a curious relationship thus far. You can play Sony’s massively multiplayer online game Free Realms on the PlayStation 3, but it took a long time for Sony to port the game over from its original PC home. Nintendo has made it clear that free-to-play games will not appear on...

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Today’s Games: Does Anyone Care?

Today’s Games: Does Anyone Care?

Super Mario Bros. Final Fantasy. Mega Man 2. Sonic the Hedgehog. Pac-Man. Tetris. What do all these video games have in common? They’re each well over a decade old–over two decades, in some cases–and they’re still widely celebrated as games that lay down blueprints for many of the games we enjoy today. But let’s say you somehow manage to procure a device that can capture a snapshot of this exact moment in time (don’t aim it in...

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PlayStation 4: Coming in 2012?

PlayStation 4: Coming in 2012?

Waiting for the unveiling of the next generation of game consoles has been a bit like watching Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft play a drawn-out match of “Who Can Stay Quiet the Longest.” Nintendo finally cracked at E3 2011 and revealed its hand with the Wii U. As for Microsoft and Sony, they’re still playing the game. The question is, “For how long?” According to rumor, IndustryGamers has heard from a “top developer” who says...

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Zynga’s Success: Hurting Core Games?

Zynga’s Success: Hurting Core Games?

Zynga’s aspiration to file an initial public offering (IPO) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made the social gaming giant the talk of the town. Well, Zynga always seems to be the talk of the town; let’s just say the IPO filing has cranked the volume up to 11. Zynga’s valuation is rumored to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $15 to $20 billion–more than EA, more than Majesco, more than THQ, more than...

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E3 2011: What it Says About the Industry

E3 2011: What it Says About the Industry

E3 is about noise, excitement, celebrity appearances and previews, but when the worst of the clamor has passed us by, we can reflect on E3 and try out a bit of divination, too. Leigh Alexander put together a meaty E3 write-up on Gamasutra, and one point she made is particularly interesting: Core game developers seem to realize that it’s more important than ever to let their audience know, “Hey, we’re here, and we’re ready to entertain...

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Can Price Cuts Revitalize Console Sales?

Can Price Cuts Revitalize Console Sales?

Maybe the current generation of game consoles is wheezing and writhing in the shadow of upcoming systems like the Wii U and the PlayStation Vita, or maybe the digital and free-to-play markets are increasingly eating up gamers’ time. Either way, sales of boxed retail game product appears to be stagnating in Europe and the UK. UbiSoft believes that price cuts for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 will shock some new life into the fading consoles. “[Game...

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Zynga vs. Vostu: A Tale of Two Cities

Zynga vs. Vostu: A Tale of Two Cities

Zynga is a company that ought to be saluted for its tenacity, its drive, and its successful linking of friends and families through familiar, free games that are easy to play. But let’s back up and study one particular word in that sentence: “Familiar.” Zynga knows how to make money, but the social game giant doesn’t have an original bone in its body. That’s probably why Zynga’s lawsuit against and alleged imitator, an...

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