Posts by Nadia Oxford

Nintendo vs. Free-to-Play: Dumb Move?

Nintendo vs. Free-to-Play: Dumb Move?

Nintendo has two new video game systems under its belt: The Nintendo 3DS, and the Wii U (a work in progress). Now’s the perfect time for the veteran company to adopt the newest, hottest trends going on in the games industry. Say, for instance, some free-to-play titles on the Wii U and/or Nintendo 3DS? Nintendo already has an answer for you: No, never, not on your life. “Nintendo is not interested [in free-to-play],” president Satoru Iwata told the...

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Can the Wii U Save Gaming in Japan?

Can the Wii U Save Gaming in Japan?

Gamers who practiced their art through the ’80s and ’90s can pen a few memorials about the battles fought between themselves and family members who wanted the TV “Right now. No, I don’t care if you have to find a save point.” The Wii U’s ability to switch from a television to a tablet display is ingenious; it’s a piece of technology that 16-bit RPG enthusiasts would have shanked their own mothers to possess. Now, however,...

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Lord British’s New Social MMOG: Worth Playing?

Lord British’s New Social MMOG: Worth Playing?

Whether you enjoy Fallout, Dragon Age, Final Fantasy, or Dragon Quest, you can thank one man for sculpting the foundations on which most modern role-playing games (RPGs) rest: Richard Garriott, also known as Lord British. Garriott developed the Ultima series of games, which pioneered the tile-based RPG and hugely influenced massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) with Ultima Online. And now the Lord of the modern RPG genre admits he’s...

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Can Video Game Magazines Survive?

Can Video Game Magazines Survive?

If print is dead, then video game magazines are dead twice over. When the Internet gained mainstream relevance in the mid-90s, video game news, reviews, previews, and blogs were among the first bits of content to jump from the magazine page to the digital world. Our access to game-related content has only become faster and more efficient with the advent of social networks like Facebook and Twitter. It’s no wonder major magazine publishers like Future are...

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How Square-Enix Can Recapture Its Glory

How Square-Enix Can Recapture Its Glory

One of E3 2011’s shining stars was Eidos, which brought with it several impressive IP reboots, including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Hitman: Absolution. It was a healthy showing that should have made Eidos’ owner, Square-Enix, as proud as a cat with newborn kittens. But even though Square-Enix is undoubtedly happy about Eidos’ success, the company has become painfully aware, even ashamed, of the poor showing from the Japanese side...

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Fake Wii U Footage: Bait and Switch

Fake Wii U Footage: Bait and Switch

When Nintendo showed off a few of the third party titles coming to the Wii U in 2012, you probably noticed some familiar faces in the trailer. Said faces are more familiar than you think: All the footage used in the video came from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. When GameTrailers asked Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime outright whether or not the Wii U’s third party reel utilized footage from competitors, Fils-Aime was open...

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Can Xbox Become a Home Media Brand?

Can Xbox Become a Home Media Brand?

Every so often, a game system will achieve such widespread distribution that its name becomes the replacement noun for the actual act of video gaming. People might say, “Want to play Nintendo?” instead of saying, “Want to play some video games?” Console engineers rocket over the moon when they achieve that honor, and for good reason: It means their own system has become the very definition of entertainment. Microsoft says that the Xbox brand...

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Square-Enix: GRIN’s Executioners?

Square-Enix: GRIN’s Executioners?

Though Square-Enix publishes some of the most beloved game series of all time, including Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy, the company doesn’t always endear itself to its North American followers. From half-assed work on its most important titles, to shutting down fan projects at the last possible second, to (some will claim) recycling the same hero archetypes and costumes game after game after multimillion dollar game, Square-Enix commands a huge fan base that...

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Are Developers Running Out of Ideas?

Are Developers Running Out of Ideas?

E3 is three solid days of flipping out over video games. Every minute on the show floor is crammed with gaming: We run from kiosk to kiosk, sampling this and that. A certain metaphor about kids in candy stores comes to mind, and boy, is it apt. So it’s kind of weird to lean back after E3, reflect on what we’ve played, and ask ourselves, “Gee…what’s new?” Nobody is questioning the quality of the demos, all of which offered up...

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Wii U: So Much for Introductions

Wii U: So Much for Introductions

If you attended Nintendo’s E3 2011 press conference, or if you watched the live feed, you probably clapped after seeing the trailer for the Wii U and exclaimed, “Great!…So, uh, is this a new video game system, or what?” The Wii U is most definitely a whole new console; it’s more powerful than the Wii, and possibly even more powerful than the PlayStation 3. It features impressive high-definition graphics. Unfortunately for Nintendo, a...

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