Posts by Nadia Oxford

Game Charities: How to Donate, Give Back

Game Charities: How to Donate, Give Back

Video games can be regarded as the ultimate privilege. Game consoles are bundles of plastic, wires, and microchips that were engineered exclusively to please us, and the companies that make these systems fund multimillion-dollar commercials that fight like tomcats for our attention. When you pause what you’re playing to really take that all in, it’s easy to feel–well, guilty. Children across America are going to bed hungry, to say nothing about...

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MMORPG Business: How to Compete Online

MMORPG Business: How to Compete Online

One of the tougher video game genres to break into if you’re a developer is the massively multiplayer online and massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMOG/MMORPG) genre. World of Warcraft rules over paying subscribers with an orc’s fist, and elsewhere across the Internet, the free to play model competes for the time and money of a very over-stimulated user base. Regardless, ambitious publishers seek to contribute to the genre, as they may as...

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Retail Games vs. Free and Budget Apps

Retail Games vs. Free and Budget Apps

The rift in pricing between iPhone games and blockbuster retail releases is pretty expansive. The price for the average video game on the App Store is 99 cents. The price for an average retail release is around $59.99 USD. If your development studio dedicates most of its resources to making retail games, how do you compete against the pull of games that are not only cheap, but very convenient to purchase? Epic Games’ president, Mike Capps, recently admitted...

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Why Isn’t Kinect Living Up to Promises?

Why Isn’t Kinect Living Up to Promises?

When Microsoft’s motion-sensing Kinect camera concept came to light, some of us had fantasies about turning our living rooms into the Bat Cave and bossing around our high-tech game systems with physical gestures and voice commands. Six months since the launch of the Kinect, most of us are still using our controllers to navigate our Xbox 360 dashboard – including the folks who bought a Kinect at launch. Oddly enough, while the Kinect is still young, but...

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Is There a Future For Handheld Systems?

Is There a Future For Handheld Systems?

It’s a transitional time for video gaming, and nowhere is that transition more evident than in the handheld portable video games market. Up until a few years ago, Nintendo was unquestionably the king of portable gaming. Sony made an impressive showing with the PSP, especially in Japan, but ultimately spent most of its time skulking around at Nintendo’s feet. Then, all of a sudden, the iPhone nuzzled up to the Nintendo DS and said “hi.” Now...

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The Problem With Core Games on Facebook

The Problem With Core Games on Facebook

Can social games for Facebook attract a more hardcore or traditional video gaming audience? Zynga probably won’t test that idea by turning FarmVille into a first-person shooter (don’t let us discourage you from launching a letter-writing campaign), but an Argentine social game company called MetroGames is ready to try wooing core gamers to Facebook. Its first effort is Auto Hustle, a game that is heavily inspired by the original Grand Theft Auto, to put...

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How to Make a Hit Free-to-Play Game

How to Make a Hit Free-to-Play Game

Free-to-play online games are capable of attracting a huge audience. No surprise there; after all, they’re free games. How can you mess up a pitch like that? Alas, it’s not hard. The success of free-to-play games makes for a pretty crowded marketplace. So how can a developer give their project a needed boost? The team behind Battlestar Galactica Online (BSGO), Bigpoint, has a few ideas. After all, Bigpoint recently pointed out that BSGO recently passed...

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Parents and Video Games: Best Online Tools

Parents and Video Games: Best Online Tools

If you’re the parent of a child who enjoys gaming, the online world can appear as a mire of predators and destructive websites waiting to catch and swallow your kid whole. But the Internet is also a grand educational and entertainment resource. Here are some websites, apps and high-tech resources that will help you help your child enjoy gaming and surfing online. WEBSITES 1UP.com This long-lived gaming website features news, reviews, previews, and a busy...

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10 Great Games for Female Gamers

10 Great Games for Female Gamers

It’s never easy to whip up a list of video game recommendations for women and girls. That’s because identifying games as titles of interest “for men” or “for women” does more harm than good. Male gamers are often stereotyped as lovers of war games featuring rattling machine guns, whereas women are expected to to stick to puzzle games. Girls are offered games about babies and horses. And yet, there’s nothing wrong with men...

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E3 2011: What We Want to See

E3 2011: What We Want to See

As mature gamers, Christmas Day doesn’t really hold the thrill of surprise for us anymore. So we have to make do with trade show E3, the ultimate spring showcase for the video game industry. At E3, we learn what companies have been constructing through the barren winter months. Anything can happen, and it often does. With the rumor that Nintendo might be showing off the Wii 2 at E3 2011, this year’s upcoming E3 is suddenly worth anticipating. But one...

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