Posts by Nadia Oxford

Nintendo: Time to Ditch Retail?

Nintendo: Time to Ditch Retail?

With the Nintendo 3DS on the horizon and the rising digital market, Nintendo is continually being cornered by the press and asked what it thinks about increasing competition from smartphones. To no one’s surprise, Nintendo usually declines to preach doom and gloom. Instead, journalists get answers like the one Nintendo of Europe’s Laurent Fischer gave to Edge Online at the European 3DS showcase in Amsterdam last month: “We have never seen any link...

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Dead Island Trailer: A Video Too Far?

Dead Island Trailer: A Video Too Far?

Oh, video games. They just want to show us a good time, but lately, they can’t seem to help but upset the apple cart. Typically, any controversy relating to video games pits the mainstream media against gamers. But the most recent disturbance has actually erected a partition between brothers and sisters at (virtual) arms. Not long ago, we were united in our cause to tell off Fox News for stripping Bulletstorm of all context and using it to deepen the fears of...

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Mobile Gaming’s Top 5 Dirty Secrets

Mobile Gaming’s Top 5 Dirty Secrets

When you break out your mobile phone for a bit of gaming, where do you tend to be situated? And don’t say “Oh, usually on the bus or the train,” because EA has been watching you and it knows that you’re lying. At the recent DICE summit (“DICE” standing for “Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain”), EA’s Vice President of Mobile Worldwide studios, Travis Boatman, attempted to dispel what he called “five...

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Activision/Take-Two Merger: Good Idea?

Activision/Take-Two Merger: Good Idea?

In a move that might be looked upon as a kind of rebound date after its break-up with the Guitar Hero franchise, Activision is considering the absorption of Take-Two. Well, that’s the rumor: There’s no word from Activision or Take-Two on what’s going to happen, or when. But if Activision did buy out Take-Two, it would also adopt some very lucrative game franchises, including Grand Theft Auto, BioShock, and Red Dead Redemption. If the takeover did...

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Industry Experts: Can Rock Band Survive?

Industry Experts: Can Rock Band Survive?

The end of a once-hot franchise like Guitar Hero is disappointing for gamers, but it’s downright unnerving for other developers in the industry. Even employees in competing companies know one another, and an upheaval of any magnitude spreads shockwaves for miles. It’s an emotionally taxing time: Employees at surviving companies mourn for their friends’ job loss. Subsequent worries are more self-centered but perfectly understandable: “Are we...

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Big Budget Retail Releases: Still Necessary?

Big Budget Retail Releases: Still Necessary?

Where will physical game distribution wind up ten years down the road? The popular answer is: “In our memories.” Digital distribution is flying, and it’s not hard to picture us downloading all our console games from online services like Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network. But Mark Cerny, the man behind Marble Madness and several Sony properties including Jak & Daxter and Killzone, believes that console-based blockbuster titles...

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NGP vs Xperia Play: Too Confusing?

NGP vs Xperia Play: Too Confusing?

Sony has two big plans to put games in the palm of your hand: The Next Generation Portable (NGP), which is scheduled for a Holiday 2011 release, and the Xperia Play (XP)–or, if you like, “that PlayStation Phone”–coming in March 2011. Clever plan, right? With so many people who are undecided between buying a handheld game system or just making do with games on their mobile phones, Sony has provided an option for both camps. Unfortunately,...

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XBLA on Windows Phone 7: Smart Move?

XBLA on Windows Phone 7: Smart Move?

The smartphone market is bubbling furiously as dozens of providers elbow one another for a chance to slip out from under Apple’s shadow. At the recent Mobile World Congress, Sony announced its plans for its PlayStation-branded phone–officially called the Xperia Play–and Microsoft demonstrated what’s new for its Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 7 (WP7) is especially worth mentioning: It allows users to connect to their Xbox Live profile while...

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Digital Distribution: Can Anyone Top Steam?

Digital Distribution: Can Anyone Top Steam?

When people think digital game distribution and online game downloads on the PC, “Steam” is the first word on people’s lips. The service that Valve built is popular, but would people ditch the dependable veteran distributor for something newer, something a little smaller and sleeker? Theo Bergquist, the CEO of GamersGate, believes the time is coming when his distribution service–and others–will nip at Steam’s heels and give the...

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Carole Lieberman vs. Bulletstorm

Carole Lieberman vs. Bulletstorm

Everybody who plays video games on a regular basis has been informed at least once–usually by the media–that they indulge in a pastime that glorifies violence and automatically makes them more aggressive than the average non-gamer. This revelation usually confuses said gamers, most of whom have never fought in a war, never hope to see a war, and don’t even like needles. So when Fox News published an editorial about Bulletstorm that was seeded with...

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