Posts by Scott Steinberg

The Indie Game Revolution

The Indie Game Revolution

As you may have noticed, indie gaming is now huge on every platform from PCs to portable gaming systems, smartphones and next-gen video game consoles. Credit a rise in digital distribution and upswing in interest in pushing the very boundaries of the gaming medium by thousands of talented amateur and independently-minded professional studios worldwide. Determined to discover what’s behind the sudden rise of interest in new topics and gameplay styles, as well...

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Game Design: Secrets of the Masters

Game Design: Secrets of the Masters

Ever wonder how some video game designers are able to consistently raise the bar with each new release for the PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 and other platforms? From iPhone to Facebook and MMO titles, we recently spoke with the field’s most famous game design visionaries to find out how legends like Mario, Donkey Kong and Legend of Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto, The Sims inventor Will Wright and Civilization guru Sid Meier manage to always top the...

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How to Save on Video Games

How to Save on Video Games

With cash tighter than ever for many video game players, everyone’s wondering how to save money on PC and video games these days. Thankfully, from game rental services and trade-in sites such as GameFly and Goozex to online deal and bargain-hunting resources and digital game download shops, we run several of the best ways to score deals and discounts down in Popular Science article Cheap Thrills. Check it out if you’re looking to save cash and find ways...

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Download Games On-Demand

Download Games On-Demand

Hardcore gamers are well aware that downloading video games to your PC or console is the best way to enjoy many of today’s hottest new gaming titles. But the vast majority of casual gamers and mainstream fans sadly remain in the dark as to the fact that game downloads are really starting to take off in force outside of platforms like the iPhone and iPad, and revolutionize the games industry as a result. In case you happen to be friends or related to someone...

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A Parent’s Guide to Online Safety

A Parent’s Guide to Online Safety

As we’ve previously discussed, it’s imperative for parents to be aware of what kids are playing online, whom they’re playing with and in what manner these titles are being enjoyed – even more so as social networks, Web browser-based offerings and massively-multiplayer titles continue to gain in prominence. Thankfully, a little research and foresight is all it takes to ensure your child has a safe, fun experience, whether exploring World of...

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Summer’s Hottest New Releases

Summer’s Hottest New Releases

Summer is traditionally a dead period for video games, as releases slow to a trickle in the wake of family vacations, school breaks and departures for more exotic climes. Alas, little seems to have changed here in 2010, despite publishers’ increasing awareness of the value of better spreading new game launches out across the entire 12-month calendar vs. simply cramming them into the spring or holiday months. Besides the almighty StarCraft II (sure to top wish...

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Video Games: A House Divided

Video Games: A House Divided

In our earlier post on the state of the video game business, we explored a number of reasons for the decline in video game sales that continues to plague the field. Chief among them: An industry too long tied to traditional ways of doing business in a world where cash is tighter than ever for many households; competition the fiercest it’s ever been in gaming history; audiences are fractured across a wider range of platforms; and evolution now occurs in...

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Boom-Shaka-Laka!: The Top Sports Games of 2010 and 2011

Boom-Shaka-Laka!: The Top Sports Games of 2010 and 2011

As avid readers of ESPN’s Page 2, and former college students who lost more hours (and brain cells) to NBA Jam and NFL Blitz than we’d care to admit ourselves, it came as a bit of a surprise to find the shoe on the other foot recently. Courtesy of columnist Kelley Carter, we got the chance as a prelude to  annual industry gala the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) to preview the hottest new sports video games coming in 2010 and 2011. To supplement the...

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Fan-Made and Episodic: How to Revive Dead Genres

Fan-Made and Episodic: How to Revive Dead Genres

They said it couldn’t be done: Adventure games were ‘dead,’ no one cared about the franchise, license holder Vivendi Games got sold during development and, oh yeah, there was also the little matter of that pesky cease and desist order. Still, Phoenix Online Studios (POS) – a homebrew development outfit determined to breathe new life into the King’s Quest franchise, last seen quietly departing this mortal coil in 1998’s Mask of...

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Online Games: 5 Safety and Privacy Tips

Online Games: 5 Safety and Privacy Tips

As much as we gaming aficionados enjoy online and massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, it’s important to remind ourselves that – like many friends and family members, alas – kids can sometimes forget that in a virtual world, everything is make-believe, right down to the characters and personalities which inhabit it. And while most are harmless extensions of players’ real-world selves, or fellow enthusiasts simply looking to mix and...

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