Posts by Scott Steinberg

The Game Industry’s Most Exciting Innovations

The Game Industry’s Most Exciting Innovations

From social games to digitally-distributed offerings, indie titles, downloadable content (DLC) and free-to-play online games that run in your Web browser, all have one thing in common. Despite being some of the most innovative concepts in gaming today, and oftentimes boasting fan bases that far dwarf those of traditional video game titles (see: Zynga’s FarmVille, which has roughly 6X as many players as World of Warcraft), all were shockingly downplayed at...

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3D Gaming: The Flaws in Sony’s Approach

3D Gaming: The Flaws in Sony’s Approach

Sony’s made no secret of the fact that it’s making a massive push for 3D gaming in the coming months, courtesy of its PlayStation 3 and games like Killzone 3 and Gran Turismo 5. No surprise there: The firm’s electronics division is betting the farm on 3D televisions, and they’ve got a lot of Bravia sets to sell. But as we recently explained to TechNewsWorld, there may be two major flaws in the company’s approach – primarily a...

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Microsoft Kinect: Missed Opportunities

Microsoft Kinect: Missed Opportunities

We recently spoke with MSNBC.com regarding Microsoft’s new Kinect motion sensing control system and rendered the following verdict: While the technology itself is impressive, so far featured games are middling, and the device’s broader home entertainment feature set by far and away trumps its current software lineup. Playing with virtual pets by mimicking the motions of stroking their fur or dancing naturally to bad pop tracks is all well and good, and...

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How the iPad and iPhone Change the Game

How the iPad and iPhone Change the Game

We recently connected with CNBC to explore the effect which Apple and its family of devices – the iPod, iPhone and iPad – are having on the video game industry at large. Writer (and Game Theory contributor) Chris Morris makes a compelling case for how unlikely gaming platforms such as social networks (Facebook, MySpace, etc.) and smartphones have quickly emerged as some of the most exciting and dynamic playing fields in the business. How will the game...

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Is There Hope For Video Game Journalism?

Is There Hope For Video Game Journalism?

Call it inept, corrupt or immature if you will, but there’s one thing few can deny about the field of video game journalism. Specifically, that it’s more prolific than ever, and evolving at a speed so fast you could scarce match it behind the wheel of a Formula 1 roadster. I, for one, would like to think such changes are for the better, especially as information-sharing tools like Posterous and Twitter enable instantaneous reporting, and empower everyday...

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Why Smaller Games Are Better

Why Smaller Games Are Better

Maybe it’s some sort of social Rorschach test, but every time I meet someone who shares an interest in interactive entertainment, they always seem to ask: Which games are you currently playing? If I’m feeling sporting, the answer is simple: An eclectic mix of titles like Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, Heavy Rain, Puzzle Quest 2, Burn Zombie Burn and Tales of Monkey Island. If I’m feeling blunter, though, frankly, I’ll be more honest… Games such as...

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The Future of Video Game Marketing

The Future of Video Game Marketing

Hate online advertisements? Can’t stand corny TV commercials? Feel like spitting to get the taste out of your mouth every time someone in the gaming business cheerfully talks up “viral marketing” as if they’d made a reference to Hitler instead of the latest Halo alternate reality game (ARG)? Then rejoice – for video game fans and execs alike, it’s a brave new world, and one in which the methods used to promote today’s hottest titles are increasingly...

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How the iPad Revolutionizes Gaming

How the iPad Revolutionizes Gaming

Apple’s iPad is nothing if not a pricey portable gaming system and entertainment device disguised as a combination tablet PC and portable media player. (Or just a giant iPod touch or crippled, oversized iPhone, depending on whom you ask.) But per USA Today‘s story Apple’s iPad Could Revolutionize Video Games, it enjoys a major advantage over traditional handheld game consoles such as the DS/DSi and PSP. Specifically, the fact that the iPad is...

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Top 10 Best Video Games: 2000-2010

Top 10 Best Video Games: 2000-2010

In the aftermath of an E3 that was all about new console hardware and myriad technological innovations from motion controls to 3D gaming and cloud computing, you may be forgiven for temporarily forgetting: It’s still all about the games. And while publishers are largely content to play it close to the vest and stick with predictable sequels and tie-ins given the current state of the economy, let’s level. Plenty of great reasons to keep thumbs waggling...

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