Posts by Scott Steinberg

Video Games Are Art: End of Debate

Video Games Are Art: End of Debate

Who says that video games aren’t art? Critics like Roger Ebert and others who are typically uninformed or ill-disposed towards the medium. Thankfully, the good folks at CNN.com recently gave us the chance to tell the other side of the “gaming as artwork” debate. While we could rehash our arguments (and the same tired old rhetoric that’s fueled the discussion for years), or wax philosophical on whether or not a video game can make you cry (of...

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The Future of Digital Distribution

The Future of Digital Distribution

The biggest names in the gaming industry explore where digital distribution, cloud computing and streaming multimedia have the potential to take video games, movies, music, TV and more. Plus, a look at how streaming multimedia and downloadable content (DLC) promise to change home entertainment forever. Features commentary from a litany of video game business experts and insiders including Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Electronic Arts/Digital Chocolate founder Trip...

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Why Video Game History Matters

Why Video Game History Matters

The funny part about video game history: Despite the untold millions of lives the field has touched, given the speed at which such a tech-savvy, hit-driven industry moves, few people care about reliving it. Worse, fewer still concern themselves with preserving it outside of stowing the occasional old copy of The Secret of Monkey Island or Mario 64 away on a shelf to gather dust. This is troubling for several reasons, none the least of which include that we’re...

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The New Face of Retro Games

The New Face of Retro Games

Per earlier posts, retro gaming is back in a major way in 2010. But as we recently discussed with The Christian Science Monitor, old-school game sensibilities aren’t just being tapped in the form of series remakes, franchise updates delivered as digital game downloads and complete overhauls of your favorite old-school computer, console and arcade hits for next-gen platforms. There’s also the “Retro Revival Trend Fueled By New, But Old-Looking...

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The New Definition of Video Games

The New Definition of Video Games

When it comes to critics and the video game industry, sometimes, you have to draw a line in the virtual sand. Case in point: Our recent column for CNN entitled What Does ‘Video Game’ Mean, Anyway?, which explains why it’s ludicrous to look to falling retail sales as some sort of canary in a coal mine indicating that the hobby is on the decline, or worse… destined for extinction. The reason why? More people are playing video games than ever...

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5 Ways Video Games Are Good for Kids

5 Ways Video Games Are Good for Kids

It’s not everyday that you see a mainstream media outlet extolling the virtues of how video games can be good for kids. But in a surprise turn, that’s just what TheStreet.com’s MainStreet does in recent article 5 Ways Video Games Benefit Kids, an effort which we were happy to support by providing insight into the many positive ways in which video games can impact children of all ages’ lives. No matter if you’re playing on the PC or...

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Writers and Graphic Designers Wanted

Writers and Graphic Designers Wanted

Video game writers, we want YOU! That’s right, Game Theory – your number one source for game industry insight, opinion and analysis – is looking for a few good men and women to help fill out the ranks of its editorial staff. We’re currently on the hunt for freelance contributors and interns in the following areas: News Writers – Responsibilities include researching and reporting breaking news, sourcing quotes from subject matter...

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What’s Wrong with the Business

What’s Wrong with the Business

Here at Game Theory, we make no secret about being outspoken in terms of our opinions. It’s a philosophy shared by the entire crew, who believes that video games, and the games industry, should be held to a higher standard. But if the field is ever to evolve and mature, it has to change first.  And so we put the question to several members of the team: If you could fix just one aspect of the gaming business, what would it be? Per the crew’s rather...

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Today’s Industry: Has Anything Changed?

Today’s Industry: Has Anything Changed?

Despite the video game industry’s crushing sales losses last year, it’s a fundamental truth that analysts, experts and insiders alike are quickly having to wake up and accept: Nothing has changed in 2010. Color us shamed and embarrassed; despite the continued success of social, mobile and online games, and rise of alternative platforms such as Facebook and the iPhone/iPad, monolithic publishers like Electronic Arts, UbiSoft and Activision still...

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Game Theory with Scott Steinberg: Episode 2

Game Theory with Scott Steinberg: Episode 2

Despite assurances to the contrary, as revenues continue to flatline and studios disintegrate, game industry leaders are grudgingly being forced to accept reality: Nothing has changed. Besieged on all fronts by shifting player habits, growing economic issues and the rise of digital downloads, games for social networks and free-to-play online outings, insiders are becoming increasingly desperate to reinvent themselves. Forget what you see in the headlines. In the...

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