Posts by Scott Steinberg

Games: The Future of Social Media

Games: The Future of Social Media

Hyperbolic headlines? Us? Never. Alas, we can’t take credit for gems like How Gaming Became the Future of Social Media (that honor belongs to our friends at Fortune magazine), but appreciate the sly commentary on the rise of social network games like FarmVille, FrontierVille and Mafia Wars nonetheless. And why not: We’re all too happy to chime in inside it with comments on how Facebook games and companies like Zynga, Playfish and Playdom are making a...

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Video Games Don’t Kill Kids

Video Games Don’t Kill Kids

Violent video games always seem to be on trial in America – a strange irony in a country that made Saw IV number one at the box office, with nary a peep about violent movies, songs, TV shows, books, comic books and other forms of pop culture generally uttered in this kinder, gentler, more enlightened age. (Must be all the torture porn on display at your local theater: It tends to leave one feeling slightly desensitized.) But we digress: In all serious, there...

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Hollywood Pounces on Social Games

Hollywood Pounces on Social Games

Disney’s purchase of leading social network games maker Playdom (second only to Zynga in the valuation and Facebook game market) may seem like a strange buy at first blush. But the acquisition makes perfect sense from a business perspective, as the film and TV giant looks to leverage its award-winning stable of cartoon and live action properties as well as beloved childhood characters into the social gaming realm. Even as the company moves to sell off...

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Is PC Gaming Dead?

Is PC Gaming Dead?

Every few years, the same ugly question rears its head: “Is PC gaming dead?” Truthfully, one need only point to titles like FarmVille, FrontierVille, Pet Society, Restaurant City, Happy Aquarium and other social network games and their meteoric growth to instantly refute these claims. But as a simultaneously massive upsurge in digital distribution (and associated boom in digital sales), free to play online games, MMO games, casual games, indie games,...

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Virtual Storytelling Comes of Age

Virtual Storytelling Comes of Age

As ardent fans of fantasy, horror and sci-fi literature in all its forms (comic books, novels, short stories, etc.), it’s no surprise that we also enjoy video games with expansive scripts, well-developed characters and sophisticated dialogue. Unfortunately, while these types of titles enjoyed a renaissance during the ’80s and early ’90s courtesy of interactive fiction, point-and-click adventures and role-playing game (RPG) classics, writing...

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The Positive Side of Grand Theft Auto

The Positive Side of Grand Theft Auto

With a Supreme Court case that threatens government regulation of violent video games coalescing shortly and the token accompanying witch hunt that’s sure to precede its arrival, we thought it might be a good time to reiterate: Even the most seemingly ‘irredeemable’ and ‘horrifying’ games (e.g. Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series) may simply appear that way because they’re viewed out of context. Mind you, we’d be the...

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Michael Pachter Exposed: Truth Comes Out

Michael Pachter Exposed: Truth Comes Out

Michael Pachter is many things to many people: Gaming analyst, constant source of industry chatter and omnipresent font of wisdom for today’s media. (Not to mention erstwhile Game Theory contributor, but that’s another story…) However, as you may be saddened to learn, not everything about this outspoken business critic is as it seems. In an exclusive Game Theory original, we go behind the scenes of video show Pach Attack to expose the truth behind...

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Game Theory with Scott Steinberg: Episode 1

Game Theory with Scott Steinberg: Episode 1

Battered and bruised by plummeting sales, the video game industry staggers on, steadily losing ground at retail. When will we finally wake up and realize that things have irrevocably changed? From social network games to motion controls, iPhone apps, 3D games and cloud computing, the modern gaming business isn’t just virtually unrecognizable. It’s also being completely reinvented courtesy of new concepts like digital distribution and free-to-play titles with...

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Social Network Games: When Will the Bubble Burst?

Social Network Games: When Will the Bubble Burst?

Considering all the hype surrounding social network games for Facebook and other platforms in the wake of Google’s investment in Zynga and Disney’s purchase of Playdom and Tapulous (not to mention the potential financial bubble forming), one can’t help but wonder: Are social games ultimately headed for disaster? Our suspicion: Unlikely, though valuations will taper off, and the social gaming industry is inevitably destined to go through...

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The Ultimate Guide to 3D Gaming

The Ultimate Guide to 3D Gaming

While many media outlets have focused on 3D gaming as one of today’s hottest video game trends, few have taken the time to compile a solid guide to 3D gaming technology, and the options that systems like the PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 currently offer players interested in making the upgrade – not to mention associated costs. Thankfully, this handy tip sheet, simply called 3-D Video Games and put together by IEEE Spectrum (a publication issued...

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