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How to Develop Great Niche Games

How to Develop Great Niche Games

The games industry is doing everything it can to appeal to the mainstream, including offering free games, social games, casual games, games that fix dinner, etc. With so many titles trying to be all things to all people, you might be tempted to look at past gaming trends and declare them dead. Nope. The financial and critical success of games like Catherine and Dark Souls indicates that there’s still a market for niche games, and it’s a very hungry,...

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5 Reasons Game Retail Isn’t Dead

5 Reasons Game Retail Isn’t Dead

Of all the enormous changes that have swept over the games industry since the mid-Aughts, one of the most significant is the method by which we actually obtain our games. While console owners would almost exclusively buy their games at retail, the advent of digital marketplaces like Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and the Wii Shop Channel allow us to supplement our physical purchases with digital fare–and we are only too happy to oblige. What’s...

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Offensive Video Games: Best of the Worst

Offensive Video Games: Best of the Worst

When we put together our list of the Most Offensive Video Games Ever, our kind readers helped underscore one of the fundamental problems we faced when trying to compile an abbreviated sample: there are more than a few depraved games out there that have amassed over the last several decades. So, in the interest of doing justice to the bloodiest and most controversial pages in the Great Big Book of Gaming History, here are five more of the most offensive games to hit...

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10 Best Board Games

10 Best Board Games

Video games are great and all, but sometimes you just gotta unplug yourself. That’s when you load up on beer and chips, lasso a bunch of friends, and sit down to enjoy a board game. It’s easy to think of video games as a digital “replacement” for toys and board games, which, in turn, are sometimes regarded as lumbering relics from the past. Truthfully, board games are still a popular way to pass the time amongst a family or a group of...

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Used Games: Good or Bad for Gaming?

Used Games: Good or Bad for Gaming?

Open communication via the Internet has brought gamers and developers quite close, and for the most part, we’re all good buddies. However, one issue still divides us like a katana through a cake: the used games debate. Game developers generally do not harbor warm feelings about the used game trade. They believe it takes money directly out of their pockets, and, by extension, food out of their children’s mouths. Gamers, by contrast, think the pre-owned...

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5 Big Problems with Gaming’s Holiday Season

5 Big Problems with Gaming’s Holiday Season

Christmas is coming, and you know what that means: peace, love, goodwill, and shopping malls that look like a gladiator arena during a lion feed. For most of us, the holiday rush is a time of great expenditure, and frantic social network deal swapping via Facebook and Twitter. We spend money, time, and cash to buy gifts for our loved ones, but the exhaustion pays off when we settle into the peaceful, festive part of the celebration. But for the men and women who...

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Development: How to Get More from Games

Development: How to Get More from Games

The “Fire and Forget” formula of game development, which involves engineering a game for two years, putting it on the shelf, and then walking away from it, is rapidly becoming outdated. It makes better financial sense to build a game with the intent of returning to it, adding more, and extending its life for as long as possible. In that vein, here are three good tips for getting the most out of your game. 1. Tie a License to Your Game — By teaming...

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Digital Distribution: Saving Online Stores

Digital Distribution: Saving Online Stores

Good news for Nintendo 3DS owners (who are always in need of good news): Starting in November, Nintendo will be releasing firmware updates that will bring the 3DS’s eShop out of the Stone Age. Soon, the eShop will be accessible from the web, game purchases will be possible through Web browsers, and the 3DS will be able to download eShop games while in sleep mode. It’s nice to see that Nintendo is putting effort into making shopping in its digital stores...

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Best Video Games 2012: Top 5 Picks

Best Video Games 2012: Top 5 Picks

Face it: For the video games industry, 2012 is fast approaching. Let us link hands and pray for peace, unity, and harmony amongst the peoples of the world. Then again, we’ve tried that year after year, and it never seems to yield any sweet fruit. Instead, let’s think very seriously about the best video games that will be coming to our homes through 2012. Between the launch of the Wii U, the (North American/European) debut of the PlayStation Vita, and...

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Resident Evil Revelations: The Real Cost

Resident Evil Revelations: The Real Cost

Given the rising popularity of the 99-cent app and the free-to-play game genre, it seems logical that publishers of triple-A games would do everything in their power to keep prices as low as possible. Obviously, nobody should expect to walk away with Super Mario 3D Land for $10 on launch day, but it’s in the best interests of games sold at retail to stay at a low price point. As it happens, the era of the high-priced retail game is not over and done with...

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