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5 Ways Nintendo Can Recover

5 Ways Nintendo Can Recover

Nintendo is currently nursing a big “ouch,” courtesy of a projected loss for its fiscal year ending in March 2012. The loss, forecast at 20 billion yen (or about $264 million USD) would be its first annual net loss since 1981, when the company started reporting its numbers. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata encouraged investors not to panic and freak out by reminding them that Nintendo’s sales strength has always been the holiday season–and...

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5 Biggest Killers of Free-to-Play MMOs

5 Biggest Killers of Free-to-Play MMOs

Sony Online’s massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) DC Universe Online switched to the free-to-play model at the end of October. Not surprisingly, the game’s business and player base has since exploded. “We are over 1000% of our pre-F2P concurrent numbers,” Tweeted John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), on the social blogging service early in November. Smedley also acknowledged that the surge of players has brought on...

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Have Motion Controls Grown Up?

Have Motion Controls Grown Up?

The Wii’s journey began with a Zelda game, and it will end with the same. It’s appropriate. Not only because two epic games from the same franchise accompanied the Wii’s birth and death, but because the first game, Twilight Princess, demonstrated what motion controls could be, while the second game, Skyward Sword, made 1:1 motion control an integral part of the gameplay. Skyward Sword doesn’t reward you for furious, aimless slashing: you...

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Break Into the Games Industry: Top Tips

Break Into the Games Industry: Top Tips

Playing a video game is easy and fun. Breaking into the industry and setting up a studio in order to develop a game–well, that’s a bit trickier. Even industries dedicated to the most lighthearted pursuits can be deadly serious and cut-throat at times, and needless to say, there is a dark side to Mario. That doesn’t mean you should abandon your dream of game development. Far from it. You should, however, square your shoulders, put on your Kevlar...

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Gamer Stereotypes: Biggest Misconceptions

Gamer Stereotypes: Biggest Misconceptions

If you are an adult who plays video games, there’s a chance you don’t talk about the pastime while you’re in what society calls “polite company.” Though the rise of casual gaming has brought the overall reputation of video games up a notch, you’re still bound to get weird looks if you’re over the age of 15 and you admit that video games are really cool. The unfortunate reason for gaming’s ugly reputation can be blamed...

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Japan and Social Games: A Bright Future

Japan and Social Games: A Bright Future

Imagine a Final Fantasy-themed social game. Imagine your Facebook wall plastered with requests from friends who need a fistful of gil to buy themselves a sweet black Chocobo. It might sound like a nightmare scenario to some, but a Final Fantasy social game is indeed in the works, and we can think of a few fans who will be happy to play it. Oh, and don’t panic: there are no current plans to bring the game to Facebook, so your wall will remain clean for now. In...

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Most Offensive Video Games Ever

Most Offensive Video Games Ever

When you express yourself, you stand a good chance of cheesing off at least one person who’s listening. Count on it. Oftentimes, when we pick up a paintbrush or sit down at our keyboards, the things we do and say unintentionally offend others. Other times, we know that what we have to say is going to turn the civilized population on its head, but we do it anyway because we feel it’s vital to foster change and challenge old boundaries. And, of course,...

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Best Free iPad Games: Racing, Sports, Kids

Best Free iPad Games: Racing, Sports, Kids

The iPad comes off as a serious little piece of machinery. After all, it’s a tablet computer, and most people who carry one are business-like themselves, with seemingly little time for fun outside of the hours they spend on the go, answering emails and pecking out reports. But the iPad is in fact an excellent gaming machine. While it’s not as portable as the iPhone, its screen is much bigger and affords lots more room to accurately control on-screen...

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Best Free iPad Games: Action, RPG, Adventure

Best Free iPad Games: Action, RPG, Adventure

The iPad (and iPad 2) comes off as a serious little piece of machinery. After all, it’s a tablet computer, and most people who carry one are business-like themselves, with seemingly little time for fun outside of the hours they spend on the go, answering emails and pecking out reports. But the iPad is in fact an excellent gaming machine. While it’s not as portable as the iPhone, its screen is much bigger and affords lots more room to accurately control...

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Why This is a Good Time for Niche Gamers

Why This is a Good Time for Niche Gamers

These are strange days for video games, and the folks who play them. More people than ever – including moms, dads and kids of all ages – are playing games, but at the same time, we’re segregating ourselves. We bluster constantly about “core games,” “social games,” and embrace or dismiss Facebook’s crop of offerings. Interestingly, smart developers and publishers are taking advantage of the current...

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