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Can GameStop’s Tablet Succeed?

Can GameStop’s Tablet Succeed?

The majority of the gaming community has its brains in knots trying to determine which company will emerge with the upper hand in the next generation of game consoles. The analysis isn’t set to get easier any time soon, because here comes a new challenger: The GameStop gaming tablet. The tablet, according to GameStop president Tony Bartel, will be labeled a “GameStop certified gaming platform,” and starting next year, will sell alongside the next...

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How Capcom Titles Can Regain Worldwide Relevance

How Capcom Titles Can Regain Worldwide Relevance

Japanese video game developers seem to understand that their portion of the industry is suffering from several problems, including player drop-off, fading relevance, and stagnation. Some developers have since stepped up to the next level: They’re preparing to do something about it. Capcom is one such developer. According to a note released to investors by the company, it’s taking a good long look at potential mergers and acquisitions of Western...

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Dragon Quest X: Doomed in North America?

Dragon Quest X: Doomed in North America?

The announcement of a new Dragon Quest game is always a tremendous deal in Japan. Less so in North America, but Square-Enix’s revelation about Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online being an online game certainly got us chattering on this side of the puddle, too. It’s also difficult not to be intrigued by the news that a Wii U version of the game will be available, though whether or not the Wii U edition will launch alongside the Wii version...

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Can 3D Games Technology Still Succeed?

Can 3D Games Technology Still Succeed?

A mere two years ago, 3D technology was the hottest trend in entertainment. Every theatre-bound movie boasted about the characters jumping out at you. The Nintendo 3DS was unveiled at E3 2010 to much fanfare and excitement. And Sony promised us the most immersive gaming experience ever engineered, courtesy of a PlayStation 3 software update that enabled 3D support for its games. Here we are in 2011, and there’s no denying that the 3D hype has cooled a little...

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Is Triple-A Game Development Stifling Creativity?

Is Triple-A Game Development Stifling Creativity?

When summer winds down and a chill starts to nip the air, a beast awakens from hibernation: the triple-A game retail market. Game merchants count on big-name blockbusters to help them make a profit over the holiday season, and game developers and publishers throw everything they have into making sure their project will breed cash. After all, if a large studio spends two years paying a hundreds of men and women to make a game that will have one brief moment to shine...

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Video Game Retail: Dead or Dying?

Video Game Retail: Dead or Dying?

Summer is not typically a hot time for video game sales. People spend more time outdoors, they go away on vacation, or they start preparing for the long college haul. The NPD numbers for August 2011 are especially grim: thanks to the Madden 2012 delay that came as a result of the NFL lockout threat, overall retail sales in the industry dropped 23%. Though it’d be easy to point to these sad numbers and talk about the inevitable death of physical game retail,...

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Nintendo 3DS Expansion Slide Pad: Good Move?

Nintendo 3DS Expansion Slide Pad: Good Move?

The 2011 Tokyo Game Show (TGS) and the Nintendo 3DS conference that preceded it brought some interesting bits of news for Nintendo’s new handheld. A surprise came first: The revelation that Capcom’s enormously popular Monster Hunter franchise would live on the 3DS with Monster Hunter 4. An accompanying piece of news came later, though not through Nintendo’s official pre-TGS conference: the Nintendo 3DS “Expansion Slide Pad,” which...

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iPad Lack of Flash Support: Hurting Developers?

iPad Lack of Flash Support: Hurting Developers?

Adobe’s Flash is a central component of many modern games (especially those of the web-based variety), but Apple’s iOS devices don’t get along with the multimedia platform. The iPad and the iPad 2 don’t support Flash, and it’s unlikely Steve Jobs will budge with the iPad 3, as he regards Flash as cumbersome and outdated next to HTML 5. But there is still enough of a functionality difference between Flash and HTML 5 that some developers...

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Will John Carmack Get What he Wants?

Will John Carmack Get What he Wants?

When the first whispers about a brand new game console hit the Internet, the hardware wishlists quicky follow. We want our new consoles to support HD, we want plenty of storage space for demos and downloadable games. We want smooth online interactions and easy access to indie and triple-A blockbuster titles alike. Also, we want to be able to ride the console like a pony. But a developer’s wish list for a new console tends to go a bit deeper than that of the...

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Is There Room For Another Halo Trilogy?

Is There Room For Another Halo Trilogy?

2007’s Halo 3 for the Xbox 360 challenged us to “Finish the Fight.” And we did. Then 2010’s Halo: Reach said, “C’mon, Fight One More Time.” None of us were naive enough to believe that Halo 3 would mark the end of the Xbox 360’s most popular exclusive franchise, but maybe a few of us were just a smidge surprised when PAX 2011 not only re-affirmed that Halo 4 is coming, but revealed that a whole new Halo trilogy is on...

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