Posts Tagged "Business"

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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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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Can the Kinect Find Alternate Uses in the Commercial World?

Can the Kinect Find Alternate Uses in the Commercial World?

Microsoft’s Kinect has made a very decent showing at retail since its initial release in November 2011. As of March 2011, Microsoft has shipped 10 million Kinect units, and 8 million of those flew off the shelves within the first two months of the peripheral’s retail debut. Good stuff, but Microsoft thinks big, and it would like to see the Kinect’s influence touch every Xbox 360 owner on the planet. That probably won’t happen, at least not...

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Video Game Trends 2012: Top 5 Predictions

Video Game Trends 2012: Top 5 Predictions

We’ve entered the final quarter of 2011. What can we expect from 2012? A few folks have made guesses that involve prosperity, massive changes for all of mankind, and oh, something about an impending apocalypse. We won’t be able to draw any conclusions about 2012 ’til its noteworthy events actually happen (or don’t happen), but we can put our faith in this much: Video games will still be around. We can even guess at some upcoming predictions...

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Digital vs. Retail: The New Generation

Digital vs. Retail: The New Generation

As much as video games have changed over the past few decades, console game retail remained quite predictable for a long, long time. Whether you wanted a game for the Atari 2600 or the PlayStation 2, you generally hopped in your car and drove down to Wal-Mart, or Toys R Us, or EB Games. It’s only taken a few years for game retail to turn completely on its head. Our choices go way beyond physically shopping for games, and even the practice of buying at an...

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