Nintendo has been taking a lot of hard knocks in recent months–and a few of those have come from us, we’ll admit. But if we’re hard on Nintendo, it’s only because we believe in it. It’s also because the company’s next major console, the Wii U, is set to come to life sometime next year, and we still don’t know a whole lot about the system. The mysterious nature of the Wii U, combined with Nintendo’s problems getting...read more
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Canadian rocker Bruce Cockburn once sang, “Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight.” Though every single human living on the planet can identify with those words, they hit independent game developers square in the heart. It’s not just difficult to get a small game published on a digital console platform like Xbox Live Arcade or WiiWare. To hear some devs talk about it, digital publication on consoles borders on impossible. Rudolf...read more
Nintendo unveiled the Wii U at E3 2011, and will presumably be unleashing the final build of the system in late 2012. It’s all very exciting stuff for Nintendo fans, but there’s a lot about the system that’s still a gigantic question mark. For instance, Nintendo allowed the Wii to sputter at the end of its life instead of having the system go out with the explosion of triple-A titles that normally escort every console into obsolescence. Will...read more
The concept of “social games” is not a brand new idea that came tumbling in with Facebook. Rather, the term social game references communication, which is at the very core of most of the games humanity has played since the beginning of time. In other words, a social game is a game that involves socialization of any kind, and that includes card games, board games, dice games, video games and more. But our modern usage of the term almost exclusively...read more
Interesting things happen when a console race drags on as long as this current era of the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. For the first few years of its life, the PS3 was inaccessible to the average family, because $599 USD is just a heck of a lot of money to spend on a console. The Xbox 360 was the affordable choice, though its inner works are not as powerful as the PS3′s–and there’s the system’s unfortunate habit of buckling like a spent...read more