Good news: Video games are fun. Bad news: They cost money. Good news: Unlike many pastimes, you can indulge in gaming without winding up in the poorhouse. In fact, their affordability is one thing that makes video games an ideal family activity. What’s more, the video game industry is extremely competitive. Games distributed at retail have to compete with free-to-play online games and downloadable titles that are available for mere pennies. It’s easier...read more
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The life cycle of video game consoles has been flipped completely on its head. Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 miles ahead of the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3, but the company is in no huge rush to replace its 6-year-old games system. Sony and Nintendo aren’t moving quickly to replace their aging consoles, either. In fact, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter believes it’s going to be some time before we see the next generation of game consoles....read more
If you’re a betting person, now’s a good time to lay down coin on the future of the games industry. Where is games distribution headed? Which option will dominate a decade down the road? Will retail still be clinging with a bulldog grip? Will we be downloading everything to a hard drive? Will we be streaming games? Or will we be turning to a method of distribution that is a hybrid of all those options? Zynga’s new Vice President Lou Castle thinks...read more
Not sure what to make of Sony’s Next Generation Portable (NGP)? Maybe you should listen to Hideo Kojima, the acclaimed director of the Metal Gear Solid franchise. He’s so excited about the NGP’s potential for cloud gaming that we’ll probably have to peel him off the moon at E3 2011. When Sony unveiled the NGP, Kojima was on hand with Metal Gear Solid 4 (MGS 4) footage to help demonstrate that the NGP is capable of PS3-level graphics. But...read more
How does downloading a PC game for a mere $5 USD sound to you? What if you could only play it for five hours? If your enthusiasm just plummeted to the pit of your stomach, you’re in good company. In spite of heavy skepticism from the gaming community, Direct2Drive, a digital download store, is building an “extended demo” format as a bridge between game rentals and full purchases. For $5, Direct2Drive will let you download five hours of game time....read more