If you need evidence for the growth and maturation of video games, consider the rapid expansion of game-related jargon. Long gone are the days when you just pulled out “the Nintendo” if you wanted to click around for a few hours. Sure, there was some pseudo tech-talk about how many “bits” a system had. And Sega formulated a beauty of a lie with a mysterious technology called “Blast Processing” that helped Sonic the Hedgehog make...read more
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What will the online gaming market look like by 2012? According to a recent report put together by analyst firm ABI Research, it’s going to have a whole lot of dollar signs stapled to it. $20 billion worth, to be exact. Analyst Michael Inouye believes the biggest area of growth will be China, though the country’s pay-as-you-go business model for online games like World of Warcraft is significantly different from North America and Europe’s...read more
The video games industry did a lot of growing up through the Aughts and into 2010–though some might argue that a bit of de-evolution occurred as well this year. But perspective is everything, and all teenagers must go through growing pains in order to reach beyond that awkward, long-legged stage that precedes maturity. With that in mind, we’re going to look back at some notable industry trends that started or endured through 2011. Take it upon yourself...read more
If you take a step back and take a good focused look at the games industry, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed sometimes. Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, consoles, handhelds, iOS, indie developers, big-budget titles, Steam, PC, Mac, XBLA, Playstation Network, WiiWare–all of them are vying for your attention and money in the name of distraction and entertainment. On a gloomy day, it all comes off as being terribly plastic and shallow. Then all it takes is an...read more
It’s no secret that sales of music video games hardware have been on the decline for several years (although industry executives claim that sales of software and digital song downloads are actually on the rise). Naturally, this presents a challenge for the makers of popular franchises like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, even as presents opportunities for a wave of newcomers from Def Jam Rapstar to Linkin Park Revenge. Rather than stick with the previous excuse...read more