Posts Tagged "Convergence"

Gaming is the New TV

Gaming is the New TV

A battle has been unfolding in recent years as immersive 3D games have declined while casual, social and mobile games have arisen. The industry silos that make the immersive console and PC games blamed their slump on the general economy or console cycles. In fairness, their games are amazing and incredible. The trailers for these games make them look like blockbuster movie releases; how could they possibly go into decline? But this part of the industry ...

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How App TV Disrupts the Console Industry

How App TV Disrupts the Console Industry

Part 1 – App TV: The Everything Box The living room right now is a no man’s land of standards and cables, universally poor and inconsistent user interfaces, huge numbers of channels, multiple boxes of hardware, hated cable companies, and multiple video game systems, each with its own proprietary hardware and expensive software. TV needs a revolution, exactly the same way that smartphones did — and it’s going to happen beginning this year. But...

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Apps Come to TV: Consoles, Marketers Weep

Apps Come to TV: Consoles, Marketers Weep

Click Here for Part 1 of How and Why App TV Will Disrupt the Console Game Industry As an industry, video games are at an inflection point as economic, technological and social trends are coming together to disrupt the way we develop, sell and build games. These trends will remake the console business in ways both expected and unexpected. Movies vs. TV The underlying force that is driving all of this change is convenience and low cost. In fact, the tsunami...

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Making Movie Game Tie-Ins Work

Making Movie Game Tie-Ins Work

Video games and Hollywood have always been the Woody Allen and Soon-Yi of the entertainment world. They’re together forever, but the fit has always been an odd one – and a little creepy at times. The amount of ink wasted bemoaning the sheer volume of crappy movie-based games is copious – and I promise this isn’t more of the same. In fact, for the first time games and movies may have found a good way to co-exist. Word came out this week from TG Daily that...

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Hollywood Pounces on Social Games

Hollywood Pounces on Social Games

Disney’s purchase of leading social network games maker Playdom (second only to Zynga in the valuation and Facebook game market) may seem like a strange buy at first blush. But the acquisition makes perfect sense from a business perspective, as the film and TV giant looks to leverage its award-winning stable of cartoon and live action properties as well as beloved childhood characters into the social gaming realm. Even as the company moves to sell off...

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