Posts Tagged "Culture"

Video Game Dictionary: A Glossary of Terms

Video Game Dictionary: A Glossary of Terms

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...

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How Video Game Retail Has Survived

How Video Game Retail Has Survived

HMV is a music and video game retailer that’s popular across commonwealth countries like the UK, Canada, and Hong Kong (Free trivia: “HMV” stands for “His Master’s Voice”). Unfortunately for the chain, its popularity is waning: In the wake of poor profits through 2010, 60 HMV stores will be shut down by the end of 2011. HMV doesn’t command a strong presence in the United States, but maybe the chain’s loss of profits...

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Games as Sports: Can Pro Gaming Succeed?

Games as Sports: Can Pro Gaming Succeed?

Do you enjoy settling into the couch and eating chips while you play video games? How would you feel about settling into the couch and eating chips while you watch someone else game? That’s the general idea with gaming as a spectator sport, which is most widely represented in North America by Major League Gaming (MLG), a “professional video game league.” Gaming is a pretty competitive pastime on its own, of course: If it’s not you against...

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East vs. West: Final Fantasy XIII’s Folly

East vs. West: Final Fantasy XIII’s Folly

Making gamers happy isn’t easy: We like to complain a lot. Pleasing us is harder than ever because of the sheer volume of choices we have, not to mention the widening chasm between Japanese and Western-developed offerings. Everybody–gamers and developers alike–has their own idea about what constitutes a “Japanese” title versus a Western one, and grand generalizations abound as a result. If you’ve ever browsed through a game...

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Medal of Honor Uncensored: The Fallout

Medal of Honor Uncensored: The Fallout

Sometimes, a highly-anticipated video game ends up being a disappointment. And once in a while, players perceive a game as an outright betrayal. According to Kotaku’s recent article A Year In Disappointments, this year’s Medal of Honor for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 turned out to be both. It was a mediocre game, and when EA caved to media pressure and censored the title, it alienated Medal of Honor‘s adult fan base. Medal of Honor is an FPS...

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