Posts Tagged "Culture"

Gamer Stereotypes: Biggest Misconceptions

Gamer Stereotypes: Biggest Misconceptions

If you are an adult who plays video games, there’s a chance you don’t talk about the pastime while you’re in what society calls “polite company.” Though the rise of casual gaming has brought the overall reputation of video games up a notch, you’re still bound to get weird looks if you’re over the age of 15 and you admit that video games are really cool. The unfortunate reason for gaming’s ugly reputation can be blamed...

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Why This is a Good Time for Niche Gamers

Why This is a Good Time for Niche Gamers

These are strange days for video games, and the folks who play them. More people than ever – including moms, dads and kids of all ages – are playing games, but at the same time, we’re segregating ourselves. We bluster constantly about “core games,” “social games,” and embrace or dismiss Facebook’s crop of offerings. Interestingly, smart developers and publishers are taking advantage of the current...

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Do Game Developers Need to be Gamers?

Do Game Developers Need to be Gamers?

Does a video game developer also need to be a game player in order to ply his or her trade? If you enjoy games yourself, the immediate answer that jumps to mind is probably, “Of course he/she does. What kind of a stupid question is that?” But Kareem Ettouney (of LittleBigPlanet) and David Braben (of Kinectimals) have a different outlook. In a recent Gamasutra interview, both argued that while it’s important to have dedicated gamers on a dev team,...

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Free Video Game Book: Music Games Rock

Free Video Game Book: Music Games Rock

It’s finally here! Four years in the making, we’re proud to announce the release of our latest free video game book, Music Games Rock: Rhythm Gaming’s Greatest Hits of All Time. Downloadable free at www.MusicGamesRock.com, the book is a complete guide to the music and rhythm gaming genre’s past, present and future, and explains the meteoric rise and fall of games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Charting hundreds of the field’s biggest...

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5 Lessons the Super Nintendo Teaches

5 Lessons the Super Nintendo Teaches

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System turned 20 on August 23, 2011. There have been a lot of raised pints and touching memoirs written about Nintendo’s 16-bit grey girl, which isn’t a surprise: For many twenty- and- thirty-somethings, the Super Nintendo or “SNES” was an anchor in our formative years. The system’s solid library zipped us across racetracks, led us through epic side-scrolling adventures, and set us on role-playing...

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