Every couple months, a video game industry veteran comes forward and decries used games sales as a huge issue that is ruining the industry. I certainly agree with many of the arguments – the less money developers get from sales of their games, the harder it is for them to take risks further down the road, let alone stay in business. Nonetheless, a few words should be said in defense of used games. GameStop IS part of the games industry An odd thing about the...read more
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In a large theater at the 2010 Game Developers Conference, ten thousand game makers gathered for the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice awards ceremonies, where the best indie and mainstream games of the year are celebrated by and for their creators. In between the two, an unusual video was shown. Aneesh Chopra, the United States’s first Chief Technology Officer, made an unusual address to the game development community. He announced that...read more
Many times viewed as mindless playthings meant for introverted teenage males, it’s no wonder that video games continue to get such a bad rap in the mainstream press. But as Forbes was recently kind enough to remind readers, interactive outings have tremendous power to teach, inform and empower – a fact that isn’t being overlooked by current and future generations of female executives. Similar to the concepts expounded upon in this sizable feature...read more
It’s the age old question: “Are video games art?” Some (e.g. Robert Ebert, at least before they occasionally retract their position) say no, others (i.e. the rest of the free world) argue in favor. Either way, it seems something of a silly debate to be having in 2010, after moving experiences from Ico, Passage and Shadow of the Colossus on up to modern-day masterpieces like Braid, BioShock and Heavy Rain have clearly proven the medium’s...read more