Posts Tagged "Culture"

Does Xbox Have a Future in Japan?

Does Xbox Have a Future in Japan?

Let’s be honest: When most of us think about the gaming scene in Japan, Microsoft’s offerings don’t even cross our minds. The size of the original Xbox’s failure in the Land of the Rising Sun was matched only by the console’s massive shell (*pause for audience laughter*). Any other game company might have slunk away from releasing any follow-up consoles, but Microsoft is not easily thwarted. The Xbox 360 hit Japan in 2005, and to...

read more

Can the Wii U Save Gaming in Japan?

Can the Wii U Save Gaming in Japan?

Gamers who practiced their art through the ’80s and ’90s can pen a few memorials about the battles fought between themselves and family members who wanted the TV “Right now. No, I don’t care if you have to find a save point.” The Wii U’s ability to switch from a television to a tablet display is ingenious; it’s a piece of technology that 16-bit RPG enthusiasts would have shanked their own mothers to possess. Now, however,...

read more

Can Video Game Magazines Survive?

Can Video Game Magazines Survive?

If print is dead, then video game magazines are dead twice over. When the Internet gained mainstream relevance in the mid-90s, video game news, reviews, previews, and blogs were among the first bits of content to jump from the magazine page to the digital world. Our access to game-related content has only become faster and more efficient with the advent of social networks like Facebook and Twitter. It’s no wonder major magazine publishers like Future are...

read more

Are Developers Running Out of Ideas?

Are Developers Running Out of Ideas?

E3 is three solid days of flipping out over video games. Every minute on the show floor is crammed with gaming: We run from kiosk to kiosk, sampling this and that. A certain metaphor about kids in candy stores comes to mind, and boy, is it apt. So it’s kind of weird to lean back after E3, reflect on what we’ve played, and ask ourselves, “Gee…what’s new?” Nobody is questioning the quality of the demos, all of which offered up...

read more

Will Wii U Win the Next Console Race?

Will Wii U Win the Next Console Race?

The unveiling of the Wii U at E3 2011 confirmed a point that’s been illustrated since the home console industry was resurrected in the ’80s: Nintendo does its own thing. After all, Nintendo’s independence is what brought motion controls to living rooms across America–and spawned a “casual/core gamer” divide in its wake. Since other concerns mushroomed on top of the Wii’s success, including Nintendo’s hesitation to...

read more
Page 6 of 2914567815202529