Posts Tagged "Digital Distribution"

Why Retail Banning Steam Games Won’t Work

Why Retail Banning Steam Games Won’t Work

In the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s, PC gaming and home console gaming were two entirely different experiences. PC’s running DOS provided intense 3D experiences with the likes of DOOM while the SNES chugged along with Star Fox (not that there’s anything wrong with Fox McCloud; we salute flying mammals of all species). The markets began merging around the mid- to- late ’90s, when CD-based consoles became the norm. And now that...

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Internet-Enabled TV: The Future of Gaming

Internet-Enabled TV: The Future of Gaming

Near the dawn of November, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello made a statement about the development potential that would be unleashed if Internet-enabled TV (IPTV) joined forces with game developers. “If I had to pick between IPTV and 3D and which one would be more important for gaming – not necessarily for installed base for homes, because I’m sure that people are definitely going to want to watch Shrek in 3D at home – but for us, I...

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Downloadable Episodic Games: A Rip-off?

Downloadable Episodic Games: A Rip-off?

Super Meat Boy is a downloadable Xbox Live Arcade title about a bleeding hunk of meat. This hunk of meat must brave several dozen hazardous puzzles in order to rescue his lady-meat friend. The game has since become a huge hit on XBLA, and people have called for a release on the Wii as a WiiWare title. The dev team, Team Meat, says a Wii release for Super Meat Boy is not forthcoming because of memory limitations. When fans suggested an episodic release, Team Meat...

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Can Sony’s PSP Phone Succeed?

Can Sony’s PSP Phone Succeed?

We’ve heard the rumblings and the rumors, and now it’s pretty much confirmed: The PlayStation Phone (PSP Phone) is coming. Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but presumably in time to give the iPhone, Android handsets, and Nintendo 3DS something to think about. In short, the smartphone and handheld gaming market is going to get a wee bit more crowded. That’s why Sony should think very hard about its reasons for developing and releasing the...

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How the iPad Can Attract More Gamers

How the iPad Can Attract More Gamers

Apple’s App Store has many handy applications available for download. Better yet, the most popular paid downloadable app for the iPad is that greatest of time-killers: Games. Interestingly though, while games have a pretty clear audience, they’re not without close competition on the App Store. Recently, the Nielsen Company surveyed 5000 consumers who are in possession of an iPad, in addition to a tablet computer, eReader, netbook, media and games...

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