As our friends at CNBC recently pointed out, cloud computing – read: online services which stream premium games over the Internet in real-time to even low-end PC and console hardware – promises to have a marked effect on the video game industry going forward. Benefits of cloud gaming include never having to worry about installing a piece of software, dealing with compatibility issues, needing to drive to a store to enjoy the latest titles or being...read more
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After a massive 8% drop in industry-wide retail sales during 2009, a certain stigma still seems to hang around the overall prospective health and viability of the video game business. It continues to come as something of a surprise, given today’s massive uptick in revenues, subscribers and popularity levels across the board for areas like social network games, digital distribution services, smartphone apps, MMOs, microtransaction-based platforms and virtual...read more
From social games to digitally-distributed offerings, indie titles, downloadable content (DLC) and free-to-play online games that run in your Web browser, all have one thing in common. Despite being some of the most innovative concepts in gaming today, and oftentimes boasting fan bases that far dwarf those of traditional video game titles (see: Zynga’s FarmVille, which has roughly 6X as many players as World of Warcraft), all were shockingly downplayed at...read more
Maybe it’s some sort of social Rorschach test, but every time I meet someone who shares an interest in interactive entertainment, they always seem to ask: Which games are you currently playing? If I’m feeling sporting, the answer is simple: An eclectic mix of titles like Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, Heavy Rain, Puzzle Quest 2, Burn Zombie Burn and Tales of Monkey Island. If I’m feeling blunter, though, frankly, I’ll be more honest… Games such as...read more
Apple’s iPad is nothing if not a pricey portable gaming system and entertainment device disguised as a combination tablet PC and portable media player. (Or just a giant iPod touch or crippled, oversized iPhone, depending on whom you ask.) But per USA Today‘s story Apple’s iPad Could Revolutionize Video Games, it enjoys a major advantage over traditional handheld game consoles such as the DS/DSi and PSP. Specifically, the fact that the iPad is...read more