Video games are changing, and movie and television distribution are changing alongside them. Not only are modern consoles and handhelds there for you when you want to blast your way through a game, but they’re also your go-to spot when you want to lean back and watch a story that doesn’t require you to jump in and press “A.” Recently, HBO revealed that its online video-on-demand service, HBO Go, will be coming to consoles. Though the service...read more
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When Nintendo announced the massive Nintendo 3DS price drop on July 28 ($169.99 USD, down from $249.99 USD), a glut of positive energy rushed from the Internet gaming community. After all, the cut is big news: The Nintendo 3DS’s high price was undeniably a big barrier between the system and potential adopters. Once the holiday season’s line-up beefs up the 3DS’s library, we should see numerous portable gaming enthusiasts vault over their...read more
The very idea of renting games through the mail is a weird one, but it didn’t take long for GameFly’s mail-based game rental service to tear a few mouthfuls out of Blockbuster, the former king of temporary video game ownership. Going digital is a logical move for GameFly, and indeed, the rental service will be offering downloadable alternatives for clients who’d rather not mess with mailboxes. According to GameFly co-founder Sean Spector,...read more
There was a time when turning on a game system without plugging a cartridge into it first would yield an ominous black void on the television screen, and nothing more. Those days are long gone, lost in a modern era featuring downloadable demos, built-in Internet browsers, social media options, and much, much more. Whereas the game console once served a single purpose, now our systems are arguably the busiest appliance in the house. That goes double for portable...read more
Have you noticed that prices for games in the Xbox Live Marketplace have been making a bit of a climb lately? In similar news, you may have also noticed some of life’s other small details, like “water is wet” and “the sun rises in the morning.” In other words, it’s a little difficult to disregard the recent rise in Marketplace content, because it’s hard not to notice when a cheap alternative to gaming becomes less cheap. At...read more