It’s no secret that sales of music video games hardware have been on the decline for several years (although industry executives claim that sales of software and digital song downloads are actually on the rise). Naturally, this presents a challenge for the makers of popular franchises like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, even as presents opportunities for a wave of newcomers from Def Jam Rapstar to Linkin Park Revenge. Rather than stick with the previous excuse...read more
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We’ve gone on record with the media many times explaining what’s happening to the video games industry, and how it’s being utterly transformed by the advent of online game downloads, social gaming, iPhone/iPad apps, free-to-play titles and other new forms of interactive entertainment. But our recent column for The Daily Beast, dubbed simply The New Revolution in Video Games summarizes the situation quite nicely, if you’re looking for a short...read more
Nostalgia is serious business. In gaming, it’s also a profitable business. When the 16-bit era gave way to the PlayStation and Saturn, polygon-based 3D games turned our side-scrolling past into ancient history. But after a few months of struggling with unruly cameras and bland, textureless environments, we began to feel a bit lonely for sprite graphics and 2D platforming. Sony America reluctantly loosened its laws against 2D titles, and games like...read more
Video games need some kind of a budget before they’re able to blink into existence. A game like Halo: Reach costs tens of millions of dollars to produce, distribute, and advertise. The three-person developer team putting together the latest viral hit for the iPhone App Store also needs to pay rent on the hovel they rent at the edge of downtown. Even the teenage kid tinkering with some Pong clone needs a steady influx of Doritos and Mountain Dew to keep...read more
A year or so before the Wii controller was unveiled, I had the chance to sit down with Satoru Iwata, president and CEO of Nintendo. As I expect every other reporter did that day, I bobbed and weaved with him about what was so “revolutionary” about the company’s next product – and why they were guarding that secret so closely instead of getting consumers excited about it. His answer always stuck with me. Competitors, he said, tend to copy the company’s...read more