Posts Tagged "Disruptive Tech"

Why Designers Are Going Social, Casual

Why Designers Are Going Social, Casual

I am not sitting in business class on this flight. Heading home from my first business trip for my new job, I’m struck by a key difference between traveling for my current employer, ngmoco:), and traveling for my former employer, Electronic Arts. It’s not just that I’m sitting back in coach that has got me thinking. It’s more about how I’ve spent my time on the flight. Sure, I had my favorite airplane cocktail (vodka cranberry, if you...

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The New Definition of Video Games

The New Definition of Video Games

When it comes to critics and the video game industry, sometimes, you have to draw a line in the virtual sand. Case in point: Our recent column for CNN entitled What Does ‘Video Game’ Mean, Anyway?, which explains why it’s ludicrous to look to falling retail sales as some sort of canary in a coal mine indicating that the hobby is on the decline, or worse… destined for extinction. The reason why? More people are playing video games than ever...

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Today’s Industry: Has Anything Changed?

Today’s Industry: Has Anything Changed?

Despite the video game industry’s crushing sales losses last year, it’s a fundamental truth that analysts, experts and insiders alike are quickly having to wake up and accept: Nothing has changed in 2010. Color us shamed and embarrassed; despite the continued success of social, mobile and online games, and rise of alternative platforms such as Facebook and the iPhone/iPad, monolithic publishers like Electronic Arts, UbiSoft and Activision still...

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Game Theory with Scott Steinberg: Episode 2

Game Theory with Scott Steinberg: Episode 2

Despite assurances to the contrary, as revenues continue to flatline and studios disintegrate, game industry leaders are grudgingly being forced to accept reality: Nothing has changed. Besieged on all fronts by shifting player habits, growing economic issues and the rise of digital downloads, games for social networks and free-to-play online outings, insiders are becoming increasingly desperate to reinvent themselves. Forget what you see in the headlines. In the...

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Games: The Future of Social Media

Games: The Future of Social Media

Hyperbolic headlines? Us? Never. Alas, we can’t take credit for gems like How Gaming Became the Future of Social Media (that honor belongs to our friends at Fortune magazine), but appreciate the sly commentary on the rise of social network games like FarmVille, FrontierVille and Mafia Wars nonetheless. And why not: We’re all too happy to chime in inside it with comments on how Facebook games and companies like Zynga, Playfish and Playdom are making a...

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