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...read more
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If the arcade scene isn’t completely dead in North America, it’s certainly clutching at its throat and flopping on the cold ground. In another fistful of years, our children will roll their eyes and turn away when we try to hand down stories about smoky caverns lined with blinking lights and beer-stained neon plastic. It’s easier to believe in Wonderland or Narnia. Thankfully, though the ambiance of arcades is fading from our memories, the...read more
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...read more
When pundits talk about the factors that propelled gaming into the mainstream over the past five years, they always mention Nintendo’s success with the Wii. But Harmonix’s Guitar Hero franchise deserves a big nod as well. Even as the series changed hands to Neversoft and garnered the publishing power of Activsion behind it, whole families and drunken frat boys alike bonded over little plastic guitars and lip-synching muppets. Granted, any publisher will...read more
Video games ceased being child’s play years ago. Society finally accepts that adults are entitled to experience and enjoy all manner of gaming experiences–but that doesn’t mean adult life generously lends us carefree hours to slum around on the Xbox 360. Like all leisure activities, gaming has to be shoehorned into a busy schedule and a tight budget; even more so in 2010, where shifting work and leisure habits are increasingly chipping away at...read more