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Free to Play: Do Big Licenses Work?

Free to Play: Do Big Licenses Work?

Studios are adopting a new strategy for standing out in the hyper-competitive free-to-play game market: They’re acquiring major properties on which to base their titles. Gamasutra lists a couple of examples in a recent feature about licensed massively multiplayer games: Three Rings, the studio behind Puzzle Pirates, is working on a free-to-play multiplayer version of the hit sci-fi show Dr. Who. And Bigpoint, a studio based in Germany and acquired by NBC...

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Nintendo vs. Free-to-Play: Dumb Move?

Nintendo vs. Free-to-Play: Dumb Move?

Nintendo has two new video game systems under its belt: The Nintendo 3DS, and the Wii U (a work in progress). Now’s the perfect time for the veteran company to adopt the newest, hottest trends going on in the games industry. Say, for instance, some free-to-play titles on the Wii U and/or Nintendo 3DS? Nintendo already has an answer for you: No, never, not on your life. “Nintendo is not interested [in free-to-play],” president Satoru Iwata told the...

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Lord British’s New Social MMOG: Worth Playing?

Lord British’s New Social MMOG: Worth Playing?

Whether you enjoy Fallout, Dragon Age, Final Fantasy, or Dragon Quest, you can thank one man for sculpting the foundations on which most modern role-playing games (RPGs) rest: Richard Garriott, also known as Lord British. Garriott developed the Ultima series of games, which pioneered the tile-based RPG and hugely influenced massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) with Ultima Online. And now the Lord of the modern RPG genre admits he’s...

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Social Games Bubble: When Will it Burst?

Social Games Bubble: When Will it Burst?

References to online social gaming have a way of putting proclaimed hardcore gamers into a bad mood, and it’s not hard to see why. Core game developers like Capcom, Square-Enix, EA and more have been opening up studios and creating teams that are tailored strictly for the development of social and mobile games. Meanwhile, independent social games studios are popping up around the landscape like daisies on the first warm day of March. Core gamers are bristling...

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What Single-Player Plus Means for Gamers

What Single-Player Plus Means for Gamers

Those of us who enjoy gaming in dark solitude got a bit of a scare earlier this month when Valve insinuated that Portal 2 might be the last completely single-player experience that the studio will develop. Valve’s dad, Gabe Newell, assured fans through an interview that Valve is by no means abandoning the single-player experience. Instead, Valve will simply be focusing its energies on games that are “single-player plus.” “Single-player is...

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