Posts Tagged "Free Games"

Working with Outside IP, Part 2

Working with Outside IP, Part 2

In October 2010, Georgia-based Hi-Rez Studios purchased the Tribes franchise from InstantAction. This article is the second in a multipart series analyzing why the company made its decision and how it plans to incorporate this externally created game. Part I examined some of the reasons behind the acquisition. Part III, after The new Tribes game is released, will address how reality met intentions. Buying something as involved as a video game IP that has gone...

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Video Game Dictionary: A Glossary of Terms

Video Game Dictionary: A Glossary of Terms

If you need evidence for the growth and maturation of video games, consider the rapid expansion of game-related jargon. Long gone are the days when you just pulled out “the Nintendo” if you wanted to click around for a few hours. Sure, there was some pseudo tech-talk about how many “bits” a system had. And Sega formulated a beauty of a lie with a mysterious technology called “Blast Processing” that helped Sonic the Hedgehog make...

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2010 and 2011’s Top Game Industry Trends

2010 and 2011’s Top Game Industry Trends

The video games industry did a lot of growing up through the Aughts and into 2010–though some might argue that a bit of de-evolution occurred as well this year. But perspective is everything, and all teenagers must go through growing pains in order to reach beyond that awkward, long-legged stage that precedes maturity. With that in mind, we’re going to look back at some notable industry trends that started or endured through 2011. Take it upon yourself...

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Google Chrome Web Store: A Game Changer?

Google Chrome Web Store: A Game Changer?

If you haven’t found enough ways to squander your work hours, Google believes it has the answer for you. The Chrome Web Store went live recently, offering apps, games, and software extensions that all operate through the Chrome web browser. A quick visit to the store opens up a world of tasty software, especially as far as video games are concerned: There are 200 titles in a wide range of genres, including some familiar faces: Plants vs. Zombies, FarmVille,...

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How Holiday Themes Benefit Video Games

How Holiday Themes Benefit Video Games

Quick, name some of your favorite Christmas/holiday movies. Not a problem, right? There’s A Christmas Carol, A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, The Santa Clause– Now name some of your favorite Christmas/holiday-themed video games. That’s a bit trickier, isn’t it? Granted, there have been past instances of the games industry acknowledging Christmastime through its works. 1996’s Christmas...

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