Posts Tagged "Free Games"

Casual Gaming’s Future Lies in the Cloud

Casual Gaming’s Future Lies in the Cloud

After months of rumors and speculation, OnLive’s gaming service launched recently, and the era of cloud-based games has begun. There has been much debate around how cloud gaming can transform the traditional video game business, turning game players from buyers into renters and making video game consoles like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 obsolete. Much less has been discussed on the impact on casual games. Cloud gaming has the potential to revolutionize the...

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Hollywood Pounces on Social Games

Hollywood Pounces on Social Games

Disney’s purchase of leading social network games maker Playdom (second only to Zynga in the valuation and Facebook game market) may seem like a strange buy at first blush. But the acquisition makes perfect sense from a business perspective, as the film and TV giant looks to leverage its award-winning stable of cartoon and live action properties as well as beloved childhood characters into the social gaming realm. Even as the company moves to sell off...

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Gaming’s Past, Present and Future

Gaming’s Past, Present and Future

Video games in their current state are not at all representative of video games as they were in their nascent form. The evolution of video games to where they are now shows unprecedented growth in production values and the quantity of creative people required to build almost any game that has a chance to survive the retail marketplace. Only a percentage of games these days are made in a way similar to the days when the roles of producer, designer and programmer...

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Game Theory with Scott Steinberg: Episode 1

Game Theory with Scott Steinberg: Episode 1

Battered and bruised by plummeting sales, the video game industry staggers on, steadily losing ground at retail. When will we finally wake up and realize that things have irrevocably changed? From social network games to motion controls, iPhone apps, 3D games and cloud computing, the modern gaming business isn’t just virtually unrecognizable. It’s also being completely reinvented courtesy of new concepts like digital distribution and free-to-play titles with...

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Social Network Games: When Will the Bubble Burst?

Social Network Games: When Will the Bubble Burst?

Considering all the hype surrounding social network games for Facebook and other platforms in the wake of Google’s investment in Zynga and Disney’s purchase of Playdom and Tapulous (not to mention the potential financial bubble forming), one can’t help but wonder: Are social games ultimately headed for disaster? Our suspicion: Unlikely, though valuations will taper off, and the social gaming industry is inevitably destined to go through...

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