Posts Tagged "Free Games"

Reinventing an Entire Industry

Reinventing an Entire Industry

The irony of discussing and debating issues of relevance to gaming these days is that there is no one single “video game industry” to speak of; you’re actually talking about dozens of individual and equally diverse businesses. Likewise, endlessly opining about when retail software revenues will cease slumping is all but irrelevant, as outside of specific tentpole AAA releases, the field’s mot promising growth areas (social, mobile, free-to-play, etc.)...

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Has GameStop Gone Mad?

Has GameStop Gone Mad?

Game publishers and game retailers have, at best, an uneasy relationship – so what happens when one becomes the other? It’s a growing question that should make for some interesting times in the years ahead. Valve Software kicked off the hybrid developer/distributor model in 2003 with Steam, and it wasn’t long before Electronic Arts and Activision followed suit with their own online stores, giving them more control of (and higher margins from) the sale of...

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Virtual Villagers Arrives on Facebook

Virtual Villagers Arrives on Facebook

Last Day of Work and 3 Blokes Studios have announced the launch of Virtual Villagers on Facebook. Fans of little villagers of Isola rejoice! The game promises to bring the island world of Isola with its “island events,” explorations and discoveries to Facebook with an added democratic twist. Players will actually be able to join together and vote on important matters (“Archipelago Events”) which will have an impact on the persistent game world for...

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Casual Games are Killing the Industry

Casual Games are Killing the Industry

OK, so maybe that headline is a little melodramatic. But the topic of whether or not casual games are killing the traditional video games industry is certainly worth exploring given the continued rise of social network games, digital game downloads, smartphone apps and free online games while retail titles continue to decline in sales and prominence. Interestingly, it’s our friends at Fortune magazine doing the heavy lifting in recent article Is Casual Gaming...

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The Right Way to Do Remakes

The Right Way to Do Remakes

Per earlier observations, retro gaming is back in a massive way in 2010, 2011 and beyond. But while our previous post takes a look at why classic video games are on the rise again, it’s also important to note what qualities differentiate a solid update from one which tarnishes a particular game or franchise’s image simply for the sake of a shameless cash-in. While its examples may be a tad passé, given that the article was written in 2009, the points...

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