While many Japanese game studios struggle to remain relevant with Western gamers, Nintendo is still one of the most recognized brands in North America and throughout the world. Even so, the company still deals with significant culture clashes. One example lies with the West’s affinity for shooter games. Call of Duty and Halo are among our biggest series, but games about guns and marines don’t generate a whole lot of excitement in the East. Nintendo...read more
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From a ’90s point of view, the year 2000 looked technologically exciting. We dreamed especially hard about what the future held for video games: With sleek, silver CDs spinning in our consoles, it seemed like we’d taken a major step upward from the “old” ways and were content to let game cartridges decompose into a grey powder. But we wanted to know what lay beyond CDs, and with the high-tech fantasies that arcades were throwing around in...read more
When Nintendo conceived the Wii, maybe it expected that fifty percent of our games or better would utilize shaking and waving within a mere couple of years. Needless to say, that hasn’t been the case. The reality has left gamers split, with casual audiences adopting motion control and traditionalists sticking to their keyboards, mice, and controllers. Ken Levine, the creative director of Irrational Games, believes that maybe things ought to stay that...read more
Super Mario Bros. Final Fantasy. Mega Man 2. Sonic the Hedgehog. Pac-Man. Tetris. What do all these video games have in common? They’re each well over a decade old–over two decades, in some cases–and they’re still widely celebrated as games that lay down blueprints for many of the games we enjoy today. But let’s say you somehow manage to procure a device that can capture a snapshot of this exact moment in time (don’t aim it in...read more
Zynga is a company that ought to be saluted for its tenacity, its drive, and its successful linking of friends and families through familiar, free games that are easy to play. But let’s back up and study one particular word in that sentence: “Familiar.” Zynga knows how to make money, but the social game giant doesn’t have an original bone in its body. That’s probably why Zynga’s lawsuit against and alleged imitator, an...read more