Posts Tagged "Game Design"

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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Video Game Violence: A History and Education

Video Game Violence: A History and Education

Gaming is slowly gaining recognition in the mainstream as a pastime that’s healthy and beneficial as long as it’s done in moderation. However, there are still some tough stereotypes to overcome. If you try and talk to certain parents about possibly buying their offspring a game console, there’s a chance said parent will clap their hands over their child’s ears and drag them away, mumbling something about the evils of video game...

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Can iOS MMOs Make it Big?

Can iOS MMOs Make it Big?

With the mobile game scene thriving, it’s not a surprise to learn that big publishers want to get serious about bringing the massively multiplayer online (MMO) experience from the PC to iOS devices like iPhones and iPads. Jeremy Gaffney, the CEO and executive producer of NCsoft West, has several notable MMOs under his belt, including City of Heroes and Dungeons & Dragons Online. He told GamesIndustry.Biz in an interview that the time is ripe for MMOs to...

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Can In-Game Video Advertising Work in Downloadable Games?

Can In-Game Video Advertising Work in Downloadable Games?

On July 1, “Facebook Credits” will become the mandatory currency for microtransactions in Facebook games. Facebook obviously wants its game-crazy userbase to understand the new order of things, and it has begun spreading the word through in-game advertisements. Most of the Internet’s populace doesn’t grant a second look at online advertisements, as you can only be bombarded with so many offers for “a b1gger p3n15” so many times...

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Enhancing Gameplay: Adding Stickiness

Enhancing Gameplay: Adding Stickiness

A good adjective for describing Call of Duty: Black Ops would be “sticky.” That doesn’t mean the game has a tendency to fall into the grasp of some kid with jammy fingers: It means the game has a way of hanging around inside a game console and is revisited often by its owner. Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg is well-pleased by the stickiness each Call of Duty title has demonstrated since 2007’s Modern Warfare, and he talked about the...

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