Posts Tagged "Game Design"

Social Games: Too Many Imitators?

Social Games: Too Many Imitators?

There is a significant divide between core video game players and social gamers. Though the latter doesn’t pay much attention to the former, core gamers tend to regard social games with scorn. One reason can be narrowed down to a mild case of xenophobia. Our unfortunate human nature causes us to bristle when we believe someone is intruding on our territory and changing the landscape in ways we don’t regard for the better. Some core gamers also feel that...

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The Old Republic vs WOW: Epic Fail?

The Old Republic vs WOW: Epic Fail?

It looks like Blizzard is taking on a role that’s always pleasant to see in the games industry: The role of a courteous competitor. Blizzard’s president, Frank Pearce, told MCV that Blizzard wants to see EA’s upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG succeed because the MMORPG market in general can use a “shot in the arm.” “This is a game that has an opportunity to grow the MMO market if done right and therefore is very...

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Are Small Budget Games a Dying Breed?

Are Small Budget Games a Dying Breed?

According to Logan Booker, the media liaison for the Aussie game studio Firemint, the iPhone game Real Racing 2 cost over $2 million USD to develop over a period of 18 months. To which the immediate response can only be, “Well, for a while there, the iPhone was looking like a great place for indie studios to get their start with low-budget games.” Are things as bad as all that, though? Is the low budget game about to lay down and die? Firemint is the...

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Video Game Storytelling: History and Origins

Video Game Storytelling: History and Origins

Heavy Rain for the PlayStation 3 is an important adventure game and monument to virtual storytelling; it demonstrates how developers can go about making realistic, mature video games (maybe too realistic, according to this thoughtful write-up by Chris Lepine of The Artful Gamer). But maybe Heavy Rain goes beyond “important.” According to its creator, David Cage, Heavy Rain is more than a definitive title in the interactive storytelling genre: It is the...

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Top Board Games to Make Video Games

Top Board Games to Make Video Games

Video games are awesome, but let us not forget the long-lived appeal of board games. These analogue time-passers have withstood the test of decades, and for good reason. There’s nothing like enjoying a game of Monopoly with a good glass of scotch next to the fireplace (but not too close). Even though playing a board game is an irreplaceable tactile experience, many of those games would benefit if they were granted a digital alternative. Digital board games...

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