Playing a video game is easy and fun. Breaking into the industry and setting up a studio in order to develop a game–well, that’s a bit trickier. Even industries dedicated to the most lighthearted pursuits can be deadly serious and cut-throat at times, and needless to say, there is a dark side to Mario. That doesn’t mean you should abandon your dream of game development. Far from it. You should, however, square your shoulders, put on your Kevlar...read more
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These are strange days for video games, and the folks who play them. More people than ever – including moms, dads and kids of all ages – are playing games, but at the same time, we’re segregating ourselves. We bluster constantly about “core games,” “social games,” and embrace or dismiss Facebook’s crop of offerings. Interestingly, smart developers and publishers are taking advantage of the current...read more
As much as video games have changed over the past few decades, console game retail remained quite predictable for a long, long time. Whether you wanted a game for the Atari 2600 or the PlayStation 2, you generally hopped in your car and drove down to Wal-Mart, or Toys R Us, or EB Games. It’s only taken a few years for game retail to turn completely on its head. Our choices go way beyond physically shopping for games, and even the practice of buying at an...read more
If smartphone gaming had a mascot, it would be a bird. Bird-themed games are hot on the App Store–hotter than the innards of a roasted turkey (we’ll knock off the metaphors). With over 350 million downloads since hatching (sorry) in 2009, Angry Birds isn’t only the most successful bird-themed game on the App Store; it’s amongst the App Store’s most popular games, period, and is still held up as an example that runaway financial and...read more
Nobody really needs the aid of statistics to convince themselves of the popularity of social gaming, but Raptr, a social network dedicated to gamers of all kinds, went ahead and published a breakdown of how much playtime social games get next to more traditional fare. The verdict? Zynga’s “-Ville” games (FarmVille, PetVille, CityVille, FrontierVille) see far more playing time than social gaming’s remaining Top Ten put together. In fact,...read more