Posts Tagged "Game Design"

How Capcom Titles Can Regain Worldwide Relevance

How Capcom Titles Can Regain Worldwide Relevance

Japanese video game developers seem to understand that their portion of the industry is suffering from several problems, including player drop-off, fading relevance, and stagnation. Some developers have since stepped up to the next level: They’re preparing to do something about it. Capcom is one such developer. According to a note released to investors by the company, it’s taking a good long look at potential mergers and acquisitions of Western...

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Nintendo 3DS Expansion Slide Pad: Good Move?

Nintendo 3DS Expansion Slide Pad: Good Move?

The 2011 Tokyo Game Show (TGS) and the Nintendo 3DS conference that preceded it brought some interesting bits of news for Nintendo’s new handheld. A surprise came first: The revelation that Capcom’s enormously popular Monster Hunter franchise would live on the 3DS with Monster Hunter 4. An accompanying piece of news came later, though not through Nintendo’s official pre-TGS conference: the Nintendo 3DS “Expansion Slide Pad,” which...

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Will John Carmack Get What he Wants?

Will John Carmack Get What he Wants?

When the first whispers about a brand new game console hit the Internet, the hardware wishlists quicky follow. We want our new consoles to support HD, we want plenty of storage space for demos and downloadable games. We want smooth online interactions and easy access to indie and triple-A blockbuster titles alike. Also, we want to be able to ride the console like a pony. But a developer’s wish list for a new console tends to go a bit deeper than that of the...

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Game Genres: What’s in a Name?

Game Genres: What’s in a Name?

When two gamers make introductions, the question inevitably comes up: “What kind of games do you like?” A list is subsequently rattled off: First-person shooters, role-playing games, social games, adventure games, horror, and so on. Every game is neatly tucked into a genre–or so we think. Truth is, game genres are blending into each other more and more. An adventure game will often offer a big helping of puzzles. A social title might have...

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Should All Game Systems Be Created Equal?

Should All Game Systems Be Created Equal?

All men and women are created equal, but anyone who observes this current generation of game systems should be able to discern very easily that not all consoles are engineered to stand shoulder-to-shoulder. There are multiple reasons why competing consoles come out at different heights: If one console hits the market early, the others might hang back for retooling so that its engineers can release something a little faster, a little more powerful. Or, sometimes a...

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