Posts Tagged "Game Development"

Games and Toys: High-Tech Crossovers

Games and Toys: High-Tech Crossovers

It’s not unheard of for a video game to be coupled with a physical toy, or toys: In its earliest incarnation, the Nintendo Entertainment System was packed with “ROB,” a little robot pal who could interact (awkwardly) with one of the system’s pack-in games. Though ROB existed only to fool game-weary parents into thinking they were buying an “entertainment system” and not a video game console, Rob is still looked on fondly as an...

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Why Wasn’t The Last Guardian at E3?

Why Wasn’t The Last Guardian at E3?

All the exciting sights and sounds of E3 weren’t enough to distract us from the absence of two much looked-for guests: A little boy and his baby monster. Team Ico’s The Last Guardian, a beautiful and mysterious follow-up to the celebrated Shadow of the Colossus for the PlayStation 2, lay low for E3 2011, much to our disappointment. When footage of The Last Guardian blinked into existence in 2009, it introduced us to an adventure/puzzle game that made...

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Lord British’s New Social MMOG: Worth Playing?

Lord British’s New Social MMOG: Worth Playing?

Whether you enjoy Fallout, Dragon Age, Final Fantasy, or Dragon Quest, you can thank one man for sculpting the foundations on which most modern role-playing games (RPGs) rest: Richard Garriott, also known as Lord British. Garriott developed the Ultima series of games, which pioneered the tile-based RPG and hugely influenced massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) with Ultima Online. And now the Lord of the modern RPG genre admits he’s...

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How Square-Enix Can Recapture Its Glory

How Square-Enix Can Recapture Its Glory

One of E3 2011’s shining stars was Eidos, which brought with it several impressive IP reboots, including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Hitman: Absolution. It was a healthy showing that should have made Eidos’ owner, Square-Enix, as proud as a cat with newborn kittens. But even though Square-Enix is undoubtedly happy about Eidos’ success, the company has become painfully aware, even ashamed, of the poor showing from the Japanese side...

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Square-Enix: GRIN’s Executioners?

Square-Enix: GRIN’s Executioners?

Though Square-Enix publishes some of the most beloved game series of all time, including Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy, the company doesn’t always endear itself to its North American followers. From half-assed work on its most important titles, to shutting down fan projects at the last possible second, to (some will claim) recycling the same hero archetypes and costumes game after game after multimillion dollar game, Square-Enix commands a huge fan base that...

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