Posts Tagged "Game Development"

Why Game Developers Leave

Why Game Developers Leave

The generation that grew up with the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) probably didn’t know Shigeru Miyamoto from a hole in the wall. Nowadays, the maturation of the earliest gaming generations combined with the Internet’s vast information databases and communication potential has elevated many veteran game developers to near-celebrity status. In some instances, fans can even reach out to their heroes via email, Twitter, and, if you somehow manage to...

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How to Successfully Revive Game Franchises

How to  Successfully Revive Game Franchises

As the video game industry matures, it’s becoming apparent that game development is a cyclical event. New ideas are valued, but retreading old territory is what really seems to get the games community talking. When a beloved retro game receives a remake, it lets a new generation experience classics from the old generation, but more than that, it gives the old generation a chance to revisit an old favorite and resurrect the memories that accompany it. But not...

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Sony at Risk of a PSN Developer Exodus?

Sony at Risk of a PSN Developer Exodus?

The PlayStation Network is on the mend, and Sony has free games in store for users who have been burned by the month-long downtime and theft of personal info. Players are happy enough to get back to “work,” but studios that depend on the PSN for their daily bread aren’t about to be pacified by a pat on the back and a copy of LittleBigPlanet. For instance, games that were supposed to be released in the window of the PSN’s downtime tripped...

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Annualized Video Game Franchises: Bad Idea?

Annualized Video Game Franchises: Bad Idea?

It’s strange to think that two video game franchises based on war are being maneuvered like actual soldiers by the companies that publish them. Activision and EA are circling each other, each one seeking to outdo the other’s war games. Their next big bout is already written in the stars: EA is counting on Battlefield 3 to out-do Activision’s gargantuan hit, Call of Duty: Black Ops, this fall. If Battlefield 3 does indeed fill Call of Duty with...

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What Other Publishers Can Learn from EA

What Other Publishers Can Learn from EA

No one can accuse Electronic Arts (EA) of dragging its heels on adapting to the digital landscape. Eager to seize online opportunities, the publishing giant is now bent on presenting itself as a “software platform” and “a fully integrated digital entertainment company” instead of a behemoth with a sports label. Earlier in May, EA CEO John Riccitiello explained the company’s new strategy through a conference call. He referenced...

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