Posts Tagged "Game Development"

Can Call of Duty Keep Going Strong?

Can Call of Duty Keep Going Strong?

Call of Duty is one of the most successful video games franchises currently on the market. What kind of longevity can we expect from the series? Before you answer, consider this important tidbit: The Call of Duty franchise is the lucrative property of Activision, the same publisher that ran the seemingly unstoppable Guitar Hero series into the ground. In fact, two internal memos published by Activision in February and leaked to GiantBomb address outside worry that...

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Retail Games vs. Free and Budget Apps

Retail Games vs. Free and Budget Apps

The rift in pricing between iPhone games and blockbuster retail releases is pretty expansive. The price for the average video game on the App Store is 99 cents. The price for an average retail release is around $59.99 USD. If your development studio dedicates most of its resources to making retail games, how do you compete against the pull of games that are not only cheap, but very convenient to purchase? Epic Games’ president, Mike Capps, recently admitted...

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How To Make Licensed Games a Hit

How To Make Licensed Games a Hit

Let’s talk about video games based on TV shows and movies. (The audience groans. Somewhere far to the back, there is the echo of retching.) There, there. It’s not a pleasant topic; most video games based on television properties and movies are just awful. But that’s not always the case, and what’s more, that doesn’t have to be the case. If publishers followed a few rules, the quality of games based on licensed intellectual properties...

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Music Games: What the Future Holds

Music Games: What the Future Holds

It’s difficult to get a solid consensus about the state of music games in the post-Guitar Hero era. Some people insist that music and rhythm games were around long before instrument-based video games became a phenomenon, and so they’ll continue to exist in some form. Others believe that music games have had it. Still more, particularly younger players, believe that the music gaming genre went to go live with a nice man on a farm. Really though, what...

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Should Hollywood Stay Away from Games?

Should Hollywood Stay Away from Games?

The Weinstein Company recently announced the assembly of TWC Games. The new division will reportedly brew up video games based on popular Weinstein Company TV and movie properties including Scream, Halloween, and Hellraiser. The venture has been met with some skepticism. When we talk about games based on movies (or vice-versa), we cringe automatically. “Sorry, but TWC is doomed from the start,” writes James Brightman from IndustryGamers. Given the piles...

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