In the latest episode of Game Theory with Scott Steinberg, entitled “Video Game Developers vs. Publishers: Who Wins?” we take a closer look at the state of the modern games industry. Exploring the shifting balance of power following in the wake of new business models, gaming devices and online technologies, the new documentary film also examines whether there’s a place for independent developers in today’s increasingly cutthroat business world. In...read more
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Storytelling in video games has been going through a long period of maturation. Though there is a bit of a ways go to before games can consistently sell plots that are as engaging as the average work of literature, there’s no doubt that our favorite pastime is capable of drawing out our emotions. We’ve come a long way from chasing after princesses who are stashed away by giant turtle kings. So when news got around about video games being eligible for...read more
THQ recently made a business decision that will disappoint no one: The company is moving away from developing and publishing games based on kids’ movies. This includes games steeped in big-name properties like Disney Pixar’s Cars, The Incredibles, and Dreamworks’ Megamind. Why abandon such lucrative names? THQ cites a “slowdown in console titles aimed at children.” “We have re-evaluated our kids movie-based licenses and have...read more
Not sure what to make of Sony’s Next Generation Portable (NGP)? Maybe you should listen to Hideo Kojima, the acclaimed director of the Metal Gear Solid franchise. He’s so excited about the NGP’s potential for cloud gaming that we’ll probably have to peel him off the moon at E3 2011. When Sony unveiled the NGP, Kojima was on hand with Metal Gear Solid 4 (MGS 4) footage to help demonstrate that the NGP is capable of PS3-level graphics. But...read more
The rise of digital downloads is the most significant change to happen to the console industry over the previous decade. Digitally-distributed games allow smaller, independent studios create and dole out products without having to deal with the expenses coupled with physical distribution. Players have reason to be happy with digital distribution, too: We have access to thousands of wonderful games for low prices. Trying out some creative developer’s bold new...read more