Posts Tagged "Game Development"

EA/Activision Lawsuit: Enter Infinity Ward

EA/Activision Lawsuit: Enter Infinity Ward

Video games do such a good job whisking us away from reality that sometimes we forget that the industry is based on CEOs, sales, and statistics. Behind every turtle-stomping adventure, there is a team of humans working for a company that must make a profit…and humans can get into serious fights even when fun and games is the business at hand. Activision and EA, for instance, are two of the biggest developers in the games industry. Both companies wield...

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Interactive Fiction: Video Game Storytelling

Interactive Fiction: Video Game Storytelling

Interactive fiction and adventure gaming fans should be sure to check out the latest episode of Game Theory with Scott Steinberg. Our new documentary film “Interactive Fiction: The Art of Video Game Storytelling” (seen here) reveals what’s next for virtual narrative. The movie, featuring today’s top writers and game designers, provides an in-depth look at the past, present and future of video game storytelling. In the film, the field’s...

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Duke Nukem Forever: A Tortured History

Duke Nukem Forever: A Tortured History

The life, death and rebirth of Duke Nukem Forever would make for great movie fodder. Explosions, zombies, resurrection…what more would any movie studio need? Sure, a movie studio would have a field day with the story of Duke Nukem Forever, but most gamers are only interested in the title’s tangled history because they want to know why they were denied the game for so long. What stalled the Duke’s busy career for 14 years? Why are Gearbox and 2K...

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The 5 Most Important Games of 2011

The 5 Most Important Games of 2011

Maybe it’s just the over-optimism speaking, but 2011 promises to be a year full of fun, wonder, and really cool games. Sure, this current generation of consoles is starting to feel like a pack of house guests that have hung around too long and subsequently become too familiar and tiresome… but with age comes experience. Developers know that they have to hang out with the Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 for a little bit longer, and they’re set to...

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How to Fix the Japanese Games Industry

How to Fix the Japanese Games Industry

Games writers often wring their hands over the seemingly sickly state of the Japanese industry. We have good reason to do so: Japan was once a mentor that developers around the world looked up to, and now it limps alongside Western development. Japanese console sales are stagnating, the Xbox 360’s attempt to gain any semblance of recognition in the market has been troubled to say the least, and game sales are down overall. The picture looks bleak, but what...

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