Christmas is coming, and you know what that means: peace, love, goodwill, and shopping malls that look like a gladiator arena during a lion feed. For most of us, the holiday rush is a time of great expenditure, and frantic social network deal swapping via Facebook and Twitter. We spend money, time, and cash to buy gifts for our loved ones, but the exhaustion pays off when we settle into the peaceful, festive part of the celebration. But for the men and women who...read more
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The “Fire and Forget” formula of game development, which involves engineering a game for two years, putting it on the shelf, and then walking away from it, is rapidly becoming outdated. It makes better financial sense to build a game with the intent of returning to it, adding more, and extending its life for as long as possible. In that vein, here are three good tips for getting the most out of your game. 1. Tie a License to Your Game — By teaming...read more
Given the rising popularity of the 99-cent app and the free-to-play game genre, it seems logical that publishers of triple-A games would do everything in their power to keep prices as low as possible. Obviously, nobody should expect to walk away with Super Mario 3D Land for $10 on launch day, but it’s in the best interests of games sold at retail to stay at a low price point. As it happens, the era of the high-priced retail game is not over and done with...read more
Sony Online’s massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) DC Universe Online switched to the free-to-play model at the end of October. Not surprisingly, the game’s business and player base has since exploded. “We are over 1000% of our pre-F2P concurrent numbers,” Tweeted John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), on the social blogging service early in November. Smedley also acknowledged that the surge of players has brought on...read more
Playing a video game is easy and fun. Breaking into the industry and setting up a studio in order to develop a game–well, that’s a bit trickier. Even industries dedicated to the most lighthearted pursuits can be deadly serious and cut-throat at times, and needless to say, there is a dark side to Mario. That doesn’t mean you should abandon your dream of game development. Far from it. You should, however, square your shoulders, put on your Kevlar...read more