Posts Tagged "Game Development"

Reinventing an Entire Industry

Reinventing an Entire Industry

The irony of discussing and debating issues of relevance to gaming these days is that there is no one single “video game industry” to speak of; you’re actually talking about dozens of individual and equally diverse businesses. Likewise, endlessly opining about when retail software revenues will cease slumping is all but irrelevant, as outside of specific tentpole AAA releases, the field’s mot promising growth areas (social, mobile, free-to-play, etc.)...

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Are Apps the Future of Garage Development?

Are Apps the Future of Garage Development?

Apple’s iPhone and iPad App Store has been the source of countless get rich quick stories. But for every game developer that’s made a viable business out of selling games to smartphone owners, hundreds will tell you that their plans went terribly awry. Still, the influence of apps seems only to be growing for today’s independent garage developer – or is it? To get to the bottom of the story, we asked Bjorn Larsson, head of Spooky Spirits:...

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Are Game Makers Failing Women?

Are Game Makers Failing Women?

Despite continued victories for women in gaming, who now represent nearly half of the video game audience and a larger portion of the game-playing public than teenage males, software publishers appear slow to recognize these achievements. With retail shelves still dominated by the likes of Charm Girls Club and My Baby, you’d be hard-pressed to tell just how large a portion adult females now represent within the overall gaming populace. BAFTA-winning...

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The Right Way to Do Remakes

The Right Way to Do Remakes

Per earlier observations, retro gaming is back in a massive way in 2010, 2011 and beyond. But while our previous post takes a look at why classic video games are on the rise again, it’s also important to note what qualities differentiate a solid update from one which tarnishes a particular game or franchise’s image simply for the sake of a shameless cash-in. While its examples may be a tad passé, given that the article was written in 2009, the points...

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The Holy Grail of Social Games

The Holy Grail of Social Games

Think titles like FarmVille, Pet Society and Happy Aquarium represent the Holy Grail of social network games? Guess again, says USA Today, which claims that the a game with the ability to seamlessly travel across devices from online social networks like Facebook and MySpace to your iPhone, iPad, television or smartphone is actually what so many companies are seeking. As we point out in the piece (Wanted: 1 Social Game That’s Fun on iPhone, Facebook, TV),...

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