Posts Tagged "Game Development"

How Capcom Titles Can Regain Worldwide Relevance

How Capcom Titles Can Regain Worldwide Relevance

Japanese video game developers seem to understand that their portion of the industry is suffering from several problems, including player drop-off, fading relevance, and stagnation. Some developers have since stepped up to the next level: They’re preparing to do something about it. Capcom is one such developer. According to a note released to investors by the company, it’s taking a good long look at potential mergers and acquisitions of Western...

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Dragon Quest X: Doomed in North America?

Dragon Quest X: Doomed in North America?

The announcement of a new Dragon Quest game is always a tremendous deal in Japan. Less so in North America, but Square-Enix’s revelation about Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online being an online game certainly got us chattering on this side of the puddle, too. It’s also difficult not to be intrigued by the news that a Wii U version of the game will be available, though whether or not the Wii U edition will launch alongside the Wii version...

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Can 3D Games Technology Still Succeed?

Can 3D Games Technology Still Succeed?

A mere two years ago, 3D technology was the hottest trend in entertainment. Every theatre-bound movie boasted about the characters jumping out at you. The Nintendo 3DS was unveiled at E3 2010 to much fanfare and excitement. And Sony promised us the most immersive gaming experience ever engineered, courtesy of a PlayStation 3 software update that enabled 3D support for its games. Here we are in 2011, and there’s no denying that the 3D hype has cooled a little...

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Is Triple-A Game Development Stifling Creativity?

Is Triple-A Game Development Stifling Creativity?

When summer winds down and a chill starts to nip the air, a beast awakens from hibernation: the triple-A game retail market. Game merchants count on big-name blockbusters to help them make a profit over the holiday season, and game developers and publishers throw everything they have into making sure their project will breed cash. After all, if a large studio spends two years paying a hundreds of men and women to make a game that will have one brief moment to shine...

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Nintendo 3DS Expansion Slide Pad: Good Move?

Nintendo 3DS Expansion Slide Pad: Good Move?

The 2011 Tokyo Game Show (TGS) and the Nintendo 3DS conference that preceded it brought some interesting bits of news for Nintendo’s new handheld. A surprise came first: The revelation that Capcom’s enormously popular Monster Hunter franchise would live on the 3DS with Monster Hunter 4. An accompanying piece of news came later, though not through Nintendo’s official pre-TGS conference: the Nintendo 3DS “Expansion Slide Pad,” which...

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