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
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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...read more
In November, analyst group Cowen and Company published the results of a survey that broke down how gamers ultimately spend their dollars when they’re faced with The Big Choice that is buying used games versus new. The report reads like a nature documentary on consumer habits, though there’s no data on shoppers roaming too close to a bog and getting eaten by crocodiles. Even so, games retail is a pretty competitive and aggressive environment that’s...read more
Angry Birds by Rovio is the story of irritated fowl, greedy egg-napping pigs, and big, big, slingshots. It’s also one of the most successful downloadable games (and game apps) of all time, with 10 million copies currently existing on Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch devices alone. Angry Birds has since hit Android, Nokia smartphones, and will soon be coming to the Nintendo DSi, Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network, PSP, and WiiWare. Suffice it to say that...read more
Super Meat Boy is a downloadable Xbox Live Arcade title about a bleeding hunk of meat. This hunk of meat must brave several dozen hazardous puzzles in order to rescue his lady-meat friend. The game has since become a huge hit on XBLA, and people have called for a release on the Wii as a WiiWare title. The dev team, Team Meat, says a Wii release for Super Meat Boy is not forthcoming because of memory limitations. When fans suggested an episodic release, Team Meat...read more