When you go about your business on the Internet, you’re bound to come across a fistful of ads for browser-based massively multiplayer online games (MMOs). Many are “!!!FREE!!!” to play, and take place in fantasy realms bursting with dragons and treasure. The infamous ads for one online Civilization ripoff, Evony, go so far as to promise you doe-eyed maidens who spend a lot of time on their knees, their generous cleavage bopping about. Hint: Evony...read more
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The biggest names in the gaming industry explore where digital distribution, cloud computing and streaming multimedia have the potential to take video games, movies, music, TV and more. Plus, a look at how streaming multimedia and downloadable content (DLC) promise to change home entertainment forever. Features commentary from a litany of video game business experts and insiders including Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Electronic Arts/Digital Chocolate founder Trip...read more
I am not sitting in business class on this flight. Heading home from my first business trip for my new job, I’m struck by a key difference between traveling for my current employer, ngmoco:), and traveling for my former employer, Electronic Arts. It’s not just that I’m sitting back in coach that has got me thinking. It’s more about how I’ve spent my time on the flight. Sure, I had my favorite airplane cocktail (vodka cranberry, if you...read more
One thing that is always striking about the mainstream game industry is how surprised game developers seem when they learn about the success of games, virtual worlds, and game-like systems that wouldn’t impress professional game designers. I don’t think the problem is elitism, just that the world of entertainment looks very different from inside the fuzzy vertical market called the games industry. Game Insiders Were Some of the Last to Know This past...read more
Life as an independent video game development studio has never been more opportunistic and, at the same time, more difficult than it is today. In a world largely governed by the weight of intellectual property (IP) rather than the combined weight of the development studio employees, independents find it difficult to nurture, build and market their own IP with so much noise, spend and focus going on elsewhere. Despite incredible, almost undreamt of opportunities on...read more