There is a man, a rotund man, who just turned 25. His name is Mario, and he is gaming’s most recognizable mascot. If you want a spot of fun, put on a shirt that features Mario in some way, then board an elevator or other enclosed space. Kids as young as two will point at you and exclaim, “Ohh!” Their fathers and mothers will declare that you are radical. For that two-minute ride, you will be the coolest person on the planet. Then the doors will...read more
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Last week a friend and well-respected recruiter in the gaming industry asked me to send over an updated resume for his files. Immediately I received a reply which counseled me that, if I’m ever back out into the job market, I’d need to remove the mention of “mobile” from my CV and find suitable replacement terminology. “Use terms like ‘apps’, ‘casual games’ ‘DLC’ and ‘social’ wherever possible,” he recommended. Having been a fixture...read more
Part 1 – App TV: The Everything Box The living room right now is a no man’s land of standards and cables, universally poor and inconsistent user interfaces, huge numbers of channels, multiple boxes of hardware, hated cable companies, and multiple video game systems, each with its own proprietary hardware and expensive software. TV needs a revolution, exactly the same way that smartphones did — and it’s going to happen beginning this year. But...read more
Click Here for Part 1 of How and Why App TV Will Disrupt the Console Game Industry As an industry, video games are at an inflection point as economic, technological and social trends are coming together to disrupt the way we develop, sell and build games. These trends will remake the console business in ways both expected and unexpected. Movies vs. TV The underlying force that is driving all of this change is convenience and low cost. In fact, the tsunami...read more
Much has been made of the “race to the bottom” pricing on the iPhone App Store, which makes it hard to sell a successful app for more than a dollar or two. But I didn’t really realize how pervasive this problem was until I downloaded The Incident, a simple survival-platformer game that involves dodging and climbing heaps of junk falling from the sky. While I enjoyed the old-school graphics and sound effects, I found the gameplay to be a little...read more