Posts Tagged "iPhone and iPad"

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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iPad Lack of Flash Support: Hurting Developers?

iPad Lack of Flash Support: Hurting Developers?

Adobe’s Flash is a central component of many modern games (especially those of the web-based variety), but Apple’s iOS devices don’t get along with the multimedia platform. The iPad and the iPad 2 don’t support Flash, and it’s unlikely Steve Jobs will budge with the iPad 3, as he regards Flash as cumbersome and outdated next to HTML 5. But there is still enough of a functionality difference between Flash and HTML 5 that some developers...

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Is There Still Hope for the Xperia Play?

Is There Still Hope for the Xperia Play?

Remember the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone? You can be forgiven if its existence has slipped out of your mind over the past few months. Sony’s Android phone, which has a special emphasis on gaming (especially retro PSOne games), has existed in North America since April 2011, but hasn’t made a big impact on a very busy, very big market. Sony realizes that the Xperia Play hasn’t made much of an imprint on the smartphone scene, and it hopes to...

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Smartphones: Not the Answer for Nintendo

Smartphones: Not the Answer for Nintendo

Given the Wii’s skimpy holiday roster, the 3DS’s slow launch and subsequent price cut, and the big question mark that is the Wii U, it’s no wonder people have been penning funeral dirges for Nintendo. What they forget, however, and what long-time fans of Nintendo know well, is that this is hardly the Big N’s darkest hour. Nintendo has fallen out of favor a few times in its long history–though always while remaining comfortably in the...

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Steve Jobs Quits: What it Means to Gaming

Steve Jobs Quits: What it Means to Gaming

After 14 years at the helm of Apple, Steve Jobs loosed a resignation announcement on August 24. The announcement has since created the kind of fuss that’s usually reserved for when a bee slips into the car. The media, iOS device owners, and pretty much the entirety of planet Earth wants to know, “What’s gonna happen to Apple?” And us observers of the handheld gaming market who have been watching the ripples caused by the smartphone market...

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