Posts Tagged "iPhone and iPad"

Are Mobile Games Too Disposable?

Are Mobile Games Too Disposable?

To the surprise of nobody, the 2011 Game Developers Conference (GDC) had a special focus on portable gaming. Nintendo President Iwata delivered Nintendo’s keynote in his own charmingly halting way. He did, however, raise a few eyebrows when he criticized smartphone manufacturers for “[Lacking the] motivation to maintain the high value of video game software.” “For them, content is something created by someone else… Their goal is to...

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Is Gaming Becoming Too Expensive?

Is Gaming Becoming Too Expensive?

Gaming isn’t a cheap pastime. Well, to clarify, video games aren’t cheap. “Gaming” is a pretty broad activity that can be conducted with a tree branch and some imagination. But as for the type of gaming that can only be done when we pay the price of admission to Club Mario, that takes some dosh. Sometimes we can’t help but look at the industry and wonder, “Has it always been this way?” Nintendo’s asking price of $250...

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Console Games vs. Mobile Gaming

Console Games vs. Mobile Gaming

If you’ve had the privilege of being a “Nielsen Family” in recent years, congratulations, you’ve helped shape a hot, ongoing internet debate. Data from the Nielsen entertainment research group indicates that between 2009 and 2010, people are spending less of their leisure budget on traditional video games (including consoles, rentals, game purchases, and even downloads) and more of their budget on “cellphone entertainment” that...

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Nintendo: Time to Ditch Retail?

Nintendo: Time to Ditch Retail?

With the Nintendo 3DS on the horizon and the rising digital market, Nintendo is continually being cornered by the press and asked what it thinks about increasing competition from smartphones. To no one’s surprise, Nintendo usually declines to preach doom and gloom. Instead, journalists get answers like the one Nintendo of Europe’s Laurent Fischer gave to Edge Online at the European 3DS showcase in Amsterdam last month: “We have never seen any link...

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Mobile Gaming’s Top 5 Dirty Secrets

Mobile Gaming’s Top 5 Dirty Secrets

When you break out your mobile phone for a bit of gaming, where do you tend to be situated? And don’t say “Oh, usually on the bus or the train,” because EA has been watching you and it knows that you’re lying. At the recent DICE summit (“DICE” standing for “Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain”), EA’s Vice President of Mobile Worldwide studios, Travis Boatman, attempted to dispel what he called “five...

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