Posts Tagged "Journalism"

Let’s Talk About Game Developer Layoffs

Let’s Talk About Game Developer Layoffs

Job security (perhaps best referred to in quotes) is a term that means very little to the current working generation, and not because of youthful apathy. Job security in America is simply an endangered animal that’s on the brink of vanishing entirely. It’s becoming rarer for someone to stay on a job site for five years, let alone ten. Sometimes they depart of their own will. More often, they’re laid off. The games industry isn’t exempt from...

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Why Nintendo Should Return to CES

Why Nintendo Should Return to CES

The last time Nintendo made a big appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), SquareSoft’s SNES RPG masterpiece Chrono Trigger was a major preview, and audiences murmured about the N64, Saturn, and PlayStation. Shortly thereafter, Nintendo detached itself from CES in favor of a fresh start at E3, which has served as the industry’s premier trade show ever since. In November, word got around that Nintendo would be returning as a CES exhibitor this...

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Is Metacritic Hurting Developers?

Is Metacritic Hurting Developers?

Electronic Arts’ Afghanistan-centric Medal of Honor reboot ignited a spot of controversy when the mainstream press got wind that the game’s multiplayer mode gives the option of playing as a member of the Taliban. EA wiped the reference to the Taliban and the mainstream press crept away to busy itself elsewhere, but Medal of Honor is still an active catalyst for hot news. Specifically, the game’s mixed reviews have been hitting the headlines of...

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Should Games Writers Avoid Using Jargon?

Should Games Writers Avoid Using Jargon?

Last month, writer Ben Abraham delivered two messages to the collective video games press. They were as follows: 1) “‘Replayability’ is not a word…” 2) “…so stop using it, you idiots!” Some offense followed, accompanied by plenty of chin-stroking. Case in point: What, precisely, is wrong with a term like “replayability?” Sure, it’s not in the dictionary, but neither is the definition for an acronym...

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Redefining Video Games

Redefining Video Games

Matthew Gallant recently posted on Defining Video Games over at the Quixotic Engineer. For the record, here’s the definition of video games that he proposed: Software which displays images on a video screen, interacts with a player or players, and is intended to provide challenge and/or produce an aesthetic response in the viewer. I replied that the inclusion of provide challenge was both redundant and prejudicial to a particular type of video game and could...

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