Let’s ask a semi-philosophical question based around the games industry: What use is hardware innovation if software does not innovate alongside it? Ex-Microsoft executive Ed Fries shared his concerns about potential video game software stagnation in a May interview with GamesIndustry. While game hardware is evolving in exciting new ways–controller-free game interaction, 3D, touch-screens–developers of big budget games are in danger of relying too...read more
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Wii 2, Project Cafe, Stream… regardless of the name, Nintendo’s new video game system will soon make an appearance this June at the E3 2011 tradeshow. But does it have what it takes to win the next-generation console war against the PlayStation 4, Xbox 720 or whatever systems Sony and Microsoft choose to next introduce? As part of Gear Up, our running technology video series for Rolling Stone magazine, we take a closer look at whether or not the Wii 2...read more
Microsoft’s Kinect has captured the hearts and flailing limbs of casual players, but hardcore gamers still need to be sold on the wonders of controller-free gaming. There’s a bit of cynicism surrounding the idea that Kinect and the PlayStation Move can possibly appeal to traditionalists, but there’s also a way to budge that cynicism: Develop a must-have core game that utilizes motion controls. As it so happens, Microsoft might be at work on that....read more
When Microsoft’s motion-sensing Kinect camera concept came to light, some of us had fantasies about turning our living rooms into the Bat Cave and bossing around our high-tech game systems with physical gestures and voice commands. Six months since the launch of the Kinect, most of us are still using our controllers to navigate our Xbox 360 dashboard – including the folks who bought a Kinect at launch. Oddly enough, while the Kinect is still young, but...read more
As mature gamers, Christmas Day doesn’t really hold the thrill of surprise for us anymore. So we have to make do with trade show E3, the ultimate spring showcase for the video game industry. At E3, we learn what companies have been constructing through the barren winter months. Anything can happen, and it often does. With the rumor that Nintendo might be showing off the Wii 2 at E3 2011, this year’s upcoming E3 is suddenly worth anticipating. But one...read more