Posts Tagged "Microsoft"

Digital Distribution: Saving Online Stores

Digital Distribution: Saving Online Stores

Good news for Nintendo 3DS owners (who are always in need of good news): Starting in November, Nintendo will be releasing firmware updates that will bring the 3DS’s eShop out of the Stone Age. Soon, the eShop will be accessible from the web, game purchases will be possible through Web browsers, and the 3DS will be able to download eShop games while in sleep mode. It’s nice to see that Nintendo is putting effort into making shopping in its digital stores...

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Best Video Games 2012: Top 5 Picks

Best Video Games 2012: Top 5 Picks

Face it: For the video games industry, 2012 is fast approaching. Let us link hands and pray for peace, unity, and harmony amongst the peoples of the world. Then again, we’ve tried that year after year, and it never seems to yield any sweet fruit. Instead, let’s think very seriously about the best video games that will be coming to our homes through 2012. Between the launch of the Wii U, the (North American/European) debut of the PlayStation Vita, and...

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Can the Kinect Find Alternate Uses in the Commercial World?

Can the Kinect Find Alternate Uses in the Commercial World?

Microsoft’s Kinect has made a very decent showing at retail since its initial release in November 2011. As of March 2011, Microsoft has shipped 10 million Kinect units, and 8 million of those flew off the shelves within the first two months of the peripheral’s retail debut. Good stuff, but Microsoft thinks big, and it would like to see the Kinect’s influence touch every Xbox 360 owner on the planet. That probably won’t happen, at least not...

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Video Game Trends 2012: Top 5 Predictions

Video Game Trends 2012: Top 5 Predictions

We’ve entered the final quarter of 2011. What can we expect from 2012? A few folks have made guesses that involve prosperity, massive changes for all of mankind, and oh, something about an impending apocalypse. We won’t be able to draw any conclusions about 2012 ’til its noteworthy events actually happen (or don’t happen), but we can put our faith in this much: Video games will still be around. We can even guess at some upcoming predictions...

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Corporate Policy: Dumbing Down Video Games?

Corporate Policy: Dumbing Down Video Games?

Interesting things happen when a console race drags on as long as this current era of the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. For the first few years of its life, the PS3 was inaccessible to the average family, because $599 USD is just a heck of a lot of money to spend on a console. The Xbox 360 was the affordable choice, though its inner works are not as powerful as the PS3′s–and there’s the system’s unfortunate habit of buckling like a spent...

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