Posts Tagged "Microsoft"

Just How Screwed is the Gaming Business?

Just How Screwed is the Gaming Business?

* Editor’s Note: Article syndicated in partnership with Gaming Business Review. Console game sales had their worst August in four years according to the latest retail receipts released by NPD Group, putting 2010 one step closer to going into the record books as a down year. Yet with the industry still holding out hope for the fall, traditionally a time of generous spending by game buyers, eyes are turning to see if the first sign of salvation might come with...

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Nintendo’s Next Move: Wii 2, 3DS, Or…?

Nintendo’s Next Move: Wii 2, 3DS, Or…?

There is a man, a rotund man, who just turned 25. His name is Mario, and he is gaming’s most recognizable mascot. If you want a spot of fun, put on a shirt that features Mario in some way, then board an elevator or other enclosed space. Kids as young as two will point at you and exclaim, “Ohh!” Their fathers and mothers will declare that you are radical. For that two-minute ride, you will be the coolest person on the planet. Then the doors will...

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Why Aren’t Console Piracy Rates Higher?

Why Aren’t Console Piracy Rates Higher?

In recent years, there has been no shortage of game developers leaving PC exclusivity behind because of the threat of piracy. It’s not hard to see why, with overall PC game piracy rates north of 70% according to some estimates (and running even higher for some individual games), making it hard for even the biggest games to make money on the platform. Consider that Modern Warfare 2 was both the best-selling game of 2009 on consoles (pushing 11.86 million units...

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5 Ways to Fix Complicated Gamepads

5 Ways to Fix Complicated Gamepads

You don’t have to own a Wii to appreciate the fact that traditional controllers have become unnecessarily complex. Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamepads have 17 depressible buttons. Yes, you read that right – 17 buttons.* Having been a gamer for 23 years now, even yours truly has to momentarily pause sometimes to keep them all straight. As a result of the controller clutter, unseasoned players are thrown to the wolves, something many...

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How App TV Disrupts the Console Industry

How App TV Disrupts the Console Industry

Part 1 – App TV: The Everything Box The living room right now is a no man’s land of standards and cables, universally poor and inconsistent user interfaces, huge numbers of channels, multiple boxes of hardware, hated cable companies, and multiple video game systems, each with its own proprietary hardware and expensive software. TV needs a revolution, exactly the same way that smartphones did — and it’s going to happen beginning this year. But...

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