Posts Tagged "Microsoft"

How Digital Distribution and DLC Reinvent Gaming

How Digital Distribution and DLC Reinvent Gaming

As observant readers may have noted, we’re firm believers that many of the most promising trends in gaming are happening outside the box. Blame the dawn of digital distribution and downloadable content (DLC), which are helping to transform the way in which we browse, purchase, access and enjoy games of all shapes and sizes. Moreover, these technologies are also rapidly redefining the entire field of game design, allowing software makers to instantly patch,...

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History, According to Video Games

History, According to Video Games

Like most media pundits, we must confess our weakness for all things hyperbolic – in a business driven largely by headlines and sound bytes, it tends to come with the territory. But according to our outspoken friends at Nyko (per CNN.com), ‘history’ was made at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the annual tradeshow which shines the spotlight on all things gaming-related. While we’re not entirely sure we agree with this...

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Why Microsoft’s Kinect Matters – Hint: It’s Not the Games

Why Microsoft’s Kinect Matters – Hint: It’s Not the Games

As we’ve alluded in previous posts outlining the current state of Microsoft’s campaign to launch its 3D motion-sensing Kinect interface for the Xbox 360, compatible video game software itself isn’t necessarily the technology’s immediate killer app. So while game division COO Dennis Durkin claims that the accessory, launching Nov 4 in North America for $149, will help make Xbox 360 the number one gaming system, toppling Nintendo’s Wii...

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What’s Really Happening to the Industry

What’s Really Happening to the Industry

After a massive 8% drop in industry-wide retail sales during 2009, a certain stigma still seems to hang around the overall prospective health and viability of the video game business. It continues to come as something of a surprise, given today’s massive uptick in revenues, subscribers and popularity levels across the board for areas like social network games, digital distribution services, smartphone apps, MMOs, microtransaction-based platforms and virtual...

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Microsoft Kinect: Missed Opportunities

Microsoft Kinect: Missed Opportunities

We recently spoke with MSNBC.com regarding Microsoft’s new Kinect motion sensing control system and rendered the following verdict: While the technology itself is impressive, so far featured games are middling, and the device’s broader home entertainment feature set by far and away trumps its current software lineup. Playing with virtual pets by mimicking the motions of stroking their fur or dancing naturally to bad pop tracks is all well and good, and...

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