Posts Tagged "Microsoft"

Does Xbox Have a Future in Japan?

Does Xbox Have a Future in Japan?

Let’s be honest: When most of us think about the gaming scene in Japan, Microsoft’s offerings don’t even cross our minds. The size of the original Xbox’s failure in the Land of the Rising Sun was matched only by the console’s massive shell (*pause for audience laughter*). Any other game company might have slunk away from releasing any follow-up consoles, but Microsoft is not easily thwarted. The Xbox 360 hit Japan in 2005, and to...

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Can Xbox Become a Home Media Brand?

Can Xbox Become a Home Media Brand?

Every so often, a game system will achieve such widespread distribution that its name becomes the replacement noun for the actual act of video gaming. People might say, “Want to play Nintendo?” instead of saying, “Want to play some video games?” Console engineers rocket over the moon when they achieve that honor, and for good reason: It means their own system has become the very definition of entertainment. Microsoft says that the Xbox brand...

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PlayStation 4 vs. Microsoft Xbox Next

PlayStation 4 vs. Microsoft Xbox Next

The PlayStation 4 is in its embryonic stage, if it’s even gotten that far, so we won’t know much about it for quite some time. But one fact that has been confirmed by Sony is that the company won’t be investing as heavily into the PS4’s specs as it did for the PlayStation 3. Not a huge surprise: It took over four years for the PS3 to turn a profit, and that’s not a bath Sony can afford to take again. IndustryGamers asked industry...

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E3 2011: Who Will Win?

E3 2011: Who Will Win?

Hurry, hurry. Pick your horse and throw down your bets: It’s time to predict if E3 2011 will belong to Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft! “Why does someone have to win?” asks “dudester” from the VideoGamer.com forums. “So the eternal fanboy war will rage on,” answers “Bloodstorm.” First, we need to look at what each company will have to offer. At this point, everything on Microsoft’s plate is vague and...

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Achievements vs. Trophies, Unlockables, Leaderboards

Achievements vs. Trophies, Unlockables, Leaderboards

It’s interesting to consider how video game design has, in a way, come full-circle. Gaming pioneers used to stand for hours at arcade cabinets in hopes of leaving their mark on the screen in the form of a high score and a three-letter identifier. Then, with the introduction of the home console, gaming became a solitary affair for a time. Now, we exist in an era wherein we’re encouraged to accomplish several goals in one game. We invest time and energy...

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