In our earlier post on the state of the video game business, we explored a number of reasons for the decline in video game sales that continues to plague the field. Chief among them: An industry too long tied to traditional ways of doing business in a world where cash is tighter than ever for many households; competition the fiercest it’s ever been in gaming history; audiences are fractured across a wider range of platforms; and evolution now occurs in...read more
Posts Tagged "MMO Games"
As much as we gaming aficionados enjoy online and massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, it’s important to remind ourselves that – like many friends and family members, alas – kids can sometimes forget that in a virtual world, everything is make-believe, right down to the characters and personalities which inhabit it. And while most are harmless extensions of players’ real-world selves, or fellow enthusiasts simply looking to mix and...read more
Massive changes are currently afoot in the video game business, challenging our concept of how today’s leading PC and console titles operate, let alone the very definition of the term “interactive entertainment.” As a consequence, several exciting new frontiers are rapidly being pioneered across a myriad of devices from PCs to TVs, consoles, smartphones and tablet computers, making it one of the most exciting times ever to be an enthusiast. Been...read more
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...read more
From social games to digitally-distributed offerings, indie titles, downloadable content (DLC) and free-to-play online games that run in your Web browser, all have one thing in common. Despite being some of the most innovative concepts in gaming today, and oftentimes boasting fan bases that far dwarf those of traditional video game titles (see: Zynga’s FarmVille, which has roughly 6X as many players as World of Warcraft), all were shockingly downplayed at...read more