Posts Tagged "MMO Games"

A Detailed Look at ESRB Ratings

A Detailed Look at ESRB Ratings

If you have a kid who’s into gaming, it’s not a bad idea to familiarize yourself with the Entertainment Software Ratings Board–better known as the ESRB. Founded in 1994, the ESRB is a non-profit and self-regulatory body that analyzes video game content and makes note of the potentially violent and/or offensive material within, just as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) does for movies. The ESRB also oversees advertising guidelines...

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The Old Republic vs WOW: Epic Fail?

The Old Republic vs WOW: Epic Fail?

It looks like Blizzard is taking on a role that’s always pleasant to see in the games industry: The role of a courteous competitor. Blizzard’s president, Frank Pearce, told MCV that Blizzard wants to see EA’s upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG succeed because the MMORPG market in general can use a “shot in the arm.” “This is a game that has an opportunity to grow the MMO market if done right and therefore is very...

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Does NPD Group Know What It’s Doing?

Does NPD Group Know What It’s Doing?

Whenever the NPD Group reads off video game sales numbers, the gaming community makes sport of the event by declaring victory for favored systems and defeat for retail’s stragglers. But even the most hardcore fan has to admit that reading NPD’s numbers is like reading a report about modern technology that was written by a dinosaur. NPD’s game-related sales data feels less and less relevant as the group continues to report exclusively on game sales...

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Will Free MMOs Ever Come to Consoles?

Will Free MMOs Ever Come to Consoles?

Console gamers and PC gamers can’t resist poking at one another once in a while. Console gamers make fun of the PC enthusiasts’ adoration for processors and gigabytes and online downloads and what all else. On the flip side, when a console owner snuffles, “When will there be a good free to play massively multiplayer online game (MMO) for a console?” the PC gamer can laugh and say, “How about ‘never?’ Is ‘never’...

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Working with Outside IP, Part 2

Working with Outside IP, Part 2

In October 2010, Georgia-based Hi-Rez Studios purchased the Tribes franchise from InstantAction. This article is the second in a multipart series analyzing why the company made its decision and how it plans to incorporate this externally created game. Part I examined some of the reasons behind the acquisition. Part III, after The new Tribes game is released, will address how reality met intentions. Buying something as involved as a video game IP that has gone...

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