It might take some time, but one day gamers and developers alike are going to realize that the games industry is not a field of absolutes. The Nintendo 3DS and Sony PSP 2 won’t be ground into dust by anything Apple produces. Downloadable games won’t replace retail titles. The casual games market won’t devour traditionalist titles for sustenance. The industry is huge; there is plenty of room for everyone to co-exist. That doesn’t mean trends...read more
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If you haven’t found enough ways to squander your work hours, Google believes it has the answer for you. The Chrome Web Store went live recently, offering apps, games, and software extensions that all operate through the Chrome web browser. A quick visit to the store opens up a world of tasty software, especially as far as video games are concerned: There are 200 titles in a wide range of genres, including some familiar faces: Plants vs. Zombies, FarmVille,...read more
Quick, describe what comes to your mind when someone mentions teen pop star Justin Bieber. Was it “Ugh?” Or, “Oh man, I’m nauseous?” Or, “What the hell is wrong with kids these days?” But if you’re not a 15-year-old female, why waste time and energy hating on something that’s clearly not meant for you? So goes the ancient question that’s troubled humankind’s artistic community since chalk drawings...read more
Though gaming has become a more widely-accepted pastime in recent years, video games still often come under attack from parents and the media for making kids fat, lazy, and/or murderous. Understandably, our backs go up whenever someone points a finger at Mario and says, “J’accuse,” because issues of bad grades and bad health usually go far beyond video games alone–but games bear the brunt of the blame. What this means, unfortunately, is that...read more
If you take a step back and take a good focused look at the games industry, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed sometimes. Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, consoles, handhelds, iOS, indie developers, big-budget titles, Steam, PC, Mac, XBLA, Playstation Network, WiiWare–all of them are vying for your attention and money in the name of distraction and entertainment. On a gloomy day, it all comes off as being terribly plastic and shallow. Then all it takes is an...read more