Posts Tagged "PC"

Dear Gamers: Stop Acting Like Stuck-Up Jerks

Dear Gamers: Stop Acting Like Stuck-Up Jerks

I like beer. My favorite kinds are big, wonderful, hoppy microbrews that you chew as much as drink. But sitting back last weekend, watching motocross bikes leap off piles of dirt and knocking back a few Coors, I realize, “I just like beer in general.” In other words, I’m losing my ability to be a beer snob. I like wine too. But wine intimidates me so much that I rarely drink it unless I am home and it comes out of a box. Wine people have wine magazines and...

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Is PC Gaming Dead?

Is PC Gaming Dead?

Every few years, the same ugly question rears its head: “Is PC gaming dead?” Truthfully, one need only point to titles like FarmVille, FrontierVille, Pet Society, Restaurant City, Happy Aquarium and other social network games and their meteoric growth to instantly refute these claims. But as a simultaneously massive upsurge in digital distribution (and associated boom in digital sales), free to play online games, MMO games, casual games, indie games,...

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Virtual Storytelling Comes of Age

Virtual Storytelling Comes of Age

As ardent fans of fantasy, horror and sci-fi literature in all its forms (comic books, novels, short stories, etc.), it’s no surprise that we also enjoy video games with expansive scripts, well-developed characters and sophisticated dialogue. Unfortunately, while these types of titles enjoyed a renaissance during the ’80s and early ’90s courtesy of interactive fiction, point-and-click adventures and role-playing game (RPG) classics, writing...

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Gaming’s Past, Present and Future

Gaming’s Past, Present and Future

Video games in their current state are not at all representative of video games as they were in their nascent form. The evolution of video games to where they are now shows unprecedented growth in production values and the quantity of creative people required to build almost any game that has a chance to survive the retail marketplace. Only a percentage of games these days are made in a way similar to the days when the roles of producer, designer and programmer...

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Game Theory with Scott Steinberg: Episode 1

Game Theory with Scott Steinberg: Episode 1

Battered and bruised by plummeting sales, the video game industry staggers on, steadily losing ground at retail. When will we finally wake up and realize that things have irrevocably changed? From social network games to motion controls, iPhone apps, 3D games and cloud computing, the modern gaming business isn’t just virtually unrecognizable. It’s also being completely reinvented courtesy of new concepts like digital distribution and free-to-play titles with...

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