Society’s transition to digitally-distributed entertainment is exciting, but it’s not without a few speed bumps. When games were invariably encased behind three inches of bullet-proof glass at the local Toys R Us, there was no question about how you were supposed to go about procuring the latest Mario adventure: You whipped out your wallet, and a shuffling red-shirted employee would pick through his ring of keys and open Heaven’s Gate just long...read more
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From the first time you beat your sister’s high score in Tetris to that noob you totally pwned in WoW last week, your gaming life has likely been “social” long before FarmVille was anything but a small town in North Carolina. Like most industries, gaming has been shaken up by the web and its new platforms for entertainment. The games that once required a substantial investment in console, cartridge and TV can now be downloaded to your mobile for $0.99, or...read more
On the heels of a topsy-turvy 2010 that saw sales dip by 6%, video game makers are getting back to basics in 2011. Translation: Rather than lightweight entertainment apps, social games and casual downloads, that means more face-melting blockbusters. Following are five of the best new gaming debuts expected to keep you glued to your PC or TV through the coming year. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks, PC/PlayStation 3/ Xbox 360) – Sequel to...read more
Activision’s Guitar Hero video game franchise is dead. But music gaming’s legacy, a part of interactive entertainment’s history since the very beginning, lives on. A special preview of yours truly’s upcoming free digitally downloadable book, Music Games Rock: Gaming’s 100 Greatest Hits of All-Time (Power Play, 2011), we’re proud to present a look back over the field’s 30-year history. In the first of a special three-part series, we give you some of ...read more
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’...read more