In the fire-and-forget world of retail antiquity, we have traditionally excused game developers and publishers from putting real long-term thought into their games’ online features. But times have changed: The idea of “games as a service” carries more weight with each release cycle, as consumers (thanks in part to a drawn-out recession and to now-ubiquitous broadband) demand both online connectivity and extended value from the games for which they have...read more
Posts Tagged "PlayStation 3"
In recent years, there has been no shortage of game developers leaving PC exclusivity behind because of the threat of piracy. It’s not hard to see why, with overall PC game piracy rates north of 70% according to some estimates (and running even higher for some individual games), making it hard for even the biggest games to make money on the platform. Consider that Modern Warfare 2 was both the best-selling game of 2009 on consoles (pushing 11.86 million units...read more
You don’t have to own a Wii to appreciate the fact that traditional controllers have become unnecessarily complex. Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamepads have 17 depressible buttons. Yes, you read that right – 17 buttons.* Having been a gamer for 23 years now, even yours truly has to momentarily pause sometimes to keep them all straight. As a result of the controller clutter, unseasoned players are thrown to the wolves, something many...read more
Part 1 – App TV: The Everything Box The living room right now is a no man’s land of standards and cables, universally poor and inconsistent user interfaces, huge numbers of channels, multiple boxes of hardware, hated cable companies, and multiple video game systems, each with its own proprietary hardware and expensive software. TV needs a revolution, exactly the same way that smartphones did — and it’s going to happen beginning this year. But...read more
Click Here for Part 1 of How and Why App TV Will Disrupt the Console Game Industry As an industry, video games are at an inflection point as economic, technological and social trends are coming together to disrupt the way we develop, sell and build games. These trends will remake the console business in ways both expected and unexpected. Movies vs. TV The underlying force that is driving all of this change is convenience and low cost. In fact, the tsunami...read more