Pop quiz: What’s the biggest challenge that video game developers and publishers face today? Congratulations – if you said “discovery,” give yourself a pat on the back. With hundreds of free to play games, digital downloads, online offerings, social network titles and smartphone apps flooding virtual aisles each week, suddenly, it isn’t just about creating great games anymore. Given infinite selection, growing audience fragmentation across platforms...read more
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At this point in gaming’s history, the question is not when downloadable games will change the marketplace, but how. THQ CEO Brian Farrell’s vision of gaming’s future involves games that merge lots of downloadable content with a retail title, a vision he’ll distribute to the world with the upcoming MX vs. ATV Alive. When it’s released on May 10, MX vs. ATV Alive will cost $40 USD, $20 less than the typical retail title. From there, the...read more
The summer months can be downright chilly as far as video game sales are concerned. Much of the game-playing population goes away on holidays, and publishers use June, July and August to polish up their big Christmas releases. But that doesn’t mean that summer is a wholly barren time for gaming. In fact, some interesting stuff is coming our way in the hot months of 2011. Here’s what you can expect. Torchlight II (Mac/PC, July 2011) — An action...read more
When a video game is described by a reviewer as a “kids’ game,” it’s usually meant as an insult. The term “kids’ games” conjures images of overly-simplistic gameplay, bland, licensed characters, and titles that are intended from the start to entertain very young children. The problem is that our predisposed ideas of kids’ games aren’t unjustified. Many games for children are rotten. But it’s important to...read more
Video gaming is a bit of a misfit activity. Though it’s slowly gaining acceptance as an ideal family pastime, it has yet to shake off the bits of bad press that cling to it like barnacles. Gaming seems to always wind up being mentioned in the same breath as a school shooting, or rising instances of childhood obesity and diabetes. As a result, some parents might be a little shocked when they learn that you let your kids play games. You may as well suggest that...read more