Playing a video game on a console used to invariably mean going to the store and browsing over a selection of CDs and/or cartridges. Then you’d pay the nice man or woman behind the counter, go home, plug the game in, and play. That’s all changed dramatically over the past half-decade. People can still buy games that have been pressed onto a shiny disc, and many still do. But we can also download games, and stream them directly to our PCs and consoles....read more
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Japanese video game developers seem to understand that their portion of the industry is suffering from several problems, including player drop-off, fading relevance, and stagnation. Some developers have since stepped up to the next level: They’re preparing to do something about it. Capcom is one such developer. According to a note released to investors by the company, it’s taking a good long look at potential mergers and acquisitions of Western...read more
The announcement of a new Dragon Quest game is always a tremendous deal in Japan. Less so in North America, but Square-Enix’s revelation about Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online being an online game certainly got us chattering on this side of the puddle, too. It’s also difficult not to be intrigued by the news that a Wii U version of the game will be available, though whether or not the Wii U edition will launch alongside the Wii version...read more
Summer is not typically a hot time for video game sales. People spend more time outdoors, they go away on vacation, or they start preparing for the long college haul. The NPD numbers for August 2011 are especially grim: thanks to the Madden 2012 delay that came as a result of the NFL lockout threat, overall retail sales in the industry dropped 23%. Though it’d be easy to point to these sad numbers and talk about the inevitable death of physical game retail,...read more
The 2011 Tokyo Game Show (TGS) and the Nintendo 3DS conference that preceded it brought some interesting bits of news for Nintendo’s new handheld. A surprise came first: The revelation that Capcom’s enormously popular Monster Hunter franchise would live on the 3DS with Monster Hunter 4. An accompanying piece of news came later, though not through Nintendo’s official pre-TGS conference: the Nintendo 3DS “Expansion Slide Pad,” which...read more