Posts Tagged "Publishing"

Origin and Downloadble Games

Origin and Downloadble Games

If you’re primarily a PC gamer, you probably visit Steam for all your game needs. Steam is nearly ten years old, which has given the distribution platform a decent chunk of time to worm its way into the hearts and muscle memory of its users. Though Steam won’t release its numbers, its rival distributor, Impulse, estimated back in 2009 that Steam owns 70% of the digital distribution market. It’s hard to conceive of switching to another distributor...

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Free Online Games: The Future?

Free Online Games: The Future?

Planet Earth has a perpetual shortage of Awesome Cool Free Stuff. There’s just never enough of it to go around. Oh sure, there’s “Love,” but eh, that’s an okay start. “Peace?” Still not there. Zynga’s Mark Pincus knows of something awesome that ought to be free to everyone: Video games. When filing Zynga’s initial public offering (IPO) at the start of July, Pincus’ letter to potential investors outlined...

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Publisher Wars: Exciting, or Immature?

Publisher Wars: Exciting, or Immature?

When kids squabble with one another, we scold them and tell them to “stop acting like children.” Truth is, adults are arguably more attracted to bickering and backstabbing than most youngsters. We sigh and look away, but then we open one eye and catch what we can. For instance, even gamers who aren’t necessarily interested in Call of Duty or Battlefield can deny that following the often-heated banter between Activision and EA is intriguing. At E3...

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Operation Rainfall: Nintendo’s Folly?

Operation Rainfall: Nintendo’s Folly?

Nintendo knows how to make legendary games and properties that survive through the decades to be embraced by multiple generations. Nintendo also knows how to infuriate its fans. Oh boy, does it ever know how to infuriate its fans. Nintendo’s latest punt at the hornet’s nest involves three Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs): Xenoblade Chronicles, Pandora’s Tower, and The Last Story. The games aren’t connected story-wise, but they share three...

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Video Game Fans vs. Publishers

Video Game Fans vs. Publishers

The Internet has built a solid bridge between the people who play games and the people who make them: For better or for worse, it’s pretty easy to get a hold of the ladies and gentlemen who make our favorite games, whether through email, Twitter, Facebook, or blogs. Even the biggest companies have one or more “community managers” or public relations (PR) managers who carry messages from the bottom to the top and back again. Either way, if we want...

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