Posts Tagged "Retail"

How to Succeed With Digital Distribution

How to Succeed With Digital Distribution

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...

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ESRB Video Game Ratings: Still Working?

ESRB Video Game Ratings: Still Working?

You probably feel a bit disheartened whenever the media latches on to a story about some act of youth violence that is twisted to blame a Mature (M-rated) video game that no child has any business playing. Cheer up then: According to a US-based study by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), more and more stores are barring kids from buying games that have been rated M by the ESRB. The study, conducted through secret shoppers, determined that only 13 percent of the...

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Can Call of Duty Keep Going Strong?

Can Call of Duty Keep Going Strong?

Call of Duty is one of the most successful video games franchises currently on the market. What kind of longevity can we expect from the series? Before you answer, consider this important tidbit: The Call of Duty franchise is the lucrative property of Activision, the same publisher that ran the seemingly unstoppable Guitar Hero series into the ground. In fact, two internal memos published by Activision in February and leaked to GiantBomb address outside worry that...

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Retail Games vs. Free and Budget Apps

Retail Games vs. Free and Budget Apps

The rift in pricing between iPhone games and blockbuster retail releases is pretty expansive. The price for the average video game on the App Store is 99 cents. The price for an average retail release is around $59.99 USD. If your development studio dedicates most of its resources to making retail games, how do you compete against the pull of games that are not only cheap, but very convenient to purchase? Epic Games’ president, Mike Capps, recently admitted...

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Parents and Video Games: Best Online Tools

Parents and Video Games: Best Online Tools

If you’re the parent of a child who enjoys gaming, the online world can appear as a mire of predators and destructive websites waiting to catch and swallow your kid whole. But the Internet is also a grand educational and entertainment resource. Here are some websites, apps and high-tech resources that will help you help your child enjoy gaming and surfing online. WEBSITES 1UP.com This long-lived gaming website features news, reviews, previews, and a busy...

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