Posts Tagged "Retail"

DRM vs. Software Piracy: Worth the Hassle?

DRM vs. Software Piracy: Worth the Hassle?

Earlier in the month, Matt Ployhar, the President of the PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA) told Gamasutra that PC-based game piracy is on the decline. Ah, such a conflict of emotions. On one hand, we want to see developers get paid for their hard work. On the other hand, we can see manifestations of EA and UbiSoft in the backs of our imaginations, their (huge, scaly) arms crossed, smirks lifting the corners of their (fang-filled) mouths. “See? All that torture we...

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A Better Approach to System Exclusives

A Better Approach to System Exclusives

For years, exclusive third-party games have heaped stress and despair on gamers. If you own a limited number of consoles, it’s agonizing to watch a cool-looking game or a long-awaited sequel get locked down by the rival camp. In 1996, when Square announced that Final Fantasy VII would be a PlayStation exclusive, Nintendo 64 faithfuls wept in rage. Happily, video game exclusives are gradually becoming less brutal. Earlier in the month, PlayStation software...

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Big Budget Retail Releases: Still Necessary?

Big Budget Retail Releases: Still Necessary?

Where will physical game distribution wind up ten years down the road? The popular answer is: “In our memories.” Digital distribution is flying, and it’s not hard to picture us downloading all our console games from online services like Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network. But Mark Cerny, the man behind Marble Madness and several Sony properties including Jak & Daxter and Killzone, believes that console-based blockbuster titles...

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NGP vs Xperia Play: Too Confusing?

NGP vs Xperia Play: Too Confusing?

Sony has two big plans to put games in the palm of your hand: The Next Generation Portable (NGP), which is scheduled for a Holiday 2011 release, and the Xperia Play (XP)–or, if you like, “that PlayStation Phone”–coming in March 2011. Clever plan, right? With so many people who are undecided between buying a handheld game system or just making do with games on their mobile phones, Sony has provided an option for both camps. Unfortunately,...

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Digital Distribution: Can Anyone Top Steam?

Digital Distribution: Can Anyone Top Steam?

When people think digital game distribution and online game downloads on the PC, “Steam” is the first word on people’s lips. The service that Valve built is popular, but would people ditch the dependable veteran distributor for something newer, something a little smaller and sleeker? Theo Bergquist, the CEO of GamersGate, believes the time is coming when his distribution service–and others–will nip at Steam’s heels and give the...

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