Of all the enormous changes that have swept over the games industry since the mid-Aughts, one of the most significant is the method by which we actually obtain our games. While console owners would almost exclusively buy their games at retail, the advent of digital marketplaces like Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and the Wii Shop Channel allow us to supplement our physical purchases with digital fare–and we are only too happy to oblige. What’s...read more
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Open communication via the Internet has brought gamers and developers quite close, and for the most part, we’re all good buddies. However, one issue still divides us like a katana through a cake: the used games debate. Game developers generally do not harbor warm feelings about the used game trade. They believe it takes money directly out of their pockets, and, by extension, food out of their children’s mouths. Gamers, by contrast, think the pre-owned...read more
Christmas is coming, and you know what that means: peace, love, goodwill, and shopping malls that look like a gladiator arena during a lion feed. For most of us, the holiday rush is a time of great expenditure, and frantic social network deal swapping via Facebook and Twitter. We spend money, time, and cash to buy gifts for our loved ones, but the exhaustion pays off when we settle into the peaceful, festive part of the celebration. But for the men and women who...read more
Face it: For the video games industry, 2012 is fast approaching. Let us link hands and pray for peace, unity, and harmony amongst the peoples of the world. Then again, we’ve tried that year after year, and it never seems to yield any sweet fruit. Instead, let’s think very seriously about the best video games that will be coming to our homes through 2012. Between the launch of the Wii U, the (North American/European) debut of the PlayStation Vita, and...read more
Given the rising popularity of the 99-cent app and the free-to-play game genre, it seems logical that publishers of triple-A games would do everything in their power to keep prices as low as possible. Obviously, nobody should expect to walk away with Super Mario 3D Land for $10 on launch day, but it’s in the best interests of games sold at retail to stay at a low price point. As it happens, the era of the high-priced retail game is not over and done with...read more