Posts Tagged "Social Games"

Gaming’s Dilemma: Expand or Die

Gaming’s Dilemma: Expand or Die

The cost of making video games is continuously rising (or, you might say the cost of making video games is increasingly increasing). That’s to be expected. After all, game hardware is becoming more complicated, so it stands to reason that taking advantage of that hardware costs a fair bit of cash. But there comes a small problem with rising development costs: The people who buy high-budget blockbuster titles, the “core gamers,” are a stagnating...

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Does NPD Group Know What It’s Doing?

Does NPD Group Know What It’s Doing?

Whenever the NPD Group reads off video game sales numbers, the gaming community makes sport of the event by declaring victory for favored systems and defeat for retail’s stragglers. But even the most hardcore fan has to admit that reading NPD’s numbers is like reading a report about modern technology that was written by a dinosaur. NPD’s game-related sales data feels less and less relevant as the group continues to report exclusively on game sales...

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Game Developer, Tester Jobs: Get Hired

Game Developer, Tester Jobs: Get Hired

Breaking into the world of video game tester jobs and earning an official game tester salary or getting a full-time job as a game developer (artist, programmer, audio/sound engineer, etc.) doesn’t require fancy degrees, insider knowledge or a well-connected ex-roommate. Better still, anyone can do it right from home and get started overnight. But it’s not necessarily easy. Leading game companies receive thousands of queries from eager job seekers hoping...

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Are Console Games Dying?

Are Console Games Dying?

Peter Vesterbacka, the owner of Rovio and by extension the big daddy behind Angry Birds, claims that console games are “dying.” Automatic response: No, they’re not. A more careful response crafted after observation of recent console sales: No, they’re not. Vesterbacka made his declaration on a panel at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin. Innovation, Vesterbacka said, belongs to the mobile platforms, where developers can...

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How Safe is Facebook’s Social Games Scene?

How Safe is Facebook’s Social Games Scene?

The games industry and press talks a lot about “social games,” but sometimes we just go right for the brand and call them “Facebook games.” Player requests from titles like Zynga’s Mafia Wars and “Ville” series are the joy (and/or bane) of Facebook users who just want to hop online for a moment and see pictures of their drunk friends doing something regrettably stupid. Said people could feasibly switch to another social...

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