Posts Tagged "Video Games"

High Score 3 on Kickstarter: A Post-Mortem

High Score 3 on Kickstarter: A Post-Mortem

When I started my Kickstarter project I was aware of the incredible success story of Tim Schaefer, whose Double Fine game development studio asked for $400,000 and ended up making more than $3.3 million for its latest project. I figured that if he could make that much, I could make a little without too much trouble. After all, I had a good project, a fine book and lots of friends. It should go smoothly, right? Part 1: Getting Started I did some research, looked at...

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Best iPhone Games for Kids

Best iPhone Games for Kids

Video games pull kids towards them as automatically as a magnet pulls iron shavings, and the low price and easy availability of iPhone games makes them especially accessible. Not every child has an iPhone; they’re costly, and, being multi-function devices, they are typically on temporary loan from parents. Nevertheless, there are a multitude of games for the iPhone that rank beyond simple toys and distractions. Many are also fun, engaging, and even...

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Games Kids Love and Parents Hate

Games Kids Love and Parents Hate

Men and women of all ages love video games, but the bond between a kid and his or her video game is special. Not only are video games fun and exciting–and even beneficial for a child’s mental and physical development, in some situations–but they can serve as a child’s introduction to storytelling that’s a bit more complex than “See Spot Run.” Which, in turn, lands video games in a love-hate relationship with parents....

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Software Piracy: Why it Benefits Video Games

Software Piracy: Why it Benefits Video Games

Piracy is a problem: the buccaneers tend to throw their dead parrots and used-up hat feathers overboard, and it makes a terrible mess. In all seriousness though, digital piracy has been a hot topic since the earliest days of the floppy disc and magnetic tape. Copying a game or a program is much easier than nicking a physical object from a store, and usually carries less consequence than getting collared in the middle of Wal-Mart with a pocket full of PlayStation...

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How to Make Money Playing Video Games

How to Make Money Playing Video Games

“Far Side” cartoonist Gary Larson once penned a comic wherein two parents watch their son play Nintendo while they cycle through starry visions of what the boy might make of himself through his gaming prowess. Select “jobs” included “Princess Rescuer” and “Nintendo Expert,” and each one offered a generous salary plus benefits. The joke is pretty obvious: a kid who pumps hours into a video game isn’t doing a...

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