Posts Tagged "Video Games"

What’s With All the Nintendo Hate Lately?

What’s With All the Nintendo Hate Lately?

Christmas is a time for cheer and goodwill, but somebody forgot to tell the gaming community. With the season comes gift recommendations and lists, mixed with plenty of scorn and spitting-upon. This year’s whipping boy is Nintendo, which had some trouble with its video game sales in the latter half of 2010. That is to say, Nintendo only sold a bazillion Wii’s and DS’s instead of the usual hojillion. Nevertheless, gamers have pounced on the giant...

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Let’s Talk About Game Developer Layoffs

Let’s Talk About Game Developer Layoffs

Job security (perhaps best referred to in quotes) is a term that means very little to the current working generation, and not because of youthful apathy. Job security in America is simply an endangered animal that’s on the brink of vanishing entirely. It’s becoming rarer for someone to stay on a job site for five years, let alone ten. Sometimes they depart of their own will. More often, they’re laid off. The games industry isn’t exempt from...

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Metrics vs. Creativity: Killing Video Games?

Metrics vs. Creativity: Killing Video Games?

The romantic depiction of the pale, smoking “starving artist” or writer isn’t necessarily the norm outside of books about suffering and death. Creative folks love exercising the left side of their brains, and they take a lot of pride in what they do. But they also like their hot dogs and their pop and not dying of hunger. In reality, creative individuals and the business-oriented people who sell their product have always kept a careful eye on each...

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How Holiday Themes Benefit Video Games

How Holiday Themes Benefit Video Games

Quick, name some of your favorite Christmas/holiday movies. Not a problem, right? There’s A Christmas Carol, A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, The Santa Clause– Now name some of your favorite Christmas/holiday-themed video games. That’s a bit trickier, isn’t it? Granted, there have been past instances of the games industry acknowledging Christmastime through its works. 1996’s Christmas...

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What Mature Ratings Mean to Video Games

What Mature Ratings Mean to Video Games

The country of Australia (which is on the cusp of summer right now, and oh-so toasty warm) still lacks a video game rating equivalent to the ESRB’s “Mature” (M) classification. That means games with adult content can’t be legally sold in the country. As it stands, a game with adult content is either classified on a lower tier as “MA15+,” or else any violent/sexual content is edited so that the game is appropriate for teenagers....

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