Posts Tagged "Wii"

Is There Life Left in the Wii Vitality Sensor?

Is There Life Left in the Wii Vitality Sensor?

It’s not Nintendo’s style to talk very much about a new game, system, or accessory until it can really demonstrate what its new toy can do. The company has been especially silent about the Wii Vitality Sensor, the little finger-clip accessory that’s supposed to measure the user’s heart rate and other inner beats and bumps. Nintendo might be holding off on revealing its plans for the Vitality Sensor thanks to reactions to the device at E3...

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Why the Japanese Game Industry is Dying

Why the Japanese Game Industry is Dying

News stories about the inexorable decline of Japan’s games industry are always hot. They pop up every week. It’s the End. Japan is Doomed. Even Capcom’s head of production, Keiji Inafune, says that Japanese-produced video games are in big trouble. Pretty heavy stuff to come from the mouth of one of Japan’s most respected game developers. The supposed slow death of Japan’s game industry is particularly fascinating to twenty- and-...

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What PlayStation Can Still Teach the Industry

What PlayStation Can Still Teach the Industry

Console games went through a huge transition when the 16-bit era gave way to the 32-/64-bit era. In fact, it’s arguably the most tumultuous time the video game industry has gone through, barring the infamous Crash of ’83. Mascots who had dominated the second dimension took their first shaky steps into the third. Camera angles, depth perception, and other non-issues in the 16-bit realm streaked to the fore of every new game. And Nintendo and Sega were...

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Wii 2? PS4? What’s in a Console’s Name?

Wii 2? PS4? What’s in a Console’s Name?

Naming a commercial product–a video game system, for example–is a big undertaking, almost as solemn as naming a newborn child. Game companies like Nintendo and Microsoft pour hundreds of hours into researching appropriate names for their new systems, to say nothing of millions of dollars. And when everything comes together and the final moniker is unveiled, the Internet usually points and laughs. It can be hard to resist. Surely Nintendo suspected that...

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Gaming’s Dirty Little Secret

Gaming’s Dirty Little Secret

We’ve gone on record with the media many times explaining what’s happening to the video games industry, and how it’s being utterly transformed by the advent of online game downloads, social gaming, iPhone/iPad apps, free-to-play titles and other new forms of interactive entertainment. But our recent column for The Daily Beast, dubbed simply The New Revolution in Video Games summarizes the situation quite nicely, if you’re looking for a short...

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