Posts Tagged "Xbox 360"

Online File Sharing: The Rules of the Game

Online File Sharing: The Rules of the Game

Naturally, fine, upstanding members of society such as yourself would never engage in illegal online file sharing. So let’s just assume you’re not getting pirated games, movies or music this way – just legitimate software demos, mods, user-generated content, fan-made updates, bonus levels and other wholesome content. With that out of the way, one important thing worth keeping in mind: Taking part in the wild word of BitTorrent and peer-to-peer...

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History, According to Video Games

History, According to Video Games

Like most media pundits, we must confess our weakness for all things hyperbolic – in a business driven largely by headlines and sound bytes, it tends to come with the territory. But according to our outspoken friends at Nyko (per CNN.com), ‘history’ was made at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the annual tradeshow which shines the spotlight on all things gaming-related. While we’re not entirely sure we agree with this...

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Why Microsoft’s Kinect Matters – Hint: It’s Not the Games

Why Microsoft’s Kinect Matters – Hint: It’s Not the Games

As we’ve alluded in previous posts outlining the current state of Microsoft’s campaign to launch its 3D motion-sensing Kinect interface for the Xbox 360, compatible video game software itself isn’t necessarily the technology’s immediate killer app. So while game division COO Dennis Durkin claims that the accessory, launching Nov 4 in North America for $149, will help make Xbox 360 the number one gaming system, toppling Nintendo’s Wii...

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2010 and 2011’s Most Anticipated Games

2010 and 2011’s Most Anticipated Games

It’s no surprise to those in the know: Myriad forces from fundamental changes in shoppers’ playing habits to the rise of thousands of free-to-play online social network, Web browser and MMO games are quickly undercutting both the relevance and value of traditional PC and console games. But the good news is, as software publishers are all too willing to demonstrate in the run up to the holiday season and beyond, there are still plenty of great reasons to...

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What’s Really Happening to the Industry

What’s Really Happening to the Industry

After a massive 8% drop in industry-wide retail sales during 2009, a certain stigma still seems to hang around the overall prospective health and viability of the video game business. It continues to come as something of a surprise, given today’s massive uptick in revenues, subscribers and popularity levels across the board for areas like social network games, digital distribution services, smartphone apps, MMOs, microtransaction-based platforms and virtual...

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