Activision’s Guitar Hero video game franchise is dead. But music gaming’s legacy, a part of interactive entertainment’s history since the very beginning, lives on. A special preview of yours truly’s upcoming free digitally downloadable book, Music Games Rock: Gaming’s 100 Greatest Hits of All-Time (Power Play, 2011), we’re proud to present a look back over the field’s 30-year history. In the first of a special three-part series, we give you some of ...read more
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The online gaming community gets a high out of fighting in “console wars.” Going to war over a game system requires throwing one’s faith behind either Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft, and then energetically supporting every decision the company makes in regards to its console(s), no matter how boneheaded. To date, no console manufacturer in the history of gaming has ever presented a medal of honor to any message board user who took up the lance for...read more
As long as there have been game consoles and computers, there have been people who cannot resist tinkering with those consoles and computers. While some companies turn a blind eye to amateur game development on their consoles (as Nintendo does to the DS homebrew community–albeit uneasily), others openly encourage enthusiasts to romp in their digital gardens. Microsoft, for instance, recently announced that it will be distributing a non-commercial Kinect...read more
In the latest episode of Game Theory with Scott Steinberg, entitled “Video Game Developers vs. Publishers: Who Wins?” we take a closer look at the state of the modern games industry. Exploring the shifting balance of power following in the wake of new business models, gaming devices and online technologies, the new documentary film also examines whether there’s a place for independent developers in today’s increasingly cutthroat business world. In...read more
Games writers often wring their hands over the seemingly sickly state of the Japanese industry. We have good reason to do so: Japan was once a mentor that developers around the world looked up to, and now it limps alongside Western development. Japanese console sales are stagnating, the Xbox 360’s attempt to gain any semblance of recognition in the market has been troubled to say the least, and game sales are down overall. The picture looks bleak, but what...read more