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Wii 2: Can it Win the Console War?

Wii 2: Can it Win the Console War?

Wii 2, Project Cafe, Stream… regardless of the name, Nintendo’s new video game system will soon make an appearance this June at the E3 2011 tradeshow. But does it have what it takes to win the next-generation console war against the PlayStation 4, Xbox 720 or whatever systems Sony and Microsoft choose to next introduce? As part of Gear Up, our running technology video series for Rolling Stone magazine, we take a closer look at whether or not the Wii 2...

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New Video Show: Vs. Mode – Two Can Play

New Video Show: Vs. Mode – Two Can Play

Ever wonder how video game TV shows get made? Guess no more: It typically starts with an original concept, script and test episode known as a “pilot.” But on occasion, the brave captains at our in-house video production arm, Game Industry TV, aren’t afraid to roll like their brethren at Southwest Airlines. Which is to say that they’re not afraid to fly blissfully unawares, and by the seat of their pants, just to see how exhilarating and/or horrific an...

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Developers vs. Publishers: Who Wins?

Developers vs. Publishers: Who Wins?

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...

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Interactive Fiction: Video Game Storytelling

Interactive Fiction: Video Game Storytelling

Interactive fiction and adventure gaming fans should be sure to check out the latest episode of Game Theory with Scott Steinberg. Our new documentary film “Interactive Fiction: The Art of Video Game Storytelling” (seen here) reveals what’s next for virtual narrative. The movie, featuring today’s top writers and game designers, provides an in-depth look at the past, present and future of video game storytelling. In the film, the field’s...

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East vs. West: Final Fantasy XIII’s Folly

East vs. West: Final Fantasy XIII’s Folly

Making gamers happy isn’t easy: We like to complain a lot. Pleasing us is harder than ever because of the sheer volume of choices we have, not to mention the widening chasm between Japanese and Western-developed offerings. Everybody–gamers and developers alike–has their own idea about what constitutes a “Japanese” title versus a Western one, and grand generalizations abound as a result. If you’ve ever browsed through a game...

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The Future of Digital Distribution

The Future of Digital Distribution

The biggest names in the gaming industry explore where digital distribution, cloud computing and streaming multimedia have the potential to take video games, movies, music, TV and more. Plus, a look at how streaming multimedia and downloadable content (DLC) promise to change home entertainment forever. Features commentary from a litany of video game business experts and insiders including Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Electronic Arts/Digital Chocolate founder Trip...

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Today’s Industry: Has Anything Changed?

Today’s Industry: Has Anything Changed?

Despite the video game industry’s crushing sales losses last year, it’s a fundamental truth that analysts, experts and insiders alike are quickly having to wake up and accept: Nothing has changed in 2010. Color us shamed and embarrassed; despite the continued success of social, mobile and online games, and rise of alternative platforms such as Facebook and the iPhone/iPad, monolithic publishers like Electronic Arts, UbiSoft and Activision still...

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Game Theory with Scott Steinberg: Episode 2

Game Theory with Scott Steinberg: Episode 2

Despite assurances to the contrary, as revenues continue to flatline and studios disintegrate, game industry leaders are grudgingly being forced to accept reality: Nothing has changed. Besieged on all fronts by shifting player habits, growing economic issues and the rise of digital downloads, games for social networks and free-to-play online outings, insiders are becoming increasingly desperate to reinvent themselves. Forget what you see in the headlines. In the...

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The Positive Side of Grand Theft Auto

The Positive Side of Grand Theft Auto

With a Supreme Court case that threatens government regulation of violent video games coalescing shortly and the token accompanying witch hunt that’s sure to precede its arrival, we thought it might be a good time to reiterate: Even the most seemingly ‘irredeemable’ and ‘horrifying’ games (e.g. Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series) may simply appear that way because they’re viewed out of context. Mind you, we’d be the...

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Michael Pachter Exposed: Truth Comes Out

Michael Pachter Exposed: Truth Comes Out

Michael Pachter is many things to many people: Gaming analyst, constant source of industry chatter and omnipresent font of wisdom for today’s media. (Not to mention erstwhile Game Theory contributor, but that’s another story…) However, as you may be saddened to learn, not everything about this outspoken business critic is as it seems. In an exclusive Game Theory original, we go behind the scenes of video show Pach Attack to expose the truth behind...

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