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Remember When Casual Was Cool?

Remember When Casual Was Cool?

Before all the rumors started flying about the death of the casual games download business and critics started bemoaning the lack of decent new titles, things were looking a lot rosier for the casual games industry. At the time, we couldn’t help but note how successful it was becoming, growing by leaps and bounds, and serving to bring in nontraditional gaming audiences such as women and seniors long seen by critics as irrevocably lost to the medium....

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Tomorrow’s Best New Game Designers

Tomorrow’s Best New Game Designers

Determining who tomorrow’s most acclaimed video game designer will be is easy: Just look in the mirror. While visionaries like Shigeru Miyamoto, Will Wright and Peter Molyneux will always have their place in the gaming world, the concept of user-generated content (homebrew levels, missions, games, etc.) is quickly blurring the lines between amateurs and pros. Moreover, as the gaming world continues to move towards larger titles that require teams of hundreds...

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A New Chapter in Game Journalism

A New Chapter in Game Journalism

We’ve already spoken long and loudly about many of the changes and issues currently sweeping the field of video game journalism. (And unfortunately leaving many magazines, websites and members of the media buried beneath the ensuing rubble.) So rather than waste time covering old ground, we’ve come up with a better solution to encapsulate what’s happening to today’s publishing business: Let the industry speak for itself. Just click the link...

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The Politics of Video Games

The Politics of Video Games

Per earlier discussions, it promises to be a tremendously divisive year for PC and video games in the areas of politics and government. That goes double for violent video games with the Schwarzenegger vs. EMA case (which concerns government legislation of the sale of games to minors) soon to appear before the Supreme Court. While we’ve heard a number of heated arguments concerning how the trial potentially impacts the business, and why its key issues will no...

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The Indie Game Revolution

The Indie Game Revolution

As you may have noticed, indie gaming is now huge on every platform from PCs to portable gaming systems, smartphones and next-gen video game consoles. Credit a rise in digital distribution and upswing in interest in pushing the very boundaries of the gaming medium by thousands of talented amateur and independently-minded professional studios worldwide. Determined to discover what’s behind the sudden rise of interest in new topics and gameplay styles, as well...

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Game Design: Secrets of the Masters

Game Design: Secrets of the Masters

Ever wonder how some video game designers are able to consistently raise the bar with each new release for the PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 and other platforms? From iPhone to Facebook and MMO titles, we recently spoke with the field’s most famous game design visionaries to find out how legends like Mario, Donkey Kong and Legend of Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto, The Sims inventor Will Wright and Civilization guru Sid Meier manage to always top the...

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A Parent’s Guide to Online Safety

A Parent’s Guide to Online Safety

As we’ve previously discussed, it’s imperative for parents to be aware of what kids are playing online, whom they’re playing with and in what manner these titles are being enjoyed – even more so as social networks, Web browser-based offerings and massively-multiplayer titles continue to gain in prominence. Thankfully, a little research and foresight is all it takes to ensure your child has a safe, fun experience, whether exploring World of...

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Video Games: A House Divided

Video Games: A House Divided

In our earlier post on the state of the video game business, we explored a number of reasons for the decline in video game sales that continues to plague the field. Chief among them: An industry too long tied to traditional ways of doing business in a world where cash is tighter than ever for many households; competition the fiercest it’s ever been in gaming history; audiences are fractured across a wider range of platforms; and evolution now occurs in...

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Are Video Games Art?

Are Video Games Art?

It’s the age old question: “Are video games art?” Some (e.g. Robert Ebert, at least before they occasionally retract their position) say no, others (i.e. the rest of the free world) argue in favor. Either way, it seems something of a silly debate to be having in 2010, after moving experiences from Ico, Passage and Shadow of the Colossus on up to modern-day masterpieces like Braid, BioShock and Heavy Rain have clearly proven the medium’s...

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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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