video games

  • With Infamous: Second Son, Sony Has A Console Selling Exclusive

    With Infamous: Second Son, Sony Has A Console Selling Exclusive

    The console wars are in full swing, and Microsoft gave gamers a lot to get excited about with the launch of Titanfall last month. Sony fired back with its own high-profile console exclusive launch last week, and it’s a fan favorite that’s sure to get PlayStation gamers excited. Infamous: Second Son is a spin-off for what is arguably the best original superhero story ever released as a… Read More

  • What Games Are: Why All The Clones?

    What Games Are: Why All The Clones?

    Why are there so many game companies that clone or copy one another? A lot of it has to do with risk aversion, genre thinking and a lack of patience or process. It also tends to be a shortcut, but one with serious downsides. Read More

  • What Games Are: A Farewell To Games Stores

    What Games Are: A Farewell To Games Stores

    They still hang on in there selling used games and new releases, but the long-predicted death of the video game store has not wavered. It's happening inch by inch, but may speed up considerably with the release of new game consoles. As we all go 100% digital in our games, game stores will eventually just go away. Read More

  • U.S. To Russia: We Won’t Kill Or Torture Snowden

    U.S. To Russia: We Won’t Kill Or Torture Snowden

    The U.S. has pledged not to seek the death penalty for NSA-whistleblower Edward Snowden. To persuade the Minister of Justice to give up Snowden, it appears that Eric Holder had to ironically assure Russian authorities that it will respect human rights. "The United States would not seek the death penalty for Mr. Snowden should he return to the United States," he wrote. "We believe these… Read More

  • What Games Are: Reinventing The Games Console Half Way Won’t Work

    What Games Are: Reinventing The Games Console Half Way Won’t Work

    You've got to feel bad for Microsoft. After years spent trying to find ways to expand its Xbox idea, it's now having to revert some of them and go back to being a regular old games console. The company has run into a hard truth: In the minds of the market "console" means something specific, and the market is not inclined to expand its thinking. Read More

  • Amazon Video Games Store Xbox One And PlayStation 4 Pre-Orders Top 2,500 Per Minute Following E3

    Amazon Video Games Store Xbox One And PlayStation 4 Pre-Orders Top 2,500 Per Minute Following E3

    Amazon has seen a significant amount of interest in upcoming next-generation consoles, with pre-orders for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 skyrocketing in the wake of E3 and their initial availability on the site. The pre-order volume broke records for the Amazon Video Games store, resulting in a 4,000 percent year-over-year increase vs. console pre-orders during E3 last year. Read More

  • All Games Are (In A Sense) Violent

    All Games Are (In A Sense) Violent

    In the wake of a mass shooting or terrorist attack the question of video game violence is raised. Games are often portrayed as little more than drug-addiction meets murder-simulator, and we game makers apologise endlessly. But we are not really being true to ourselves by adopting these apologist positions. In a sense all games are inherently violent. And this is a good thing. Read More

  • The Gameplay Is The Gameplay. Always.

    The Gameplay Is The Gameplay. Always.

    Most of the talk around games tends to focus on climate. It's about finding the right customers, funding, platform, business model, partnerships, metric and discovery solutions, technology, route to market and so on. However every always says that the first rule of making games is to make sure that the game is fun. Without a fun game there's no rule two. True, but what does "fun" mean? Read More

  • GameStop Launching 80 Holiday Pop-Up Store Locations For Kids (And Kids At Heart)

    GameStop Launching 80 Holiday Pop-Up Store Locations For Kids (And Kids At Heart)

    Gamestop today announced plans to launch 80 new holiday concept stores called GameStop Kids across the U.S., offering kid-friendly shopping experiences. The storefronts will sell video games, but focus on accessories, licensed good like plush toys, and collectibles. Judging by the product list, however, this looks like a store designed not only for actual children, but for anyone with a love of… Read More

  • Is Your Game Crowd-Ready?

    Is Your Game Crowd-Ready?

    Several people have contacted me and asked whether such-and-such a game would work with crowdfunding, or whole sectors. Could educational games benefit from crowdfunding, for example. Or what about game-like projects, or gaming hardware innovations? The answers to these questions have little to do with the product itself. They are driven by what I call marketing stories. Read More