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When would e-sports show up in Olympics?

2d ago ... Today a story about “video games and Olympics” was published on the BBC news website. According to the story, the creator of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft claimed that competitive video gaming (e-sport) should be included in the Olympic Games as video games are well positioned to be a spectator sport. With the improving quality and technology of video games, now this has become a huge indust...

Personal Identity And Gaming

9d ago ... This blog is one that asks you a simple question. When playing games, do you identify yourself as the character you play, or do you simply take on the role of the character you are playing with all of their own unique traits and characteristics? To understand more of what I'm talking about, it would do you some good to watch these 2 videos that reference a study that states that most gamers...

Remasters: You're Doing it Wrong

12d ago ... This generation, we're getting more than a handful of remasters. No really, as thin as game cases are these days, you probably wouldn't be able to hold them all in one hand comfortably, gamers with original XBOX Duke controller hands withstanding. Anyway, we've been getting a lot of them these days and it's gone from mild to shamefully shameless. Granted, the lot of them have been remasters...

Comparing the first year of the 4 PlayStations

18d ago ... For this blog I'm going to be looking at the first year of all 4 PlayStation home consoles after they were launched in the USA, comparing their launch titles as well as their first year games. If I missed any USA first year titles, please let me know in the comments below. I'm trying to be as comprehensive as possible. I'm writing this blog mostly to remind myself why I have stuck with Sony...

Lessons from Kickstarter

31d ago ... I’m no great fan of kickstarter. I see in it great potential for the exploitation of a young passionate audience. It’s basically an extreme pro-order with no guarantee of actually receiving the product you want or any product for that matter. Still, many people love kickstarter for very good reasons. It is a good way to see a project realized that may ordinarily not be approved by “the suits” i...

The Video Game Crash of Today.

45d ago ... The video games crash of 1983, or know in Japan as the Atari shock did not make the future of the video games industry look promising. I’m sure the majority of us know about this of some sort. The industry was rising at a rapid rate and it was easy for anybody and everybody with some knowledge and know how to make video games for many consoles that where on the market at the time. At the top wa...

Cloudy Days and the Silver Lining of the 8th Console Generation

63d ago ... With the 8th console generation about a year into all consoles being out in the wild, many of us are excited about the future these machines hold for our entertainment. There's a lot going on and a lot that's happened recently, so let's talk about some disappointments that have upsides. Every cloud has a silver lining and I love being optimistic about the state of the industry, so here are some...

Phil Fish Was Never Cut Out for the Gaming Industry

68d ago ... You can't really go on any given video game website without hearing the name Phil Fish. That's right everyone, I'm going there. For today I will be tackling one of the most outspoken and downright despicable figures to ever show up in the gaming industry. To be honest, I have been quietly seething with much anticipated fury to be able to finally write out my impression of Phil Fish. With all th...

The Better Quality Control

96d ago ... The games industry seems to have a knack at ‘asterisking’ certain old sayings. “Any publicity is good publicity*. *This doesn’t always apply for the video games industry.” Another ideal like “less is more” is another one that’s seemed to be slowly eroding in truthfulness (only for the games industry) when I began considering it as an old-guard mentality for content curation. Thanks to digit...

How the PS Vita Changed My Gaming Life

97d ago ... Introduced me to the Indie Ecosystem The PlayStation Vita has a handful of AAA games, but as you probably know, the system is overflowing with indie titles. Before I owned my Vita, I had never been too heavy on indie games. But thanks to the massive amount of 'free' titles I received via PlayStation Plus, that changed quickly. I would soon be in the mists of spectacular games like Guacamelee...

3 Platform Future: Sony + Conlusion

132d ago ... Sony has made all the right moves with the PlayStation 4 thus far, and the PlayStation brand is the strongest of the big 3 when considering all time console sales. There’s little for me to comment on regarding Sony’s future in the gaming industry. Their $380 million dollar purchase of Gaikai, and upcoming features such as SharePlay on PS4 shows their future in the gaming industry is in the...

An Open Letter to Microsoft and Square Enix

134d ago ... To: Microsoft Cc: Square Enix/Crystal Dynamics Dear Microsoft, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, Considering that this is in fact an open letter, and will be ready by many others, allow me to take a moment to preface this and state for the record that I hold no single platform or console at a higher regard than any other on the market today. I am indeed a neutral party and this is a neut...

3 Platform Future: Xbox + PC + Steam = WIN

141d ago ... http://static.digit.in/fckeditor/uploads/xbox360-laptop(1).jpg Welcome to part two of the 3 platform future series. This is a 3 part blog, on what I personally hope will happen to the current game industry removing the need for to purchase 6 different platforms to have access to all games, and instead have a simple 3 platform medium. If you missed the first part, it covered Nintendo and mo...

3 Platform Future: Nintendo N-Fusion!!!!!!!!

142d ago ... Nintendo will always be remembered as a pioneer in the gaming industry by standardizing the consoles, and creating some of the most well-known, successful, and established franchises in gaming. However, Nintendo's fortunes has taken a turn for the worse with the home console once again in risk of being a commercial failure. Nintendo's home console sales have been on the decline each console g...

Interview with Size Five Games' Dan Marshall

153d ago ... [i]Dan Marshall of Size Five Games talks to us about what it means to be an indie developer, the deeper meaning behind Gun Monkeys and refuses to share even the slightest morsel on his next project. [/i] [b]Herobyclicking[/b] What does being an independent game developer mean to you? [b]Dan[/b] I guess it means freedom to do whatever I want, not having to answer to anyone. Really, the mos...

My Idea For A New Ape Escape

153d ago ... While my first gaming console was an NES, the console that really made me into a gamer was my Playstation. The original Playstation, to me, is the cornerstone of gaming and part of a turning point in the industry that has provided us with so many new experiences over the past decade or so. I really liked Nintendo games almost as much as I am liking them now, but at the end of the day in my hone...

Interview with Bifrost's Erlend Grefsrud, Co-Founder (Part Two)

156d ago ... [i]Erlend Grefsrud, Co-Founder of Bifrost Entertainment, chatted with Cat about the semi-mystical founding of Bifrost, why he thinks the Xbox One is “ill-conceived”, why you have to be crazy to start a game company in Norway, and games art. Read Part One here: http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/indiemonth/529416 [/i] [b]CAT:[/b] Why are you indie, and what does being an independent dev...

What I've learned about corporate culture while at Runic Games

162d ago ... [b]by Wonder Russell[/b] I fell into the gaming industry almost by accident, serendipity. Prior to being hired by Flagship Seattle, I held jobs as diverse as a production manager for the film industry and working at a daycare. Now that I find myself with the supreme luck of working at Runic Games, I tell anyone that asks that I have the best job in the world.  I started thinking, how does...

At a Glance: Double Fine

163d ago ... [b]Double Fine Productions[/b] is an award-winning, independent game development studio founded in 2000 by games industry veteran Tim Schafer. Located in San Francisco’s South of Market district, Double Fine is committed to making high-quality games with an emphasis on originality, story, characters, and fun. Since releasing our first title, Psychonauts, in 2005, Double Fine has created more th...

Some Words for Broken Age

163d ago ... [b]From Fogknight22[/b] Double Fine is one of the most influential independent gaming studios in the industry. They created memorable games like Psychonauts, Costume Quest, The Cave, and Brütal Legend. Some stepped around the perimeter of “indie”, but they all demonstrated Double Fine’s creativity. On March 12, 2012, Double Fine succeeded at one of the most successful crowdfunding endeavors...
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