Edge Online had an interesting post Thursday in which it reported that PC game developers Gas Powered Games and Stardock have collaborated on a PC Gamers' Bill of Rights. The full 10-point list below:Gamers shall have the right to return games that don't work with their computers for a full refund. Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state. Gamers shall have the right to expect meaningful updates after a game's release. Gamers shall have the right to demand that download managers and updaters not force themselves to run or … Read more
We recently took a look at two new wireless headsets available on the market and pitted them against one another. The Creative Digital Wireless Gaming headset HS-1200 and the Logitech ClearChat PC Wireless headset both offer similar functionality, but only one can be worth your hard-earned cash.
Both the Creative and Logitech are rechargeable units that use USB dongles to transmit audio to their respective headset. However, we were much happier with the transmission radius of the Creative. The Logitech gave us up to 20 feet of freedom, but the Creative was able to let us travel up to 60 feet away from our PC. This was especially nice while using the VoIP chatting program Skype.
Speaking of Skype,… Read more
The immediacy of game content delivered via Web browser could be the thing that knocks game consoles out of the foothold they have established.
But it seems a bit naive to think that people will only play games one way. Video games are not much different than other software--developed, consumed and distributed in different manners.
A more-likely scenario than the death of the console is one in which the console can play games of all types, including those that are browser-based or require a download installation.
The digital distribution era as described by Mike Yuen, senior director of BREW Gaming for Qualcomm Internet Services, is one that requires the gaming industry to re-evaluate the way it distributes content:
At this year's Casual Connect Conference in Seattle, Alex St. John, CEO of WildTangent, predicted the death of console gaming by 2020. He surmised that as the industry shifts its focus from quality graphics to production value it will be less inclined to invest in the development of next-gen gaming consoles. When coupled with rapidly increasing digital content distribution through online and mobile devices, the decrease in console production will cut into the profits and demand for retail console and PC games. With the increased proliferation of affordable, immediate digital content, St. John predicted that the PC and browser will emerge as the dominate "console" within the gaming industry.
Of course, this assumes that consumers would be willing to have a less graphically intense experience and have the requisite bandwidth to make the game usable. While I don't see the bandwidth as an issue, and games such as World of Warcraft aren't hurting for high-quality graphics, it's hard to see a world where the consoles go away completely.… Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--If you're a video game fan, you are probably quite aware that Electronic Arts' evolution game Spore is just days away from launch.
You've played with the Creature Creator, you've read the stories, you've watched the videos. Maybe you've even had a chance to see Spore's creator, Will Wright, give one of his famous talks on the subject.
But if you're not a gamer, you might not have any idea what Spore is. Until now, that is.
As I was returning from lunch Wednesday, I noticed a giant billboard on the side … Read more
Had a few kids and it's hard to get them (let alone yourself) organized? Well, NannysCircle can help you with that, or so it claims.
The service basically gives each individual of your family a virtual room that's full of tools for daily living. NannysCircle then allows you to set up weekly routines and tasks and mark them off when the child completes them. Nanny Points are award for each completed task. A child can then use these points to get virtual decorations for their room, as well as to buy stuff at the Nannys stores.
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The video game industry is abuzz over the possibility of Take-Two Interactive and Electronic Arts joining hands and become the world's most powerful video game developer. According to EA, such a move will improve its lineup of games and help consolidate its presence in the industry.
Take-Two hasn't been so delighted about EA's acquisition attempts. The company has let the offer deadlines slip countless times--the last happened just nine days ago--but it still can't quite shake EA. And this time around, the companies have signed a confidentiality agreement that would ensure both sides don't go public with the closed-door proceedings.
Some tout this acquisition as the next logical step for a video game industry that's becoming more consolidated. Others say that EA's takeover of Take-Two could actually increase the value of games and create a company that will offer some of the most impressive titles we have ever seen, thanks to the combined efforts of developers.
That sentiment may ring true in some cases, and every now and then, there's a flash of something unique, but if this acquisition becomes a reality and EA swallows up one of the biggest developers in the industry, it spells trouble for gamers and the industry itself.… Read more
I don't think there's much of a mainstream future for the Wiz, a new open-source gaming unit from GamePark Holdings, but that may be the point:...[T]he question of whether or not the device can truly challenge the Nintendo DS and the PlayStation Portable is liable to arise when discussing the advent of any mainstream open-source portable. While the Wiz may never be able to capture the mass market in a significant way, the attractive device could become a hit amongst savvy gamers: the flexibility of the device is extraordinary, and making use of homebrew doesn't … Read more
In a paper titled "It's Time To Take Games Seriously," Forrester analysts TJ Keitt and Paul Jackson came up with a new phrase to describe video games:
"The phrase the industry should rally around is 'serious games' to bring together the numerous disciplines. However, Forrester recommends identifying individual games with the underlying goal of the game, for example, calling Volvo Car UK's game an immersive learning simulation. We don't see this being an issue in a few years, as the old guard in the workforce is replaced by younger colleagues. As this happens, doubts … Read more
The more research I do into online video games, the more I see that there are still very large opportunities available for those who know how to develop games and build community. When the market leader in a category has only 11.5 percent of the market that says that there is plenty of room for other challengers to take pieces of the pie.
The Hitwise data listed below for July shows an interesting split between aggregator sites like Pogo and Yahoo and specialized game sites like RuneScape and Webkinz showing that you can make money (or at least get … Read more
According to analyst Colin Sebastian at Lazard Capital Markets, the next generation of video game consoles could start around 2012. But in an attempt to jump-start the next-gen and add some functionality that it's already lacking, Sebastian believes a Wii follow-up could be first to the market.
"One possible exception to console timing may be Nintendo, which could opt to upgrade the Wii with faster processing power, DVD capability and/or greater storage," Sebastian said.
Granted, that upgrade sounds more like a Wii 1.5 than a Wii 2.0, but it still highlights an important point: should Nintendo be the first to enter the next-gen fray or the last? Ostensibly, this analyst thinks it should be first.
I think it should be last.… Read more