"He shook his head emphatically. “I like the press quite a bit. I think I have an adversarial relationship with bullshit. I have an adversarial relationship with people who want to call themselves journalists but are karmically evil. I have an adversarial relationship with people who don’t read and just look at a headline and jump to a conclusion without being aware the headline has been twisted and spun in order to manipulate that individual. I have an adversarial relationship with people who do that, and then the next day review a game and give it negative insults because ‘these guys are just trying to make money, and DLC’ and dude, you’re worse than anybody… you guys, for your own commercial gain, will slit your mother’s throat. You will take something someone said that they didn’t say or they did say and you’ll remove this and move this around just to get a click… and you’ll then have the gall to accuse a publisher of wanting to do an online pass, and you’re a mercenary asshole. At least the publisher is kind of honest with what they’re doing. I have an adversarial relationship with assholes, let’s put it that way.”"

The PA Report - David Jaffe wants to use game play to tell stories, and he isn’t afraid to fight the press

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"Yeti Town, as launched by 6waves, was a nearly perfect copy of Triple Town. We’re not just talking about the game’s basic mechanics here. We’re talking about tons of little details, from the language in the tutorial, to many of our UI elements, to the quantities and prices of every single item in the store (how exactly did 6waves “independently” decide to price 200 turns for 950 coins, or 4 wildcards for 1500 coins each? That’s quite a coincidence!)"

Sounds like Spry Fox had their game scraped and reskinned. Me thinks they will be doing the skinning of 6waves moving forward.

Standing up for ourselves | Game Tycoon

"Microsoft has jumped onto the free-to-play bandwagon with its latest game, a text-driven adventure called Visual Studio 2010. The innovative new game marries the traditional interactive fiction text adventure with its arcane commands and exploration with the free-form, open-ended gaming pioneered by the likes of SimCity."

So perfect.

Microsoft keeps it old-school with a pricey text adventure game, Visual Studio 2010

"In Privacy Defense, big businesses, computer criminals, and the government are trying to get to your personal data. You fend them off with the help of education, lawsuits, and the legislative system, represented by Teacher, Judge, and Lawyer towers!"

ACLU PrivacyDefense, a Tower Defense Android Game | MokaSocial

Tags: gaming privacy

A series of game design lectures and interviews by Warren Spector with fellow game developers.

Playlist of all the lectures.

(via Warren Spector - Master Class Video Games & Digital Media  - YouTube)

(via The Economics of Social Gaming [INFOGRAPHIC])

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datavis:

The Evolution of Video Game Controllers

thedailywhat:

Animated Short of the Day: All of Ed Barrett’s animated cowboy kill scenes from the Ready Steady Bang iPhone game, one after the other.

[drawnblog.]

(via thenextweb)

Gaming is dead, long live gaming: part 431 in a series…

matmiltd:

Via Scoop.it - PC, Console and Mobile Gaming

Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO, thinks that casual gamers, and the revenue they produce, could outstrip that produced by hardcore, AAA titles.

“In the long term there’s no reason why the casual would not overcome the hardcore business because…

(Source: matmiltd)

Faux Futurists Want to Keep PC Gaming in the Past

PC gaming has been such a great gateway drug for folks getting into both gaming, but more importantly the technology behind it. Rides will always be pimped no matter what the medium and PCs were a great platform for inspiring our inner engineers while they built out their leet boxen.

matmiltd:

What PC gamers Imagine

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Some day soon, Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is going to walk on stage at some obscure electronics industry event and say these words: “We love PC gaming. Our heritage is in 3D gaming hardware. And that’s why we’re more excited than ever to announce we’re never making another gaming video card again.”

Sound like a doomsday scenario? Then you might be a PC game tinkerer.

There are two types of PC gamers. Firstly, there are people who love PC gaming because of all the fantastic things PC games have that their console or mobile games do not: a complex, precise interface; the ability to easily extend game experiences with modifications both official and otherwise; an incredible wealth of indie and experimental games; and the best graphics and sound experience a normal human being can buy.

Then there are the gamers who like the PC because they mistake tinkering with hardware from a couple of dozen of vendors—all of whom get their silicon from three giant corporations—as some sort of engineering, despite that it’s more or less electric LEGO for masochists. These tinkerers are holding back PC gaming hardware—and that includes the very benchmark by which they gauge themselves: graphics performance.

►Mini Matmian:

OnLive and the IPTV is going to drastically change the landscape of ALL things digital. It will transform the way people interact with social media, TV shows, films, games and the web in general.

I personally believe that the PC will end up as the ‘Fork Lift Truck’ of digital interaction and use. In short, the PC will shrink in popularity and usage; catering for a niche market of power users (developers and die hard PC fans mainly).

The general population will switch to the ‘family van’ central hub (most likely TV) for all their digital needs. It’s the Fischer Price digital devices that rule the day. The simple, easy to use and easy to access products. The simplification of FRONT end digital media, removing all barriers of entry.

It won’t be long before you will seen Valve themselves on IPTV. Turning what is currently a PC only service to a platform that is accessible via peoples central ‘family van’ TV hub.

p.s: A question I don’t see discussed much with regards to the decline of the PC is ‘What form of input devices will prevail?’ Does everyone want to be jumping around to move Mario in a future Mario game(Image capturing devices)? Or do they want virtual keyboards and touch based cursor control (smartphones/tablets)?

The keyboard, mouse and joystick have been with us for decades it’s hard to imagine a life with out them. Yes they can be wireless now, but would we want to have a wireless keyboard, mouse and joystick snuggling up next to the TV remote? 

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(Source: kotaku.com, via matmiltd)

thenextweb:

(via Atari is making its own Arcade controller for the iPad - TNW Apple)
A good entry point for understanding some of the business metrics seen in gaming presently. 
"Men who play MMOs spent an average of $77 with first-party publishers over the last 12 months on items, virtual currency, or additional content. And the amount spent with third-party websites on these items hit $74. Women were even more free-spending, handing over $86 to first-parties and $111 to third-parties.
Women, in fact, were nearly twice as likely to buy a virtual item to decorate their page, persona, or avatar.”
(via GameSpy: Virtual Items, Real Money)

A good entry point for understanding some of the business metrics seen in gaming presently. 

"Men who play MMOs spent an average of $77 with first-party publishers over the last 12 months on items, virtual currency, or additional content. And the amount spent with third-party websites on these items hit $74. Women were even more free-spending, handing over $86 to first-parties and $111 to third-parties.

Women, in fact, were nearly twice as likely to buy a virtual item to decorate their page, persona, or avatar.”

(via GameSpy: Virtual Items, Real Money)

I think theres a very large implicit point here that has to do with confusion over what a review is. Are we critiquing a cultural product (go ahead and insert “work of art” or “work of expression” if you like), or are they product reviews? Are we trying to judge this work against other work and as a subjective experience, or are we trying to figure out if this mass-produced entertainment product is worth your time and - maybe, just maybe - also your money?

Quote pulled from this page as a reflection on the above podcast (with lots of other options for consuming).

(Source: nohighscores.com)

"But what’s really surprised me about the game above all else is how delightfully old school it is. Given current design trends, it’s almost a retro throwback as much as all of those quirked-out indie platformers are. It’s a rare shooter/sneaker that focuses on creating interesting tactical situations with variable outcomes rather than endless shooting gallery corridors bookended by QTEs or non-interactive cutscenes.
[…]
But more than that, I’ve really been impressed by how it completely steeps itself in the language and atmosphere of classic Cyberpunk, a genre that has waned in the past couple of decades. Most likely because we’ve lived through and are now living in the years that writers like William Gibson, Rudy Rucker, and Bruce Sterling and other Mirrorshades—era sci-fi authors were writing about."

Deus Ex- The Future’s So Dark, You’ve Got to Wear Mirrorshades | No High Scores

Unfortunately for facebook and its gaming partners there would be a whole lot less personal info to mine and sell on consoles vs PCs. You may have to go the route of providing more targeted ads during video streaming/dvr that is going to be the foundation of consoles moving forward.

Please someone save webOS. I would love to see a company with interest in consumers pick up webOS and put it in some devices. If there is some small part of webOS that can improve a TV menu (think pseudo google TV) then please spend the money and save us from the garbage interactions we are dealing with now.

thenextweb:

Samsung doesn’t want HP’s computer business, but it might very well want webOS. Photobucket says that video sharing has become huge in the past year, via mobile. Facebook is looking to break into the console gaming market.

(Source: thenextweb.com)