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
A young software developer has decided to pull his iPhone game from Apple's App Store because it was too similar to the classic arcade game Tetris.
Noah Witherspoon, a college student in Atlanta, created a free game called Tris for Apple's handset platform. But Apple recently contacted Witherspoon to let him know that the Tetris Company, which licenses the eponymous video game, had notified it about copyright and trademark infringement claims against the app.
There's no more Scrabulous on Facebook. For real. Unless you're in India.
According to the Associated Press, the social network has officially disabled access to the popular online game, which closely resembles classic board game Scrabble, after receiving a complaint from Mattel, the company that publishes it outside the United States and Canada. Access within the U.S. and Canada had already been blocked.
The rights to Scrabble are owned by different companies: Hasbro handles the game in North America, and Mattel internationally. The two takedowns were different: The creators of Scrabulous disabled U.S. and Canadian access on their own, … Read more
This week introduces WiiWare to a rhythm-game while the Virtual Console gets a duo of RPGs and classic fighting game.
WiiWareHelix (Ghostfire Games, 1,000 Wii points): With Helix comes one of the first rhythm-based games to grace the WiiWare arena. Use your Wii remote to hit various kinds of beats all in a colorful, mind-bending visual experience. Enjoy up to 26 songs with a number of different skill levels. Virtual Console Ys Book I & II (1989, Turbografx 16, 800 Wii points): Ys Book I & II is an intense RPG where you must uncover clues about a … Read more
We've just crowned Gateway's P-7811FX the favorite $1,000-plus system in our Back-to-School roundup of laptops available on retail store shelves. Its particularly strong showing reminds us that every once in a while, a new product comes along that forces you to reconsider the conventional wisdom about what computer hardware should cost. (A prime example being how the new netbook category has redefined small, low-power laptops from $2,000-plus executive toys to sub-$500 impulse purchases.)
PC gaming, despite the lack of action on the software side lately, has been the one reliable area where manufacturers could get … Read more
Polaroid is making a comeback with a digital camera that has a built-in printer; the Creative Mozaic has a lot of style; and you get to decide whose Spore-created creature is better: Brian Tong's or Bonnie Cha's. Plus, a bed that comes with frequent-flyer miles!