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Entries from January 2009

Evolution of RPG’s – Gamers Don’t Want an End?

January 31st, 2009 · 3 Comments

I remember a day when old RPG games had either a level cap or a definite ending. From Pool of Radiance to Secrets of the Silver Blades to Final Fantasy the game had a final boss or stage and often had some type of level cap. Today, gamers don’t want it to end, they’d rather [...]

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Tags: Editorial · Flashback · Industry News · RPG

Analyst Draws Connection To Netflix Growth and 360 Gold

January 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The famous Michael Pachter, industry analyst has been drawing some strong connections between Xbox 360 gamers and the Netflix subscriber base since 360 launched their Netflix addition. Our family has seen the same thing, we signed up for Netflix a few days after it arrived on the Xbox 360 firmware launch. Oddly enough, we’ve not [...]

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Tags: Editorial · Industry News · Xbox 360

TD Gaming Podcast 107: It’s All About Thrusting

January 27th, 2009 · No Comments

This weeks episode is a bit unique, we’ve changed up a bit of our format to see what people think of the fresh new style. If you like it or dislike it, please let us know. This week we flashback to the 1986 title Thrust on the BBC Micro and cover the history of Solid [...]

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Why Doesn’t iTunes Have Game Trials?

January 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Nothing is more annoying than going into iTunes to see what video games are available for the iPod Touch and iPhone to find it cluttered with hundreds of duplicate games. Developers seem to find it most useful to release two games instead of one single game: a full version and a “lite” version. Developers know [...]

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Tags: Editorial · iPhone · Mobile

Sony, Next Big Software Company?

January 22nd, 2009 · 6 Comments

Every day we’re hearing of a company running through a round of layoffs or going out of business, it’s really not a happy time. Sony is not immune to the economic troubles either. Sony is talking restructuring and that involves a potential head count reduction of 16,000 jobs due to plant closings. This leaves Sony [...]

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Tags: Industry News · playstation 3 · Sony

Wallets Shrink, Used Game Market Grows

January 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Over the last year we’ve seen developers scrambling to find “value add” features to new game purchases. Their goal is to convince the customer to buy new instead of used because developers don’t see a penny from a used game sale. While GameStop sees 48% profit margins from the used game market developers struggle to [...]

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Tags: Editorial · Industry News · Rant

TD Gaming Podcast 106: In The Ghetto!

January 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The latest gaming podcast covers a flashback of Asteroids, from 1979, reactions to the latest listener comments and open the archive of great mascots covering Ryu. This weeks news includes: Guitar Hero III hits milestone Microsoft shuts down Gamerscore blog Violence has no effect on the fun video games provide Sega wants to broaden Nintendo [...]

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Kaz Hirai Dooms 360 To Short Life

January 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Sony’s PlayStation 3 has a 10-year plan. We’ve heard about the plan, we’ve seen Sony’s current execution and we’re starting to see some of the titles making their way to the PS3 for 2009. The Xbox 360? Kaz, Sony Computer Entertainment’s head man, made his thoughts clear when speaking to Official PlayStation Magazine. “Last time [...]

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Tags: Editorial · Microsoft · playstation 3 · Sony · Xbox 360

Wii Will Beat PS2 in Sales, PS3 Like GameCube?

January 20th, 2009 · 15 Comments

If the sales continue as they have been for Nintendo and their little white Wii, you’ll be looking at the top-dog for overall console says–best selling console ever. This would push Sony’s PlayStation 2 to the second spot of awesome console victories over the last seven generations of gaming hardware. Before Sony fans unite to [...]

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Tags: Editorial · Microsoft · Nintendo · playstation 3 · Sony · Wii · Xbox 360

Do HD Graphics Matter To Gamers?

January 19th, 2009 · 9 Comments

The question of the day, “Do HD graphics matter to gamers?” If you’re currently rolling with a PS3 or Xbox 360 and you’ve got HDMI and or sweet component cables you’re probably saying, “duh, of course they do.” What about everyone else, those Wii consoles for instance, there are so many of those. What about [...]

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Tags: Editorial · Microsoft · Nintendo · Sony