A Book on a Video Game

Posted in Games, Reading

There aren’t that many books on video games; I’ve probably read most of them. For a medium and industry that pulls in almost $100 billion, it’s still seen as little more than a casual diversion, …

What Happened to Final Fantasy?!

Posted in Games, Rant

This generation of consoles has not been kind to Japanese game developers. The quality of games from “western” game developers has leaped ahead in terms of innovative systems, advanced technology and worldwide appeal; while Japanese …

The Free-to-Play Gaming Evolution

Posted in Apps, Games

Games have come a long way since when they cost $80 and came in cardboard boxes with terrible cover art. The mechanism of funding (Kickstarter), the development process (ranging from tiny one-person indie shops to …

The Future of Games as a Service

Posted in Games, Thoughts

Now that the crying from Simcity’s server issues have mostly died down[1], it gives a bit of space to reflect on what happened. Maxis’s always-online design decisions aside, the controversy would not have been as …

Reaction to the Playstation 4 Reactions

Posted in Games, Rant, Technology

As expected, Sony announced their next-gen console today. The keynote filled in some of the juicy details, including apparently some sort of social network and video sharing, game streaming, the usual cacophony of motion + …

Social Gaming is About Business

Posted in Games, Rant, Startups

It’s now cliché to claim that gamification permeate all aspects of life; the talk of 2010 and 2011 was that everything seemed to be heading towards cheap, immediate-reward schemes with the subtlety of slot machines. If it …

A Game of Numbers

Posted in Games, Mobile

Lately, I’ve gotten hooked onto Kairosoft‘s set of well-designed “simulation” games on mobile phones. They tackle pretty random topics from game development to managing a professional racing team, but only in the loosest sense; they’re …

Why Bejeweled Blitz Remains Addictive

Posted in Apps, Games

Bejeweled Blitz (BB), after all these years, remains one of the best games Popcap has released. Both the iOS version[1] and the Facebook version still receive considerable play, which is pretty amazing seeing the game …