GIbiz put out an interesting piece this week looking 10 years into the past to see where the buzz was in the game industry back in 2008. It’s worth a read overall (that was the year some rando company called “Riot Games” snagged $7M in funding for something called “League of Legends” – pff, that’ll never go anywhere, amirite), but the segment I want to highlight this morning is the one about the industry hype cycle.
The long-ago author wonders just when the hype cycle for video games should begin, at least in terms of maximizing profits (and presumably not annoying consumers). He compares the Assassin’s Creed franchise to Prince of Persia, noting that the former’s hype cycle was twice as long as the latter’s – and performed significantly better. After all, we’re still talking about AC here in 2018!
It seems a fair topic for MMORPGs as well; for example, World of Warcraft expansion announcements and hype lulls, the difference in buzz lead-up between Guild Wars 2’sHeart of Thorns and Path of Fire, and the seemingly interminable Kickstarter MMO dev/hype/funding cycles are perennial subjects here.
How early should an MMORPG’s hype cycle begin? How long before the planned launch of a game or an expansion – or even a Kickstarter – do you actually want to hear about it?
Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
Microsoft continues to position itself as a paragon for inclusivity – but it’s also keen to get more developers, publishers and platform holders involved in the conversation.
The firm gained a great deal of attention earlier this summer when it announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a device that enabled disabled gamers to adapt standard control schemes with a variety of custom inputs suited to their unique circumstances.
The peripheral earned praise from across the industry, but the platform holder stresses that there is more that needs to be done to make gaming as accessible a hobby as possible.
Ahead of her Develop:Brighton talk next week, we caught up with the company’s gaming and disability community lead Tara Voelker. She is instrumental in organising events such as the Xbox Gaming and Disability Boot Camp for developers, which offers advice on how to make their games more accessible, and also helped arrange testing for the Xbox Adaptive Controller in people’s homes.
“Games are more than just entertainment,” she tells GamesIndustry.biz. “They’re part of our culture, a way to socialize and even a means of escape. Games can be therapeutic and even help with pain management.
“These are all things that can be mean the difference between existing and living for someone with a disability.”
Voelker tells us that Microsoft has received “amazing feedback” since the Adaptive Controller was first unveiled, particularly after having it on display at E3, where the device won numerous awards (including one from GamesIndustry.biz).
For Voelker, the controller was the culmination of a shift that’s been happening at Microsoft, describing it as “the first product from end to end that fully embodied our Inclusive Design process – right down to the packaging.”
“We learned a lot,” she adds. “Now we need to apply these lessons to everything else we’re working on.”
There are also learnings to build on from previous accessibility ventures. Voelker reminds us of the Copilot feature that was added to Xbox last year, which combines two controllers into one input device (and, yes, it’s also compatible with the Adaptive Comtroller).
Stepping away from the hardware side, the platform holder has also been pushing its more inclusive image with the redesigned Xbox Avatars, while Voelker believes are just as important as the controller.
“Games need more accessibility features implemented in the titles themselves. Remappable controls and good subtitles make huge differences”
“They were designed with inclusion in mind, which includes offering the choices of prosthetic limbs or a wheelchair for the first time,” she explains. “We want people to be able to express themselves, and for some people using a prosthetic or a wheelchair is a large part of their identity – we want them to be able to show that.
“Right now, games tend to either fall into tropes about people with disabilities or make glaring errors in representation, such as giving someone a wheelchair they would never use. We need more characters with disabilities in games, but we also need to make sure they’re good representations. That means talking to people who are knowledgeable in these areas and getting their feedback.”
And here we come to both Voelker and Xbox’s central point: improving accessibility in games needs to be an industry-wide effort.
In an interview with Ars Technica earlier this year, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has already he’s keen to share the learnings from the Adaptive Controller with Sony and Nintendo in order to help progress the production of such devices across all platforms. He added that he’s open to “collaborating with “literally anybody who wants to learn from the work we’ve done here-or even try to do more than that with the work we’ve done here” to allow more people to play video games.
Developers can do their part too, Voelker says, even without the need for specialist hardware.
“Games need more accessibility features implemented in the titles themselves,” she says. “Features such as remappable controls and good subtitles – ‘good’ being the keyword – make huge differences.
I would also love for game developers to request feedback directly from gamers with disabilities and have them more involved with user testing before a title ships.
“There are so many things they can do! I honestly recommend any developer interested in making more accessible games should check out gameaccessibilityguidelines.com to learn more.”
Next week, Voelker will be on stage at Develop:Brighton discussing how gamers with disabilities are getting involved in the rise of streaming – both as viewers and broadcasters.
Her session, ‘Beyond Gaming: How Live Streaming Brings Next Level Inclusion’, takes place on Wednesday, July 11th. GamesIndustry.biz readers get a 10% discount on Develop:Brighton passes with the code: IDCQXO.
SEGA announced today that Shenmue I & II will launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on August 21.
To go alongside this news, SEGA has released a new trailer for the collection:
Shenmue I & II arrive on August 21st
Shenmue I & II tell a gripping story of retribution as the protagonist Ryo Hazuki sets out to avenge his father’s death, and sets out to unravel the secrets behind a mysterious artefact known as the Dragon Mirror.
This re-release will contain all-new modernized features, including a choice of modern or classic control schemes, PC graphics options, fully scalable screen resolution, an updated user interface, and the option to enjoy either the English or original Japanese voiceovers.
Cosplay has become a familiar term for most people nowadays, you can see cosplay shows and hear cosplay news here and there. In most people’s view, cosplay is a game, it’s just entertainment for people. In cosplayers’ mind, cosplay is the soul of themselves, they want to show what they think about through cosplay, they want to hold as many cosplay shows as possible. They will choose cosplay plots from anime movies, manga books and also from video games.
Make sure and bring the kids . There are many vendors with a large assortment of the latest Video games. From Sony Ps3 to X box 360 games. You can find it all here. Game consoles, and accessories , are all available at discounted prices. If it’s your favorite computer game you want. You can find pc games such as the popular sims games. The vendors are always willing to negotiate and no sticker price is final.
Now we have all heard that if something is for “free” it must not be good or legal. However with the games that you can play online from the site below; you will discover that it is 100% completely legal and anyone can play without having to purchase any extra hardware or spyware.
Customized mirrors are not the only accessories that can be bought to add charisma to your home bar. These upgrades can range from glass racks, pub lights, bar stools, Tabletop games and even benches. Every improvement that you make to your custom bar will add a new feel. You can buy accessories that match your personality or even that let people know who your favorite team is.
This famous intellectual game’s business mark has been revamped quite a few times. A design that started off with simple and thick fonts over a bright, red colored background has been recreated into wavy lines and curvy fonts that seem to give it a sense of movement. The color of the background has been deepened which makes it as perfect for PC games logo as it is for a board game.
This is one of the most popular games in the world – and you probably have not played it. Simply it is a “country” with different resources. When you roll the dice and have a city on a resource, you get that resource card. In Catan, you collect resource cards to place cities, towns, and roads. When you place towns you get resource cards. If you need a specific card you can trade with other players, so there is a lot of interaction between people on every turn. You win by being the first to get to a certain number of points.
Along with all the accessories there are many great experiences that come from having a home bar. One of the biggest is that you have a perfect place to throw yours and your friends’ parties. These parties can range from just for the fun of it parties to theme parties. You could even rent the space out to someone that has done you a favor in the past to throw celebrations. Your home bar has the potential to be better than going out to the bar because it will be much cheaper and more convenient for everyone. If you put in a custom home bar, there will only be great memories to have and you will get to party in a place that is all yours.
We must admit that technology has played a very big part in our lives today. It made us live comfortably and make something be done fast. It also played as an entertainer to us. We are real people who establish virtual life. With the existence of computers, play stations, nintendo wii, xboxthey make our virtual lives possible through their video games. It is a good way to relax ourselves from stressful cruel life. But what happens really today is that it has become an addiction. Many people forget that reality is much better than virtuality; that there are still some things that they need to do in real life.
If you’re new to playing the game of Foosball, it can be a little intimidating playing with more seasoned players. Unlike actual sports, Tabletop games are not usually taught with much emphasis on technique. Usually people just start playing and develop their form. This is where new players can feel discouraged, especially if they don’t have constructive suggestions when they continue to lose. Here are some pointers on how to take shots and general ball handling in Foosball.
Not Enough Memory – It’s important to have enough memory on your computer to keep programs running smoothly, especially if you have large programs like Microsoft Office, or play a lot of PC games. If you are using Windows XP it is recommended that you have at least 512Mb RAM, although at this point, 1Gb seems to be the sweet spot, more again if you are using Vista. The amount of RAM your PC has can be checked by right-clicking ‘My Computer’ and choosing ‘Properties’. If you need to upgrade your RAM be sure it’s the right type for your PC. Fitting the wrong type of RAM can cause the PC to slow down even more, crash inexplicably or stop working altogether.
Here’s the good news…You can overcome anxiety in a short period of time without suffering from side effects of pills and other medications. Just by changing your lifestyle, you’ll be able to do such thing. Alcohol and cigar are two of the main factors that trigger panic attacks. As you know, alcohol is a stimulant and is the one that produces hormones in the blood.
This article is about #2: testing Video games and getting paid as a quality assurance (QA) game tester. You are going to learn 4 special tips to find and get hired for these jobs—and how you can start looking today!
Why should I be excited about it? If you like computers and games this is the convention for you. With some heavily modded computers on display, some awesome tournaments, and a few game announcements here and there this is a pretty awesome convention.
When they feel intrigued adequately to comply with their application into the program, you need to also motivate your children to ask their buddies in. Peer pressure is one thing you can utilize for your gain on your kids at this point. This is because when their associates engage in as well, the youngsters are motivated to go along with them every time. At their junior and teenage years, you do know for sure nobody desires to be neglected in the group.
Once again Rio Grande showcased and demoed a large suite of games at the 2010 Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio. This year, one of the newer games in the demo area was a brilliant fast paced card game called Dominion.
Practice good sportsmanship. Tabletop games are often competitive and gamers get heavily vested in winning or losing. Gamers should keep their composure at the table. No one likes a poor sport, winner or loser. Gloating and whining should be kept to a minimum. If the game has a GM or referee, it is best not to argue with them over a ruling. If a gamer doesn’t’ t like the way a game is being run, its best to simply speak with the GM privately later, or just find another group to play with.
Most importantly, if you slip up do not let this cause you to give up. Most people do slip up a couple of times before successfully quitting. Think about what caused you to slip up and come up with a plan of how you may deal with it in the future. Do not think of yourself as failing. Instead, be proud that you have made the choice to quit and continue on towards your goal.
It’s also very effective to have an age-appropriate schedule and structure at night that lists how much time your kids can spend on Video games, the computer, and watching TV. Say for example your child has an hour free time to play video games, but the way he gets that hour is by doing his homework first. If he curses, that extra chore you give him is done during that hour, and he loses part or all of his free time. That system should be in place, so later on when your child calms down and wants to deal with the issue because she wants her cell phone back, you can say, “You know the consequences for cursing and name-calling.” And they should get a different checkmark or extra chore for every time they curse.
And of course, this game copy software will copy any game you want – even the “unbreakable” nintendo Wii, XBox 360, PS 3 or PC games. This game copy software will break through all game security features.
The Moth Podcast – Alright, done with the comics. The Moth offers recordings of people (sometimes celebrities, some times not), telling stories in a live setting, without notes or teleprompters. Some are funny, some are serious, all are really great.
Online games are very easier to learn. You can start to play instantly after understanding the control keys. Most of them use Arrow keys and WASD keys with or without mouse control. But PC versions are somewhat difficult to learn. It took a lot of time to expertise and many people experience difficulty to control them with mouse.
It is actually easy to determine your chances for the different bets. All you have to do is determine the odds of how likely a particular number would come out. To do this, you simply count the number of possible combination that a pair of dice can make for a particular number. Basically, the more combination there are available the more likely the number would appear. You then decide on what bet you are going to place based on the odds and the circumstances.
Tummy fat is usually a result of our sedentary lifestyles. With computers, television and video games taking up a good part of our day, physical activities are relegated to the background. On top of that, stress in today’s time has reached high proportions, resulting in emotional bingeing. All these things add to weight gain and a fat tummy. Tummy fat also accumulates as a result of the natural aging process of the body. It can also contribute directly to illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Luckily, belly fat is not something that a person has to be stuck with for his entire life. There are ways to lose belly fat fast, but not without a significant lifestyle change and some perseverance.
One of the most popular PC games for girls and women is probably the game of fashion. Want to know what that means? You and your daughter need to design a dress for characters such as fairies, princesses, beautiful dolls, and even celebrities. The truck is usually resembles a plastic doll, but it is online. The good thing about these dolls is that they never come out-of-date. That is dress up games. With this flash game dress you and your children can easily create your own mystical creature. Simply select things such as wings and your newly created venture will be ready to play with the other fairies.
#5 It is a WONDERFUL stress relieve. You can be as mean and violent in some games as you wish to be. I would rather have my husband let his aggression out in the game then on someone in real life.
You might be searching for the ideal gift for a teen. Teenagers like game systems and Video games. Most kids have their own systems and games. But some do not.
I think Gluttonous Slime deserves mention, if only because now you can devour your creatures in response to them dying. Pump your creatures up, go in for a final assault, or perhaps just deliberately bait your opponent into combat…then drop this sucker to eat your dead right before they go off to the graveyard, killing your opponent’s creatures and leaving you with one big, mean, nasty slime.
For younger children a Popsicle stick catapult is a perfect project to make. It is small, easy to manage, and uses materials that children are familiar with. Seven sticks, a small piece of paper, a rubber band, and some masking tape are all that you need. You can then expand this project into any variety of Tabletop games where children compete by sending small paper balls into or at various targets while keeping score.
How many players do you want to play with? Some games are specifically for two players, some are for four. Four-player games are hard to get together at times. With a two-player game you may be leaving someone out. Many of us have to work only with two-player games because we only have the capability to play with a spouse. There are even some games that are designed for solitary play…for those times when you can’t find another player, but you want to get your game fix.
Even games for other platforms like those super-cool, oldies but goodies SNES games we used to know and love (anyone remember the old Mario Bothers game?), and even any of the Windows PC applications too! Let’s not forget all of the movies you can download and watch. The fact is, you would have a number of machines all in your one little game system! Now think about it for a bit here, that sure beats some run-of-the-mill download of Dog Linux for PS3, am I right? Just imagine the possibilities!