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Looking at the Future of Video Games

The 2012 Game Developers Conference is in full swing this week, sprawling across all three buildings of San Francisco's Moscone Center. While lots of interesting things happen each year at GDC, we realize they're often very dry and technical GDC is an swap meet where the people who make the games you love trade ideas, not a convention like PAX ...

OP-ED: Activision Has a Point When Defending Itself Against Claims It Doesn’t Innovate

Between DICE taking place last week and Tim Schafer successfully turning to Kickstarter to fund a Double Fine-developed graphic adventure, there has been a lot of talk recently about the role publishers serve in the videogame industry. There is the belief among many people that publishers do little more than stifle innovation, a suggestion Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg takes ...

The Simpsons Visit the Expensive Electronic Entertainment Expo

This week's episode of The Simpsons (the series' 492nd overall) featured an obvious take on the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known to most as E3. Following up on previous Surprise Dad Days like Cemetery Paintball and Go-Karts on Real Roads, Homer Simpson decided to take his kids to E4: the Expensive Electronic Entertainment Expo. There were references all over ...

How Gravity Rush’s Designers Took the Third Option

The existential crisis facing the Japanese game industry lurked beneath the surface of this year's Game Developers Conference with uncomfortable omnipresence, often giving a sense of Japanese designers coming to San Francisco humbly to take notes on what sells in the U.S., only to be scorned and derided for their trouble. Of course, it wasn't really so dire as all ...
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