Category Archives: Game Industry

Play Games, Get Rich

Not too many peo­ple get rich play­ing games. Well, except for real gam­blers with poker (shout-out to David Williams). Maybe some with M:tG. And of course I guess game devel­op­ers turn a liv­ing out of play­ing games. Some of them get rich over it, or at least seem to. Oh, nev­er­mind any­one can do it: […]

Bullshit Alert: Zynga threatens Sony and Microsoft

From the land of ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists look­ing to cash on the lat­est enter­tain­ment fad (social net­work games , as opposed to last year’s vir­tual worlds), we get this garbage from For­tune mag­a­zine: With more than 235 mil­lion monthly users, Zynga rules the nascent world of free online games played via social net­works like Face­book. Real […]

Another Year, Another GDC

I don’t have much to say about GDC this year. Wrap-ups at gama­su­tra can do a bet­ter job of what all was there. GDC seemed dom­i­nated by two themes: Naughty Dog takes every­one to school. That’s what one of my cowork­ers called it. Really, I didn’t mind, though, they had a lot of detailed talks […]

Free Dungeons & Profit

About six months ago, I sug­gested we should check back later and see how DDO’s exper­i­ment with free-to-play has gone. The answer, accord­ing to Turbine’s cur­rent exec­u­tive this week, is pretty well: The response from play­ers to DDO Unlim­ited has been noth­ing short of phe­nom­e­nal. We’ve known all along how great this game is and […]