A Successful Indie Videogame Company Vs. A Failure: What’s the Difference?

A videogame company is a difficult venture for anyone, even with the deepest of pockets. The failure rate is EXTREME. How extreme? The New York Times says 80% of games (8 of 10) fail to make a profit. So what distinguishes a good videogame company from all the failures? We came upon this game industry […]

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Game Case Study Update: Kaos War and Damon Grow

So recently I wrote a long, rambling post talking about the Kaos War MMORPG and some of the mistakes that founder Damon Grow makes during their journey (as documented by a Games.net video series). What ever happened with Damon and Kaos War? Kaos War never came out. Not a big surprise, you say? Get this: […]

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PewDiePie Makes $15M/Year and Is a Racist

Sigh. I haven’t watched much PewDiePie but occasionally I’ve enjoyed one of his playthroughs as a way to get a sense for a game. Now, after he’s been dropped by Disney and YouTube, I realize from the reports that he’s a dirty scumbag and a hero to neo-Nazi hate groups. (I also realize he was […]

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Videogames Are Murderer Kryptonite, Says NPR

For your enjoyment, here’s another salvo in the ongoing discussion about “do videogames make kids into psychopaths,” aka “First-Person Shooters Were Designed by ISIS and the Taliban to Extend Satan’s Nefarious Reach into Our World.” As you might expect, this TED Radio Hour episode connotes play with balanced human psychology. Less expected, perhaps, is a researcher who finds that […]

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Kickstarter Drama: Why Are the Fans Paying for It?

Kickstarter Campaigns for Veronica Mars and Richard Garriott? So yeah, as you’ve surely heard, Kickstarter and other social fundraising vehicles are now part of the movie- and videogame-making landscape. How about a little review of where two of those big-name campaigns are now? I’m talking about the Veronica Mars movie and Richard Garriott’s Shroud of […]

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Bioshock Co-Founder Calls It Quits

Surprisingly, Irrational Games’ co-founder Ken Levine recently announced that he’s shutting down that studio. This means that future Bioshock games will almost certainly have much less of his handiwork. He did also say that he will start a new studio under publisher Take-Two that will focus on smaller, digital-distribution games. The new studio will only […]

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Can the Game Industry Ever Do 40?

The Videogame Industry and the 40 Hour Workweek TIME Magazine has a new article up about the 40-hour workweek. Most people in the game industry find this concept quaint. “That’s for regular jobs,” they’ll say, or “Never gonna happen.” Not only are long “crunch” hours often necessary because of publisher deadlines, the dreaded holiday season […]

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Free Game Rentals at Redbox, and More

Just a Few Days Left of Free Game Rentals Zowie! The free game rentals deal at Redbox is no joke — all week, they’ve been letting you rent games for free if you just reserve the game online before picking it up. At first I thought it was just a neat one-time promo. But I looked […]

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Bad Company 2, Bioshock 2 and More for $5, Today Only

A tip from our friend Aidan — Battlefield Bad Company 2, Darksiders, Bioshock 2, and a number of other triple-A titles for the PC are on sale at Valve’s Steam Store. Hurry — you’ve about 18 hours to redeem this deal before it goes away…! Stay tuned, too; by the looks of it there’ll be […]

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