From the late 1980s through the 1990s, as console games and computer games remained two very separate markets, a handful of studios built a blockbuster empire atop the burgeoning personal computing market: the educational video game.Broderbund, The Learning Company, and The Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium were selling millions of copies of games including The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, and The Oregon Trail. While many game series from that era went on to be massive blockbusters, not many could claim the same value these titles did: that they were widely accepted as providing a clear and arguable social good, capable of teaching students about math, history, geography, and the arts. Depending on your age, you might remember playing some of these games on your classroom’s Apple II. If you had kids in that era, you may remember shelling out between $200 to $300 a year for these $40 games on your home PC in the hope yourself … [Read more...] about Where in the world did blockbuster educational games go?
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The relationship between Ubisoft and Nintendo has been a interesting one for the last few years, specially after the launch of Nintendo Wii U. Since the launch of Wii U Ubisoft have been the main third party developer that supported the console, and it seems that Ubisoft will also support Nintendo NX .The relation between Ubisoft and Nintendo started out rather good,however, things turned south very quickly. Ubsisoft promised to release Rayman Legends exclusive to Wii U, but just 2 weeks before its release, Ubisoft delayed it and announced that the title will release on all platforms.However, even after this whole situation Ubisoft stood by Nintendo Wii U to some extent, by releasing games from its popular franchises like Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy on Wii U, but it only lasted for a little while, and Ubisoft limited its support for Wii U to annual release of Just dance.Now Nintendo NX is on its way and its seems that Ubisoft is excited for it, well atleast they claim to be. … [Read more...] about Ubisoft Will Support Nintendo NX, Nintendo Is The Best Partner In The World
Alain Corre, executive director over at Ubisoft, revealed in an interview at Gamescom that the company still has faith in both PlayStation Vita and Nintendo Wii U and they are more than certain that the two console will find their way pretty soon. “We were very pleasantly surprised by Sony’s last push on the Vita,” Corre told IGN. “Decreasing the price and investing a lot in new IP and trying to use the Vita as a second screen for the PS4, all of that gives a lot of advantages for the future of the Vita. We’re watching that space and making sure that our PS4 games work on Vita, so the global experience on PS4 is even better.” “There are millions, tens of millions of fans of Nintendo brands. I’m sure you’ve played Mario Kart for hundreds of hours. I did too. There are so many great franchises that are still making people dream. We think these brands will stay with us,” he said. “After that, it’s up to Nintendo to … [Read more...] about Ubisoft still has “faith” in the Wii U and Vita
EA CEO John Riccitiello has said the firm has emerged from a transitional period with both the strongest core portfolio in the trade and increased digital focus.“If you go back seven years, we were the leader,” the CEO said, giving a speech at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco.“And we dropped the ball. Our IP deteriorated, our costs went up, and we didn’t really have an answer for the rise of digital.”Riccitiello said that prior to the “transition” of the “PlayStation 3 era,” EA had eight core intellectual properties, but a few years later, was left with only three.“Need for Speed ended up flat on its back,” he offered as an example. “That annual sequel thing got to us.“That was a very tough business run. We just didn’t have the portfolio.”But now the CEO feels the company has rebounded with several new properties – BioWare’s chief among them – … [Read more...] about JR: EA “dropped the ball,” but has best IP in the industry
Here we go again. It seems like a month doesn’t go by without someone from Electronic Arts or Activision taking a shot at each other, or talking trash about how amazing one of there upcoming releases will be. It now happens so frequently it has become a video game industry tradition. The latest jab comes from Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello. While speaking at a technology conference, Riccitiello said that he expects Battlefield 3 to be the best product the industry will produce this year.During yesterday’s Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, Riccitiello was taking big about a few different goals that EA hopes to accomplish this year. His mantra seems to be “We want to be in a leadership position” or “Were going at them” when asked about current popular games from EA’s competitors.It has been well documented that Riccitiello is gunning for … [Read more...] about EA CEO Says ‘Battlefield 3’ Will Be the ‘Best Product in the Industry’
After setting records as the most pre-ordered game for Microsoft's next-gen Xbox One console, Call of Duty: Ghosts, is charting the tops yet again. A new press release is out from publisher Activision claiming that its latest FPS is now the most played Xbox One multiplayer game in the world. "Around the globe, Call of Duty: Ghosts is leading the next generation. It's the #1 selling title at key retailers and it's also the most played game on Xbox One and PS4 globally," said Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg. "As we've said before, we've got the best community of fans in the world and we're thrilled they're coming with us to the next generation." Additionally, the release also marks the game as number one in the following categories: #1 Most Played Xbox One Multiplayer Game Worldwide "As home to the largest and most engaged Call of Duty community, it is no surprise that the newest entry in the blockbuster franchise has quickly become the most played multiplayer game on both Xbox One … [Read more...] about Call of Duty: Ghosts News – Infinity Ward’s FPS is the Most Played Multiplayer Game in the World on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Christmas Camo Coming
When someone mentions the game Halo, they usually refer to the record breaking First Person Shooter that has earned its place in history, partly due to its multiplayer and surprisingly deep backstory. As with all sufficiently large game franchises though, Microsoft was not content on simply letting the Halo brand rest on its laurels, creating various books, short films, and “alternative” games that are intended to expand the world and story of Halo beyond the actions of the Master Chief. One of the results of this multimedia push is Halo Wars, a rather ambitious game for the Xbox 360 that tried to combine the Halo universe with the Real Time Strategy genre.First announced in 2006, Halo Wars was released in 2009 to fairly positive reviews, though the limitations of console controllers did detract from the RTS nature of the game, despite the best efforts of the developers. Nonetheless, more than a million units were sold worldwide … [Read more...] about What in the World is Halo Wars 2 and Should You Be Excited for It?
Remember how cool Konami used to be? Home of franchises like Silent Hill, Castlevania, and of course the celebrated Metal Gear series. Father of the “Konami code.” By far one of the most celebrated development companies in the industry, now seemingly degraded into a company whose most recent rise to notability is almost completely negative. If you go through the timeline of Konami in 2015 you are met with a sinking feeling in your throat, like watching a childhood friend kick your dog and insult your sister. It likely has been building for a while, but it seemed to truly begin when beloved creator Hideo Kojima announced he’d be leaving the company, around the same time it was announced that Silent Hills was cancelled.Most recently though they’ve come under fire for the near totalitarian way they’ve handled the review of their new Metal Gear Solid V (A Hideo Kojima Game). To their credit, a game as desired as … [Read more...] about Konami, the Source of All Evil in the World
I've been reluctant to jump in on the conversation about diversity and inclusion in video games because so many reactions to it are stridently belligerent, if not ugly. It's also troublesome to my favorite genre, sports, and opens uncomfortable, bottom-line dialogues about equal opportunity when publishers pay zillions for the license of male-only pro leagues and vow to deliver real-life immersion in their marketing promises.Yet there is one game, arriving Tuesday on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, that handles pluralist inclusion so gracefully, within such a marvelous sports experience, that I can't let it pass without comment. Super Mega Baseball, from Metalhead Software of Victoria, B.C., isn't some preachy after-school special, either. It is flat-out the most enjoyable sports title of 2014.Last night my team, the, uh, Wideloads (mascot: a smug-looking hippo), had been punching away at the Crocodons with nothing to show for it, and trailed 1-0 in the top of the seventh. Ella … [Read more...] about Everyone’s in the lineup for Super Mega Baseball
In a conference call with investors earlier today, Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy fleshed out more specifics on the $19 billion deal that will join Activision and Blizzard into one of the largest third-party publishers in the world. While analysts reacted favorably to the nitty-gritty financial details, what most gamers are primarily interested in is the future of the two publisher's popular franchises. For Activision's stable of franchises, at least, the future looks pretty much as expected. In an industry note parsing out the benefits of the merger, Activision Blizzard unsurprisingly revealed the Guitar Hero and Call of Duty franchises would each receive new installments. Aside from being confirmed as Guitar Hero IV and Call of Duty 5, no other details on the games emerged. The two franchises have been a boon in recent months for Activision. After tallying $115 million in first week sales, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock went on to be the best-selling cross-platform game for … [Read more...] about Guitar Hero IV, Call of Duty 5 in the pipe