Castle Crashers: review

Castle Crashers: review

Dec 2, 2010

Format: PS3 (version reviewed), Xbox 360 Unleashed: Out Now Publisher: The Behemoth, Microsoft Game Studios (Xbox 360), Sony Computer Entertainment (PS3) Developer: The Behemoth Players: 1 – 4 Site: http://www.thebehemoth.com More than a year after its release on the 360, one of the most popular XBLA games finally arrives on the PS3. That time...

Creating Communities: Nintendo

Creating Communities: Nintendo

Oct 22, 2010

Nintendo is in the fortunate position of having a clearly established brand identity and a consumer base that includes almost every demographic you could name. Their name is synonymous with quality and accessibility. There is worldwide recognition, nostalgia and brand identification that few companies can rival. In fact the very omnipresent nature of Nintendo...

Creating Communities: Microsoft

Creating Communities: Microsoft

Oct 22, 2010

In every sense Microsoft is the most advanced of the three in its attempts to foster an online community. As mentioned in the entry relating to Sony, their inclusion of a headset with every Xbox 360 has made Microsoft’s console the most communicative online experience. However, the next step for them will be far more challenging, and where they choose to take...

Creating Communities: Sony

Creating Communities: Sony

Oct 22, 2010

Sony had two excellent opportunities to create a strong online community but due to a lack of foresight failed to do so. The first was not to include a microphone free with every PS3. When it comes to voice chat in games there are a large number of people who do not want to hear other people talking and with good reason. When it leads to being abused or...

May Contain Suggestive Themes; Censorship in Japan

May Contain Suggestive Themes; Censorship in Japan

Oct 21, 2010

Censorship and video games have always shared an uneasy relationship. By and large, the industry has successfully  self-regulated, with a few notable exceptions. Any controversy relating to graphic violence or sexually explicit content has been generated by fabricated moral outrage through mainstream media. Japan, on the other hand, still suffers from a more...