July 26, 2015

New Valve Refund Policy: EU Consumer-Protection Regulation Goes Global?

The history of videogames is not only that of the development of games themselves, but also of the hardware on which games are intended to run. Arcade and console gaming system provide video games developers with standardized, closed-world hardware, enabling them to have a great degree of control over their customers’ experience. Such is not […]

July 19, 2015

Licensing Professionals and Fans Converge at 2015 Anime Expo in LA

More than 90,000 attended the 24th annual Anime Expo (AX), North America’s largest Japanese pop culture convention, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California from July 2 to 5. The four-day event featured a concert by Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z, joined onstage by two members of veteran American rockers, […]

June 29, 2015

Music Streaming Comes to Japan; But Will it Last?

Two weeks ago, Line Corp.’s, the operators of Japan’s most popular messaging app, launched an in-app music streaming service called Line Music. Japan is the second-largest music market in the world after the United States, but its consumers have so far been global outliers, clinging to physical products like CDs and DVDs, which comprise 80 […]

January 9, 2015

2015: The Year We Get Loading Screen Mini-Games Back

  Please view this blog entry on Gamasutra.

January 6, 2015

How Is Steam Like Apple and the UFC?

Well, it’s official: Apple did not abuse its monopoly position from 2006-2009.  Fresh off a stalemate with Samsung, Apple found itself back in court this fall.  For those who didn’t follow the blow-by-blow, the tale of the tape looked like this: Apple was being accused of anti-competitive practices during its mid-2000s stranglehold of the digital […]

February 15, 2014

3D Printing Is The New Black

When you hear the word “gaming,” what types of things come to mind? Video games? Online multiplayer games? Mobile games? Virtual reality? Well, yes, but that’s all about to change… Thanks to a new technology that’s set to invade the majority of American homes over the next decade, gaming is going old school again. Nearly […]

November 15, 2013

The Good Game Club and The Independent Spirit

Despite the coming arrival of the next gen juggernauts, the Playstation 4 and XBox One, the independent spirit is more alive than ever in gaming. Independent game development — once the renegade world of the PC universe — is now a more accessible environment due to the developments of crowd funding, mobile platforms, and social […]

November 7, 2013

Phoenix Wright: Gaming’s Legal Legend

Deemed too niche for American audiences, the first game in the Phoenix Wright series was released in 2001 on the Game Boy Advanced only in Japan. However, Phoenix proved to be a very persuasive attorney and 12 years later the franchise has proven to be a continued cult classic in the US. As a character, […]

October 26, 2013

GTA V: A Home Run, But Not Without Controversy

The highly anticipated and much publicized newest installment in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Grand Theft Auto V, was released last month for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, shattering all records for the largest, most successful media launch in history. Rockstar Games, owned by Take Two Interactive, hit it out of the park – beating […]

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