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2015: The Year We Get Loading Screen Mini-Games Back
1000 648 David Hoppe

Onechanbara, it is safe to say, is not a fondly remembered game. Released on Xbox 360 in early 2009 (late 2006 in Japan) by D3 Publisher Inc., Onechanbara was an action game in the Dynasty Warriors mold, wherein bikini-clad women cut down hordes of zombies with katana swords.

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How Is Steam Like Apple and the UFC?
1000 648 David Hoppe

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…

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The Good Game Club and The Independent Spirit
1000 648 David Hoppe

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…

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Phoenix Wright: Gaming’s Legal Legend
1000 648 David Hoppe

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,…

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GTA V: A Home Run, But Not Without Controversy
1000 648 David Hoppe

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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The Age of Monetization
1000 648 David Hoppe

The word “monetization” is not a new; officially it means to coin money, or to establish something as legal tender, but in recent years has come to mean utilizing something of value (that was previously considered free or unprofitable) as a source of revenue and profit. In recent years, we’ve seen companies monetize our homes,…

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After Ten Years, King’s Sweet Recipe Pays Off.
1000 648 David Hoppe

It’s one of the most successful gaming apps on iOS and Android, and the subject of a frenzy of posts and articles in the blogosphere.

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Is Japan’s Video Game Industry Back from the Dead?
1000 648 David Hoppe

Over the past thirty years, Japan’s Tokyo Game Show (commonly known as “TGS”, an annual video game expo held in the Makuhari Messe, in Chiba, Japan), and the country at large, have been a symbol of the gaming industry’s future. In the 1980’s Japan produced some of the best and brightest arcade games; in the…

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David Hoppe to speak at GDC Europe 2013
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Regulations governing the burgeoning area of crowdfunding in Europe and the United States continue to develop, with some jurisdictions emerging as preferred venues for online fundraising and others where crowdfunding is still restricted. At the upcoming GDC Europe 2013 conference in Cologne, David will address developers and publisher regarding the opportunities and risks of crowdfunding…