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Is Japan’s Video Game Industry Back from the Dead?
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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…

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China’s ban on video game consoles may end
1000 648 David Hoppe

The gaming world is buzzing with excitement as reports emerged earlier this year from the Chinese Ministry of Culture indicating that China might be ready to overturn the thirteen year old ban on gaming consoles. While investors are hopeful about this prospect, analysts warn that the effect may be moderate at best.[1] In June of…

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Is Virtual Reality the future of gaming (again)?
1000 648 David Hoppe

If, in the mid-1990’s, you had asked any gaming industry expert about the future of gaming, you would have received a singular unequivocal response, in unison: Virtual Reality. Thinking back almost two decades, the hype and excitement were palpable; the possibilities and expectations for the technology, and the benefits it could bring to gaming were…

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Free Geohot!
1000 648 David Hoppe

In staying with last week’s greatest-heist-of-all-time theme, it seems only fitting to dedicate a post to GEOHOT–real name: George Hotz. A twentysomething member of the Silicon Valley glitterati, Hotz humbly came to be known as one of the most famous hackers of all time, inadvertently igniting the hacking wars of the Summer of Lulz. Hotz…

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Android’s Developer Problem
1000 648 David Hoppe

What do a Kindle Fire, a Google Nexus 7, and a two-year old HTC Incredible have in common? They all run some version of Google’s popular Android mobile operating system, though you wouldn’t necessarily see the similarities immediately…

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The Problem with Patents
1000 648 David Hoppe

Markus “Notch” Persson, owner of Swedish game developer Mojang, has attracted a lot of attention for his lo-fi but relentlessly addictive game Minecraft. Most has probably been welcome: glowing reviews from respected gaming outlets like Eurogamer, Giant Bomb, IGN, and, er, Conan O’Brien, “game of the decade” plaudits from legendary developer Peter Molyneux (Populous, Syndicate,…

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No Joy in The Ville
1000 648 David Hoppe

It hasn’t been a great couple of months for social gaming company Zynga. Zynga, which derives much of its revenue from Facebook-based games like Farmville and Mafia Wars, suffered mightily from Facebook’s less-than-triumphant May 18 IPO. Zynga’s shares lost almost 14% of their value, and were so volatile that they twice tripped automated “circuit breakers,”…

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Let the Music Play … Games
1000 648 David Hoppe

Over the last three decades, scores of musicians have experimented with and elevated tiny blips of electronic noise to chart topping records. But the concert hall of bleeps and bloops does not only host the likes of Daft Punk, Justice, and the Blue Man Group, this stage also belongs to video game music. Flashing back…