Issues/Your Take

Walmart + Roblox = Advertising to Children?

Walmart + Roblox = Advertising to Children?

In a puzzling (to me) PR move, Walmart has created two “experiences” in the popular meta-verse game Roblox. Roblox has an overwhelmingly young player base and the Walmart experiences are designed to target the “next generation” of Walmart shoppers with celebrity cameos and games featuring popular children’s toys. I can’t help but feel that the […]

Video games -> Conspiracy theories?

Video games -> Conspiracy theories?

Yesterday’s New York Times included an article regarding the suspect in the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband. David DePape, the suspect in the attack against Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, apparently “had an obsession with video games as a boy.” At a low point in life, DePape “retreated into isolation, spending hours each day in the […]

ESRB Ratings – Law 423C Project – By: Adam Sanders and Amit Chandi

ESRB Ratings – Law 423C Project – By: Adam Sanders and Amit Chandi

Hi everyone, Adam and I have made a presentation for our group project on video game ratings, specifically focusing on the North American rating agency, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Here is a link to watch our presentation: https://youtu.be/TacZvjgYDvk Thanks!

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Corporate MnA, Console Exclusives and Cloud Gaming Services: The next generation of Gaming Wars

  If you have been around games for any period of time, you are probably familiar with gaming/console wars. Since the rivalry between Sega and Nintendo in the 1980s and 1990s, videogame console makers have been vying for your attention and hard earned money by offering  console exclusive games, online multiplayer services or simply just […]

Tuvalu’s Digital Twin

Tuvalu’s Digital Twin

I know this is not related to a video game per se, but we’ve discussed the metaverse on a number of occasions in this class and I thought that this interesting article I came across was worth a mention. Tuvalu, a small nation of roughly 12,000 in the South Pacific, is highly vulnerable to the […]

Are Netflix’s Interactive Experiences Games?

Are Netflix’s Interactive Experiences Games?

Earlier in November Netflix released Triviaverse a new interactive title that has players answer trivia questions with their remote. Triviaverse is not in an episode format like previous Netflix interactive trivia Trivia Quest and it does not have much in the way of story like the interactive trivia show Cat Burglar. Triviaverse also is not […]

New Pokemon Game facing performance issues – is this false advertising?

New Pokemon Game facing performance issues – is this false advertising?

The new entries into the main-series Pokemon franchise, Scarlet & Violet, officially release worldwide tomorrow but with reviews starting to be released, there seem to be one main sentiment emerging: the current Nintendo Switch console has difficulty processing the game. Frame-rate drops, leading to visuals and characters resembling still photos more than active pieces of […]

New Game Release (an hour early!): Warzone 2.0

New Game Release (an hour early!): Warzone 2.0

Hey everyone, Not really a substantive post, but a sequel to one of the biggest games of the last few years (Call of Duty: Warzone) just came out today (see: https://kotaku.com/warzone-2-early-launch-release-date-mw2-download-size-1849790962). What is somewhat interesting is that the game came out an hour early. Gamers (including myself) are usually suspect of a big online release […]

Twitter’s New Blue-Tick Verification Policy

Twitter’s New Blue-Tick Verification Policy

Earlier this month, Elon Musk implemented a blue paid subscription service on Twitter called Twitter Blue. This service allows for anyone to get the blue-tick verification on their account, simply by paying a small fee of $8 a month. Many  people were interested in this service, but as you can imagine, some issues quickly arose. […]

Pokemon dethroned?

Pokemon dethroned?

Japan’s game industry has seen some change over the past months — while the Pokemon games have been been the best-selling games since the 90’s, Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) has displaced their long reign and has become the most sold game according to Nintendo’s latest financial report. The success of ACNH can be heavily […]