PodBytes – Episode 21: Hoorah for Ouya!

PodBytes Episode 21 - Hoorah for Ouya!

The Revolution Will Be Televised

A lot of buzz has been floating around the ether during the last week, concerning the Kickstarter campaign of a recently-announced console, the Ouya. Dubbed as the “developer’s console”, this Android-based system purports to make game development a cinch, and promises to focus much of its gaming catalog on free-to-play games. Continue reading

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Editorial: In Defense of Day One DLC

In Defense of Day One DLC

The Road Less Traveled

With the advent and rise of the digital distribution medium during the last few years, certain key aspects of the face of gaming have changed significantly. Publishers have a direct pipeline to consumers, in some cases cutting out the retail middleman completely. For some gamers, physical copies of games have become the exception rather than the rule. Download codes and online transactions dominate as services such as Valve’s Steam, EA’s Origin, and even Xbox Live and PlayStation Network make purchasing a game as simple as a few button presses (and a handy credit card, obviously). Continue reading

PodBytes – E3 2012 Special

PodBytes E3 2012 Special

Un-Convention-al

E3 has wrapped; the Los Angeles Convention Center has closed its doors to game developers, publishers, and the journalistic mass circus that comes with it all each year. As the cleaning crews sweep in (pun only slightly intended), gamers begin the eager anticipatory wait until they can get their hands on the tantalizing goods that have just been unveiled to the world.

But not everything is said and done. In the wake of press announcements, trailers, and plenty of pomp and circumstance, information must be digested, claims must be dissected, and promises analyzed. Continue reading

PodBytes – Episode 18: FF, E3, and Other Ms

PodBytes Episode 18

Students of Gaming History

E3 is wrapping up for another year, and has once again covered ground in showing us all the future, both near and far, of gaming. But here at BNBGAMING, some of the team just can’t be bothered with newfangled progress, and would rather spend time dwelling in the Dark Ages of the video game industry. Continue reading

Friday Roundtable: Nintendo’s Online (De)generation?

Nintendo Online

Going Digital

Nintendo has revealed to its shareholders and the public what it views as a bold and daring foray into the digital games market, at long last making a big push to take a slice of the digital pie away from its competitors. But, in true Nintendo fashion, the games giant isn’t content to simply copy the tried-and-true distribution model of others, adopting instead a plan that offers more choices to the consumer and seemingly hands over the reins to retail merchants. But is this move what it seems on the surface? Does Nintendo deserve applause for taking the road less traveled, or are they simply re-inventing the wheel? Continue reading

Friday Roundtable: Consoles Putting the Smack Down on Used Games

No More Used Games?

A Nuclear Dawn Approaches

Rumors are flying, stories are swirling about, and speculation is at an all-time high: What will Microsoft and Sony’s next-gen consoles bring? What sort of horsepower will be under the hood of these as-yet-unrevealed behemoths of gaming power? How will they change and improve the online gaming infrastructure? Recently, a new query has been added to the mire of predictions, as sources within the industry have given light to the claims that all or some next-gen systems may “go nuclear”, doing away with support for used games across the board. Continue reading