The Elder Scrolls is an amazing saga of open world action role-playing that has led players across the continent of Tamriel from the first game in 1994, The Elder Scrolls: Arena, to the last mind-blowing installment in 2011, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. As an avid fan of the series in all its incarnations, my first reaction to the news that there will be an MMO sometime next year was “hell yeah!” But then I dug a bit deeper and found out why I may just have been counting the proverbial chickens before they hatched.
The Call of Duty series has radically transformed the gaming industry in both creative and technical ways. It pioneered several changes in game mechanics and business models. Nabil explores the various ways it has had an effect on the gaming industry, and wonders if the impact it has made is good in the long-term or not.
The gaming industry has come a long way from the days of vector graphics and 8-bit sound effects. The Call of Duty series is a testament to how grand the industry has gotten over the years. With an estimated worth of around 6 billion dollars and having sold about 115 million copies worldwide, it is one of the biggest franchises in the gaming industry. Despite huge revenues, the creative and innovative growth of the industry has stunted in recent years and various companies are following the trend set by Call of Duty of making games more cinematic and action-oriented.
Social gaming has become, without a doubt, one of the major forces in the industry over the past few years. Mushfiq Zaman traces the popularity of these games, hoping to understand what makes them tick, and if they have any drawbacks. This marks the beginning of our social gaming category.
The last decade has seen the rise of several social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, and most recently, Google Plus. It’s not surprising that along with this came the growing popularity of the games being played on these websites. With online micro-transactions and multitudes of followers, this segment has now turned into a billion dollar industry. The question that comes to mind the most is why and how has this happened?