July 2010

My Game Wish List

Video game technology has gotten advanced enough in the past few years that just about any scenario can be simulated on current-generation platforms. Unfortunately, as games have become more impressive and immersive the business surrounding them has become more restricted. Development budgets for top-tier games are bigger than most feature films and publishers are less willing to pursue innovative concepts for fear that they won't deliver on the market. This doesn't mean there aren't genuinely fun, inventive games out there today, just that it's harder for a game to go from the drawing board to the console. Here are a few games I'd like to see amid the many sure thing titles currently on the shelves.

How WoW Got Big

For years, Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft has been the most popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game and every new MMO that hits the scene is inevitably compared to it. As of today it's an unkillable giant in the video game business's newest category. But why WoW? How is it that mostly no-frills Real-Time Strategy franchise evolved into the premiere online gaming experience?

Beautiful Video Game Music

There was once a time when video games were synonymous with shrill, simple, hopelessly computerized music that was almost impossible to take seriously. As hardware improved and development budgets ballooned, music became an essential part of the gameplay experience. No longer are games plagued with irritating MIDI sounds (unless it's an ironic throwback) and now the songs accompanying us on our electronic adventures are worth listening to on their own.