Making Games With International Appeal – The Importance of Localization

Capturing a larger audience is the goal of any game developer and they can spend weeks or months developing the game but often fail to include localization of the game. Major game portals recognize the importance of making their web sites more accessible so they often have multiple language settings and this is something game developers should learn from from. Web games often rely on word of mouth distribution so why not increase your chances of success by localizing the game to reach a broader international audience.

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The Survival of Computer Gaming

Our industry is dying. We all know that the so called “Next Generation” consoles are driving our beloved PCs out of the market. I could list the reasons why this is happening…I could even list the reasons why it should not be happening, but to those of you who are interested in reading this, I know that you’re already intimately familiar with our predicament. It really has crept up on us. Honestly, there have been some great PC games released over the past couple years that have satisfied my gaming needs; but a few days ago, I had a rude awakening into this new world of “console only” games that has unleashed a beast inside of me. As a side note, I should say that I really don’t have any problem with the Xbox360, the PS2, or the Wii other than the fact that they are killing the industry that I love…the industry that I grew up with. Anyways, back to my rude awakening. Many of you have heard about LucasArt’s new title “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” which will be released this fall. Many of you have also heard that it will not be released for the PC. Not now, not ever. Judging from the trailers and new technology that has gone into this game, it looks like it would be addictingly fun and could possibly even be my favorite of the year. However, according to the producers of the game, the PC market is not stable enough for this title. In other words, there aren’t enough people out there with computers that would be able to handle the game. (Ironically enough, it is being released on the Nintendo DS and the Wii, neither of which are high performance gaming systems.)

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Can OnLive’s Gaming Service Ever Find Success?

There hasn’t been a new contender in the gaming console market in a long time. It’s a tough market to break into with the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony dominating the market for years. But recently a new company has emerged with a home console that takes a vastly different approach than the big three.

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