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The Top Ten Games of All Times

Published on July 31, 2014, by in Gaming.

Gaming  is the new in-thing for people of all ages. Be it on your laptop or your smartphone, games are the most addictive element. But gaming has a strong history where generations have grown up playing some of the most memorable games of our generation. Here is our list of the top ten games of our times. Pac-Man When Namco released Pac-Man in the year 1980, no one would have imagined that it would go on to sell more than seven million copies worldwide and become the bestselling video game up until that time. The game used a modest 4KB ROM cartridge, chosen for its lower manufacturing costs, which required a simple Zilog Z80 CPU microprocessor.     Super Mario   Super Mario Bros. is a cross-platform video game developed by Nintendo. The game has been called the greatest game of all time, as it aided in resurrecting a near-dead

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Making a Career out of Designing Games

Published on July 17, 2014, by in Gaming.

Gaming is the latest trend. Everyone is always engaged by a game, either on their smartphones or on their laptops or on a gaming console. But for serious enthusiast it is more than just a past time. Gaming and game designing is the latest career trend. Game designing is the process of creating an elaborate set of rules & mechanism in an animated environment, which ensures smooth facilitation between player(s) and server. It can be used for the purpose of entertaining and educating. Game designing has become a source of career opportunity for everyone involved in animation. There are various fields in which specialization can be done. They are broadly classified into three categories – game designers, game artists and game programmers. Game designers A game designer is usually responsible for creating a character, story world setting, story, script, dialogue etc. They work with a team of people who develop

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Gaming Gets Real In 3D!

Published on March 18, 2013, by in Gaming.

For gaming lovers across the globe, 3D animation has changed the way games are being played. From being simple drawings with a few attributes characters now come alive with features, settings and a whole gamut of characteristics that can be controlled and changed. Gaming animation is rich and layered, featuring both Full Motion Video cut-scenes and In-Game Engine animation. The input of users is severely restrained in FMV whereas In-Game Engine animation allows scope for the story to be told. With music, voice-overs and scripted stories, gaming is gradually giving users more interaction. However, it is still the 3D artist’s task to endow as much personality as they can to the avatar. There is a whole range of body movements an avatar has to be given from the regular walking and jumping to the more complex use of weapons and reactions to an attack. The only thing affecting the fluidity

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Trends in Digital Gaming

Published on December 24, 2012, by in Gaming.

Digital Gaming is transforming at a tremendous pace. It is difficult for developers to come up with fixed formulae of success. Games are being developed for various digital spaces (online, mobile, consoles, tablets), opening multi-dimensional opportunities for developers. Research firm Ovum predicts that the digital gaming market, which comprises of online games played on the PC, console, or Smartphone, will double over the next five years to $53 billion. Statistics from Entertainment Software Association (Fig. 1) show the popularity of the gaming genres irrespective of the platform. Fig.1   Popular Trends in Gaming The gaming industry is popularly divided between two business models. 1) Free-to-Play Free-to-play (F2P) are games available free of cost for download/play on social media or mobile. The model was introduced in the form of multiplayer online games and helped to fight piracy. F2P further branched out to the Freemium model. Freemium model allows the player to avail and

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Hand held gaming devices

Published on September 10, 2012, by in Gaming.

Gaming is not only restricted to children these days but has covered wider spectrum of audience. Games are available on Consoles, phones, personal computers, internet and even on TV. In my previous articles, I had discussed about the various types of games that make up this industry. In this post, I will be discussing hand held gaming devices. Category Currently, hand held games can be put into two categories – touch based and Handheld console games. Touch based games (casual games) Touch based games are casual in nature & targeted at casual gamers. These games have very little learning curve and can be mastered by anyone in a very short period of time. Such games are specifically designed for smart phones and tablets and provide entertainment on the go. Touch-based games have comparatively lighter graphics with rich and attractive color art, short storyline, quicker feedback & overall engaging game play.

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Consoles Gaming

Published on July 15, 2012, by in Gaming.

Ask any gamer about his/her best memory & surely they’ll recount the experience of  plugging in that Xbox or PS3 and spending hours racing cars or fighting wars or saving the earth and so on. Console based games are the original gamers’ toys and they have laid the foundation of the gaming industry. Consoles are dedicated hardware devices manufactured to play interactive media content (games). Play station, Xbox, Nintendo Ds and Play station portable are some examples of popular gaming consoles. Consoles were the first to establish the video gaming industry as a serious business. Console games are particularly considered for hardcore gamers as the console is an expensive powerful machine designed to handle complex graphics and gameplay. Games for consoles require a definite learning curve to get hands on before anyone can actually start enjoying the game experience. This learning curve is sometimes annoying for casual gamers who want

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Mobile Gaming

Published on July 3, 2012, by in Gaming.

Stuck in a traffic jam or waiting in a queue or simply bored? Now, you can play your favourite Angry Birds, FarmVille or Words with Friends anywhere, anytime, thanks to the mobile gaming revolution. Mobile gaming is a craze that has revolutionized the hand held gaming experience on the go. The increased penetration of smartphones like Android devices & the iPhone, etc have made it much easier to download &play these games. Also, they provide a rich, realistic experience similar to computer based or console gaming, thanks to new & improved technology. A study by International Data Corporation, an analyst firm predicts the revenues from dedicated handhelds, mobiles, and tablets to cross $20 billion by 2015.   The leading companies that have dominated the mobile gaming space so far are Glu mobile, Rovio, EA Mobile, cap com, Gameloft, DeNA, and GREE.   Top 5 mobile games 2011   Zynga’s acquisition

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Social Online Games

Published on July 2, 2012, by in Gaming.

Crazy about FarmVille or World of Warcraft? Then you already know what social gaming is all about. Social gaming refers to games played with social interaction; action of one player affects the experience of another. These games require a social online platform where many people can come together and share content or interactive features. Some examples of social online games are the hugely popular FarmVille, Zynga,Mafia Wars,etc. These games are casual in nature and have turn- based features inbuilt. As per Market research firm Parks Associates Social gaming revenues hit $1 billion in 2010 and could grow five-fold to $5 billion in the next five years. Facebook, Hi5, Myspace, Orkut, Sonico, Netlog and Friendster have emerged as great platform for social online gaming. So all you need to do now is log into Facebook, and you can share & play these games with all your online friends. Major companies that

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Gaming industry: An overview

Published on May 21, 2012, by in Gaming.

The video game industry has come a long way. From the first development of a missile simulation game by Thomas T Goldsmith Jr. & Estle Ray Mann in 1947 – without graphics – to today’s rich graphic intensive games such as Call of Duty and Crysis, to name just two. Over the past 65 years, games have seen tremendous development in hardware & software. Today, games are available for entertainment, education, training, physical workouts (exercise), and lots more. Initially, games were sold as dedicated software on data storage devices like disks & CDs but now the Internet has given a whole new dimension to playing games. These days, there are a number of websites available which offer many free-to-play Flash games of different genres & cater to a mass audience. Social networking sites like Facebook have played a tremendous role in the expansion of casual as well as hardcore gaming.

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