I opened up my copy of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD yesterday and aside from the game disc it was depressingly empty, which describes exactly how I feel every time I pick up tellingly lightweight retail game. I miss instruction booklets something fierce.
Don’t forget to grab Diancie. Mythical Pokémon Diancie is available through Monday for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire in North American and PAL regions. I completely forgot (thanks for the reminder, Oliver!). Don’t be me.
"Gamers are being played [like a piano] every time you see the word SALE. This is a big psychology trick that is being used to siphon money from gamers." Indie developer Cliff Harris, in a blog post on why discounted video games are harmful to both gamers and developers. Read his arguments in the full post here.
In his latest video, boogie2988 tackles the issue of digital distribution becoming more and more prevalent in a world where fast, unlimited internet access is still far from being the norm.
There are a few dozen games in our home that I haven't really ever been able to play. The same goes for my spouse. It's not a lack of interest, time, or ability that keeps each of us from experiencing these games; it's Steam. Although Steam is hardly the only culprit, of course. Origin now plays the same role, as do…
Check out the second of our 1st Person Perspective videos, shot by our own Chris Person with Evan Narcisse taking the interview lead.
GameFly's made some interesting moves in the last few months. They jumped into the digital distribution space last year, offering games for streaming in addition to their physical mail rentals. While that moved GameFly's overall offering closer to that of Steam, they still relied on publishers to supply their…
It's become popular at the moment to worry about the death of gaming as we know it. The meteoric rise of mobile handheld platforms certainly has been disruptive and, as Kotaku Editor-in-Chief Stephen Totilo reported earlier today, there are valid concerns about the longevity and existence of console-based gaming in…
Isn't moving from disc-based software to downloadable digital products a step in the right direction? Commenter Paradox Me isn't so sure, and explains why in today's Speak Up on Kotaku.
Disproving the power of packaged goods once again, Valve's Steam digital download platform saw another year of massive growth in 2011, with sales more than doubling and the number of simultaneous users surpassing the five million mark. What gets five million people on Steam all at once?
More and more frequently, analysts and other people pontificate on the gaming industry's future to say is that brick-and-mortar retail locations are going to become a thing of the past. Like movies, music and even books, they say, video games are probably going to leave physical media behind.
DC Comics has been garnering lots of media buzz, heightened awareness and increased sales on the heels of its recent New 52 reboot. Along with new re-imaginings of Superman and Wonder Woman, the publisher began making digital copies of its entire line available on the same day as the print versions. Moreover, every…
In today's digital-only edition of Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter TaylorEatWorld tries to find a physical copy of a hit PC game, not knowing what a monumental challenge that is these days.
No fan of Origin, Electronic Arts' new digital distribution service, the publisher of Serious Sam 3: BFE [pictured] announced "in a move likely to shock absolutely no one" that they have scrapped plans for their own proprietary service.
Valve rolled out "all-new server and client code" supporting downloads over its Steam digital distribution service, intriguingly noting that, "soon, Dota 2 will be delivered using it."
EA and Crytek's Crysis 2 was available on Valve's Steam service until this week. Now it's available "only on Origin," Electronic Arts' new digital store (and a few others, actually). Despite the change and conjecture about the motivations behind it, EA says it was not behind the decision to pull Crysis 2 from Steam.
Discs-to-your-door rental service Gamefly will buy Direct2Drive from IGN, according to a report by MCV, likely expanding digital rentals' availability over PC down the line.
An online survey indicates that EA Sports has plans to offer a paid subscription that, among other features, would deliver some paid downloadable content for free and make full versions of upcoming games available for download before their release date.
The entire site of Good Old Games, the online seller of classic - and DRM-free - video games, has been taken offline and replaced with a message saying the service has been closed. Update: This is looking like a marketing move.
Impulse and GamersGate are two pretty well known digital download services - we feature them every week in The Moneysaver - but they didn't show up in an NPD assessment of digital versus brick-and-mortar sales.