Each year brings a host of new technologies to the table that make the gaming landscape seem significantly different from what came before, and 2011 was no different. Here are some of the most important technological advancements the game industry saw in the past 12 months.
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Nintendo and wireless service provider Boingo announced a new partnership today that gives 3DS owners free wi-fi access at 42 airports across North America.
Game tracking and social network service Raptr has crunched data from over 10 million users to name Bethesda Softworks’ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as the “most played” game of 2011.
[Update: Nintendo is disputing the Wired report, saying in a statement that ""Video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto's role at Nintendo is not changing" and that "he will continue to be a driving force in Nintendo's development efforts."
PopCap is moving to unbundle two different mobile branches of its incredibly popular gem-matching game franchise Bejeweled, splitting the quick-to-play Bejeweled Blitz into a free download separate from the more freeform core game, which will remain pay-to-play.
As Electronic Arts prepares to release its heavily publicized, subscription-based online game Star Wars: The Old Republic, market analysis firm Newzoo has released new data showing science fiction and space-themed MMOs are dominated by free-to-play games.
Ahead of its upcoming initial public offering, social gaming giant Zynga has accepted a settlement in a copyright infringement lawsuit it brought against Brazilian social game maker Vostu, which it had accused of blatantly copying some of its most popular games.
When credible reports about Zynga’s upcoming IPO filing started flying this July, expectations for the social gaming giant’s value were running $15 billion to $20 billion. Now, with Zynga detailing the offering ahead of trading set to start December 15th, the actual offering price could value the company from $5.9 billion to $6.99 billion, or $7.6 billion to $8.9 billion including employee stock options.
The man behind indie PC mega-hit Minecraft, Markus “Notch” Persson, will no longer lead development on the game as he continues to guide indie developer Mojang on other projects.
The newest version of mega-popular game franchise Angry Birds isn’t a downloadable mobile app, but rather a web-based promotion built around California nut producer Wonderful Pistachios.
Zynga‘s tens of millions of regular players and burgeoning revenues have many investors excited about its fast approaching Initial Public Offering, but Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick is definitely not one of them.