Archive - Steve Peterson

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Steve Peterson has been in the game business for 30 years now as a designer (co-designer of the Champions RPG among others), a marketer (for various software companies) and a lecturer. Follow him on Twitter @20thLevel.

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8 Hunting Whales and Golden Swans

Opinion 15 days ago If you want to build a sustainable game business, don't hunt whales and golden swans - diversify, experiment, and depend on proven brands

2 Streaming games success is elusive

Opinion 29 days ago The streaming games scene is maturing but it's yet to make a major impact on the market - will that change?

6 PC Games: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Opinion A month ago PC games aren't dying, they are bigger than ever, but the $60 PC game is rapidly vanishing

5 Fixing PlayStation Now

Opinion 2 months ago Sony's service is in beta, but it's encountering significant issues with its business model; here are some suggestions

11 Time to reinvent E3

Opinion 2 months ago The nature of E3 has changed, and it's time to reinvent the show: A modest proposal

5 Super Evil Megacorp reveals plan for tablet domination

2 months ago "The next really big growth wave in computer gaming is likely to come from gamers shifting to tablets," says Kristian Segerstrale

11 E3 2014: Nintendo's Opportunity

Opinion 3 months ago Nintendo has set expectations low, but the company could take advantage of the situation with a good showing at E3

7 Why free-to-play won't eliminate paid games

Opinion 3 months ago The reality is that many game designs don't lend themselves to free-to-play monetization

6 E3 2014: Sony's Challenges

Opinion 3 months ago The PS4 is the best-selling console, but can Sony keep it that way?

4 E3 2014: Microsoft's Big Choices

Opinion 3 months ago How E3 will show us Microsoft's product and marketing strategy for 2014 and beyond

Education

11 Spector aims to build "Navy SEALs of game development training"

4 months ago Industry veteran hoping to fill a critical void in the games business; he wants to cultivate the next round of leaders

15 Reality check: VR's road to relevance

Opinion 4 months ago Is virtual reality really going to be "a bigger than phenomenon than smartphones"? Not hardly, says Steve Peterson

3 MMORPGs: Time to level up

Opinion 6 months ago Steve Peterson looks at the current MMORPG landscape, the marketing challenges, and what lies ahead

14 Amazon's console dreams

Opinion 6 months ago Here's why it makes sense for Amazon to create a console

8 Bridging the console/tablet gap

6 months ago Ubisoft's VP of digital Chris Early analyzes how consoles and tablets are working together

Exclusive

1 Zynga feeling the Euphoria

6 months ago Clive Downie on why NaturalMotion isn't another OMGPop, and how the Euphoria tech will act as a "catalyst" for creativity and emotion in its games

Jobs

CEO Rod Humble leaves Linden Labs

7 months ago A brief Facebook message shares the news with the world

22 2014: Year of the Indie?

Opinion 7 months ago Being a successful indie developer is getting both easier and tougher

36 Letting Off Steam

Opinion 7 months ago The pressure is on Valve to show why Steam Machines and SteamOS will be a viable game market

46 Pachter: "I don't know why Iwata is still employed"

8 months ago The analyst scolds Nintendo for not taking advantage of mobile, states that PS4 will top XB1, and makes some bold predictions

21 Fun Is Not A Metric

Opinion 8 months ago Developers and publishers can't tweak their way to entertainment, but need to focus on fun

15 The Massive Nintendo Paradigm Shift

Opinion 9 months ago Nintendo hasn't changed much, but the industry has changed massively - so we need to change our views on Nintendo

Exclusive

22 Next-gen consoles don't offer "anything that new" - Kixeye CEO

9 months ago Will Harbin talks about Kixeye going mobile, and what new platforms mean to him

28 How Sony Can Win the Next-Gen War

Opinion 9 months ago The [a]list daily looks at winning strategies for Sony in its multi-front battle to be number one in gaming

Jobs

Zynga hires Clive Downie as COO

10 months ago The veteran of EA and mobile giant DeNA brings deep experience in mobile and international to Zynga