Video games have generally had access to less computing power, less flexible computing power, and lower resolution displays. Dedicated consoles were advanced graphically, especially in animation. This is because video game consoles had dedicated graphics hardware, were able to load data instantly from ROM, and a low resolution output would look better on a television because it naturally blurs the pixels.
A strong mascot can come organically from a game and can play a large part of a console's marketing strategy. A well designed and popular mascot will naturally generate further games. A good example of a mascot who has come from an existing game is Nintendo's Mario. He was created as a character for the Donkey Kong arcade game and wasn't expected to become popular yet has gone onto become one of the most iconic gaming characters in history.
The primary differences in arcade game development is the fact that players have to pay per play and arcade games are mostly found at external venues. Arcade games are ultimately developed to try to get a continuous stream of revenue from the player and to keep them playing over the life of the machine. Console games have a high cost up front so they had to develop with the consideration that the player would need to get something different out of the experience, primarily more content.
Following the emergence of mascots during the late 1980s and early 1990s, for a few years it was considered essential to a console's sales that it have a game starring a popular mascot. However, video game mascots became increasingly unimportant to console sales during the mid-1990s due to the aging games market (older gamers are less likely to find mascots appealing) and the stronger selling power of cross-licensing. A number of once-successful mascots such as Bonk, Gex, Bubsy, and Zool were dropped from usage in both marketing and software releases during this time. The few surviving mascots remain relevant due to their value in increasing brand awareness.
It’s with a little hesitation that I recommend Tiny Touchtales’ simple, addictive card game, Miracle Merchant, but that’s for completely selfish reasons. It’s the only game where I’ve topped the daily leader board (twice!), and I’m afraid you, dear reader, will just make it that much harder for me to pull off a third. But it’s my duty to tell you about Thomas Wellmann’s eye-popping illustrations and the dopamine rush when your cards line up to create the perfect potion. The premise is straightforward: combine four cards from four different colored piles to create potions for your customers. Each customer will request a necessary ingredient (color), and another that he or she really likes, which will give you double the points. Each pile also has three black cards, which will give you negative points. The cards interact with each other in a variety of ways, which also affect the point totals. Your job is to combine cards in the best order to maximize values. It’s a good mix of strategy and luck, and once each day, you can compete against all other players using the same deck. The customers are gorgeously drawn with their names and backstories left to your imagination, but you’ll have to plan carefully not to kill them with the wrong potion when you run out of ingredients towards the end. Download it on your on the iPhone or Android device, and bring on the competition. —Josh Jackson
In 1990, Nintendo finally brought their Super Famicom to market and brought it to the United States as the Super NES (SNES) a year later. Its release marginalized the TurboGrafx and the Neo Geo, but came late enough for Sega to sell several million consoles in North America and gain a strong foothold. The same year the SNES was released Sega released Sonic the Hedgehog, which spiked Genesis sales, similar to Space Invaders on the Atari. Also, by 1992 the first fully licensed NFL Football game was released: NFL Sports Talk Football '93, which was available only on the Genesis. This impact on Genesis sales and the overall interest of realistic sports games would start the trend of licensed sports games being viewed as necessary for the success of a console in the US. While Nintendo enjoyed dominance in Japan and Sega in Europe, the competition between the two was particularly fierce and close in North America. Ultimately, the SNES outsold the Genesis, but only after Sega discontinued the Genesis to focus on the next generation of consoles.
Mobile gaming’s accessibility makes it broadly appealing across demographic audiences, the report said. Smartphone gamers typically play on a daily basis, while tablet gamers play less consistently, only firing up a game a few times a week. This fits with the overall trend of tablet usage, the report said, since they’re not as readily available over the course of a day as a smartphone.
It is common for games after generation six to be stored partially or fully on the console itself, most commonly on a hard drive. Similarly to how a PC game can be installed, the console game can copy key files to the console's storage medium, which is used to decrease load times but still requires the original game storage medium to play. The second method is for the game to be fully stored on the console and run directly from it, requiring no physical media to run at all. This offers players the opportunity to have games which have no physicality and can be downloaded through the Internet to their console, as well as giving the developers the ability to provide updates and fixes in the same manner, effectively meaning development on a game doesn't have to stop once released.
Sony led the charge on the mid-generation console update with the PS4 Pro but, by taking its time, Microsoft gave us the better hardware in the Xbox One X. It offers the same 4K Blu-ray and HDR video playback as the One S, while also bringing that visual enhancement to games. Microsoft wasn’t exaggerating when they told us that the Xbox One X is the most powerful home gaming console ever sold. It won’t be getting VR, however — which may disappoint those hoping it could be an inexpensive entry point to high-quality VR experiences.