Let’s Get Digital

Let’s Get Digital

Critics and fans alike agree: Digital distribution – the ability to download games right to your PC, console or mobile handset – and connected devices are quickly reshaping the way we play. But what do online services like Steam, Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network really mean to the industry, and where do alternative platforms like the iPhone and social networks such as Facebook and Bebo fit in? From free-to-play and Flash games to streaming services like OnLive and Gaikai, we take a closer look at the online revolution, as well as the startling shift that’s happening to the field of massively multiplayer games today.