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Is The Independent Game Developers Future Bleak

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The Independent Game Developers Future Bleak

Never more than a stopgap that was hugely inadequate to the gap in question, Steam Greenlight is finally set to disappear entirely later this Spring. The service has been around for almost five years, and while it was largely greeted with enthusiasm, the reality has never justified that optimism. The amassing of community votes for game approval turned out to be no barrier to all manner of grafters who launched unfinished, amateurish games (even using stolen assets in some cases) on the service,... 

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Why Are The NPD Games Sales Kept Private?

February 22, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Why Are The NPD Games Sales Kept Private?

When I first began my career in the games industry I wrote a story about an impending digital download chart. It was February 2008 and Dorian Bloch – who was leader of UK physical games data business Chart-Track at the time – vowed to have a download Top 50 by Christmas. It wasn’t for want of trying. Digital retailers, including Steam, refused to share the figures and insisted it was down to the individual publishers and developers to do the sharing (in contrast to the retail space,... 

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Does Virtual Reality Need A Hit Game To Succeed?

February 20, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Does Virtual Reality Need A Hit Game To Succeed?

For many, the success of Resident Evil 7 and its atmospheric campaign has offered a glimpse of what a “killer app” for virtual reality might look like; the game that shifts the common perception of VR from an intriguing glimpse of the future, to an essential part of contemporary entertainment. The term will be familiar to anyone who has seen the launch of a new console, but, as a panel of experts discussed today at Casual Connect Europe, VR defies such easy categorization. The discussion... 

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Will Politics Bring Down The Gaming Industry?

February 20, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Politics Bring Down The Gaming Industry?

If you’re someone who makes a living from videogames – as most readers of this site are – then political developments around the world at the moment should deeply concern you. I’m sure, of course, that a great many of you are concerned about things ranging from President Trump’s Muslim travel ban to the UK Parliament’s vote for “Hard Brexit” or the looming elections in Holland and France simply on the basis of being politically aware and engaged. However,... 

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Is The Gaming Industry Due For An Overhaul?

February 16, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The Gaming Industry Due For An Overhaul?

Physical retailers are calling for a change in how video game pre-orders are conducted. They are speaking to publishers and platform holders over the possibility of selling games before the release date. Consumers can pick up the disc 1 to 3 weeks before launch, but it will remain ‘locked’ until launch day. The whole concept stems from the pre-loading service available in the digital space. Today, consumers can download a game via Steam, Xbox Live and PSN before it’s out, and the... 

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Take-Two Goes Up But Misses The Mark

February 14, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Take-Two Goes Up But Misses The Mark

Take-Two today reported its financial results for the three months ended December 31, and they paint a mixed picture of the company’s performance for the holiday season. Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, Take-Two chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick touted the company’s holiday slate of releases, mostly updating numbers revealed around Take-Two’s last earnings report. Mafia III has now sold-in approximately 5 million copies, while Civilization VI has surpassed 1.5 million units sold-in.... 

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Do Mobile Games Need To Be Free?

February 10, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming, Mobile
Do Mobile Games Need To Be Free?

Ever since Nintendo’s shares rocketed after the launch of Pokémon Go –  and despite the worldwide phenomenon not being a Nintendo product – and the surprise announcement of Super Mario Run, all eyes have been on the platform holder’s mobile strategy need to be free. Analysts and even the mainstream media have been quick to comment on the potential for traditional games brands in the mobile space, but in all the excitement some people seem to have forgotten several publishers... 

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Is Nintendo Taking A Risk With The Switch?

February 8, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Nintendo Taking A Risk With The Switch?

You know a company has had a rough set of results when its CEO needs to publicly state that they represent the lowest extent of a slump, with a bounce surely to follow; this being essentially the line that Nintendo boss Tatsumi Kimishima attempted to soothe worried investors with this week. It didn’t exactly work; Nintendo shares, which had been trading at their highest levels in five years, dropped back below the 23,000 Yen mark for the first time since last September. The figures reveal sentiment;... 

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Nintendo Plans To Add Virtual Reality To The Switch

February 7, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Nintendo Plans To Add Virtual Reality To The Switch

Virtual reality will be coming to the Nintendo Switch – just as soon as the company is convinced people can play it for longer periods of time. The news comes from an interview between Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima and Nikkei, as translated by Dr Serkan Toto, CEO of Tokyo-based consultancy Kantan Games. According to Toto’s tweets, Kimishima said Nintendo is studying VR now but will hold off until users can “play for hours on end without problems”. Nintendo has been... 

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Are Publishers Missing The Billion Dollar Opportunity Of eSports?

February 6, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Are Publishers Missing The Billion Dollar Opportunity Of eSports?

The traditional sports ecosystem is dominated by three models of organisation. The most decentralised sports, like the PGA Tour or NASCAR, consist of largely independently organised competitions, which are sanctioned and governed by an administrative body and are open to any qualifying athlete. From there, we have typical leagues like the NBA or Premiership, which have a set number of recurring teams and players, and are extensively managed by a league front office that’s owned by each team. eSports... 

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With The Switch On The Horizon Nintendo Go Black

February 3, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
With The Switch On The Horizon Nintendo Go Black

Former playing card maker Nintendo has managed to make its first profit in four quarters thanks to its mobile gaming division. For those who came in late, like Nintendo, the game maker did not want to touch mobile gaming with a 10-foot barge pole because it would cannibalise its portable console market. However it looks like it was wrong. However it warned that there might be trouble ahead as there are lower game downloads for its consoles. Operating profit reached $284 million in October-December,... 

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Is Sony Really Committed To The PSVR?

February 1, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Sony Really Committed To The PSVR?

The positive reviews pouring in from all corners for Capcom’s Resident Evil 7 are a welcome validation of the firm’s decision to go in quite a radically new direction with the series, but Capcom isn’t the only company that will be happy (and perhaps a little relieved) by the response to the game. A positive reaction to RE7 is also hugely important for Sony, because this is the first real attempt at proving that PSVR is a worthy platform for full-scale, AAA games, and much of the... 

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Is Resident Evil 7 Any Good?

January 26, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Resident Evil 7 Any Good?

In the summer of Pokémon Go Mania, it is easy to forget that there was a different obsession gripping fans of another iconic 1990s franchise. The Resident Evil 7 demo (released during E3 last June) was a creepy experience where you had to escape a dilapidated house owned by a murderous family. It went down well with horror fans; so well in fact, that when players stumbled upon a seemingly useless item – a mannequin finger – it turned into an obsession. Twitch streamers would play the... 

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Will The Nintendo Switch Be A Success?

January 24, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will The Nintendo Switch Be A Success?

Smart money is on the Nintendo Switch being a lemon, but it seems that the maker of toilet branded consoles is making lemonentry mistakes on its launch. Firstly, there is a lot of confusion over what the Nintendo Switch can do. Multiple account support was teased in a photo posted by indie developer Nicalis on Twitter but then this was pulled and people shut up about it. Now Kotaku have confirmed that the system does support up to eight multiple users but really people should not have to be digging... 

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Call of Duty and Battlefield 1 Tops Video Games Of 2016

January 23, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Call of Duty and Battlefield 1 Tops Video Games Of 2016

The NPD Group and the Entertainment Software Association both released reports on last year’s sales in the US games business today. While overall game software grew six percent from $23.2 billion to $24.5 billion, the total consumer spend, including revenues from all hardware, software, peripherals, and in-game purchases, came in at $30.4 billion, only slightly better than last year’s $30.2 billion. “Growth in entertainment software consumer spend was seen across the mobile, PC,... 

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