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Is The Xbox Scorpio A Tactical Move By Microsoft

June 30, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is The Xbox Scorpio A Tactical Move By Microsoft

While Sony wowed gamers at its E3 press conference this year with a barrage of impressive content, some would argue that it was Microsoft that made the biggest splash by choosing its press conference to announce not one, but two distinct console hardware upgrades that would be hitting the market in consecutive years (Xbox One S this year, Scorpio in 2017). Years from now, this may be the grand moment that we all point to as forever changing the evolution of the console business. Sony, too, is preparing... 

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Was Last Weeks E3 A Success?

June 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Was Last Weeks E3 A Success?

E3 2016 has officially come to a close, and despite the fact that Activision and EA were absent from the show floor, my experience of the show was that it was actually quite vibrant and filled with plenty of intricate booth displays and compelling new games to play. The same cannot be said for the ESA’s first ever public satellite event, E3 Live, which took place next door at the LA Live complex. The ESA managed to give away 20,000 tickets in the first 24 hours after announcing the show... 

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Will EA Screw-Up The Star Wars Game Franchise?

June 17, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will EA Screw-Up The Star Wars Game Franchise?

EA has been telling the world how it is going to use the rights it has on Star Wars games – it is going to make a lot of them. At its E3 2016 press conference today, EA said that DICE and Motive were working on a new version of Star Wars: Battlefront for release in 2017. Visceral Games are creating an action-adventure game with an “original narrative set in the Star Wars universe with all-new characters.” Respawn Entertainment is developing “a different style of gameplay” which... 

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Is Something Bigger On The Horizon After Virtual Reality?

June 14, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Something Bigger On The Horizon After Virtual Reality?

This weeks E3 won’t be entirely dominated by VR, as some events over the past year have been; there’s too much interest in the prospect of new console hardware from all the major players and in the AAA line-up as this generation hits its stride for VR to grab all the headlines. Nonetheless, with both Rift and Vive on the market and PSVR building up to an autumn launch, VR is still likely to be the focus of a huge amount of attention and excitement at and around E3. Part of that is because... 

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Is AMD Outpacing nVidia In The Gaming Space?

June 14, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is AMD Outpacing nVidia In The Gaming Space?

MKM analyst Ian Ing claims that AMD’s recent gaming refresh was better done than Nvidia’s. Writing in a research report, Ing said that both GPU suppliers continue to benefit from strong core gaming plus emerging applications for new GPU processing. However, AMD’s transition to the RX series from the R9 this month is proving smoother than Nvidia’s switch to Pascal architecture from Maxwell. Nvidia is doing well from new GPU applications such as virtual reality and autonomous driving. He said... 

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Is E3 Still Relevant?

June 9, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is E3 Still Relevant?

What is the point of E3? I ask not in a snarky tone, but one of genuine curiosity, tinged with concern. I’m simply not sure what exactly the show’s organizers, the ESA, think E3 is for any more. Over the years, what was once by far the largest date in the industry’s annual calendar has stuck out in various new directions as it sought to remain relevant, but it’s always ended up falling back to the path of least resistance – the familiar halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center,... 

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Are Facebook Games All Over?

June 3, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Facebook Games All Over?

Not so long ago it was impossible to check up on your ex without getting a Farmville invite, but since then it seems that gaming has moved away from Facebook and onto mobile phones. Speak to the Facebook games team though, and they’ll tell you that Facebook is a bigger part of the gaming industry than ever. “To answer the broad question of ‘Where is Facebook Games today?’ the right answer is today we’re everywhere. When I say we’re everywhere what I mean is we... 

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Can eSport Be Used A Promo Tool?

May 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Can eSport Be Used A Promo Tool?

While some publishers establish their own eSports divisions and appoint chief competition officers, Take-Two is approaching the competitive gaming trend with a bit more caution. Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz in advance of the company’s financial earnings report today, CEO and chairman Strauss Zelnick said the field was promising, but still unproven. “eSports we find very interesting,” Zelnick said. “It is, however, still more a promotional tool than anything else. And most... 

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Are Developers Responsible A Games Success?

May 23, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Developers Responsible A Games Success?

Orcs Must Die! Studio Robot Entertainment is a rare breed nowadays – in an age where you’re either indie or AAA, the Plano, Texas-based company (one of several Texas developers that rose from the ashes of Age of Empires studio Ensemble) has managed to succeed as a mid-sized outfit. When Robot was formed in 2009, the company operated on a small scale, but things really changed when it landed a major investment from Chinese media giant Tencent in 2014. That enabled Robot to scale up and... 

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Is EA Cautious About The 3rd Person Shooter Market?

May 17, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is EA Cautious About The 3rd Person Shooter Market?

EA is telling the world that it wants into the third-person action market with an open world game, but it does not appear to be happening any time soon. EA Studios VP Patrick Söderlund told us in 2015 that EA wanted to expand its portfolio into gigantic action games like Assassin’s Creed or Batman or GTA and CFO Blake Jorgensen said something similar. “We feel like there’s a huge opportunity for us to continue to invest in new areas of the business like the action genre where we haven’t... 

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Is Valve’s Steam Getting Toxic?

May 12, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Valve’s Steam Getting Toxic?

Steam saved PC gaming. As retailers aggressively reduced the shelf space afforded to PC titles – blaming piracy, but equally motivated, no doubt, by the proliferation of MMO and other online titles which had little or no resale value – Valve took matters into its own hands and delivered on the long-empty promises of digital distribution. It was a bumpy ride at first, but the service Valve created ushered in a new and exciting era for games on the PC. Freed from the shackles of traditional... 

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Is Microsoft’s UWP Good For Gaming?

May 10, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Microsoft’s UWP Good For Gaming?

Epic Games co-founder Tim Sweeney reiterated his concerns about Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform at the GamesBeat Summit yesterday, using his time on stage to warn of the dangers of the company’s approach. “Nobody is adopting UWP except the small group of developers Microsoft is paying to do so,” he pointed out. Microsoft tried to address some of his very public concerns at Build last month, but Sweeney dismissed those comments as “propaganda” during his... 

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Is Nintendo Making A Mistaking With The NX?

April 29, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Nintendo Making A Mistaking With The NX?

Nintendo has confirmed that its next-gen console, the Nintendo NX, will launch in March 2017. Causing many to screw up their Christmas lists, the company told shareholders during its earnings call on Tuesday: “For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed ‘NX’ with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally.” Probably also causing some to cancel a trip to Los Angeles, Nintendo said that the... 

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Who Is To Blame For The Oculus Rift Delay?

April 18, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Who Is To Blame For The Oculus Rift Delay?

Software giant Microsoft has moved to deny a daft internet rumor that it was responsible for the ongoing Oculus Rift supply issues. Oculus Rift customers were kept in the dark about the delays following the 28 March release date. Oculus confirmed that a component shortage was to blame for the long delays in supplying its VR headset to those who had pre-ordered.  Then a rumour started that the mysterious “missing component” was actually the Xbox One control pad. The rumour got a fair... 

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Is Rockstar Getting Sued Over GTA?

April 15, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Rockstar Getting Sued Over GTA?

Former Rockstar North studio head Leslie Benzies is suing the company for $150 million alleging “numerous deceptions” from Take-Two, Rockstar, and Sam and Dan Houser. Christopher Bakes, a partner with the Locke Lord law firm representing Benzies, issued a statement regarding the suit today, saying Rockstar’s official story of how he left the Grand Theft Auto studio was a lie. In September of 2014, Benzies went on sabbatical from Rockstar North. This January, the studio released... 

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