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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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South Side Chicago-Gets A Video Game

April 11, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
South Side Chicago-Gets A Video Game

When was the last time you played as a black character in a game who wasn’t either a) the sidekick to a strapping white dude or b) a stereotypical gang member? We Are Chicago, from Indie studio Culture Shock, offers something different: a realistic representation of the life of a person of color in Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods. “It was interesting to think about how you make a game about something that’s actually happened, a true story, and still give the player agency,”... 

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Will Quantum Break Be A Blast For Microsoft?

April 5, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Quantum Break Be A Blast For Microsoft?

In an age of viral media and ubiquitous social networks, it’s rare to encounter a major AAA release surrounded by so much uncertainty. Quantum Break has likely been in full development since 2012, when Remedy Entertainment launched Alan Wake: American Nightmare, and it has been a shining beacon in the Xbox One’s line-up since Microsoft unveiled the console a year later. Was Microsoft bankrolling an exclusive answer to Uncharted’s slick, story-driven adventure? Was its furtive marriage... 

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Is The Call Of Duty Game Headed To Space?

April 1, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is The Call Of Duty Game Headed To Space?

The next installment of first-person shoot-and-crouch game Call of Duty will take place in space, according to reports, and will not be a direct sequel to Ghosts. Reports from as far and wide as Eurogamer and Shinobi have this as a pretty sure thing, and we do not consider it an unbelievable proposition. There have been a few Call of Duty games so far and they have all been terrestrial. The canon has strayed into the near future, but has not yet gone the extra mile into the far future. Going into... 

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Is nVidia Going Linux To Support Gamers?

March 21, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is nVidia Going Linux To Support Gamers?

The dark satanic rumor mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn claiming that Nvidia is working on its own Linux OS for gamers. A slide has tipped up showing a screen capture of an installer screen for this operating system supposedly going by the “NLINUX” codename at NVIDIA. Not much to go on, but it does appear that Nvidia is looking at creating a distribution for gamers similar to that operated by Valve. It is hard to see what Nvidia would get out of it. Nvidia also has its SHIELD... 

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Is Nintendo Getting Back In Virtual Reality?

March 17, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Nintendo Getting Back In Virtual Reality?

The dark satanic rumor mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn which claims that the outfit which nearly killed off VR gaming with its “Virtual Boy” wants to get back into the industry. More than 20 years ago Nintendo came up with its $179.95 Virtual Boy it was marketed as the first “portable” video game console capable of displaying “true 3D graphics.” It failed because it was too pricey, was not really portable and made users sick. It was pulled within a year and was... 

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Is This The Year For Nintendo’s NX?

March 9, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is This The Year For Nintendo’s NX?

Last year, it was loose lips in the supply chain for console manufacture, now it’s seemingly loose lips within Nintendo’s own marketing department, but there’s a common thread to every leak or rumour that spreads about the platform holder these days – they all point to a late 2016 launch for the company’s next console platform, codenamed NX. The numbers Nintendo was said to be targeting for NX that were floated around from sources at overseas parts suppliers checked... 

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Will The Playstation VR Arrive In The Fall?

February 19, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will The Playstation VR Arrive In The Fall?

Sony’s entry into the virtual reality market may be just a few short months away, thanks to an interview segment with GameStop CEO Paul Raines with Fox Business on Monday. According to the interview segment, Raines told the network that GameStop is being centrally positioned for the launch of several major virtual reality (VR) projects, which he claims will be a “lucrative business.” “We are right now preparing for the launches of the major VR products,” Raines told Fox Business.... 

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