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Does Pokemon Go Really Show The Possibilities Of VR?

July 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Does Pokemon Go Really Show The Possibilities Of VR?

Pokemon GO hasn’t even finished its worldwide rollout, but it’s all anyone is talking about or reading about this week; it’s truly inescapable. I haven’t seen this level of mainstream attention for a gaming product since Nintendo’s original Wii, and that’s truly a good thing for Nintendo. The company could use a positive story after dealing with so much negativity from the Wii U’s failure. As Rob Fahey pointed out today, it’s also hugely encouraging... 

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Is The NPD Finally Going Digital?

July 14, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is The NPD Finally Going Digital?

It’s been more than five years since The NPD Group said it would start including digital data in its monthly reports on the US video game business. In those five years, not only has digital grown, but publishers, analysts, press and more have all thrown shade at NPD, questioning the relevancy of a service that only offers physical sales data in an increasingly digital era. Today, NPD is finally taking that first step to offer a more complete picture of the entire games market as it’s... 

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Does Sony’s Survival Rest On The Playstation?

July 8, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Does Sony’s Survival Rest On The Playstation?

Sony is over the hump. That’s the message that the company wanted investors and market watchers to understand from its presentations earlier this week. Though it expressed it in rather more finessed terms, the core of what Sony wanted to say was that the really hard part is over. Four years after Kaz Hirai took over the corporation; the transition – a grinding, grating process that involved thousands of job losses, the sale or shuttering of entire business units and protracted battles... 

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Is Nintendo Delaying Its Virtual Reality Plans?

July 6, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Nintendo Delaying Its Virtual Reality Plans?

Nintendo is keeping fairly quiet about its VR plans, although a system is clearly on the drawing board. The rumor mill suggests that the former playing card maker is determined to fix a problem which has dogged other VR machines on the market. Basically after you have worn a headset for half-an-hour you get tired and a bit sick. Nintendo’s acting representative director Shigeru Miyamoto told shareholders that the company was “researching VR” – but didn’t want to show... 

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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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