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EA Appears To Be Going HD With Old Games

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
EA Appears To Be Going HD With Old Games

Electronic Arts has one of the deepest back catalogs in the industry, but to date it has steered clear of mining it for new revenue through remastered and HD editions. That’s likely to change soon, according to a Game Informer interview with EA Studios executive VP Patrick Soderlund from last week at Gamescom. When asked if anything in EA’s stance on remasters had evolved in the last year, Soderlund tipped the publisher’s hand. “What’s changed is that there is proof... 

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Will Other Hop On The Pokeman Go Bandwagon?

August 11, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Other Hop On The Pokeman Go Bandwagon?

Pokemon Go is the only thing anyone wants to talk about. Even people who don’t want to talk about Pokemon Go end up talking about it all the time, if only to tell everyone how sick they are of people talking about Pokemon Go. Social networks are full of Pokemon Go, going out for a drink is now impossible without occasional interruptions as a buzzing phone signals the possible arrival of a rare beast, and comparisons of recent prized acquisitions have replaced complaints about the weather as... 

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Will Ubisoft Succeed In The VR Space?

August 5, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Ubisoft Succeed In The VR Space?

While 2016 has seen heaps of praise thrown at virtual reality technology, the market itself has yet to be proven. The headsets and PC hardware needed to run high-end VR games are prohibitively expensive, and the installed bases will remain somewhat small because of that. Enthusiasm from developers isn’t matched by investors or publishers, but that hasn’t scared away Ubisoft from jumping onto the VR train early on. While Bethesda is pursuing Fallout 4 in VR and Electronic Arts has a Star... 

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Does Pokemon Go Really Show The Possibilities Of VR?

July 20, 2016 by   | 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   | 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   | 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   | 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   | 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   | 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   | 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   | 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   | 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   | 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   | 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   | 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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