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Is The Oculus Ready For Mainstream?

June 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is The Oculus Ready For Mainstream?

One of the emerging players in the industry is definitely Oculus Rift, a potential leader of the whole Virtual Reality niche. The Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 is definitely a good place to show off new tech, and visitors get to see the multi-billion dollar gaming industry jewels at their best. A veritable who is who of the gaming and publishing industry is competing for visitors’ attention and some 50,000 people get to see some of the latest and greatest gaming achievements. Since Oculus... 

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Is It Game Over For The Playstation Vita?

June 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is It Game Over For The Playstation Vita?

Sony is denying that its PlayStation Vita is dead in the water, despite ignoring it during its E3 2015 presentation. Slim PlayStation Vita went on sale in February and was greeted by a loud sounding yawn by the hand-held game community. Since then we have heard very little about it, and like most of the world, including Sony, did not really care. PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan insisted to Gamespot that the system is still selling well and has “hundreds” of games in development. “We’re... 

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Google Launches ‘YouTube Gaming’

June 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Gaming
Google Launches ‘YouTube Gaming’

Google Inc said on Friday that it is unveiling a live streaming gaming service called “YouTube Gaming”, creating a rival to Amazon.com Inc’s  Twitch service. The service, to be available in the form of an app as well as a website, will focus exclusively on gamers and gaming. More than 25,000 games will each have their own page on the site, bringing videos and live streams about various titles together in a single space, Google said. Users will be able to add games to their collection... 

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Can Oculus Succeed At $599?

June 15, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Can Oculus Succeed At $599?

We were recently asked what we would want to see with the CV1 Oculus consumer version. Fudzilla tried every single developer’s version and we tried the last beta, codenamed Crescent Bay, at more than one action. Recently Nvidia had a bunch of demos that we got to experience last week at Computex in Taiwan. Crescent Bay is good, but we wanted a higher resolution per eye. Unfortunately, the Oculus Consumer version comes with the same OLED based 2160×1200 at 90Hz panel, split over dual displays.... 

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Digital Games On Consoles Growing Rapidly

June 12, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Digital Games On Consoles Growing Rapidly

By examining trends between the digital and physical ecosystem, EEDAR has found the digital space to be increasingly driving the future of new console game publishers. In recent years, the physical games market on consoles has been experiencing a consolidation of publishers and a downturn in the number of games released. From 2008 to 2014, the number of games released on the physical format across Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony consoles declined from 383 (in 2008) to 145 (in 2014). Conversely to the... 

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GameStop Acquires ThinkGeek

June 4, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
GameStop Acquires ThinkGeek

Last week it was reported how Geeknet Inc. was in the process of being bought out by retailer Hot Topic for $16 a share or $37 million in cash. However we have just discovered that deal was squashed because Thinkgeek got a better deal from Gamestop. GameStop offered $20 per share and Hot Topic wanted away. GameStop’s $20 per share deal also includes $37 million in cash and comes out to a total valuation of $140 million. Geeknet must pay Hot Topic a three percent “break-up fee,”... 

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Will Nintendo Move To Android?

June 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Nintendo Move To Android?

For a while now, people had been wondering what the next Wii would be called, with smart money being on the Number 2. However it seems that the new console dubbed the Nintendo NX has a few surprises under the bonnet. According to Nikkei Nintendo is planning an Android console so that game developers would be able to port their games over with relative ease. This could also indicate that games developed for the Nintendo NX could extend to other Android-powered devices like smartphones and tablets,... 

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Will Region Locking Cost Nintendo In The Long Run?

June 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Region Locking Cost Nintendo In The Long Run?

There’s something genuinely surreal about sitting down to write an article about region locking in 2015. It feels archaic and almost nostalgic; I might as well be writing something about blowing into cartridge ports to get games to work, or bemoaning the long load times for cassettes. Yet here we are. Years into the era of digital distribution, long after we reached the point where it became technically harder to prevent customers from accessing games from anywhere in the world than it is to... 

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Does The PS4 Have a Weak First Party Fall Line-up?

May 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Does The PS4 Have a Weak First Party Fall Line-up?

At Sony’s 2015 Investor Relations Day today, Sony Computer Entertainment president and global CEO Andrew House detailed the company’s strategy for the coming year, including how it will address some shortcomings. House began his presentation on a positive note, talking up PlayStation 4 as “the fastest selling hardware platform in our history,” showing better-than expected growth and pushing PlayStation Plus subscriptions to twice what they were in fiscal year 2013. He said... 

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Is the PS4 Open To Pirating

May 18, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is the PS4 Open To Pirating

Hackers from Brazil have managed to discover a new exploit for the PS4 which enables them to bypass the DRM on any software and games. A couple of weeks ago, a number of electronic stores in Brazil had been advertising the means to copy and run a series of ripped retail games on the console. At the time little was known about the hack back then, but information gradually began to trickle out from customers and make its way around the web. Please see below for commentary from Lancope. Gavin Reid,... 

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Are Paid Mods On The Horizon For Gamers?

May 5, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Paid Mods On The Horizon For Gamers?

Valve is no stranger to its ventures having a somewhat rocky start. Remember when the now-beloved Steam first appeared, all those years ago? Everyone absolutely loathed it; it only ever really got off the ground because you needed to install it if you wanted to play Half-Life 2. It’s hard now to imagine what the PC games market would look like if Valve hadn’t persisted with their idea; there was never any guarantee that a dominant digital distribution platform would appear, and it’s... 

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Will The Gaming Industry Pass $90 Billion In Sales This Year?

April 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will The Gaming Industry Pass $90 Billion In Sales This Year?

It’s going to be another big year for games, as Newzoo is projecting that 2015 will see global gaming revenues jump 9.4 percent year-over-year to $91.5 billion. The future looks bright as well, with the research firm’s upcoming Global Games Market Report projecting worldwide revenues to reach $107 billion in 2017. As the overall market grows, the distribution of where that money is coming from will also shift. Newzoo’s projections for this year have a surging Chinese market narrowly... 

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Is EA Shuttering It’s Free To Play Model?

April 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is EA Shuttering It’s Free To Play Model?

EA is shuttering four high-profile free-to-play games, all of them allied to popular IP like Battlefield and FIFA. Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, Need for Speed World and FIFA World will all continue for another 90 days, at which point they will be taken offline for good. Further development on the games has stopped already. “In more than five years since most of these titles launched, how we play games has changed dramatically,” said Patrick Soderlund, EVP of EA Games, in... 

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Is Zynga Going Down The Tubes?

April 14, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Zynga Going Down The Tubes?

After less than two years at the helm of Zynga, Don Mattrick is on the move again. He’s picking up the best part of $20 million on his way out the revolving door, so don’t feel too bad for him, but after his catastrophic mis-management of the Xbox One’s development and launch, his failure to lift Zynga out of its post-IPO slump looks like yet another blot on the extremely expensive copybook of the former Microsoft executive. There will be plenty of I-told-you-so’s over this... 

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Was Crytek Saved By Amazon?

April 9, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Was Crytek Saved By Amazon?

The deal that helped Crytek recover from its recent financial difficulties was Amazon, according to a report from Kotaku. The online retail giant signed a licensing deal for CryEngine, Crytek’s proprietary game engine. Sources within the company put the deal’s value at between $50 million and $70 million, and suggested that Amazon may be using it as the bedrock for a proprietary engine of its own. However Amazon uses the technology, though, the importance of the deal for Crytek cannot... 

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