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Do Game Developers Have Unrealistic Expectations?

January 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Do Game Developers Have Unrealistic Expectations?

Over the last few years, the industry has seen budget polarization on an enormous scale. The cost of AAA development has ballooned, and continues to do so, pricing out all but the biggest warchests, while the indie and mobile explosions are rapidly approaching the point of inevitable over-saturation and consequential contraction. Stories about the plight of mid-tier studios are ten-a-penny, with the gravestones of some notable players lining the way. For a company like Ninja Theory, in many ways... 

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Is Dailymotion Going After Twitch?

January 16, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Dailymotion Going After Twitch?

Dailymotion has hopped onto the game streaming juggernaut and launched a game streaming service. Dailymotion Games will put the firm into a market that so far includes Twitch, a streamer that has cemented its place as a gaming add-on and a coveted option on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. The Dailymotion information does not dwell on Twitch, which has been a feature of many a gushing press release from console makers such as Sony, but it does say that the live streaming gaming platform has... 

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Was The PS4 Sales Flat Over The Holiday?

January 7, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Was The PS4 Sales Flat Over The Holiday?

While the Sony PlayStation 4 has been selling very well, it seems that Christmas was not really its season. Sony said that the PlayStation 4 has sold more than 18.5 million units since the new generation of consoles launched. While that is good and makes the PS4 the fastest selling PlayStation to date, there was no peaking at Christmas. You would think that the PS4 would sell well at Christmas as parents were forced to do grevious bodily harm to their credit cards to shut their spoilt spawn up... 

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Will The Xbox One Go Virtual Reality This Year?

January 6, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will The Xbox One Go Virtual Reality This Year?

While we can’t get a real handle on when Microsoft might reveal the VR headset that they have had in development, we have learned from our sources that it is well into development and some selected developers already have developmental prototypes. It is hard to say when Microsoft might actually reveal the new VR headset and technology, but it would seem that GDC or E3 would be the likely events to see it introduced. We do know that Microsoft is targeting 2015 to move the VR headset into mass production... 

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Sony Offering Discounts After PlayStation Outage

January 5, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Gaming
Sony Offering Discounts After PlayStation Outage

If you received a PlayStation 4 for Christmas but network outages hampered you from using it, Sony wants to make it up to you. Sony Computer Entertainment America will offer 10% off PlayStation Store purchases including games, TV shows and movies as a gesture of thanks for users’ patience following an outage of several days caused by denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. In addition, PlayStation Plus members who had an active membership or free trial on Dec. 25 will receive a membership extension... 

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Are Buggy Games Getting A Pass?

December 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Buggy Games Getting A Pass?

Recently, my smartphone started acting up. I think the battery is on the way out; it does bizarre things, like shutting itself off entirely when I try to take a picture on 60per cent battery, or suddenly dropping from fully charged to giving me “10per cent remaining, plug me in or else” warnings for no reason at all. I can get it fixed free of charge, but it’s an incredibly frustrating, bothersome thing, especially given how much money I’ve paid for this phone. Most of us... 

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Are Indie Developers Dying Out?

December 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Indie Developers Dying Out?

For independent developers, the last decade has been an endless procession of migratory possibilities. The physical world was defined by compromise, dependence and strategically closed doors, but the rise of digital afforded freedom and flexibility in every direction. New platforms, new business models, new methods of distribution and communication; so many fresh options appeared in such a brief window of time that knowing where and when to place your bet was almost as important as having the best... 

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Will Microsoft’s Arcadia Bring Streaming To The Xbox One?

December 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Microsoft’s Arcadia Bring Streaming To The Xbox One?

It’s already been widely reported that Microsoft is working on game-streaming technology, long enough that the company has apparently started over at least once. According to a new ZDNet report, Microsoft halted work on one such project called “Rio,” and has since begun building a new streaming service code-named “Arcadia.” ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley cites sources within Microsoft with the news that Arcadia is being worked on by a new team in the company’s Operating... 

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Is Borderlands Headed To The Xbox One And PS4?

December 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Borderlands Headed To The Xbox One And PS4?

Sources are sighting a rating seen on the Australian classifications that seem to point to an upcoming Remastered Edition of Borderlands is coming for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. So far this has remained unconfirmed by publisher 2K and franchise developer Gearbox. The new remastered version is expected to be simply called “Borderlands Remastered Edition”, but with no confirmation from 2K and Gearbox it is difficult to say what all it might contain or if it is simply a converted and compiled version... 

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Microsoft Opens Up Halo

December 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Microsoft Opens Up Halo

Project Orleans, the cloud engine that powers Xbox hits Halo Reach and Halo 4, is being taken open source. The engine, which has also played a vital role in the development of Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform, will be released under an MIT licence next year by Microsoft Technologies after being trailed at this year’s Microsoft Build Conference. This is the latest in a long line of open-source announcements by Microsoft this year as the company tries to reinvent itself for the... 

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Is Free-To-Play Here To Stay?

December 4, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Free-To-Play Here To Stay?

Detractors of free-to-play have been having a good few weeks, on the surface at least. There’s been a steady drip-feed of articles and statements implying that premium-priced games are gaining ground on mobile and tablet devices, with parents in particular increasingly wary of F2P game mechanics; a suggestion from SuperData CEO Joost van Dreunen that the F2P audience has reached its limits; and, to top it off, a move by Apple to replace the word “Free” with a button labelled “Get”... 

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Was Sony’s Playstation Network Hacked Again?

November 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Was Sony’s Playstation Network Hacked Again?

Sony has denied the claims of DerpTrolling, a hacker group which claimed it had raided the databases of the PSN, along with a number of other online services. The group had published a list of emails and passwords for PSN, Windows Live Mail and 2K Games accounts online, and claimed to be prepared to release more, but Sony says that they’ve come from other sources than hacking. “We have investigated the claims that our network was breached and have found no evidence that there was any... 

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Is World Of Warcraft On The Rise?

November 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is World Of Warcraft On The Rise?

Blizzard is happy and why shouldn’t they be as World of Warcraft subscriptions are up. The reason for the increase can be traced to the release of the latest expansion pack which was recently released. The latest WOW expansion pack is called Warlords of Draeno and its release has driven subscriptions to 10 million. Selling over 3.3 million copies of the Warlords of Draenor on the first day alone, growth has been seen in all major territories since release. The numbers do include those players that... 

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Will Sunset Overdrive Make It To The PC?

November 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Sunset Overdrive Make It To The PC?

Microsoft has seen a number of Xbox One exclusive titles already be ported to the PC. Both Dead Rising 3 and Ryse have already made it to the PC, but we are now again hearing that Sunset Overdrive again is heading to the PC and Forza Horizon 2 maybe following as well. This is not the first time we have heard rumors of Sunset Overdrive coming to the PC. An ad that suggested as much was down played at the time by Insomiac as a mistake. Now Sunset Overdrive and Forza Horizon 2 showed up on Amazon France... 

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Should AMD And nVidia Get The Blame For Assassin’s Creed’s PC Issues?

November 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Should AMD And nVidia Get The Blame For Assassin’s Creed’s PC Issues?

Ubisoft is claiming that the reason that its latest Assassin’s Creed game was so bad was because of AMD and Nvidia configurations. Last week the Ubisoft was panned for releasing a game which was clearly not ready and Ubisoft originally blamed AMD for its faulty game. Now Ubisoft has amended an original forum post to include and acknowledge problems on Nvidia hardware as well. Originally the post read “We are aware that the graphics performance of Assassin’s Creed Unity on PC may be adversely... 

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