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Do Video Games Help Critical Thinking

July 24, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Do Video Games Help Critical Thinking

At the Develop conference in Brighton this week, the team behind a new charitable foundation called The Near Future Society asked developers to embrace games as a tool for critical thinking; an antidote to a cultural landscape in which “fake news, bias and extremism” are increasingly powerful forces. The Near Future Society was initially conceived by Oliver Lewis, a former diplomat and the current VP of corporate development at Improbable. Lewis was joined onstage by Nick Button-Brown,... 

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Is Virtual Reality To Expensive For The Masses

July 20, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Virtual Reality To Expensive For The Masses

The current generation of virtual reality is not dead, but it’s not exactly full of life, either. What once was a pulsating buzz has faded into the background of an industry, not because there are newer, shinier toys to play with, but simply because for all the newness and shine of VR, there has been little evidence that a significant audience exists for the experiences we can deliver at this time. Earlier this week, Oculus instituted a temporary $200 price cut of the Rift, dropping the headset... 

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Is Video Game Development Going Truly Global?

July 18, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Video Game Development Going Truly Global?

The international video games industry owes a considerable amount to the efforts of immigrants from countries like Syria. Companies like AdMob – founded by Syrian Entrepreneur Omar Hamoui, and later acquired by Google for $750 million – have helped reshape the conventions of game publishing as we know it. Steve Jobs’ own biological father was a Syrian emigrant to the states. On taking that journey, Abdulfattah ‘John’ Jandali unknowingly set events in motion that would... 

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With The Success Of The Switch Has Nintendo Changed It’s Gaming Strategy

July 13, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
With The Success Of The Switch Has Nintendo Changed It’s Gaming Strategy

Two years ago, Nintendo looked like a company faced with a common dilemma; change, or die. Its strategy of sticking firmly to the traditional platform holder business model while trying to skirt around the Teraflop arms-race between Sony and Microsoft had gone magnificently in the Wii era, but as Sony fixed a generation’s mistakes and reclaimed its crown with the launch of PS4, Nintendo faltered. The Wii U had perhaps the most disappointing commercial performance of any console from a major... 

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Is The Gaming Industry Going Through A Nostalgic Summer

July 12, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The Gaming Industry Going Through A Nostalgic Summer

I had been repeating that this summer for games offers little outside of some decent Nintendo titles. “You keep forgetting Crash Bandicoot,” said my retail friend. I laughed. “Sure, it’s a nice piece of nostalgia,” I reasoned. “But it’s hardly going to set the market alight.” “Pre-orders are brilliant,” came the reply. “We’ve upped our order twice. I think it’s going to be the biggest game of the summer.” I shouldn’t... 

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GTA V Still Riding High In England

July 6, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
GTA V  Still Riding High In England

GTA V unit sales dropped 10% this week (in terms of boxed sales), and yet the game still returned to the top of the UKIE/GfK All-Formats Charts. It was a very poor week for games retail in general, with just 171,389 boxed games sold across the whole market. The lack of new releases is the main reason for the drop, and that’s a situation that won’t be getting any better during the course of the summer. The only new games in the Top 40 are 505 Games’ Dead by Daylight at No.16, Final... 

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Is e3 Leaving Los Angeles

June 27, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is e3 Leaving Los Angeles

The organizers behind the Electronic Entertainment Expo are considering taking the show away from its traditional home at the Los Angeles Convention Center. During a roundtable interview, ESA CEO Mike Gallagher said his organisation might explore other possible locations if the center fails to upgrade and modernise its facilities, GameSpot reports. The exec specifically hopes to see increased floor space and a smoother route between the West and South halls, currently separated by a length corridor.... 

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Pokemon Go New Features Aims To Thwart Cheaters

June 23, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Pokemon Go New Features Aims To Thwart Cheaters

Niantic, the developer behind the wildly popular┬áPokemon Go game, has announced new features to help curb cheating in the game. “Pokemon caught using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay will appear marked with a slash in the inventory and may not behave as expected,” the company explained on the Silph Road subreddit. While Niantic was not specific in the post about which third-party services are being targeted, tools such as GPS fakers that artificially place you in... 

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Will Doom VR Be A Successful Game

June 21, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Doom VR Be A Successful Game

Doom is getting a virtual reality (VR) mode that will up the frights and will probably have you clawing at your face. You know Doom, everyone knows Doom and people are always trying to play it on things that it was never meant to go on, like cash machines and cars, for example. Doom was born for VR. The facefirst run and shoot game will lend itself very well to the format, and we can admit to wanting a go on it. There is a reveal trailer, and Doom VFR certainly looks, smells and bleeds like the Doom... 

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Will The US Video Game Industry Grow To A 28 Billion Dollar Market

June 16, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will The US Video Game Industry Grow To A 28 Billion Dollar Market

According to the 18th PwC Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2017-2021, which covers a number of major industries (not just games), the total video games revenue in the US is expected to grow at a 6.3% CAGR rate to reach more than $28.5 billion by 2021. The research firm notes that the PC games sector looks a bit rosier than consoles in the next few years in terms of growth. While total PC games revenue in the US is set to grow from $3.7bn in 2016 to $5.0bn in 2021, at a 6.6% CAGR, consoles will... 

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Is China The Hot Spot For Mobile Gaming

June 14, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is China The Hot Spot For Mobile Gaming

To Western mobile developers, the Chinese market may seem as daunting as it is distant. Every aspect of the landscape is different to anything seen in regions closer to home: the publishers, the distribution channels, player tastes, player behaviours, spending habits and, of course, the language. Even simple things like use of colour will be unfamiliar; red, traditionally used to depict danger or damage in games, is actually associated with good fortune and joy in China. However, a report this week... 

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Is Grand Theft Auto V The Best Selling Video Game Ever

June 12, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Grand Theft Auto V The Best Selling Video Game Ever

Grand Theft Auto V has sold more copies in the US than any other release over the past 22 years. That’s according to NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella, who tweeted that Rockstar’s masterpiece is the region’s best-selling game since the market research firm first began tracking. “Not surprising, but still amazing,” he wrote. That’s not to say GTA V has overtaken some previous champion, GamesBeat reports – just an interesting factoid Piscatella was keen to share. As... 

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Can Free-To-Play Dominate Virtual Reality Gaming

June 5, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Free-To-Play Dominate Virtual Reality Gaming

Premium games will always be consumers’ first choice when it comes to virtual reality titles, says Oskar Burman. Speaking at last week’s Nordic Game Conference, the former general manager of Rovio and CEO of Fast Travel Games said he does not believe free-to-play will take over the VR market the way it has on mobile – although it will have a significant presence. “Free-to-play is going to become more common as the userbase grows,” he explained. “However, I don’t... 

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Does The Nintendo Switch Represent The Future Of Consoles?

May 31, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Does The Nintendo Switch Represent The Future Of Consoles?

It’s a fact often stated, but no less true for the repetition, that videogames as a whole owe a great deal to Nintendo. Time and again over the past 30-odd years, Nintendo has defined and redefined core parts of what a game, or a games console, is meant to be. It hasn’t always been the first to invent an idea, but so often it has been the first company to take a rough idea and turn it into something so accessible, so useful and so necessary that, in hindsight, it ends up feeling obvious. The... 

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Can NBCUniversal Compete In The Mobile Games Space

May 25, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can NBCUniversal Compete In The Mobile Games Space

As the mobile market continues to boom and the nascent virtual reality space becomes a larger sector within mobile thanks to devices like Samsung Gear and Google Daydream, NBCUniversal is aiming to leverage its bevy of popular IP such as Fast & Furious, Minions, Despicable Me, Jurassic World and more. According to GamesBeat, the company has hired former Disney mobile games leader Chris Heatherly to oversee a new mobile game and virtual reality publishing group. The goal is to leverage properties... 

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