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Is Valve’s Steam Dominance Killing PC Gaming

September 25, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Valve’s Steam Dominance Killing PC Gaming

Earlier this week I wrote about a recurring problem in games, and what I was going to do as a member of the media to try and fix it. Today I’m going to talk about something I’m doing to fix it as a customer and gamer. I hadn’t intended to write a follow-up piece, but I hit a bit of a breaking point this week with the one-two punch of PewDiePie dropping the n-word on stream and Bungie removing a white supremacist symbol from its Destiny 2. Both events are part of a wretched pattern... 

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Rovio To Move Forward With IPO

September 13, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Rovio To Move Forward With IPO

Finnish mobile games giant Rovio has confirmed plans to publicly offer its shares through the Helsinki arm of NASDAQ. The Angry Birds firm released a statement detailing its intentions, revealing that it is planning “a share issue of approximately €30m”, which equates to $36m. Shares will also be sold by Trema International Holdings – currently the firm’s largest shareholder – and “certain other shareholders”. This confirms ongoing reports that Rovio would... 

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Can The Nintendo Switch Handle The Final Fantasy Game Engine

September 12, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can The Nintendo Switch Handle The Final Fantasy Game Engine

Developers have been exploring the limitations of Nintendo Switch in order to judge whether to bring their games to the popular new platform. Most notably, the Square Enix team behind last year’s Final Fantasy XV has been investigating whether it can bring the epic RPG to Switch – but has found that the console is unable to “bring the most out of” its proprietary Luminous Engine, DualShockers reports. The game’s director Hajime Tabata clarified that he was not saying... 

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Will Gamers Support CoD Going GaaS

September 8, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Gamers Support CoD Going GaaS

Eric Hirshberg has addressed suggestions that Call of Duty could evolve into an ongoing, persistent product rather than follow the yearly cycle of new releases it has followed for more than a decade. In an interview with Game Informer, it was suggested that the introduction of the Headquarters social space (among other things) points to Activision’s flagship shooter franchise moving towards a games-as-a-service model. The CEO responded: “It already is in many ways.” He pointed to... 

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Blizzard Get Tougher on Bad Gamers

September 7, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Blizzard Get Tougher on Bad Gamers

Blizzard has reassured its community that it will be clamping down on those who are consistently abusing other players or demonstrating bad behaviour in Overwatch. A user post on the official forums described the community as “toxic” and the reporting system “a failure”. Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan responded to this with more details on what the developer plans to do. In the short term, the Overwatch team plans to re-evaluate which punishments are assigned to various offences,... 

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PlayUnknown’s Battleground Headed The Top

September 6, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
PlayUnknown’s Battleground Headed The Top

It was a big weekend for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, as Bluehole’s breakout hit saw the conclusion of the ESL Gamescom PUBG Invitational tournament and reached a new milestone to boot. On Saturday morning, the game’s creative director Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene tweeted that the game had surpassed 800,000 concurrent players on Valve’s Steam storefront, sandwiched between a pair of Valve-developed evergreen hits on the service, Dota 2 (839,000 players at the... 

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Codemasters Loves The Xbox One X

September 1, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Codemasters Loves The Xbox One X

Adding virtual reality to Formula One would require “fairly significant” changes, so Codemasters is in no hurry to support the technology with its racing series. F1 2017 releases for Xbox One, PS4 and PC today, but the publisher has no concrete plans for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Playstation VR. Given that, like most racing games, F1 lends itself to a seated VR experience it seems like a natural extension for the franchise, but it’s not a simple case of porting the game. “We’ve... 

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Do Indy Developers Need a Publisher To Succeed On Steam

August 31, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Do Indy Developers Need a Publisher To Succeed On Steam

Discoverability problems on Steam have reached the stage where it’s essential that indie and smaller developers seek out a publishing deal. That’s according to Bulkhead Interactive producer Joe Brammer, who spoke to GamesIndustry.biz at Gamescom about indie attitudes towards publishers, lessons learned from his first few releases, and the increasingly crowded PC market. Back in December, it emerged that more than 4,200 games were released in 2016 alone – accounting for 38% of the... 

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Microsoft’s Xbox One X Enhanced Games List Keep Growing

August 29, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Microsoft’s Xbox One X Enhanced Games List Keep Growing

Microsoft spent its Gamescom livestream detailing some of the games that will be enhanced for Xbox One X. The company announced over 115 games that have been souped up for Microsoft’s new console, including including Halo 5, Dishonored 2, Halo Wars 2, Killer Instinct, Resident Evil 7, Gears of War 4, Rime, Star WarsL Battlefront II, Project CARS 2, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Smite, Rocket League, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ark Survival Evolve and a whole lot more. The full list is through... 

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Has The Playstation Network Suffered Another Breach

August 28, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Has The Playstation Network Suffered Another Breach

The hacker group known as OurMine has reportedly cracked into Sony and made off with a collection of PlayStation Network (PSN) logins. Legitimately, OurMine offers to protect your online accounts and presence and keep it secure on a monthly paid for basis. It also busts its way into systems, picks them apart and exposes their weaknesses all while wearing a lovely white hat. We have already seen it at work this month when it took on HBO and Game of Thrones and managed to come out of it with Twitter... 

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Will Crackdown 3 Hurt The Xbox One X

August 24, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Crackdown 3 Hurt The Xbox One X

Microsoft has announced a fresh delay for the long-awaited Crackdown 3, which slips into next year. The open-world action shooter was originally due for release on November 7th, notably as a launch title for the upcoming Xbox One X – Microsoft’s souped-up 4K-ready version of its current console. However, Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager announced via Twitter that the game has been held back “so we can make sure we deliver all the awesome that Crackdown fans want.” Now... 

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The Xbox One X To Get Unity Inside

August 23, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
The Xbox One X To Get Unity Inside

Unity has added Xbox One X support to its list of supported platforms. The update gives users of the engine access to the new Xbox model’s 4K and HDR output. Ultimately, Unity users with an Xbox One development kit can now deploy to the Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X simultaneously. “Taking advantage of the increased power and 4K HDR output of the Xbox One X is as easy as changing some quality settings,” asserts a brief blog post on the update from Unity. The engine maker is... 

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Is Digital Gaming Facing Global Growth

August 22, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Digital Gaming Facing Global Growth

Analyst at Research and Markets’ have just released a report claiming that digital gaming will see double digit growth in the next few years. According to the “Global Digital Gaming Market 2017” report the global gaming market sales are forecasted to grow by a significant one-digit percentage point in 2017. However, digital games, referring to online, mobile, digital console and computer games, are expected to maintain double-digit growth in the same time frame, championed by... 

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Can Rocket League Grow eSports

August 15, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Rocket League Grow eSports

The stories about esports going to the Olympics, or airing on mainstream TV, are exciting. In itself, these moments are not that important to the future of competitive gaming. This is a modern sport, there’s no need for BBC broadcasts when millions are watching on Twitch. And as cool as it may be to see gamers at official sporting championships, these competitions are not suited to the complex nature of esports with all those different games. Yet what these stories highlight is esports’... 

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Are Publishers Milking Gamers Being With Video Game Remasters

August 11, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Are Publishers Milking Gamers Being With Video Game Remasters

Have you noticed how many remastered video games have been released lately? Remastering music and film for newer formats has been standard practice in those industries for some time, and the games industry now has enough history behind it to mine older titles and bring them to either nostalgic audiences or players who are experiencing a classic IP afresh. Given a market in which so many publishers are highly risk averse and costs are typically astronomical, it’s easy to see why the relatively... 

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