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July 27, 2015

As YouTube and Twitch Compete, Gamers Are Likely to Benefit

The emergence of Twitch TV is arguably the seminal innovation of 2015, primarily because it elevates live streaming onto an entirely new level. From having the capacity to watch uploaded videos online and on demand, users can now enjoy real-time entertainment at their leisure.

Recently, it was also announced that popular social media outlet YouTube had made a commitment to compete with Twitch, by launching its very own, dedicated gaming service. Powered by Google, YouTube Gaming will aim to host the biggest [...]

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July 11, 2015

Game Developers Should Be Looking Towards Emerging Markets for the Next Massive Hit

The mobile market is on fire thanks in part to an influx of new users firing up phones and tablets. While some of those first timers are the very old and the very young, a huge number are people in emerging markets just now gaining access to both tech and the ability to connect. It can be argued that gaming is driving mobile growth across the globe. The number of mobile gamers worldwide is expected to increase to 1.82 billion in 2017 according to Newzoo, and mobile has gobbled up a quarter of the total gaming market, which is [...]

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June 9, 2015

Here’s How Video Games Are Good For You

For a start, video games are often present a challenge to players, with a focus on logic and strategy. This combined with the emphasis on improvement [...]

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May 22, 2015

Destiny Diary, Issue 15 for 5/22-5/24: House of Wolves!

If the future of Destiny DLC looks anything like House of Wolves, I think we’re all in for the game we envisioned at the start.

I don’t want to get too deep into things — I’ll do an official review of the content next week — but I’ve found myself pretty pleased with the way Bungie treated this expansion when compared to The Dark Below. I’m most impressed by the voice work (Petra Venj and Variks are great) and the breadth of activities to take part in. Add the Prison of Elders, Trials of [...]

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May 18, 2015

Today’s Play: Thoughts on Dark Souls, D4, Never Alone, Deus Ex; This Week’s Schedule

I think I’m actually enjoying this.

In case you missed last week’s post, I’ve committed to trying out a lot of new games — around four or five a week — so that I can experience more than the one game that’s hooked me (hint: starts with “D”, ends with “estiny”). I played four games in the past seven days that I’d never touched before, and aside from one, I thought they were all good, fun games that I plan on coming back to.

The one that isn’t making the cut for me (and the one that will make the “hardcore” crowd [...]

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May 15, 2015

Destiny Diary, Issue 14 for 5/15-5/17: Patch 1.2.0, Xur’s Goods, and Weekly Strikes

If you’ve tried to jump on Destiny today, you were likely greeted by a large update file. Indeed, Destiny is asking users to download and install a patch, 1.2.0, but this is probably one of the cooler patches you’ll ever have to download for a video game. I don’t want to get into the nitty gritty about specific fixes, but read on for the highlights of what else the patch brought us.

Patch 1.2.0 Faction reward packages won’t turn into shards anymore The Speaker now plays a bigger part — he can exchange [...]
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May 11, 2015

Today’s Play: An Experiment in Trying New Video Games

Back in January, I wrote about my video game backlog and how desperately “in the hole” I was. I’m doing a bit better now, thanks to the fact that I knocked out a few of the games on my list (Wind Waker HD, BioShock Infinite, Portal 2, The Stanley Parable). Unfortunately, a significant backlog still remains.

My situation got me thinking — what can I do to get myself to at least *experience* some of these titles? That’s half the battle, really. Starting something new can be tough. And when you’re like me, and you find it hard [...]

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May 8, 2015

1st Nintendo Smartphone Game Slated for Late 2015

Nintendo outlined some more specifics in its plans to begin developing smartphone and tablet games on Friday, announcing via its latest financial results briefing that the first such title would hit before the end of this calendar year. We can also expect to see a total of five games by March of 2017.

Yup: five games in a little under two years.

That’s not amazing in terms of output! But, it also seems to signal a commitment on Nintendo’s part to making sure that it doesn’t just pump out shovelware that no one will want. [...]

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May 8, 2015

Destiny Diary, Issue 13 for 5/8-5/10: Bring On the Thunder

We’re eight months into Destiny, and Xur is finally selling one of the most rare exotic weapons. Before you get your hopes up, no, it’s not Gjallarhorn. It’s something highly sought after, though — the mighty Thunderlord.

Destiny’s Xur is Selling Thunderlord

Thunderlord is a high-impact, high-accuracy machine gun that does nasty, nasty Arc damage. I’ve been watching the Destiny reddit page go crazy over the realization that this weapon is on sale, and that combined with having had one drop a [...]

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May 6, 2015

Oculus Rift Confirmed for Q1 2016

It’s happening: Facebook-owned Oculus announced on Tuesday that its long-in-development virtual reality headset, the Rift, will be ready for our sweaty faces in the first quarter of 2016. Pre-orders will open later this year, and that’s just enough time for me to go OH CRAP I NEED A BETTER COMPUTER SITUATION FOR THIS MAGIC VR HEADSET.

The company made the announcement on its blog, though not too many more details came through other than that. Oculus did say that this long-awaited consumer grade version of the Rift is better than [...]

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