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The 7th Generation: A Post-mortem (Part 1)

22d ago ... Technically the 7th gen hasn't actually ended yet, but all three consoles have basically experienced their heyday and the defining games have all been released. The 7th gen was overlong and divisive, but it certainly had its moments. In the first part I will be covering the life and lasting impressions all three consoles left. In the second part I will discuss the direction software makers went...

Exclusive games and how we should view them

29d ago ... The term exclusive has changed somewhat in the industry. It used to mean if you could only get that game on one particular platform it meant exclusive. While this is true the lines have been blurred over the years for various reasons. I recall Aaron Greenberg from Microsoft used to use the term exclusive even if the game was coming to the PC. In fact titles like Bioshock had 'only on Xbox and W...

Tired of this Schmitt Episode VII: The Non-Argument Reawakens [Part 1]

62d ago ... This whole frame rate debacle seems to have picked up a lot of heat for a number of reasons. First, the seventh generation had some aesthetic changes made by key developers that opted for a lower-framerate experience. One key example of this spoken in interviews was Insomniac Games’ Mike Action coming out about the studio’s mid-gen decision to focus on developing games at thirty frames per se...

How Alienated can the game industry become for a gamer?

67d ago ... How Alienated can the game industry become for a gamer? Before 2006 gaming wasn't much of an active role for me, there was plenty of other activities that seized my mind that at the time I wouldn't even believe or even fathom the idea that after picking up an xbox360 it would turn into my own lifestyle. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I had a good 400 bucks to blow at gamestop,...

Why Nintendo quality dominated 2014 quantity

117d ago ... I must preface this article by saying I am in no way a Nintendo fanboy. I have openly mocked Nintendo on many occasions in the past and this article is as fair and impartial as I can make it. As we ring in 2015, I can't help but chuckle at Nintendo's complete dominance of 2014. I never saw it coming, and if you are being honest with yourself, you didn't either. I am of course talking about q...

Do You Even Third-Party Exclusive, Bro?

139d ago ... So with some of the recent rumblings about third party exclusivity and such, I thought it would be a good idea to raise the general morale (and maybe upset the fanboys in the process...not that I'm doing that intentionally). Right, so, with the recent announcement of Street Fighter V as a PlayStation 4 console exclusive, gamers are more or less losing their minds in both good ways and bad. O...

The November NPD Report And What It Means For Xbox One And PS4

140d ago ... Each month gaming companies, gamers, and consumers anxiously await the monthly NPD report. This report provides tracking and analysis of U.S. gaming hardware and software sales and each month, fans of their respective consoles tout the results of the console that managed to top the sales charts in the U.S. For the past eleven months, the Playstation 4 has been the top selling console in the U.S...

The Outrage Cycle - Click, Rage, Repeat

156d ago ... I’m staring at a submitted article entitled “PS4 vs Xbox One: Sony’s in Trouble, Not Microsoft”, right next to it is another entitled “Microsoft's Xbox One Is Looking Like a Lost Cause”. I know it’s going to be nonsense. I know that this is an elaborate troll for hits. I can predict the content and I can predict the response in the comments. I’ve been here before. I’m one click away from a sens...

Digital future will be bad for console gamers

171d ago ... Australian PSN and Xbox Live users get the jitters when some point to the inevitability of digital downloads. Let's take the PSN store for example, for a quick comparison of some new and upcoming releases: PSN: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - $99.95 Lords of the Fallen - $89.95 PES 2015 - $84.95 GTAV - $99.95 Now here's the comparable prices for disc editions from major retailers: C...

Fanboys Be Like...

216d ago ... Since this generation has gotten underway, the crazies have been overly vocal, supporting or defending their platforms of choice. Nothing wrong with that, except in the past, it was a very different scenario for their company of choice. So I've come up with a list (in no particular ranked order) of some of the silly things I've heard this generation so far. 1. "Microsoft's Cloud will show th...

Microsoft's Misuse Of Their IPs

224d ago ... Microsoft has been criticized for the past few years for relying too heavily on a few IPs. The original Xbox had a large amount of exclusive games that were first party with games like Halo, Conker, Mechassualt, Crimson Skies, Forza, Project Gotham Racing, Rallisport Challenge, Brute Force, Blink, Voodoo Vince and several other titles being published (and owned) by MS for the Platform. Microso...

ID@Xbox And The Indie Games Conundrum

227d ago ... I'm going to start off this blog post with something most of you should know about me by now but some may not. I'm not really fan of the indie games, nor the extreme focus being placed on them. I view the focus being placed on indie games, clearly evident especially from Sony's conferences where indie game titles take up way too much conference time, to be the answer to a problem all 3 platform...

Microjang - The $2 Billion Minecraft Revelation

228d ago ... "Developer Mojang looks set to be sold to Microsoft for $2 billion dollars, but founder and Minecraft creator Markus Persson won't be staying." These are the kind of headlines making news today, and likely leading till we eventually get the final deal or no deal announcement. And quite simply wow, under the hype of the colossal release of Destiny, which has just surpassed $500m in revenue si...

Understanding The ESA Statistics

244d ago ... This is a blog about statistics. Hey! Hey! Hey! Don’t you dare close that tab. I’ll try to make this as painless as possible. I promise. I want to talk about the ESA and the statistics that they provide. I want to try to explain why it exists, who creates it, why they create it, why it’s largely nonsense and why we should NOT complain about it being nonsense. There are two kinds of statistic...

A possible effect Microsoft needs to be mindful of

250d ago ... Like a man beating a dead horse I am going to write about the Tomb Raider deal. I am not a huge believer in writing about something that nearly every publication or users has already written about. But I feel one aspect of the deal is being overlooked; the one company that has the most to lose out in the deal is not Square Enix but Microsoft. Microsoft is no stranger to buying timed/exclusiv...

Under the Knife: Public Relations Failure and Fan Outrage

251d ago ... Despite the overwhelming press that Rise of the Tomb Raider got last week, the aftershock is still being felt. It has now been confirmed that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be a timed exclusive for the Xbox brand and not a complete exclusive that was being touted in the first twenty-four hours of this news. A lot of people have calmed down from this revelation, but there is still residual resentm...

An Open Letter to Microsoft and Square Enix

254d ago ... To: Microsoft Cc: Square Enix/Crystal Dynamics Dear Microsoft, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, Considering that this is in fact an open letter, and will be ready by many others, allow me to take a moment to preface this and state for the record that I hold no single platform or console at a higher regard than any other on the market today. I am indeed a neutral party and this is a neut...

Sony didn't need to win Gamescom; They have already won 2014

257d ago ... Today I saw two different strategies when comparing Microsoft to Sony and their approach to gamescom. Microsofts announcements were more aimed at selling more xbox ones, particularly in europe This was done by really bringing the hype for the big guns Fifa - Cod - Halo MCC/5 beta - Quantum Break - Fable - AC:U - Tomb Raider. The Fifa stuff was pretty pointless because we know of legends...

Lara Croft's Entry into the Console War

257d ago ... Since the beginning of time, there was always a central conflict in between both sides of the proverbial coin. With one grand spectrum at both ends of every cord, there was always one side versus another; man and woman, right and wrong, pro-life and pro-choice, Republican and Democrat, religion and atheist and the list goes on. However, those spectra are typically categorized into life itself,...

3 Platform Future: Xbox + PC + Steam = WIN

260d ago ... http://static.digit.in/fckeditor/uploads/xbox360-laptop(1).jpg Welcome to part two of the 3 platform future series. This is a 3 part blog, on what I personally hope will happen to the current game industry removing the need for to purchase 6 different platforms to have access to all games, and instead have a simple 3 platform medium. If you missed the first part, it covered Nintendo and mo...
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