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Nintendo Switch Reveal

I’m interested in the Nintendo Switch. I’ve been wanting gameplay you could take with you from home screen to mobile to multiplayer for a long time. (Didn’t think of to eSports, but that would be amazing!) However, the hardware and processor seems questionable. Yet, if it works somewhat, it’ll drive others to do it better and bring better content outside of the Nintendo ecosystem to other hardware manufacturers. This could be very interesting for…

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eSports is Getting Competitive

Interesting. I have no opinion on the lack of consultation with most stockholders. I’m mostly interested in ATVI’s larger foray into eSports. At first glance, this seems like an acquisition of users and other assets, but not necessarily IP. I don’t know what MLG has in terms of IP, if anything. Cursory research shows it’s mainly an online platform. It seems ATVI would mostly like expertise and the ability to plug its own IP…

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Carnegie Mellon Blends Mechanics Into Compounds

I’m reviewing articles for this week’s WIGI Weekly and just discovered that Carnegie-Mellon is studying something I have been thinking about for years! Blending different mechanics together in a single game to bring different kinds of gamers together in co-op gameplay!

“Asymmetrical Cooperative Gaming (ACG) is a semester-long project at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center aimed at solving this problem by merging multiple game genres into a single game, allowing players to play together while…

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The Six Billion Dollar Game?

“Will we all be playing Call of Candycraft Modern Skylander Crush Warfare soon?” I hope so! I can’t wait to play this game! It sounds awesome! I hope it comes out on Android so I can play it on my tablet! In all seriousness, though, I have been thinking about this acquisition and what I came up with on Monday is still my prevailing opinion: “…we have consistently said over the years that there is only…

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Entertainment Software Association vs. United Nations

“This is an uninformed, misguided, and unfortunate report. If the overall issue was not so serious, it would be laughable that the UN is citing this work. It is willful ignorance to utilize such incredibly outlandish and outdated data. ESA strongly supports empowering women and minorities and creating an inclusive digital environment that welcomes all perspectives. However, the UN does this important issue a great disservice and undercuts its credibility by spreading ridiculous…

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MOBA Users’ Psych Questionnaires—Privacy Issue?

This is fascinating. I’m not sure if the comment about the specific psych tests they’re using is correct, but the overall ethical question is an interesting one. As part of the DARPA serious games project I worked on, I implemented quite a bit of usability testing, some of which took place at the University of Central Florida. (A fabulous place for advanced game studies, by the way.) Due to the university’s and the project’s human use…

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Great Video Game Read!

I finished the book, “Ready Player One” this morning. (I woke up early and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I started reading.) It’s a fiction book about a future world where everyone spends most of their time in a VR universe. The book (a signed copy!) was given away in the registration bags at Oculus Connect 2 last week. I haven’t read an actual book made of paper in a long time. I read it…

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