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[a]listdaily Finds Golden Swan

“What’s a golden swan? That’s a rare, fortunate event that has major consequences…a metaphor that “describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hindsight,”…. That describes many of the megahit games very well indeed – companies tend to think very highly of themselves after creating such a megahit, but history shows that caution (and conservative spending) is indicated.”

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Jesse Schell Illuminates About VR Direction

Awesome article with Jesse Schell about VR—virtual reality and hardware/software design innovation. The article really gets into the market realities. I’ve been saying this for years—the three most important words in video games are install base, install base, install base.

But I’ve been wondering lately if my three most important words weren’t going to become obsolete with the proliferation of mobile and gaming platforms everywhere. It would no longer matter how many people bought the…

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Eye Tracking Tech as Game Controller

Interesting article about a recent game jam in London using eye tracking tech as an in-game controller. The author describes gameplay mechanics that worked best for the different teams and his own team’s problems designing a strategy game using eye tracking controls.

Cool idea for a game jam with a sponsor showcasing their products and allowing design teams to try it out for a weekend! It’d be great to see that with more hardware/software companies.

Kudos to…

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The Coolest Live Video Game Event I’ve Ever Seen

I attended one of the most special video game industry events of my career last night. Naughty Dog and Sony produced “The Last of Us—One Night Live” in Santa Monica at the Broad Stage Theater. It was a spectacular display of the amazing art, craft, talent, storytelling, mixed media, collaboration and technological wonder that exists in video games. To celebrate the release of The Last of Us Remastered on PS4,…

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Direct Response Mobile Gaming

My first job in advertising straight out of grad school 19 years ago was with direct response (direct mail) agency Brierley & Partners. Now Hal Brierley is a key investor in a company specializing in video game player retention! I find that so weird!Small world I guess…

Player retention is the key to success – Steve Nix

 

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Better. Stronger. Faster. . . Now?

We have the technology. We have the capability. Better. Stronger. Faster.

I’m so excited to hear about PlayStation Now announced this week at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Sony and Gaikai have finally done what I’ve been thinking about, hoping for and talking about for years—persistent video gameplay cross platform. That is, play a game on your PlayStation Vita. Then pick up where you left off on your PS4, then go to…

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Call the Industry on It—And Stay Competitive

“Speaking before a gathering of women in technology, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg recalled an uncomfortable exchange with two men on a different stage discussing the scarcity of women in the industry. One commented that he would like to hire more young women but not all are as competent as Sandberg. The other said he, too, would hire more young women but his wife fears he would sleep with them and, he confessed, he…

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Comment Culture: Taking Power by Force of Market Share

In an article opened with a quote from Mary Wollostonecraft, The Border House addresses comments about a 9 out of 10 review by a female GameSpot reviewer of Grand Theft Auto V. The comments tend, as you may guess, toward bigotry, hate and vulgarity—all colored with a strong dose of misogyny. Here’s what I’ve been cheering about every day for the last five+ years. We’re taking power with the dollar. The author sees it as a…

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Curved Displays—What are the possibilities?

Samsung has announced a new smartphone release next month with a curved display. That is, the glass will be curved instead of flat.

What are the possibilities for curved displays? How much curve is possible? A tube? A cone? A sphere? Those seem far in the future, but it’ll be interesting to see what hardware developers come up with in the next few years.

What about software? What are the software capabilities that come with curved…

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The Biggest Revolution in Technology & Business Models Crushed?

Lots to think about regarding world government spying and its impact on cloud technology. Everything is moving to the cloud. Some of the most exciting stuff in technology I’ve ever seen. (Go Chromebook!) But if information is not secure, then the value of the cloud has gone down the tubes. Talk about a crash. More like an implosion.

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Sunsetting Strategies Affect Player Trust

EA’s shutting down of Playfish and all the division’s associated social games like SimCity Social and Pet Society has hurt and angered  players who have given thousands of hours of their time to the games.

As games as a service becomes increasingly prevalent, will more and more titles be sunsetted—forcing players to get used to losing their pastimes at the whim of a corporation? Or will server space and operating costs get so cheap that…

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