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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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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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Verigames Covered by BBC News!

Here’s a great article including interviews with principle scientists who are part of DARPA’s Verigames serious games project. You’ll hear from SRI’s Dr. John Murray and the University of Washington’s Dr. Michael Ernst, both major parts of serious games created to crowd source the important computer science function of formal verification using video games.

The project is coming up for completion after over three years of research. This article describes some of the important findings…

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Biggest Acquisition Since Casino Hit Video Games?

Holy cow! This is the biggest piece of acquisition news in my opinion in the game industry in a long time. Big acquisitions have been happening for years, but they happen, and then you don’t hear anything about them again. I predict this one will be different. This will mean a lot to the merging of casual and casino…

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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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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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