Archive - Rob Fahey

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11 No, Nintendo isn't going to make VR games

Opinion 8 days ago Saying it's “looking into” VR is merely Nintendo acknowledging VR's existence; the tech itself is anathema to Nintendo's whole design philosophy

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10 PlayStation's move to America won't change its DNA

Opinion 15 days ago Shifting the base of SCE from Tokyo to California seems dramatic - but PlayStation has always been an impressively international enterprise

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21 A final nail in the coffin of cloud streaming

Opinion 29 days ago Streaming gameplay from data centres was never a good idea, and now it's a dead one - but the tech that drove it is helping to reshape our industry

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10 Oculus must open the warchest and show us the software

Opinion A month ago $600 makes Oculus Rift into a platform, not a gadget - and that makes it absolutely essential that Oculus prove its worth in software

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10 Landing Kojima was a necessity for Sony

Opinion A month ago As third-party pubs become increasingly wary of the rising costs and high risk of AAA development, Sony must step into the breach to keep PS4 customers happy

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3 Streaming's dark underbelly couldn't stall its meteoric rise in 2015

Opinion 2 months ago Gamers tuned in in unprecedented numbers to watch each other play games this year

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8 Kickstarter failures highlight the "backer" vs "consumer" divide

Opinion 2 months ago Kickstarter must work to reduce the numbers, and improve the experience when things do go wrong

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1 Video Game Stocks Bounce Back in 2015

2 months ago Many game companies saw their shares rise to historic highs - here's how the Western firms fared in the last 12 months

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6 Why a 20m target for Nintendo NX is actually realistic

Opinion 2 months ago A much-maligned Digitimes report is actually far from crazy; Nintendo's historical data suggests that a 20 million target for NX is plausible

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23 'Gamer' isn't a single identity; we need diverse critics too

Opinion 2 months ago Backlash to Fallout 4 is founded on a daft premise - that all gamers prefer the same things - but critics need to stop echoing one another too

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3 Activision branches out, but it's a long way from "the next Disney"

Opinion 3 months ago Activision's near future is still in traditional PC/console titles, but it's laid the foundations for growth

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9 YouTube Red marks a turning point for games media

Opinion 3 months ago Google launching a subscription service focused on game content sends a clear signal; an era is ending in online advertising

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3 Payday 2 shows how not to change a business model

Opinion 3 months ago Overkill's in-game purchase may be working in the data, but alienating your most vocal fans comes at a huge cost

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17 Could a 2016 NX launch work to Nintendo's advantage?

Opinion 3 months ago Giving up on Wii U too early could alienate core fans - but if handled correctly, a 2016 launch could help to reverse Nintendo's home console fortunes

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15 Ending the Cycle of Abuse in Publisher-Developer Relationships

Opinion 3 months ago Jessica Curry is merely the most recent high-profile departure due to the unhealthy nature of pub-dev relationships - the whole field needs a rethink

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23 2016 is the Year of VR; but is VR ready?

Opinion 4 months ago High prices and scant software will restrict VR to a narrow group of enthusiasts; a wider view of VR's potential could open up the tech to the world

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14 Is Sony declaring defeat on handheld?

Opinion 4 months ago Vita looks set to be the firm's last handheld console - but Sony isn't giving up on handheld gaming, just moving its ambitions to Xperia

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15 Equity crowdfunding is a wolf in sheep's clothing

Opinion 5 months ago Buying equity and backing a game you love are different things; conflating them is little more than an attempt to remove protections from small investors

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10 Market expansion is no zero-sum game

Opinion 5 months ago Best-ever core console sales prove that the dramatic expansion of the games market hasn't come at the expense of its traditional stalwarts

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11 Xbox One's resurgence is great for the industry

Opinion 6 months ago As Microsoft turns even more sharply towards enterprise, the console's bullish performance helps to secure its future within the company

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10 Enterprise-first gives Hololens the best possible start

Opinion 6 months ago Taking the pressure off gaming "killer apps" and consumer appeal is the right choice for this technology

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16 If consoles can't crack China, their future is limited

Opinion 7 months ago Failure in the Chinese market could mean consoles being pushed into an ever-smaller niche

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14 Destiny's business model leaves Bungie walking on eggshells

Opinion 7 months ago Never has a successful game been on such fragile ground, and Bungie can ill-afford to lose player goodwill

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18 Nintendo should pull out of E3 entirely

Opinion 7 months ago Dropping out of E3 completely and showcasing its games elsewhere would be much better than the company's present half-hearted approach

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12 What do the platform holders need to do to “win” E3?

Opinion 8 months ago Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all have something to prove - and the only way to prove it is with innovative, original software