Archive - Rob Fahey

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3 VR: There will be blood

Opinion 4 days ago The diversity of software already out there for VR is proof of a bubble; variety is great, but even if VR succeeds overall, many creators will be left behind

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7 No Man's Stream: Leaks Mar an Indie Milestone

Opinion A month ago Ignorance or cynical self-interest; there's no other explanation for broadcasting hours of footage of a leaked, unfinished game

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9 Beware the Pokemon Go Bandwagon

Opinion A month ago The phenomenal success of Niantic's game is driving developers, IP holders and venture capitalists towards mobile AR, but most of those bets won't pay off

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10 Nintendo's Roller-Coaster Week

Opinion A month ago The success of Pokemon Go contrasts with tough financials and NX uncertainty, highlighting the rough road ahead for the company

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9 Pokemon GO is the perfect marriage of IP and technology

Opinion 2 months ago Both Niantic and Nintendo deserve credit; if Nintendo can find such good matches for its other core IPs, the company's future is bright

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Broadcasting is Sakaguchi's next Fantasy

2 months ago Final Fantasy creator's new Tokyo studio will explore new ways to connect with gamers through online streaming and broadcasting

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Rubbing shoulders with the greats at BitSummit

Opinion 2 months ago Now in its fourth year, Kyoto's BitSummit is innovative, egalitarian, and fully deserves its place as a key event in Japan's videogame calendar

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8 YouTube corruption sinks even deeper into the gutter

Opinion 2 months ago Promoting illegal gambling could finally see governments on YouTube's doorstep - and perhaps on Valve's

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5 Sony's entire future now rests on PlayStation

Opinion 2 months ago As Kaz Hirai's painful restructuring comes to a close, a new Sony emerges - one whose growth is almost entirely centered on the success of PlayStation

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Tencent is the games industry's silent giant

Opinion 3 months ago The record-breaking acquisition of Supercell is just the latest move into gaming from a little-known company with its fingers in a great many pies

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9 Is VR just a stepping stone to something bigger?

Opinion 3 months ago Hype for VR platforms may conceal fundamental limitations; but AR, just over the horizon, has the potential to revolutionise personal computing entirely

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3 Professionalism and toxicity threaten eSports' breakthrough

Opinion 4 months ago We're on the cusp of a revolution in eSports dreamed of for almost 20 years, but a toxic culture and lack of professionalism must be tackled first

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39 Steam's turned toxic, and Valve doesn't care

Opinion 4 months ago PC gaming's most important storefront is all too often an unmoderated playground for harassers and trolls, damaging developers and gamers alike

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4 Smart device pivot could cost Nintendo at home

Opinion 4 months ago Kimishima embraces smartphones in his NX strategy, but it's a move that'll be tough to sell to the firm's most loyal customers - Japanese families

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6 2016 is about VR experiences, not VR sales

Opinion 5 months ago The biggest task facing VR in 2016 is getting as many consumers as possible to experience it, even if they can't buy into it yet

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9 What causes indie games to fail?

Opinion 5 months ago Studios are seeing diminishing returns, but most of those can be attributed to crucial misunderstandings of market realities

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15 Sony's making a big mistake by not addressing PS4.5 rumors

Opinion 5 months ago With stories flying of 4K, doubled GPU speeds and upgrades essential for PSVR, Sony needs to get back out in front of the narrative

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8 Wii U won't make it to Christmas, so what's next?

Opinion 6 months ago Newspaper reports of Wii U production ending are substantiated by Japanese retail shortages - indicating an NX announcement sooner rather than later

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2 What Miitomo really means to Nintendo

Opinion 6 months ago The first fruit of the firm's DeNA partnership is a very strange app - but offers clear evidence of a commitment to mobile, and ability to learn fast

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8 Microsoft needs to clearly articulate its vision for PC gaming

Opinion 6 months ago Developer unrest over the UWP is justified; MS has not earned the benefit of the doubt, and has a responsibility to be transparent with its partners

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20 Expectations mount for NX in 2016

Opinion 6 months ago Less and less time remains before the putative year-end launch for Nintendo's latest; is a console launch in this window even possible, let alone desirable?

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14 Microsoft hints at its Xbox endgame

Opinion 6 months ago Phil Spencer gave glimpses of a future for Xbox with short product cycles and a smartphone-like business model

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9 There's still merit in console secrecy

Opinion 7 months ago Not every studio gets the access needed to develop launch titles for new consoles - but there are solid commercial and economic reasons for that

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16 Smartphones that rival console performance are not a threat

Opinion 7 months ago Smartphone chipsets that rival the performance of the PS4 in late 2017 isn't a threat to consoles; the usage context remains entirely different

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

Opinion 7 months 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