Archive - Rob Fahey

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Tencent is the games industry's silent giant

Opinion 4 days 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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8 Is VR just a stepping stone to something bigger?

Opinion 18 days 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 A month 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 A month 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 A month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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

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

Opinion 4 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 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 6 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

6 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 6 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 7 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