Archive - Rob Fahey

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Rob Fahey is a former editor of GamesIndustry.biz who spent several years living in Japan and probably still has a mint condition Dreamcast Samba de Amigo set.

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TGS 2016: Mobile takes a back seat

Opinion 6 days ago The Tokyo Games Show remains a local, not international, showcase - but console games are back at the top of the menu

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11 Nintendo raises the banner for premium mobile gaming

Opinion 9 days ago A latecomer to a battle that was lost some time ago, Nintendo is choosing to champion premium games on mobile over the ubiquitous F2P model

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4 Evolving the PS4 - and the Console Business

Opinion 16 days ago The launch of PS4 Pro was muted - Sony is walking cautiously on unfamiliar territory. How this plays out will decide the future of the console business

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ID@Xbox courts Japan's Indies

20 days ago Despite Xbox's commercial failure in Japan, Chris Charla is enthusiastic about the prospects for local indie developers on the platform

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15 NX' first task is to avoid Wii U's pitfalls

23 days ago Reggie Fils-Aime's diagnosis of Wii U's failures is accurate, but these mistakes reflect deep problems with Nintendo's approach

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6 Mobile has become an indie-hostile market

Opinion 30 days ago Sky-high barriers to entry have made mobile into a space no indie creator or small studio should even consider

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9 Facing Down the Online Mob

A month ago As hype and expectations for major games spiral out of control, hate campaigns and death threats have become an occupational hazard for game creators

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7 Microsoft rolls the dice in a huge Xbox gamble

Opinion 2 months ago A slump in Xbox hardware sales is to be expected before the One S arrives, but the company's next results will show whether Scorpio has taken a longer-term toll

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1 Suda51 goes back to his roots

2 months ago As Grasshopper Manufacture prepares to launch its biggest game yet, its famed auteur has finally found a way to bring its first game to a global audience

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15 Scorpio is a beast, but Microsoft needs to explain it better

3 months ago The company needs to find a coherent party line about Scorpio, One S and Windows 10, and stick to it

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12 E3 struggles to find its purpose

Opinion 3 months ago The week of E3 is huge, but the show itself is long in the tooth, shrinking, and shedding exhibitors; the ESA needs to find the courage for serious reform

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1 PlayStation has become Sony's cornerstone

Opinion 3 months ago PS4 is great, and PSVR/Neo will drive hype - but Sony's success is also down to its competitors' failures giving it a clear run at a thriving market

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8 Games have left the shadow of the movie business

Opinion 4 months ago Disney's cancellation of Infinity and move to a licensing model is just the latest step in a long, slow and inevitable divorce between games and movies.

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15 How will developers make money from VR?

Opinion 5 months ago Price pressure is going to set in early for the all-digital platforms; game creators will need to explore how people are willing to pay

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1 Why VR is not the most important trend at GDC

Opinion 6 months ago The democratisation of game engines and creative tools is the most exciting movement in games this decade - and the best is yet to come

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5 VR: The time for tech demos is over

Opinion 6 months ago Sony opens VR battle with powerful opening salvo in Star Wars Battlefront; Oculus and Valve must respond with high-quality software reveals

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8 Lionhead shutdown shines a light on Microsoft Studios

6 months ago First-party development for Xbox One has slowed to a trickle; does Microsoft's third-party focus see Xbox as part of the Windows 10 ecosystem?

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7 Apple's Binding of Creativity

Opinion 7 months ago For a company which spent decades trying to appeal to creatives, Apple's prudish and wilfully inconsistent approach to games is an embarrassment

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6 Hitman's episodic launch is a statement of confidence

Opinion 8 months ago Lowering the cost to entry should encourage more players to try it out - and if the game is good, it'll deliver handsome returns for Square Enix

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Japan's console market: Lost in Transition?

Opinion 9 months ago The shift to mobile continued in 2015 - but there's plenty of life in the console market yet, especially if you happen to be Nintendo

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16 The discussion in mobile is over, Free-to-Play has won

9 months ago A look back at the year in mobile shows F2P sealed a comprehensive victory, the top-grossing charts were set in concrete, and traditional publishers fell out of the frame

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Nintendo, Capcom top Japan's game stocks in 2015

9 months ago Nintendo and DeNA's deal dominates trading in Japanese game stocks, as the market takes a cautious approach to mobile game stocks despite strong growth.

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19 Calling time on pre-Thanksgiving release madness

Opinion 9 months ago Forcing great games to fight over the same group of consumers only damages profits and increases risk

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25 Activision and King: Wrong price, poor fit

Opinion 10 months ago King is a great business, but Activision's $5.9 billion buyout is the result of desperation to get up to speed on mobile, not a carefully considered strategy

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3 Nintendo's still being slow and cautious on mobile

Opinion 10 months ago First game delayed to 2016, but Kimishima's first statement to investors reveals a careful, thoughtful approach to mobile and network services.