Archive - Rob Fahey

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

9 days 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 23 days 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 30 days 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 A month 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 2 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 3 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 3 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

3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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

6 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

6 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 6 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 7 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 7 months ago First game delayed to 2016, but Kimishima's first statement to investors reveals a careful, thoughtful approach to mobile and network services.

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12 Kojima's departure is the end of an era for Japanese development

8 months ago Not all publishers will handle the mobile transition as badly as Konami - but they're all headed in the same direction eventually

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30 All creative staff should support the actors

Opinion 9 months ago Actors haven't jumped an imaginary queue by demanding better treatment, but their stand might improve conditions for all creatives

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Strong show for Sony, but mobile rules at TGS 2015

9 months ago Tokyo Games Show is bigger than ever, but a conservative showing from publishers and the absence of Microsoft leaves it feeling a little hollow

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9 What path now for Kimishima's Nintendo?

Opinion 9 months ago Nintendo's new CEO is a career businessman and banking veteran; can he put the company's creativity back on the path to sustainable profit?

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37 AppleTV has games potential, but its limitations disappoint

Opinion 9 months ago Technical limits create headaches for developers as lack of service offering could prevent new platform finding a big market early on

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23 Can Apple TV shake up living room gaming?

Opinion 9 months ago A new platform from the industry giant promises new opportunities for developers - and perhaps even new experiences for consumers

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2 Regional games shows reflect the evolving market

Opinion 9 months ago We shouldn't expect Gamescom, TGS or their ilk to be "mini-E3s"; they exist to serve regional audiences, not the Anglo-American press

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13 Konami's draconian workplace raises no eyebrows in Japan

Opinion 10 months ago Japanese publishers and studios routinely treat staff badly; if they hope to hold on to talent this attitude must change

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9 When guarantees go wrong, developers get hurt

Opinion 10 months ago Razer's rescue of Ouya's devs highlights the need for much greater scrutiny of such schemes