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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11 3D or not 3D - Nintendo's handhelds power forward

Opinion A year ago Dropping the 3D from the 3DS makes perfect sense when you consider Nintendo's goals - the best possible sales of Pokemon this Christmas

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22 eSports: This time, it's for real

Opinion A year ago The pro-gaming movement has cried wolf many times - but all the signs say that this revival is a sustainable one

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33 What does "success" look like to Nintendo?

Opinion A year ago We talk about the Wii U being a failure - but assessing Nintendo by wider industry standards ignores the company's unique position

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10 Self-publishing is the future, not an optional extra

A year ago Successful platforms need to engage niche audiences. With mid-range games in a death spiral, indie titles will rise to take their place

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35 In defence of the Steam sale

Opinion A year ago Concerns that steep discounts are devaluing games are unfounded - discounting older products is how a medium grows its audience for the long term

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34 Free-to-play: Shut up about money, talk about games

Opinion A year ago Free-to-play games have an image problem - and always will, until we stop talking like accountants and start talking like creators

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54 Charging more for games won't rescue triple-A

Opinion A year ago If AAA can't grow its audience, it will become irrelevant - and trying to wring more money from players is part of the problem

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22 Mattrick's departure will be Xbox One's pivot point

Opinion A year ago Former Xbox boss' move to Zynga must have been long-planned, but it gives Microsoft a chance to fight back from a horrific month

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21 Nintendo and Smartphones: No New Leaf

Opinion A year ago Putting Nintendo franchises on smartphones would reach more players - but it might be economic suicide in the long-term

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29 Xbox 180: Microsoft pulls back from the brink

Opinion A year ago Junking the hated DRM was an essential move - Microsoft deserves praise for acting swiftly and decisively, says Rob Fahey

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54 The Xbox One Question: Why Did Microsoft Do It?

Opinion A year ago Xbox One's DRM has given Microsoft its toughest ride at E3 in years - but the logic that led here is understandable, if mistaken

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6 Sony break-up would spell trouble for games

Opinion A year ago Daniel Loeb's plans for Sony would undermine the games division - but the investor's proposals still need to be taken seriously

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6 Sony, Nintendo aim to appeal to mobile developers

Opinion A year ago Far from putting their IP on mobile phones, Japan's platform holders want mobile developers to come to them

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26 Could tech innovation drive an arcade revival?

Opinion A year ago Out-of-home gaming has been in decline for decades - but new technologies may be more suited to arcades than to living rooms.

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1 Where is Zynga's supposed turnaround?

Opinion A year ago For all the talk of a changed company, Pincus' firm still seems to be making all the same mistakes in all the same ways

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32 What The Next Xbox Needs To Do

Opinion A year ago More of the same isn't enough - and always-on could be the prelude to an utter disaster

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65 Dancing girls and industry evolution

A year ago Arguments over how the industry treats women are a good thing - they show how far we've come, as well as how much remains to be done

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8 Troubled Square Enix needs a fresh start

Opinion A year ago Yoichi Wada's departure must signal a turnaround if the iconic Japanese publisher is to survive the next generation

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12 Why EA Will Stay On Riccitiello's Course

Opinion A year ago The shock is that EA's CEO lasted this long - but don't underestimate Riccitiello's successes

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44 We're not always online; games shouldn't be either

Opinion A year ago Companies promoting always-online need to understand the real world, says Rob Fahey

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66 Fearing the micro-transaction future

A year ago F2P and paymium are inevitable, and not just for EA - but critics of this future aren't easily dismissed

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18 PlayStation 4: A good start. Now the real work begins

A year ago Developer-focused PS4 shows how far Sony has come, but still has lots to prove, says Rob Fahey

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35 PlayStation 4 Must Demolish The Walled Garden

A year ago Sony's next-gen strategy needs to rethink the business model, not the hardware specifications

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22 Nintendo: No Need For Alarm

A year ago The Wii U might have missed launch targets - but it's too early for a funeral

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18 THQ - A Victim Of Market Change And Corporate Inertia

Opinion A year ago The former publisher knew it had to change, but lacked the focus needed to rebuild its business