Archive - Rob Fahey

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3 Streaming's dark underbelly couldn't stall its meteoric rise in 2015

Opinion 7 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 7 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

7 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 7 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 8 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

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3 Activision branches out, but it's a long way from "the next Disney"

Opinion 8 months ago Activision's near future is still in traditional PC/console titles, but it's laid the foundations for growth

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9 YouTube Red marks a turning point for games media

Opinion 8 months ago Google launching a subscription service focused on game content sends a clear signal; an era is ending in online advertising

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3 Payday 2 shows how not to change a business model

Opinion 8 months ago Overkill's in-game purchase may be working in the data, but alienating your most vocal fans comes at a huge cost

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17 Could a 2016 NX launch work to Nintendo's advantage?

Opinion 9 months ago Giving up on Wii U too early could alienate core fans - but if handled correctly, a 2016 launch could help to reverse Nintendo's home console fortunes

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15 Ending the Cycle of Abuse in Publisher-Developer Relationships

Opinion 9 months ago Jessica Curry is merely the most recent high-profile departure due to the unhealthy nature of pub-dev relationships - the whole field needs a rethink

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23 2016 is the Year of VR; but is VR ready?

Opinion 9 months ago High prices and scant software will restrict VR to a narrow group of enthusiasts; a wider view of VR's potential could open up the tech to the world

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14 Is Sony declaring defeat on handheld?

Opinion 9 months ago Vita looks set to be the firm's last handheld console - but Sony isn't giving up on handheld gaming, just moving its ambitions to Xperia

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15 Equity crowdfunding is a wolf in sheep's clothing

Opinion 11 months ago Buying equity and backing a game you love are different things; conflating them is little more than an attempt to remove protections from small investors

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10 Market expansion is no zero-sum game

Opinion 11 months ago Best-ever core console sales prove that the dramatic expansion of the games market hasn't come at the expense of its traditional stalwarts

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11 Xbox One's resurgence is great for the industry

Opinion A year ago As Microsoft turns even more sharply towards enterprise, the console's bullish performance helps to secure its future within the company

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10 Enterprise-first gives Hololens the best possible start

Opinion A year ago Taking the pressure off gaming "killer apps" and consumer appeal is the right choice for this technology

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16 If consoles can't crack China, their future is limited

Opinion A year ago Failure in the Chinese market could mean consoles being pushed into an ever-smaller niche

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14 Destiny's business model leaves Bungie walking on eggshells

Opinion A year ago Never has a successful game been on such fragile ground, and Bungie can ill-afford to lose player goodwill

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18 Nintendo should pull out of E3 entirely

Opinion A year ago Dropping out of E3 completely and showcasing its games elsewhere would be much better than the company's present half-hearted approach

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12 What do the platform holders need to do to “win” E3?

Opinion A year ago Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all have something to prove - and the only way to prove it is with innovative, original software

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8 The persistent myth of the "MOBA market"

Opinion A year ago With Valve and Blizzard struggling to carve out niches and Warner Bros cutting its losses, MOBAs are stalled

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36 Oculus' high PC specs are Sony's chance to shine

Opinion A year ago With PC VR looking like it'll be a high-end niche for years, Morpheus gets first shot at mass-market VR

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Tokyo Indie Fest: Japan's indie scene showing green shoots

A year ago But Tokyo's scene still reliant on its western expat progenitors

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9 Veterans play to the Crowd

Opinion A year ago The backlash against established devs taking to Kickstarter seems to have dissipated; crowdfunding may have rescued an entire tier of game development

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11 Sooner or later, paid-for mods are coming

Opinion A year ago The commercialisation of top mods is inevitable; Valve may have messed up their introduction to Skyrim, but the idea will be back