Archive - Rob Fahey

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15 Ending the Cycle of Abuse in Publisher-Developer Relationships

Opinion 6 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 6 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 6 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 8 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 8 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 11 months 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

11 months ago But Tokyo's scene still reliant on its western expat progenitors

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9 Veterans play to the Crowd

Opinion 11 months 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

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32 Indies must learn to love marketing

Opinion A year ago Praying for discoverability to magically get better is no excuse for sending your games out to die today; marketing is a key development skill too

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9 Between a Rock Band and a Guitar Place

Opinion A year ago It's 2009 all over again, but have the mistakes that put the music game genre in a coma last time actually been rectified?

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23 Publishers must stop marketing adult games to kids

Opinion A year ago Police action is going too far - but the industry does nothing to help embattled parents

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27 Valve's VR thrills, but Steam Machines are looking like a flop

Opinion A year ago Putting PC innards into smaller boxes is nothing new; if Steam Machines are to fulfil their purpose, they need to lower the bar to entry to PC gaming

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11 Doubling Down on Virtual Reality

Opinion A year ago Valve and HTC join the fray, Sony has a release window; VR is on the way, but is a damaging standards war looming?

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2 King reigns as Zynga slumps - but why?

Opinion A year ago Each had very different quarterlies, but both face the problem of replacing a golden goose

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39 Why Nintendo must stay the course with hardware

Opinion A year ago Wii U and 3DS missed targets, but a future without hardware still looks commercially unappealing for the House of Mario

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20 HoloLens: Can it live up to Microsoft's sizzle video?

Opinion A year ago An ambitious, creative effort to redefine how we interact with technology; 2015 is looking more and more like a watershed year

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11 Sony needs to stay humble and focused

Opinion A year ago PS4's success can't change Sony's approach: distractions risk everything it's achieved