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Rob Fahey, Contributing Editor

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.

Recent articles by Rob Fahey

Microsoft won't try to buy industry dominance | Opinion

Microsoft was expected to buy control of the games biz from the start -- the Zenimax acquisition echoes those times, but today's Microsoft is a much smarter company

By Rob Fahey

Firing the starting pistol on the next generation | Opinion

The details of November's launches are now in the wild -- for once, this will be a console race with no clear winner from the start

By Rob Fahey

Series S redefines "next-gen" - and throws down a gauntlet to Sony | Opinion

Microsoft shows its committment to disrupting the market as the $299 Series S questions the concept of console generations

By Rob Fahey

Marvel's Avengers shows how a “beta” can be a pitfall | Opinion

Early reviews express surprise at the full game being good after disappointing "beta" weekends -- suggesting a gigantic failure on the publisher side

By Rob Fahey

Will a Pro model open Switch's second act in 2021? | Opinion

Nintendo was likely forced to shelve any planned hardware revisions -- but pushing the rumoured Switch Pro into 2021 may be a great commercial decision

By Rob Fahey

The silver linings in the clouds of 2020 | Opinion

Even as recession and schedule slippages bite hard in the coming months, some sectors have an opportunity to flourish

By Rob Fahey

Stacking the deck against the new console launches | Opinion

Halo Infinite's delay is a watershed moment -- between economic recession and development disruption, the climate is looking tougher than ever

By Rob Fahey

Sugar rush financials don't mean we've dodged the COVID bullet | Opinion

Publishers are reporting record revenues -- but the industry isn't “recession-proof” and there's pain to come down the line

By Rob Fahey

If 30% is too high, what's the right number? | Opinion

As authorities investigate Apple's share of App Store revenues, there's broad agreement that 30% is too high -- but there's little consensus on an alternative number

By Rob Fahey

Cloud streaming: complement, not competition, to next-gen consoles

Microsoft's decision to bundle xCloud as part of Games Pass Ultimate is the smartest decision anyone has made in cloud streaming so far

By Rob Fahey

Could Sony stumble on cross-generation games? | Opinion

If Sony tries to charge for PS5 versions of late-gen PS4 hits, comparisons with Microsoft's consumer-friendly strategy will be harsh

By Rob Fahey

Amazon and Google are in games for the wrong reasons | Opinion

Amazon's Crucible won't be the last embarrassment if tech companies don't stop viewing games as a means to drive cloud service revenue

By Rob Fahey

Abuse in the industry isn't down to a few "bad apples" | Opinion

The story can't end with the outing of individual abusers -- ending predation in the games industry requires cultural and institutional change

By Rob Fahey

Fortnite is a masterclass in flexibility | Opinion

Epic's battle royale is a cultural phenomenon due to a will to challenge fundamental ideas about what a game is and what its players want to experience

By Rob Fahey

PlayStation 5's reveal was all about continuity | Opinion

Laser-focused on game announcements, Sony's unveiling was an hour-long promise to maintain the software strategy that has driven the PS4's success

By Rob Fahey

Gaming's lost boys embrace their inner censor | Opinion

The Last of Us 2 attracts reactionary fury for depicting diversity -- and the erstwhile free speech warriors now find themselves cheering for government censorship

By Rob Fahey

Don't expect huge change in the post-COVID industry | Opinion

Expectations of radical change in the wake of the pandemic are overblown -- in-person working will remain the default paradigm

By Rob Fahey

Sony's PS5 reveal will be all about the software | Opinion

The slow drip of PS5 information belies how much technical detail we already know -- the real “unveiling” will likely be of a software slate

By Rob Fahey

VR could seize its moment -- if the big players would cooperate | Opinion

VR has an opportunity to break out, but the mess of competing standards is holding back the whole sector

By Rob Fahey

How big is too big for a popular game? | Opinion

Mike Morhaime's comments on the trade-off between accessibility and engagement suggest that we don't have to accept constant user churn

By Rob Fahey

Epic's crusade against 30% takes a tumble | Opinion

Fortnite finally comes to the Google Play store, marking a significant setback for Epic Games' quest to reduce the industry standard revenue share

By Rob Fahey

PlayStation's low-key PC experiment | Opinion

Rumours of more PS4 exclusive titles following Horizon: Zero Dawn to PC have been squashed, but is that the end of Sony's multiplatform strategy?

By Rob Fahey

The industry mines for '90s nostalgia | Opinion

Between Resident Evil 3 and Final Fantasy 7, we're playing like it's 1999 -- but few other PlayStation-era titles justify this high-budget treatment

By Rob Fahey

Quarantine questions for the streaming future | Opinion

The games industry has pinned its future to fast broadband infrastructure -- but as the world self-isolates, the risks of those choices become clear

By Rob Fahey

All hail Nintendo's animal overlords | Opinion

Animal Crossing looks set to be one of the year's biggest games -- we might reflect on what it says about the appetite for different kinds of escapism

By Rob Fahey

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