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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

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

Koei Tecmo found global success by focusing on its Japanese identity

CEO Hisashi Koinuma on being trusted with big IPs, making an asset of the firm's Asian identity, and its goal of making a 5m-selling original IP

By Rob Fahey

Sony and Microsoft are playing different card games | Opinion

Sony and Microsoft's next-gen communications strategies tell us almost as much as the tech specs themselves

By Rob Fahey

A year without E3 is a chance to take stock | Opinion

The ESA's show has failed to articulate what function it will serve to the modern industry -- this year's cancellation will force that discussion to happen

By Rob Fahey

Learning the lessons of the PlayStation 2 | Opinion

Twenty years after it arrived in Japan, the most successful console of all time still has lessons that are relevant to the industry today

By Rob Fahey

Xbox Series X gets its first great soundbite | Opinion

Never mind the teraflops -- Microsoft's pledge that it won't make consumers re-buy their games on new hardware is a powerful differentiator for Xbox

By Rob Fahey

COVID-19 looms over planning for next-gen launches | Opinion

The epidemic threatens to shut down supply chains the entire games industry relies on -- and even push new console launches into next year

By Rob Fahey

Anthem gets a rare second chance | Opinion

Most games that fail at launch are quickly passed over -- but Bioware's Anthem is getting a rare and expensive second chance at success

By Rob Fahey

Who are Microsoft's "real" competitors? | Opinion

Google and Amazon being the “real” competition for Xbox reveals the tricky balancing act that Microsoft's games team now faces

By Rob Fahey

Can Alyx pull VR out of its niche? | Opinion

Half-Life: Alyx is driving headset sales before it's even released -- but it's going to take a lot more to make VR into a viable market for AAA games

By Rob Fahey

The Witcher heralds an era of game IPs on TV | Opinion

As media giants prepare to do battle over streaming, well-known IPs are a potent weapon -- and videogames remain the last great untapped source

By Rob Fahey

Microsoft goes all-in on the 'evergreen platform'

Bowing out of launch exclusives for Xbox Series X means Microsoft is now fully committed to the bold vision it's talked about for so many years

By Rob Fahey

Is Switch Pro the right move for Nintendo?

A possible hardware update in 2020 has set the rumour mill turning - but where Switch Lite solved a problem, a Pro model seems less well-defined

By Rob Fahey

Console makers lay out their 2020 visions | Opinion

Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all have very different ideas of where the console market is going in 2020 and beyond - and it's even possible that they're all correct

By Rob Fahey

A (Magic) leap backwards | Opinion

The woes experienced by the over-hyped AR firm were easily predictable -- but the backlash will cause headaches for the sector at large

By Rob Fahey

Nintendo Switch faces an uphill slog in China | Opinion

China is a country with little interest in consoles, so success for the Switch will require building a whole market segment from nothing

By Rob Fahey

Half-Life: Alyx changes the game for VR exclusives | Opinion

Never mind the hardware -- Valve is dipping deep into its own playbook to become the default storefront for VR software

By Rob Fahey

Storm in a Pokéball | Opinion

The vocal complaints from some Pokémon fans point to a basic truth about how fragmented the audience for a big franchise can become

By Rob Fahey

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