With the growth in popularity of social platforms and the ever increasing integration of social media into our internet behaviour, consumers are starting to expect the ability to 'share' everything, including video games. As the industry continues to evolve so too does consumer demand and expectations...
Since the PS3 and Xbox 360 the entertainment value from games consoles has been increased massively by the flexibility of these machines and their adaptability, from online gaming and buying DLC packs online, to streaming movies through services such as Netflix and Iplayers and watching a host of file formats through external devices.
Whilst I was there I had the opportunity to talk with Morgan Gray who is the Creative Director of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.
Wonderful 101 may not seem like a hugely significant game to many outside the core gaming set. That it comes from Platinum games and is on the Wii U may be a headline for the gaming faithful but for families these things matter less.
This game carries with it an 18 certificate. If you buy it for little Toby's birthday, you're a moron and deserve to be on the receiving end of whatever influence little Toby takes from his gaming experience.
Whilst I was there I had the opportunity to talk with Erik Caponi who is the Lead Narrative Designer on The Bureau.
Does not the fact that the statement is a command already deconstruct it, pointing to the element within it that undoes its own claim? The intention of the phrase is to allow the child to 'be itself', to act away from the distractions of modern culture
t's an exciting time for the social gaming landscape, and it's fair to say that many operators are still at the beginning of the path to monetisation (and a more immersive experience for all). The key to success here will be personalisation and accounting for cultural preferences, as well as making the payment experience as seamless as possible.
The year is 1962, JFK is President and the Cold War has the nation gripped by fear - but a far more powerful and insidious enemy than communism is threatening America. Known only to a select few, a top-secret government unit called The Bureau begins investigating and concealing a series of mysterious attacks by an otherworldly enemy.
Later this month, 2K Games and 2K Marin will be releasing their highly anticipated new XCOM game The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. I recently visited the 2K Marin studios in San Francisco for a closer look at the game.
KILLER IS DEAD is set in a not-so-distant future similar to (but not the same as) the world we know now. The player takes control of an executioner named Mondo Zappa who wields a Japanese sword in his right hand and brandishes interchangeable weapons in his left artificial arm.
Mobile devices create a personal environment which is then used to take advantage of children. There have been countless scandals with thousands of pounds spent on IAPs. Who buys £69 worth of smurfberries? That is more expensive than a Lego box set which at least has reuse value! Who do companies think pays for IAP - sensible adults, or children?
Following the hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, London based Sci-fi convention Nine Worlds Geekfest, has steadily been adding a roster of amazing guests and speakers to its inaugural lineup.
As we move towards Christmas and the release of the PS4 and XBO what's really important is what both companies have chosen to put in the box from day one. What I think is particularly notable is that whilst - controversially - Microsoft have opted to include the next generation Kinect camera and require it for gameplay, Sony have - also controversially - elected to not even include their camera, selling it separately instead.
There's no escaping the heat for the average gamer, it seems. Short of holing up in the garage all summer, gaming for any period of time longer than half an hour is like going for a jog. You sweat buckets. Even at night.
The reveal of the F1 2013 has seen a somewhat frosty reception with a wide range of negative comments abound across the internet, whether these were justified or not, it certainly gives an idea on the wider public opinion of the series which has developed over recent years.