Monthly Archives: January 2014

Nintendo special

Recently Nintendo has been in the news a lot lately due to its massive loss in expected sales. Satoru Iwata has now outlined Nintendo’s plans to increase customer awareness by using smart phones. Iwata believes  that by switching to third-party development, Nintendo could not show “our strength as an integrated hardware-software business in this field, and therefore it would be difficult to continue the same scale of business in the medium-to-long term.” so, in short Iwata doesn’t want Nintendo to become fully 3rd party but instead offer their games to a wider range of consoles. Iwata will be using a small team of developers to design and release games for mobile devices so the rest of the company can focus more on their own hardware.

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I see this as a smart, but slightly desperate move , for Nintendo. The company’s popularity has declined in the past years due to gamers yearn for photo-realistic graphics and high paced violence. consoles have become more for hardcore gamers whereas mobile devices have attracted a “laid back” audience which Nintendo might appeal to due to its recognisable brand characters and easy controls

(http://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-outlines-its-plans-for-mobile-development/1100-6417426/)

due to the current Nintendo problem people have been calling for Iwata’s head but is Iwata to blame for Nintendo’s problems. Satoru Iwata could lose his job at any minute which you can tell by his remarks about “hanging on to it”. Not long ago, this situation would have been inconceivable. Iwata has been Nintendo’s president and CEO since 2002 and has gained a large fan base over the years. Iwata has managed to turn a dying flame into a raging fire after the amazing success of the DS and Wii consoles adding touch and motion controls to new markets, exploring new markets. even managing to beat rivals at Microsoft and Sony. and now Iwata has made one slip up with the WiiU and everyone wants him to step down. what we must remember is Nintendo isn’t so much a platform developer as it is a publisher and game developer and Nintendo has been sticking to its cards and using its trademark games to try to sell their product. this no longer works however and the company needs more fresh game ideas and that falls down to miyamoto.https://i2.wp.com/multiplayerblog.mtv.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/miyamoto.jpg

i personally believe they need to come up with some new characters to trademark if they wish to continue as a serious contender for the other consoles. Iwata has been doing a great job at his post and other Nintendo consoles have failed in the past so the WiiU’s lack of success isn’t too bad. they just need to come up with some new games to help drag in a fresh audience.

(http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-01-25-iwata-isnt-nintendos-problem-its-miyamoto)

on another note, there has been a recent update on the super rare game “Nintendo World Championships” turning out to be a complete hoax. the price went up to $99,902  due to a believed internet troll. the troll has a 100 percent positive feedback score of 775 which is weird for someone who fakes bids. Even if the whole auction was a scam the bidding war still managed to make the news ranging from tech websites to the BBC.

I believe this bidding war might have been someone just getting caught up in the excitement of the auction and ended up spending more than he can give. that’s why he has perfect ratings and positive feedback. he’s not a bad person, he’s just a guy who doesn’t know when to stop clicking the ” bid” button. let’s hope he never goes on storage wars.

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(http://www.gamespot.com/articles/winning-bid-on-super-rare-nes-game-is-99-902-update/1100-6417342/)

trends that can be found within these news articles are the rise of mobiles and tablets because of Nintendos expansion into the industry and software and hardware expected sales because the failure of the WiiU has put jobs on the line. Casual vs hardcore gamers plays a strong part in the current problem because a lot of young gamers have moved over to the hardcore side of gaming which ,with their current mascots, Nintendo cant contend with. finally overseas stores and sales have played a large part in Nintendo’s current problem due to the lack of sales in america and the UK being the main reason Nintendo is in this problemImage

Oh no. Zynga’s growing!!

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Zynga, a company for its addicting, costly Facebook games and its thievery of other people’s ideas, took a dangerous move in the world of business recently by buying the British company “NaturalMotion” (developers of the Backbreaker series and various other IOS games). Zynga , being zynga, didn’t care for the companies achievements however. all they cared about was there impressive toolbox. Doing this cost 300 people at Zynga their jobs to make ends meet.

I am not a massive fan in Zynga due to their thievery of other peoples hard made games, take (nibble bit) for example, and when they design a game its quality is poor so the idea of them buying out a slightly successful app company worries me. with the company growing in popularity how long will it be till we get “The Ancestor books: Zyrim” and “Dutyfield:Modern Honour”

studio acquisition is one of the trend in this instance because its Zynga buying out a smaller company to increase their “industry growth”

Oculus rift is close at hand

All gamers fantasize about being an actually part of the game. for the feeling of putting yourself into   the game and ,essentially, putting yourself into another person’s perspective. Gaming as we know is constantly evolving at a unbelievable pace as the industry evolves and now game designers have now made a massive breakthrough with the “oculus rift”. This sort of console was the fantasy of many a few years back and many saw this piece of technology coming out when we have flying cars and space colonies. The games designed for the oculus rift are strong in story, brilliantly  visualised  amazing gameplay. The designers of the Oculus Rift are now planning towards virtual reality with the help of the 3D motion sensing goggles . originally the company didn’t have the funding but thanks to  The venture capital firm Andreesson Harowitz who provided the funding to help reach its $75 million funding goal.

I personally can’t wait for the oculus rift to become commercially available though I believe if they added bigger , more advanced versions of them (such as the walking and gun controls) into arcades they could bring the arcade industry back onto the market. The Oculus Rift won’t be released on consoles because consoles are too limited meaning upgrading your pc might be a good idea but you never know, Sony and Microsoft might get their hands on one and copy it to suit their needs.

the trend here is investment. I don’t know if Andreesson Harowitz did it out of the kindness of his own heart or if he plans to make a massive profit on the sales. he may even have a deeper interest but for now we can be happy that he did it.

see it in action

read more here:

http://www.gamesradar.com/millionaire-fast-forwards-oculus-rift-and-pc-gaming-future/

a new leader on freemium

Back in October NimbleBit (a 3-man indie game company) releases a mobile game known as pocket train which, at first glance, looked like your typical freemium iPhone game but it accturally has little tweaks making the whole freemium game system so much better.

When players collect crates they have to use “bux” (premium currency) to open them. some may see this as unfar on players ( having boxs you cant open becuse you dont have the funds) but infact its completely fair because this makes even paying players work for special train types and it also helps drain player’s premium currency which NimbleBit is  generous with because you get “bux” everytime you level up so they’re not being greedy about it.

after reading the post i decided to give “pocket Trains” and up to now ive had no reason to buy bux. the game gives you bux everytime you level up aswell as when you watch a train journey you can find bux floating in the air. To me purchasing bux is only for the impatiant  but only time will tell if im right.

for more read the artical:

http://www.gamesbrief.com/2013/10/pocket-trains-is-improving-freemium-design/

the trend found in this artical is freemium

 

 

Wii U: putting the “end” in “nintendo”?

Has the Wii U permanently crippled Nintendo?
Stocks in Nintendo’s took a huge dive today as the company released the drop in expected sales of their rather unsuccessful newest console the  “Wii U”. the sales dropped to 2.8 million which, compared to the original 9 million, was a considerable loss. Some might belive Nintendo is doomed but a lot of their old consoles such as the game cube began with poor sales so it might not be over for the Wii U. https://i0.wp.com/media.edge-online.com/wp-content/uploads/edgeonline/2013/01/WiiU.jpg

Nintendo has always been there in the game industry and i belive it will continue to live on for years to come. there’s 1 title that can save the Wii U. “Super Smash Bros” is a game loved by everyone. it contains:  well-known characters, a fast paced PvP for the competitive hardcore gamers and simple controls for the younger generation. this title will surely bring the Wii U back into the lime light. and if all else fails they can stick to handheld gaming. 

a trend that could be picked up from this article is “East Vs West” due to Nintendo’s newest console being overshadowed by the “Xbox One” and the “PS4”.

more infomation  can be found here:

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/is-the-wii-u-really-doomed-exploring-the-pros-and-cons-of-nintendo-s-next-move/1100-6417207/

Pre-order to win!!

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Watch out Wallets!! paying extra gets you a OUTFIT and a WEAPON

With the remake of Fable: the lost chapters coming out early February. Lionshead has decided to add pre-order bonuses  to the HD remake allowing players to acquire special clothing and a unique weapon which varies depending on which store you ordered it on. In modern day marketing pre-ordering bonuses are becoming more and more common to tempt people into buying the game new rather than going for the cheaper option of buying the game pre-owned. though personally I don’t like this marketing strategy I prefer it over EA’s “online code” as a way of persuading people to buy early. I see pre-order bonuses as just another way of saying release DLC which was met with horrible views (I’m looking at you prothean). lionhead even confined that  “The three packs will also be available to buy later in the year” meaning you could just buy the pre-owned and wait for the DLC to take its mask off and buy it for cheaper. though pre-order bonuses are met with mixed views I have a feeling that ,with time, they’ll become more common.

for the article: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/fable-anniversary-gets-retailer-specific-preorder-bonuses/1100-6417092/

achievement Unlocked: 100,000GP

The AbleGamers Charity raises money for people with disabilities to help improve their quality of life through the mass media known as gaming. In 2013 they reached an impressive milestone in the charities history when it  was able to raise over $100,000(£61,222 to you and me) for people with disabilities .this is the first time it’s been able to do this in the history of the charity. Mark Barlet, president and director of  the charity, tells us that “it’s all thanks to the generosity of our donors”.

The Able gamers charity is doing a great thing for the disabled and the industry. Video games offer a world without limitations and gives people a place to escape to when life gets too much to handle as well as helps improve  abilities such as hand-eye co-ordination as well as boosts confidence and verbal skills. Gaming charities are needed for the industries due to the amount of damage done by  irresponsible people and the over-reacting media.

I believe these charities will be on the rise in the coming days because of the growth of the industry as well as the need for a shield to hide behind when the media jumps to conclusions

if you would like to read more:

http://gamepolitics.com/2014/01/10/ablegamers-charity-raises-100k-2013#.UtPUdvRdWJc

if you would like to more about the charity or donate:

http://www.ablegamers.com

My time at border control

Imageover the holidays i played the game: papers please. I obtained the game from the “winter steam sale” with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. the story is set in a communist country (i belive its somewhere in russia) where you work in border control checking peoples passport to collect money to keep you family warm and nourished. the game consept seems boring at first but you really begin to become absorbed into the game. you must decide rather if you want to help people or only help your family.

GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA!!