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  • Blog Post: Analysis – Nintendo's Tough Hardware Choices May Test Consumer Confidence

    This morning, Nintendo reported its fiscal third quarter financials . The news was largely positive, with Wii U sales up, strong attach rates for Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros., and a slight increase in projected net income for the fiscal year. One note did stand out as concerning, though. The company... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Microsoft Is Making The Right Moves For The Holiday

    I’ve previously acknowledged that the resolution of games is an important topic for some people . Until there isn’t a discrepancy between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions on the visual front, that conversation will continue to emerge. But for everyone else, there are other factors... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Game Resolution Matters As The Intersection Of Art, Science, And Business

    As I typically do at too-regular intervals, I looked back over the stories I’d written in the week prior to see what readers were most interested in. While I wasn’t entirely surprised, two stories caught my eye, both about the same, relatively inconsequential topic. The issue of resolution... More
  • Blog Post: Trends That Defined A Console Generation

    Our month of features celebrating the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii is halfway done. If you have not seen our lists of the best Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 , and Wii games, then spend some time deciding if we hit the mark or lost our minds. If you don’t agree with us, maybe you’ll find one... More
  • Blog Post: The Games Of June: Comparing 2010 Through 2014

    Welcome, data heads, to another monthly retrospective. We’ve just updated May’s roundup with the NPD data we were waiting for, and the industry seems to be swinging back. This month brings us some interesting changes, as more ID@Xbox games have rolled out (quietly), the Xbox One is now available... More
  • Blog Post: The Games Of May: Comparing 2010 Through 2014

    Last month, we premiered our first look at five years of game releases . It’s time to revisit the month of May to see what made a splash and which titles fizzled. We’ve included NPD data for the years gone by and will update this story with May’s NPD data once its available in June... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Sony’s PlayStation Now Beta Pricing Is Overly Expensive

    At E3, Sony announced that PlayStation Now will be going into open beta later this summer. Since then, users in the closed beta have noticed some changes, namely that there are prices associated with content rentals now. The problem is that the cost for renting games doesn’t make much sense. Before... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis: The Press Conferences Of E3 2014

    The press conferences that kick off E3 allow companies to set the tone of the show, highlighting new games, services, and generally getting gamers excited. Sometimes these events go very well , and other times they are horrible disasters . How does this year stack up? Well, it certainly won't live... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Power Rangers Could Be Lionsgate’s First Game

    Yesterday brought news that a new Power Rangers movie is in the works. The series, now in its 21st season, continues to feature martial arts heroes in brightly hued costumes along with giant robots. The Rangers are also getting a brand new movie from Lionsgate. Just last week, we reported that Lionsgate... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – New Net Neutrality Rules Could Drive Up Game Prices

    In January 2014, a United State appeals court ruled that some elements of the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality rules were unenforceable. Net neutrality, the concept that traffic should flow equally regardless of origination or pathway is the cornerstone of the “open Internet”... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – E3 2014 Must Be A Showcase For Exclusives

    I spent most of my day putting together release lists for each of the three major console platforms. It was a time consuming endeavor, but it was also educational and rewarding. If one thing is clear to me now, it’s that this E3 is as important (if not moreso) than last year. The second half of... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis - Game Delays Show Publisher Faith In Developer Vision

    There was a time in my life, before I began writing about the video game industry and before other demands made time the most precious resource, that I lamented every delay. What I’ve learned along the way has revealed that extending the development cycle has varied and numerous implications. Developers... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Microsoft’s UK Price Drop And Titanfall Bundle Reveal The Road Ahead

    It has been three months since the Xbox One was released in North America and 12 other territories. And while its still too early in the console life cycle to declare a winner, it’s relevant that Sony’s less expensive PlayStation 4 is outselling Microsoft’s Xbox One across the board... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Titanfall Is Poised To Set Industry Trends

    The Titanfall beta is still in full swing, and if you’re available to play now, Microsoft is conducting a big stress test. Before you jump into your 20 foot tall robotic shell though, here are some things to look for while you’re playing that will have an impact on the industry. The value... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Breaking Down Ubisoft's Digital Profile, Watch Dogs, And The Division

    We know that only a subset of our readers care about quarterly financial reports, year-over-year gains (or losses), and the difference between GAAP and non-GAAP reporting. But still, every three months we spend a couple of weeks bouncing from one conference call to the next, reporting and analyzing.... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Where Are The First Party Vita Games?

    At the end of last week, Nintendo released a revised forecast for its current fiscal year . The bad news inevitably lead to conversation about the future of the Wii U (and steps Nintendo might take to expand the install base). This got us thinking about the Vita, which also suffers from mismatched potential... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Low Wii U Sales Limit Software Success

    This morning’s news that Nintendo missed its nine million unit Wii U forecast came as no surprise. The target was a long shot under the best of circumstances. The bigger problem is that even the best upcoming Wii U titles like Super Smash Bros. U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and Mario... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Characters Of Injustice

    Injustice: Gods Among Us offers fighting fans a wide variety of heroes and villains to choose from, but some of DC's famous characters are just better equipped for a butt-kicking than others. To find out which superpowered contestants players should select, I asked GI's Andrew Reiner and Mike... More
  • Blog Post: Analyzing The Latest Grand Theft Auto V Screenshots

    In typical Rockstar Games fashion, we know very little about Grand Theft Auto V. We've seen a trailer and a handful of screenshots, but that's about it. We may not have a lot of solid information, but that doesn't mean we can't draw our own conclusions. Mobile Hijacking? People aren’t... More
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