The following post is part of a series of post following the Xbox One reveal on May 21, 2013.
No. 1 Rule of Business
Let me ask you a question…What’s the first rule of business? Hopefully, you answered to make money. If you think it’s to cater to a niche section of the market you’re wrong. And if you think that a company owes you something you’re wrong again. Companies like Microsoft AND Sony are in the business of making money, and creating a console that sells to mainstream America is what they want.
It’s been a topic that’s been heavily discussed– How are next generation consoles going to sell to mainstream America? We have the iPad, Apple TV, Roku, Android and countless other devices competing for our attention and entertainment dollars. If next-gen consoles are going to stand out in the market has to do more than just “games”. Microsoft decided to bet on the TV habits of Americans and created a media box that doubles as a videogame console. Why…because their audience is bigger than just core gamers. Continue reading
I’m pretty sure this post is going to make me sound like ‘angry black man’. I’m sure that most people will tell me that I’m completely wrong, focusing on the wrong things, or “it’s just a game”. We all love Rockstar and the GTA franchise. But I refuse to hold my tongue about the latest Grand Theft Auto, GTA V. Now Rockstar has just released three separate trailers for their upcoming game. Each trailer focusing on one of the three protagonists in the game. The trailers are supposed to give you some back story into the characters’ lives. Of course the first trailer I watched was for Franklin, the lone black character. And of course, true to fashion the industry has let me down. Continue reading
Nintendo has decided not to hold a E3 press conference this year. Instead, the company will hold smaller events that will focus on future Wii U and 3DS games. Reaction to the news has varied, but there’s a sense of doom around the announcement. However, the choice to move away from a major press conference is a good thing for Nintendo.
This year’s E3 is important for both Sony and Microsoft. Both companies have new consoles to release this holiday season. You only get one chance on the world’s stage at E3 and you know both companies have spared no expense to make their press conference the “winner” this year. This puts Nintendo in an odd space because the company has no console to reveal. Continue reading
There’s a disturbance in the force. A quiet change that is slowly shaping the video game community. A change that occurs when an industry grows out of its underground origins and moves into the mainstream. Entitlement has arrived in the game community and it’s brought a few friends to the party.
Everyone has something to say
Gamers love complaining. We love taking digs at developers, publishers…hell, anyone or anything that will allow us to display our wit. A mere glimpse at my twitter list, you will see game journalists constantly complaining about everything! And their post are decorated with witty comments , because in THEIR eyes THEY know what’s right and what’s wrong in the industry. The problem with this mentality is that it affects all of us. Now everyone is complaining about something they don’t like in the industry, community, or about a game. It isn’t the complaining that’s the problem….it’s the lack of balance. There needs to be an abundance of love to counter the criticism. Continue reading