I feel like eSports is happening with or without us. Games have become the biggest unofficial sports league in the world right now. People are competing all the time and it’s competitive by nature.
Current generation PS3 games will be streamed over the internet using technology developed by Gaikai, which Sony acquired last year in a $380 million purchase, according to the Journal. The report says Sony is “investing heavily” in preparing Gaikai’s technology for the PlayStation 4.
This is incredible. Here’s what Grand Theft Auto: Vice City would look like if it came out in 1986.
(via Complex Gaming)
It’s called Amazing Alex. It has this character who builds these chain reactions, like Rube Goldberg machines. It’s based on a really acclaimed game that released last year. We purchased the property. We really like the game. It was really successful, but it never got a big audience. So we acquired the property and we did some re-branding to make it, from our point of view, more universally appealing in a global perspective. Now we’re really excited to bring it again to the market. It was highly praised but it never got the audience it deserved. With the sort of audience we have for “Angry Birds,” we’ll see what we can do.
If you have an alarmingly fast internet connection, own a tablet and have the slightest interest in gaming, you must give this a try. It really is the future of gaming — and it is here now.
I find it hard to grasp that we are moving away from game consoles completely, but this is an encouraging first step. And the detail that OnLive has taken with regard to the user experience — down to the low latency with AT&T — is impressive.
No one is going to run out and sell their Xbox 360 or PS3 tomorrow, but there are so many positives to a service with a relatively low start up cost and barrier to entry.
I’m not a huge fan of the controller, though. It looks like a modified, bigger Dual Shock. For such a disruptive service, people probably expect the controller to be aligned with the technological advancement.
Looks like we’ll need to wait a little longer for game subscription services for the iPad. Hey, it was exciting while it lasted.
A gamechanger? Sure, it’s cliche, but Big Fish Games is pioneering a new way to pay for iPad games. Apple is letting Big Fish offer all of their games to their users for one monthly subscription price.
Big Fish founder Paul Thelen calls it an “all-you-can-eat” service.
iPad app makers rely on app purchases and in-app add-ons to monetize. But the bigger companies that offer multiple games on the App Store will now need to think about how they can best offer their games to users.
Is the subscription model right for all? Nope — Big Fish Games is just one of a few established, recognized companies on the App Store. Regardless, it’s an intriguing new option that will provide app developers with another option to sell their games and build brand awareness and affinity amongst gamers.