Tag: DeanBeat Flair and Opinion

Stadia works, but here are 10 features it needs to add in a hurry

Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service works (here’s our review), enabling me to play games in a data center and have them streamed to my own screens. But it’s just OK. And that’s a disappointment. I expected it to be more revolutionary than it is. I played a number of the launch games to see how […]

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The DeanBeat: Gaming is still at the mercy of larger forces

The week was thick with gaming news, so some folks may not have noticed that Playtika, the Tel Aviv-based social casino games company that was acquired by a Chinese consortium, is considering going public. Caixin Global reported that Playtika is looking to go public because Giant Network Group, has failed repeatedly in its attempts to […]

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The DeanBeat: Death Stranding and the madness or genius of Hideo Kojima

Very soon, starting on November 8, we’re going to find out one of the answers to one of the great mysteries of the video game industry. And that is whether Hideo Kojima, the head of Kojima Productions and the creator of Death Stranding for Sony’s PlayStation, is a genius creator or a bit kooky. And […]

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The DeanBeat: Coming to terms with brutality in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Everybody has a line. We all draw it in different ways. That’s the theme of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, this year’s first-person combat game from the Infinity Ward studio and big publisher Activision. But it’s also my own reaction from playing it, which has some of the most brutal scenes I have ever seen […]

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The DeanBeat: PlayStation 5, Blizzard’s blunder, and Harold Ryan’s big bet

Thanks for reading The DeanBeat and supporting our independent journalism. This is a good time to announce that our GamesBeat Summit 2020 web site is up and available with some of our initial speakers posted. By the time the conference rolls around on April 28-29, 2020, we should have well over 100 speakers. You can […]

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The DeanBeat: After all these years, Hollywood still doesn’t get games

NBCUniversal made a big mistake this week by deciding to shut down the game publishing business that Chris Heatherly spent almost three years building. It was a work in progress, and the payoff from that investment would happen in the future, maybe in a couple of years. Instead, the strategic plan to internally publish games […]

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The DeanBeat: Who would win a game battle between Apple and Nintendo?

Years ago, way back in 2011, Apple’s Steve Jobs held a press conference during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. As Jobs was showing off the iPad 2, Nintendo’s then-CEO Satoru Iwata was giving a keynote speech at the GDC. The overlap was no accident, as Apple felt competitive with Nintendo in the nascent […]

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The DeanBeat: A tragic but almost necessary meltdown for the game industry

It was a tragic week for the industry. Women in the game industry, fed up with sexual assault, rape, and abuse, named a half-dozen men in the game industry as their abusers. One of the alleged perpetrators, Night in the Woods co-creator Alex Holowka, died, reportedly by suicide, after being called out by fellow game […]

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The DeanBeat: The fears, complexities, and hopes of Hollywood games

Eric Goldberg, managing director of Crossover Technologies, told me this week at the GameDaily Connect event in Anaheim, California, that a huge amount of money and lots of investors are circling around game developers. 17 venture capital firms are putting money into games. Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Zynga, Sony, Tencent, NetEase, and others are busy […]

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The RetroBeat: Critiquing classic Sonic box art

I bought a refrigerator magnet last week that has the box art for the original Sonic the Hedgehog, the one that came out for the Sega Genesis back in 1991. Not to sound like a crazy person who just stands in front of his fridge all day, but I’ve spent a lot of time staring […]

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The DeanBeat: Would politics make video games better?

As I watched my Facebook feed explode about President Donald Trump’s racist comments this week, I couldn’t help but notice that game developers are political creatures, just like everybody else. But if you looked at their games for political messages, you would think that they’re apolitical, concerned only with near-political game environments that don’t take […]

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The DeanBeat: Great moments with game developers at Gamelab 2019

I’m always hungry when I go to Gamelab, the video game conference in Barcelona that is curated each year by Ivan Fernandez Lobo. I eat up all of the morsels of wisdom that the leaders of the game industry drop during their sessions at the event. This year, I was honored to moderate a fireside […]

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The DeanBeat: The real and the fake trends of gaming in 2019

When my Uber driver discovered I was going to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), he exclaimed, “Are you in games? I was the voice actor for Lamar in Grand Theft Auto V!” My jaw hung open for bit, and he said, “I’m Gerald ‘Slink’ Johnson. I’m making a little extra money on Uber.” This is […]

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The DeanBeat: My favorite games of E3 2019

They should make a video game about my Journey through the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). For the 23rd time, I bounced around like a lemming, or a pinball, between the cavernous South Hall and West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. More than 200 game companies showed off wares, and I rolled over […]

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E3 2019 tips: How to survive the mayhem of gaming’s big trade show

This year will be my 23rd Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). I missed the first two shows, but I have always considered these big game trade shows to be an indispensable part of understanding the game industry and the people who make it happen. For those who like the business of joy, I recommend you go. […]

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Why VCs are investing in game companies again

Institutional venture capital funds are investing in games again, just like seed investors who deal with smaller game startup investments. We talked about this trend involving larger funds on a panel at GamesBeat Summit 2019 that included Gregory Milken, managing director of March Capital Partners; Ethan Kurzweil, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners; and Scott Rupp […]

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The RetroBeat: Sonic movie’s delay isn’t the fault of whiny fans

Paramount has delayed the Sonic the Hedgehog movie from November 8 this year to February 14, 2020. This is so the animation team has time to redesign Sonic’s look following backlash from the film’s first trailer, which featured an oddly realistic take on iconic Sega character. As a Sonic fan since my early childhood, I’m […]

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