Tag: DeanBeat Reviews Previews and Interviews

Jensen Huang interview — Nvidia can shake off rivals that have complicated and untested AI solutions

Intel just announced its first graphics processing unit (GPU), the Ponte Vecchio, to compete with Nvidia for handling AI in supercomputers. But Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang isn’t worried. I spoke with Huang on a brief call after his company posted $3.01 billion in revenue for the quarter ended October 31. Both gaming graphics chips and […]

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — The beginning of a compelling journey

I have begun my journey as a padawan. And it’s fun. I’ve played the beginning of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the new video game from Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts. I’ve been looking forward to this game for a while, and the beginning of the journey doesn’t disappoint. It starts in the middle of […]

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Chris DeWolfe interview: Jam City bets on Disney Frozen 2 collaboration

Jam City is one of the big survivors in the mobile game business, and it has a big presence in the Culver City area of Los Angeles. That proximity to Hollywood gives it an advantage as it pursues licensed game deals and collaborations with partners like Disney. Jam City is launching its Disney Frozen Adventures […]

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Richard Bartle interview: How game developers should think about sapient AI characters

Richard Bartle is one of the leading academics on video games and is a senior lecturer and honorary professor of computer game design at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. He might seem an unusual choice to talk about the ethics of artificial intelligence, but video game developers have grappled with the ethics […]

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Red Dead Redemption 2 on the PC — Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics makes a beautiful game even prettier

If you haven’t played Red Dead Redemption 2 yet, the PC version came out this week and you’ve got a new chance prove whether you’re a deer or a wolf. The game looks pretty incredible with real improvements that just dip you into the waters of this immersive game. I checked it out on a […]

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Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau interview — Bouncing back to fast growth

Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau has been doing some victory laps in recent quarterly earnings calls. The maker of social mobile games like FarmVille, Merge Dragons, and Empires & Puzzles is back to strong growth. For the third quarter ended September 30, Zynga reported its highest quarterly revenue and bookings in history ($345 million and $395 […]

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AMD CEO Lisa Su interview — 2020 will be a bigger product year for us

For those who have been around long enough, it’s hard to believe one of Silicon Valley’s great comeback companies is Advanced Micro Devices. AMD CEO Lisa Su has prevailed against a lot of skeptics in the past five years, thanks to the technical advantage her company has gained from its Zen and Zen 2 architectures, […]

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Hey Mom and Dad, I got an esports scholarship!

Video games aren’t just a drag on a kid’s study habits. Sometimes they can lead to college scholarships if your kid happens to be an esports star. Tournament organizer High School Esports League (HSEL) has teamed up with the charitable organization Varsity Esports Foundation (VESF) to provide financial aid and opportunities for under-resourced students across the country. HSEL is one of […]

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How Survios has navigated the rocky shoals of consumer VR

Survios has been toiling away in virtual reality since 2013. The Los Angeles company has seen the hype cycle around VR since before Oculus was acquired by Facebook, and it has persevered through the slower-than-expected growth of VR in the past couple of years. Other companies have pivoted into video games or enterprise VR, but […]

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Marc Merrill interview: Why Riot Games took a decade to come up with new games

League of Legends is a hard act to follow. At 10 years old, it’s a cultural phenomenon, and it still has 8 million concurrent daily users. But the game was so successful that fans joked that Riot Games took the “s” out of its name. Then, a couple of weeks ago, Riot announced a series […]

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Falcon Northwest Talon gaming PC review — AMD is back in 20th anniversary edition

Many self-respecting gamers have always favored building their own custom gaming PCs. But people like me don’t have the time or skill to do it right, and that’s why Falcon Northwest exists. Kelt Reeves started the company out of his dorm room in 1992. While rivals such as Voodoo PC and Alienware emerged and became […]

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Western Digital’s WD Black is a life saver when it comes to storing games and videos

Western Digital‘s WD Black is one of those lifesavers in the modern age of gaming, where we all suffer from a lack of hard drive space. Unless you’ve bought a new machine recently, you are probably torn every time you get a new game. You want to play it, but something like Call of Duty: […]

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Why Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has torture, child combat, and shooting unarmed women

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has some of the most difficult scenes I have ever seen in a video game. When I saw a couple of the scenes during a preview in May, I felt like they went too far. The violence made me more than uncomfortable. Now that I’ve played the full game (here […]

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review — disturbing and thoughtful

To say that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is provocative is an understatement. It makes you think about a lot of things, including how much violence a video game should have. For the 16th installment of the Call of Duty franchise, Activision’s Infinity Ward studio has created a first-person shooter military simulation that conveys what […]

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Black Desert Mobile hands-on preview — one of the prettiest fantasy MMOs on mobile

South Korean game publisher Pearl Abyss is about to launch its highly anticipated Black Desert Mobile on iOS and the Google Play Store. I’ve had a look via a preview, and it is one of the prettiest games on mobile. The game debuts on October 24. The mobile massively multiplayer online role-playing game is a free-to-play […]

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Harold Ryan interview — Why ProbablyMonsters is making a huge bet on triple-A games

Former Bungie CEO Harold Ryan showed everybody how to go big or go home earlier this month. He announced that his ProbablyMonsters is announcing it has raised $18.8 million for the company’s two triple-A game studios. Ryan is going to need a lot more money than that to pull off not one but two ambitious triple-A […]

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Darren Cox’s long and winding road to esports racing

Darren Cox took the long way to esports industry. He spent a couple of decades in the automotive industry at the alliance between carmakers Renault and Nissan. He handled franchising, digital marketing, product management, sponsorships, events, and other things. He’s big fan of the racing video game Gran Turismo, and he always wanted to find […]

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Anheuser-Busch, brand sponsorships, and esports: Jump in, the beer is fine

Joe Barnes didn’t have enough data to know if esports and Bud Light were a good mix. Market watches like Nielsen are paying attention to esports, but they don’t have nearly as much data as they do for mainstream media such as television. But Barnes, the head of experiential marketing at Bud Light, dove in […]

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What a long name says about the reality of mainstream esports

Electronic Arts and FIFA announced this week the EA Sports FIFA 20 Global Series Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup. I spoke with Todd Sitrin, senior vice president for competitive gaming at EA, about it. I joked it was the longest name of an event I had ever seen. A very corporate name, meant to […]

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How Smite esports helps keep 30 million players engaged with the game

Building up the esports infrastructure for Smite’s esports community has been a lot of work. Over six years, the community of players has grown to nearly 30 million. Todd Harris, cofounder of Hi-Rez Studios in Atlanta, said in a fireside chat with me at the Esports BAR Miami event last week that the company has […]

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Concrete Genie hands-on video — escaping bullies and restoring a town with art

It’s hard to screw up the art that you splash on the walls of a town in Concrete Genie. You use the motion controller for the PlayStation 4 to “paint” art templates onto the town in hopes of bringing the abandoned fishing village of Denska back to life. The game from Sony’s small Pixelopus studio […]

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How Latin American esports is poised for growth

Esports is going to be a global phenomenon, but most of the attention has focused on North America and Asia to date. The rest of the world is in love with multiplayer gaming competitions as well. To get a feel for the regional markets, I spoke with Juan Carlos Cortizo, CEO of Pro Play Esports, […]

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How Falcon Northwest keeps making custom gaming PCs one at a time

Custom gaming PCs have always seemed like toys of the rich or geeky hobbyists. But you’d be surprised at the kind of people who talk to Kelt Reeves, CEO of Falcon Northwest, about creating the ultimate gaming machine. Reeves has been running Falcon Northwest in Medford, Oregon, since before he got out of college in […]

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