Tag: DeanBeat Reviews Previews and Interviews

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer beta — Infinity Ward reveals more maps and modes

On the third day of its multiplayer beta test, Infinity Ward opened up the spigots for more users for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. And it also released new maps and modes. I’ve been playing it quite a bit, and I’ve hit level 17 in the beta test over three days of combat. I don’t […]

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Balancing game economies is an art and a science

Game economies are a delicate thing. It doesn’t take much to break them. If players perceive a greedy cash grab by developers, as has happened with controversies around loot boxes, they may boycott the game. But if developers don’t price the items in a free-to-play game correctly, they may be stuck with escalating costs and […]

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How HTC crafted Vive Cosmos for a new generation of consumer VR

HTC unveiled its high-end consumer virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive Cosmos today. It ships on October 3 for $700, and I had a good hands-on demo with the system, for which preorders are opening today. And I had a chance to sit down with a couple of HTC executives after my demo, and I […]

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HTC Vive Cosmos consumer VR headset ships on October 3 for $700

HTC is launching a new high-end consumer virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive Cosmos, and it will ship on October 3 for $700. Preorders are open today. The new VR headset is going to feel like a new generation of VR, perhaps the second or third since the first modern VR headsets launched in 2016. […]

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Gears 5 interview — Rod Fergusson explains the story, characters, accessibility, and ending

Rod Fergusson, studio head of The Coalition, went out on a limb recently when he said that Gears of War 5 is the finest game in the Gears saga, which began with Epic Games’ first Gears title in 2006. Microsoft got the rights to Gears in 2014, and it launched The Coalition studio in Vancouver, […]

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Gaming hot topics debate: loot boxes, addiction, parental advice, esports hype, and store wars

We had a raucous but intelligent debate about video game hot topics at the recent GameDaily Connect event in Anaheim, California. Under the lights of the Disneyland Hotel, we held a panel discussion that touched on some of the most controversial topics with some loose cannon speakers. I moderated a debate session that covered contemporary issues […]

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How Zynga looks for the right game companies to acquire

When Zynga sold its San Francisco headquarters for $600 million in May, the social mobile game company received a lot of fresh gunpower for acquisitions. The man who is happy about that is Chris Petrovic, senior vice president and head of corporate strategy at Zynga. The company has spent a lot of money on acquisitions […]

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How a seasoned investment team looks at esports hype

There’s a lot of hype in esports. But there’s also a lot of growth. Lots of investors have jumped on the bandwagon in the past few years, and Daniel Mitre is one of them. Mitre just became the CEO of New Wave Esports, an acquisition, investment, and technology development company that is focused on the […]

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Akamai: Fortnite ransomware scams should force developers and gamers to think about security

The game industry has long been a target for cybercriminals, and so it was no surprise in the past couple weeks to see the discovery of ransomware that attacks the accounts of Fortnite players. Cybersecurity firm Cyren found a free game hack tool, Syrk, that players download as a way to cheat in the game. […]

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Devcom perspectives: The uncomfortable and familiar topic of video game violence

It has been a tense and horrifying year of mass shootings in the U.S., with the blame falling on many issues, including President Donald Trump and the guns. Trump himself tried to shift blame to violent video games, which he said led to a “glorification of violence” in mass culture. Although no research supports a […]

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The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan — tips and tricks for saving all 5 characters

This post is all about our tips and tricks for playing the interactive horror story of The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan, where your goal is to help five young adults survive their journey on a ghost ship. This will have specific tips you’ll need to save every person in the circumstances where they can […]

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Why Anheuser-Busch is pouring beer and money into esports

Anheuser-Busch is one of the brands that isn’t shy about embracing esports. It is a non-endemic brand, meaning it isn’t born and bred with gamers the way that, say, esports headsets are. It’s a mainstream brand looking to break into the previously insular world of esports a with authentic experiential marketing. Some brands have been […]

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How Turkey’s Recontact will put cinematic games on the map with London title

Turkey has become a productive hub for games studios with companies like Gram Games and Peak Games. And now Instabul-based Recontact wants to put the place further on the map as the producer of cinematic mobile games — which Recontact calls its “cinematographic” style. I sat down recently with Simay Dinc, cofounder and producer at […]

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Gears 5 review — The Coalition nails action and emotion in one of series’ finest games

The Gears of War saga has always been a mixture of intense combat, serious war story, ridiculous over-the-top scenes, and comedy in a world gone mad. The levity is still there in the latest game from The Coalition, but it also has a more serious tone that goes with the devastation of the world of […]

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Nick Berry interview — A data scientist confronts his own mortality

Nick Berry has stage IV cancer. He is a first-class data scientist, but even he is not certain how much time he has left. Without treatment, his doctors told him he has about six months to live. With treatment, including a new experimental cancer drug and chemotherapy, he could live for a couple of years. […]

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How Paymentwall’s Terminal3 lets game developers create their own online shops

Paymentwall built a business as a global payments platform, with much of its focus on games. Last year, the company spun out its Terminal3 as a platform for monetizing and distributing games. Now it is making it easier for indie, small, and medium-size game companies to build multiple customizable online shops, sell digital goods, and […]

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Netmarble’s Simon Sim on Hollywood licenses, mobile’s future, and cloud gaming

Netmarble has a knack for coming up with mobile game hits, including titles such as Lineage 2: Revolution, Marvel Future Fight, and BTS World. It is updating those games constantly and it is launching new titles such as Rich Wars and The King of Fighters Allstar. Lineage 2 has more than 30 million players and generated […]

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Nielsen: How to properly measure the impact of esports for brands and advertisers

Esports is predicted to be a very big business in the future, and it is already amassing huge audiences. Brands and advertisers want to dive into it, but first the business has to be properly measured and understood. And that’s the job of Nicole Pike, the managing director of Nielsen’s global esports business. I spoke […]

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The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan review — Save your characters even if they are annoying

I’ve played through several endings of The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, and I’m going to play more until I get the ending just right. In this post-World War II era horror game set aboard a derelict freighter, your job is to make sure that all five characters come back alive — no matter […]

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How Yager designed The Cycle for co-op or player-vs-player combat

Yager Development has a rich history of making high-quality games, from Spec Ops: The Line to Dreadnought. And now it has launched The Cycle in early access on Windows PC. The Cycle is a competitive quest shooter, where you can compete against other Prospectors on the planet of Fortuna III, or you can collaborate with […]

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