The global games industry recorded revenues reaching $91 billion entering into 2017 and a popular genre within that industry is the sports video game with 13.2% of video game sales coming under that category. In an age when mobile, virtual reality, and eSports are evolving, we take a look at how the sports video game industry is changing. The Early Days It could be argued that the first ever example of a sports video game came way back in 1958 when US physicist William Higinbotham developed a title called Tennis for Two. It was a two-player tennis game played on an oscilloscope However, sports games did not enter the public mainstream until the 1972 release of Pong on the Atari. This saw a boom in sports video games being released throughout the 1970s such as Taito’s Davis Cup, Soccer, and Pro Hockey, and Sega’s Hockey TV. In the 1980s, Iconic games such as Activision Tennis, Track and Field, and Pole Position hit the shelves as the decade was welcomed in. Over the … [Read more...] about Is the Sports Video Game Industry Changing?
It’s no secret that Drake plays Fortnite. Ninja and Drake broke the Twitch record for highest views by an independent broadcaster earlier this month when they streamed the game together. Drake said that he was a fan of the Twitch streamer well in advance, having followed him on Instagram a week prior. With the ease of a guest on a daytime talk show, Drake spoke openly about how Fortnite was often a break during long studio sessions, which he said can last around 20 hours. Soon, fellow artist Travis Scott and NFL rookie turned FaZe partner “JuJu” Smith-Schuster came along for the ride. Rapper Lil Yachty made sure everyone knew he was down to play, and gamer-turned-YouTuber-turned-rapper Post Malone whined about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds being the better game, anyway. Stepping back from the event, this banter could be easily mistaken for the way an average night with friends goes down — if those weren’t the names of international celebrities. … [Read more...] about Drake didn’t make video games mainstream — they have been for years
The Entertainment Software Rating Board has written a response to Sen. Maggie Hassan’s (D-N.H.) request that it look into loot crates and other forms of in-game purchases. The letter provides an interesting look at how the industry itself views loot boxes — or at least the talking points it will use to defend them. “Loot boxes initially gained popularity in mobile games in the early 2000’s, mostly outside of the United States,” says ESRB president Patricia Vance in the letter, which the ESRB provided to Polygon. “They are relatively new to console and computer games. I think it is important to clarify that these purchases are always optional, are often awarded at no cost to the player, can be acquired using virtual currency that can be earned through gameplay and/or purchased, and are never required to complete the game.” These are all facts, but they’re meant to paint loot boxes in the best possible light. Loot boxes are big business in … [Read more...] about This is how the video game industry wants you to see loot boxes
One of the cool things about the AMD AM4 platform is that upcoming AMD Ryzen 2000 series APUs will work with current AMD 300 series motherboards. This means that if you have one of these motherboards then you need not upgrade to the 400 series motherboards if you want to run the upcoming AMD Ryzen 2000 series APUs. A new Asus BIOS update is out now that will allow you to do so. The Asus BIOS update for AMD Ryzen 2000 series APUs compatibility has been released ahead of time as we know that the AMD Ryzen 2000 series APUs will be coming out on the 12th of February. We have had a couple of leaks and also got the official benchmarks from AMD regarding the upcoming chips and they seem to be very impressive as compared to integrated Intel HD graphics as well as some entry-level graphics cards. You can check out the complete list of motherboards that have received the Asus BIOS update below: Review kits of these chips have been sent to reviewers and we will hear about … [Read more...] about Asus BIOS Update Enables AMD Ryzen 2000 Series APUs Compatibility With Existing AM4 300 Series Motherboards
Sega left a mark on the game industry when, at the end of 1999, it released Shenmue for its Dreamcast console. Less than a year later, Shenmue director and designer Yu Suzuki appeared onstage at GDC 2000 to talk frankly (with the help of an interpreter) about his approach to game design and the challenges of navigating the game industry. He also spoke about the process of developing Shenmue and touched on other games he'd worked on at Sega, where he'd started in the '80s working on arcade games like Hang-On and Space Harrier. But Shenmue was the star of the talk (appropriately, since it had just come out) and Suzuki shared quite a bit of behind-the-scenes insight into how it was designed. The video recording of his appearance in 2000 is well worth a watch, especially given that the Shenmue games have had lasting influence on the game industry (look at the Yakuza games, for example). While it was previously … [Read more...] about Video: Shenmue director Yu Suzuki’s classic GDC 2000 interview