A recent report from data analytic site GitHyp reveals the statistics for the major E3 press briefings. The results? A resounding, record-breaking win for the Microsoft E3 2018 Press Briefing. This news comes fresh off the news that E3 closed with 69,200 attendees. As illustrated by the graph above, several of the major gaming conferences and press briefings were compared based on peak concurrent viewer statistics on Twitch. The results are: Microsoft / Xbox — 1.7 Million viewers (1.1 Million in 2017) Ubisoft — 1.6 Million viewers (986K in 2017) Sony / PlayStation — 1.5 Million viewers (926K in 2017) Bethesda — 964K viewers (233K in 2017) PC Gaming Show — 893K viewers (552K in 2017) Nintendo / Switch — 679K viewers (292K in 2017) EA (Electronic Arts) — 528K viewers (676K in 2017) Impressively, the Microsoft conference pulled ahead with a staggering 1.7 million Twitch viewers at peak hours, followed … [Read more...] about GitHyp Report: Microsoft E3 2018 Sets Twitch Record with 1.7 Million Concurrent Viewers
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The conversation around harassment and toxicity in some of the biggest gaming communities has amplified in recent weeks. As companies like Blizzard and Twitch try to figure out how to rid their games and platforms of the worst offenders, Mixer is being highlighted as a company doing things right. Mixer is Microsoft’s streaming platform — and competition to Twitch. It became the center of conversation last week after people on Twitter began pointing to the company’s strict, transparent outlines of what behavior is considered toxic or harassing. The rules aren’t new, but the platform’s clear outline of what it considers harassment became a new example in how should handle vicious communities. Mixer’s specific rules on harassment state that the following behavior can result in bans for streamers: Using clips, audio files, or out of context quotes to mock or make fun of another community member Creating multiple accounts to evade channel bans Calling … [Read more...] about Why is Mixer’s community seen as more positive than Twitch and YouTube?
Every year before E3, we talk about the games we expect to see, along with the ones that we hope we’ll get to take another look at. These include the obvious ones, like big games announced at the previous year’s conference. But they’re also the hypothetical projects, the titles that we’ve neither seen nor heard from in years — perhaps since they were first announced. Some games have gone quiet much longer than others, though. We’ve gathered up some of the most notable “missing in action” games that we'd love to see make a grand reappearance at this year’s big show. Below, we’ll offer an update on each game, plus our assessment of the likelihood of the project resurfacing at E3 2017 (on a scale of 1 to 10). Follow along and reminisce about some of the industry’s most elusive games. (A quick note: We weighed in on many of these titles last year. In those cases, we’ve generally lifted the original text, with some … [Read more...] about Will these 12 games miss E3 this year?
Microsoft intends to stick with Windows 10 as a service-based operating system, what it means is that there will be no new version of Windows other than 10 and Windows 10 will receive new updates and different versions from time-to-time. Now a new report has made its way on the internet suggesting that Microsoft is working on a new version of Windows 10 codenamed “Polaris”. According to the report from Windows Central, Polaris is not the next iteration of Windows but is a brand new version of Windows 10 for desktop PCs. This new version of Windows 10 is built upon the UWP which makes it “Microsoft’s first truly modern Windows OS for the traditional PC form factor”. Furthermore, Polaris will feature “CShell, Microsoft’s upcoming universal shell” that will be shared across devices. “The Polaris composer will offer the traditional desktop environment that PC users are already accustomed to. The current Windows Shell is one of the major … [Read more...] about Report: Microsoft Working On “Polaris”, A New Version Of Windows 10 For Desktops
When Richard Marks was in 10th grade, his father opened a video game store that was ahead of its time. It was the early ’80s; used game sales weren’t common, and the store — Video Exchange — ran on the gimmick that customers could trade in their games. The store didn’t last long. But for the young Marks, who held the title of chief demo officer, working there was like living in an arcade. Surrounded by open boxes, he played everything and recommended the best games to customers. Atari 2600 games. Intellivision games. Anything on a console. "The most exciting thing [was] when we’d get new hardware," he says, citing the ColecoVision Super Action Controller as an example. "We’d get so excited. And a lot of times the hardware didn’t deliver up to the expectation. ... But it’s still exciting anyway. Your memory somehow forgets that the previous piece of hardware wasn’t quite what you wanted." Today, Marks is one of the public … [Read more...] about The making of PlayStation VR