E3

Surprise: females play video games too

Surprise: females play video games too

This morning we’re having a peek at a study conducted by the folks at The ESA on gaming culture in North America over the past year. While viral stories surrounded videos like the Jonathan McIntosh-made video (seen below) of a male-dominated E3, the world’s largest gaming conference, this study shows nearly as many females play video games as males. In the United States, at least.

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Biggest surprise of E3 2014? Nintendo may not be dead after all

Biggest surprise of E3 2014? Nintendo may not be dead after all

It would appear that Nintendo has returned to glory. Speaking up with a wide variety of unexpected announcements this year at E3 2014, Nintendo brought packed heat. If the company’s goal was to prove Family-friendly Nay-sayers wrong with titles and updates focused on all-ages in the face of their opponents, they’ve done so with flying colors. Nintendo presented nothing less than a full win.

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Behind the Scenes with gaming’s most important 90 minutes

Behind the Scenes with gaming’s most important 90 minutes

This year at E3 2014, Xbox head Phil Spencer started the show with the following: "today we are dedicating our entire briefing to games." This presentation was to be a big change of attention for Microsoft, showing not only that the Xbox One was dedicated to games, but that Microsoft was dedicated to Xbox, not least of all with the singular vision of Phil Spencer.

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Destiny Alpha gameplay first impressions: it’s just beautiful

Destiny Alpha gameplay first impressions: it’s just beautiful

The first thing I wrote about Destiny after I’d first began to play it was "Destiny is nothing if not gorgeous." This game immediately reminds one of Killzone: Shadow Fall once inside a map, but before you there, you’re given the impression that you’ve dropped into the wrong game. I thought this was supposed to be a first-person shooter - why am I picking facial features and hair color?

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No Twitch for Wii U as Nintendo says it’s not fun

No Twitch for Wii U as Nintendo says it’s not fun

It’s not fun to watch video games with Twitch, apparently - so says Nintendo this week after lighting up E3 2014 with a load of games that’d otherwise give great confidence to its audience. This comes immediately after Sony let loose a new update for their PlayStation camera made specifically for streaming in the same fashion Twitch does, and right after E3 2014 was streamed in its entirety by Twitch.

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PDP multicolored Smash Bros GameCube controllers get cute

PDP multicolored Smash Bros GameCube controllers get cute

Nintendo has had a major impact on E3 this year, coming to the gaming scene with Super Smash Bros updates that’ve inspired companies such as PDP to make high-quality 3rd-party products. PDP have created a set of "Replica GameCube Controllers" officially licensed by Nintendo in a variety of colors. Each of these Wii U-ready controllers is made with a theme from Super Smash Bros Wii U, a game coming to the market this holiday season.

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