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What’s Nintendo’s game plan for the next generation?

What’s Nintendo’s game plan for the next generation?

2020 is going to be a big year for the games industry, because by the end of it, we'll be in a new console generation. Microsoft and Sony are both slated to release their new machines before the end of the year, kicking off what will be the ninth generation of video game consoles. Yet, while Sony and Microsoft are setting the stage for a grand battle, there's one other company that seems to simply be staying the course: Nintendo.

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How much does a movie need to be profitable?

How much does a movie need to be profitable?

A movie’s performance gets plenty of buzz these days. Not just how well it does with critics, but how well it is doing in the box office – how much people are paying for it. Avengers: Endgame drew plenty of hype as it steadily rose to become the highest grossing film of all time. Conversely, many gasped in horror as the Cats movie became one of the most unprofitable movies ever made.

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It’s time to stop making excuses for game publisher greed

It’s time to stop making excuses for game publisher greed

If you find you're dismayed by the current state of the AAA games industry, you certainly aren't alone. These days, it seems like many games from publishers like Electronic Arts, Activision, Ubisoft, and countless others are vehicles for microtransactions first and actual games second. Publishers have been getting bolder and bolder with their monetization strategies, and as much as it may sting to hear it, some of the blame for that lies with us, their customers.

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Sonos’ nightmare was inevitable

Sonos’ nightmare was inevitable

Sonos is at the center of a crisis, bleeding goodwill from some of its most loyal users, and all because of a situation as inevitable as it is frustrating. CEO Patrick Spence shifted into damage control this week, after reports that come May 2020 some of the company's oldest products would no longer be eligible for software support.

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A look back at the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One era

A look back at the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One era

With next-generation consoles due to launch as early as May 2020, we are finally nearing the end of the road for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. These consoles have been docked by our TVs since 2013, with exciting releases that have shaped gaming as we know it.

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Foldable laptops: What would you do with two times more screen?

Foldable laptops: What would you do with two times more screen?

Laptops have a new look for the new decade. CES 2020 introduced us to a handful of new foldable laptops. And yes, while laptops already fold, many of these concepts feature bending screens or dual-screen devices held together with a hinge. We really should’ve seen this coming, given the rise of folding phones in 2019.

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2020: The year ahead for Samsung Galaxy smartphones

2020: The year ahead for Samsung Galaxy smartphones

If you’re a Samsung fan, annual releases follow a predictable trend. The year begins with the launch of the Galaxy S and ends with the Note. We could be seeing a change to the routine this year. Samsung's surprise Galaxy Lite announcements during CES 2020 signaled a change in the release of Samsung phones this year, bringing even more competitively priced devices into the mix. New innovations like the Galaxy Fold also means there is another flagship phone to look forward to every year now. This is how Samsung's year in smartphones is shaping up.

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Small tweaks we wish these smartphone brands would make

Small tweaks we wish these smartphone brands would make

Do you ever look at someone else’s phone and wish you had just that one feature that would make your phone perfect? We all want the flawless device, but many manufacturers insist on certain designs and features that put it shy of perfection. A phone may have the best camera in the business but have an atrocious camera arrangement; another phone could have max-ed out specs but miss out on sturdy materials to protect it.

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Tech trends in the next decade

Tech trends in the next decade

Brace yourselves. We have entered a new decade and with it comes all sorts of cool tech upgrades that are sure to change our lives – and get us spending, no doubt. Tech will be building on the electric vehicles, mobile internet, smartphones, tablets and other foundations laid in the 2010s. From consumer tech to new industrial forces, this is what the 2020s will bring to us.

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Super Mario Party is one of Switch’s biggest missed opportunities

Super Mario Party is one of Switch’s biggest missed opportunities

A little over a year ago, Nintendo released Super Mario Party for the Switch. Like many of Nintendo’s franchises, Mario Party is one that’s been running for decades, so bringing the franchise to the Switch was a no-brainer. After a few years of experimentation with the Mario Party series that - in my opinion at least - mostly missed the mark, Super Mario Party was something of a return to form. As someone who has been playing since the very first game in the series, that was an exciting thing to see.

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Nearly nine years later, Terraria is the game that keeps on giving

Nearly nine years later, Terraria is the game that keeps on giving

With PC being my main gaming platform, it should come as no surprise that I own a lot of games on Steam. My library seems to grow with each big sale, and collectively, I've played those games for thousands of hours throughout the years. Even though I have a backlog no sane human being could ever hope to tackle, there's one game that I keep coming back to time and time again: Terraria.

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2019 in Review: Mobile highs and lows

2019 in Review: Mobile highs and lows

As we welcome a new year, we take a look back at the 12 months that came before it, with fondness or otherwise. Like all other years before it, 2019 had its winners and losers and the events that transpired will shape the mobile industry moving forward. We take a quick glance at some of the highlights of the mobile market in 2019 to also steal a glimpse at the trends that are in store for us in 2020. And, no, it's not just all about 5G.

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