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New game engines. To live in promise.

The Unreal Engine 5 demonstration looked fantastic. There I said it.

Epic unveiled the new iteration of their Unreal Engine with a promotional video on the 13 May 2020. I highly recommend everyone to check out the Unreal Engine 5 demonstration video on YouTube, preferably on the highest settings your TV or monitor can handle. The new engine uses the latest technology in video rendering. As a layman who knows next to nothing about game development, when terminology like “Nanite virtualized micropolygon technology”, “Lumen” and “convulsion reverb” were mentioned, I was lost, but that is not important. All I know is what my eyes and ears were telling me. They were telling me – this looks and sounds stunning!

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Covid-19 & the video games industry – The good, the bad and the ugly

Out of nowhere, the coronavirus, Covid-19, turned the world upside down. Almost all the people in the world and almost all industries have been affected by the virus, the video game industry even more so. One only must read the Games Sales Data (GSD), produced by B2Boost, for the EMEA region to get an idea of the ferocity of change since the time Europe went into lockdown.

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Why female protagonists make memorable video game characters?

In 2003 I fell in love with a green lipped brunette called Jade. She is the heroine from the Ubisoft’s game, Beyond Good & Evil. Although the game was not a commercial success, it did get a cult following and received solid reviews with mostly 8/10 from critics. What made the game special for me was the fact Jade used her intelligence to figure out a way to defeat the bad guys and her weapon of choice was a camera (she did come armed with a combat staff that she used for defence…. obviously!).  Ubisoft will release a sequel to Beyond Good & Evil and the reason could largely be because Jade is such a unique, memorable character that gamers find appealing.

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Why 2020 could be a year long remembered in video games

Making predictions about the video game industry has historically been paved with false optimism or, conversely, not enough imagination. Publishers and developers never fail to surprise gamers with new gameplay mechanics or announcements of games that few people saw coming. So, with that in mind, this blog is not one that will make predictions about 2020. However, given what we know has been announced for 2020 so far and what we can safely expect this year, I would hazard a guess that 2020 could be a great year in video game history.

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What does it mean to own a game today?

Owning games is becoming a hot topic. There has been a landmark case in France that has brought into focus the question of who owns a digitally bought game. The issue is that when you buy a digital video game what exactly are you buying?

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E3. Gamers need it whether they know it or not

Recently there has been a spate of articles in the media and on internet forums by journalists, analysts and gamers who have questioned “is E3 still relevant?”

Sony pulled out citing a lack of new games they wanted to showcase. EA pulled out several years ago, preferring to run a parallel show called EA Play that laser-focused attention on EA games. Nintendo pulled its press conferences from E3 even further ago, opting instead by reaching out to its fans via its Nintendo Direct videos.

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