Tag: Gaming

Why 2016 will be the year of the Female Gamer

The demographics in the gaming world are changing as female gamer stats reveal women become the majority, not the minority, sooner rather than later. Unless you spent 2015 living under a rock, you probably noticed that the gaming demographic has enjoyed a considerable evolution over the course of the last decade. During this time, female players and those of an older persuasion have become increasingly dominant, with the former demographic now apparently accounting for 52 percent of all players across multiple platforms. Given the stereotypical view of gamers as being adolescent or young male adults with minimal overheads and a...

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Gamescom 2015: What to expect, who will be there, and more

There can be no doubt that the gaming industry is entering a new era packed with groundbreaking titles set to push the boundaries of what’s possible to new levels. The recent show-stopping E3 conference in Los Angeles provided a real insight into what the future holds for console gamers, (particularly for those who own an Xbox One) as Microsoft were much more prominent in their showcase events compared to their fierce market rivals. They’ll take the opportunity to be at Gamescom 2015 from August 5-9. Sony, however, will be absent from the upcoming Gamescom 2015 event, widely regarded as the...

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Horizon Zero Dawn looks like Tauriel meets Gears of War

The gaming industry’s Super Bowl dubbed E3 officially kicked off Monday with press conferences from some of the biggest names in Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, and PlayStation. Exclusives to each console are a huge necessity and one of the new exclusives shown off was during Sony PlayStation’s show called Horizon Zero Dawn. Amersterdam developer Guerrilla Games (known for the Killzone franchise) showed off the game featuring a female protagonist in gameplay footage of what could pass for Tauriel (from the Hobbit movie franchise) meets Gears of War. From the game’s fact sheet: “As Horizon Zero Dawn’s main protagonist Aloy, a...

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How Music in Video Games Has a Lasting Effect

Much like a movie, music in a video game helps to set the scene, develop the mood and conveys the experience as it foreshadows the events to come. It’s because of this importance of music in gaming that local company GAAM, an acronym for games, art and music, was started as a first-of-its-kind cultural event in the south east. Ryan Thompson, one of the founders of GAAM, has wanted to work in the gaming industry since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. Having traveled to numerous gaming conventions on the west coast and in NYC, he realized one of...

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The Incredible Rise of e-Sports

It’s no big secret that the video game industry has become increasingly social and competitive in recent years. Thanks in part to large-scale console integration with the Internet, as well as the expansion of mobile and online gaming markets, we now look at playing video games as a way to connect with friends, strangers, and entire communities. But the reality goes even further than connectivity and social components. The truth is, gaming has become a sport. To some extent, this is true simply because gaming has become exceedingly competitive (there are professional leagues, elite networks of gamers, tournaments for...

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