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"Are AAA Hardcore Games Doomed?"

As AAA hardcore gaming readies itself for a great leap into the next-generation, genuine concerns are being raised by games fans and by industry insiders that a nasty fall awaits.

 

The costs involved in making profitable, top-notch video games has created a very small niche of companies prepared or able to carry the enormous risks involved. Studios are being closed or radically downsized on a regular basis. Retail console games are operating in an ever-decreasing circle of genres and franchises.

 

This long console generation is slowly coming to a halt. But with free-to-play in the water, as well as mobile, PC games, and an ever-expanding choice of digital entertainment offerings, the next generation looks to be incredibly risky -- most especially for those who’ll be paying up to $100 million per game release to get on board.

 

But there can be little doubt that games publishers of the future are going to be making fewer big bets, and placing more of their trust in games experience tells them will turn out just fine. But to survive, AAA gaming cannot long rely on rehashed ideas and predictable experiences. The history of gaming is one big lesson, that old ideas will satisfy for only so long, but that bold new ideas are the ones that carry the day.

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Amazon App Store launches in UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain

Amazon App Store launches in UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it
Amazon has just announced that its App Store is available in a number of countries throughout Europe. The store is a rival to Google Play, and sells Android apps for phones and tablets.
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Crowdfunding gets more sophisticated – The Kernel

Crowdfunding gets more sophisticated – The Kernel | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it
Simona Strimaityte talks to Simon Dixon about crowdfunding and his new platform that is set to launch soon, Bank to the Future.
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Should designers switch to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion?

Should designers switch to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion? | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it
Sarah Parmenter, web designer and director of design studio You Know Who, gives us the low down on the OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion upgrade. Is it worth it?
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The Designer’s Survival Guide: Must-read tips for beginners submitted by the pros

The Designer’s Survival Guide: Must-read tips for beginners submitted by the pros | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it
The Designer's Survival Guide, created by Richard Baird, is like the missing handbook that every designer should've received from day one. Taking in advice from industry pros, the site ...
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Dollar Shave Club & five classic business tips

Dollar Shave Club & five classic business tips | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it

Came across this video online, thought it brilliantly epitomised the five classic business tips I outlined in Like A Virgin.

 

Plus, it’s really funny and perfect for me as I don’t shave very often!

 

Here are my five classic business tips from my latest book Like A Virgin. You can read the first chapter on them for free in this blog.

 

1. If you don’t enjoy it, don’t do it. You must love what you do.

 

2. Be innovative: Create something different that will stand out.

 

3. Your employees are your best asset. Happy employees make for happy customers.

 

4. Lead by listening: Get feedback from your staff and customers on a regular basis.

 

5. Be visible: Market the company and its offers by putting yourself or a senior person in front of the cameras.

 

 

By Richard Branson. Founder of Virgin Group

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The CMO's Guide to Instagram: Why Brands Must Be Visual To Gain Visibility | iCrossing

In this POV, we'll highlight the key takeaways, recommend next steps for marketers looking to visually share their brand story using Instagram, and give an update on Facebook’s acquisition of the platform.
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Madefire demonstrates why digital comic books should move at Comic-Con

Madefire demonstrates why digital comic books should move at Comic-Con | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it
Any knowledgeable fan of graphic fiction will tell you that Americans are responsible for making comic books popular, but it was a handful of Brits in the ’80s and ’90s that demonstrat...
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Milo Yiannopoulos - meet the 'pit bull' of tech media

Milo Yiannopoulos - meet the 'pit bull' of tech media | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it
Why does the founder of technology gossip website the Kernel inspire such strong reaction from the people he writes about?
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iOS: A visual history

iOS: A visual history | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it
The Verge is a technology-focused news publication founded in 2011 by Joshua Topolsky and Marty Moe in partnership with Vox Media and its CEO Jim Bankoff.
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Path adds support for Nike+ FuelBand with integrated Fuel score graph

Path adds support for Nike+ FuelBand with integrated Fuel score graph | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it
Back in March, Path unveiled an update to its social networking app the included Nike+ integration for runners. Today, Path is continuing that close partnership with Nike by announcing integration...
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Steve Jobs, A Year Later

Steve Jobs, A Year Later | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it

One year later we can't forget him. It wasn't supposed to be this way. He made computers and phones and MP3 players. He wasn't a political figure, a missionary, a healer.

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How Invest NI tried to intimidate The Kernel

How Invest NI tried to intimidate The Kernel | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it
Lyra McKee reveals a sinister campaign to silence her reporting about Northern Ireland's regional economic development agency.
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Bye bye Tweetdeck – Tweetbot for Mac’s new alpha has multiple, docking timelines, and much more

Bye bye Tweetdeck – Tweetbot for Mac’s new alpha has multiple, docking timelines, and much more | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it
Tweetbot for Mac Alpha has been updated to version 0.6.3 with some fantastic new features, including the ability to pop out separate timeline windows and dock them together, crafting ...
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About.me rolls out a new Compliment feature, and gets a redesigned dashboard

About.me rolls out a new Compliment feature, and gets a redesigned dashboard | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it
About.me, the service that lets you create a one-page website all about you and your interests, has announced a new Compliments feature, that sits alongside the 'Favorite', 'Share' ...
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What Startups Should Do Before They Get Into The VC’s Office

What Startups Should Do Before They Get Into The VC’s Office | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it
This is a guest post by Eze Vidra, Head of Campus London, Google's dedicated startup space in East London housing accelerators and cowering spaces. He tweets at @ediggs and blogs at VCCafe.com.
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Popping the Young Entrepreneurial Bubble

Popping the Young Entrepreneurial Bubble | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it

"There have never been so many ways for young people to get involved in start-ups. And that might not be a good thing..."

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Actionsteps: A Simple Idea That Could Revolutionize Email And Save You Time

Actionsteps: A Simple Idea That Could Revolutionize Email And Save You Time | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it
I’m a Gmail lab rat. I deploy every new feature at least once. I live and breathe Priority Inbox. I color-code emails from various accounts. And I aggressively star every conversation I need to follow up on.
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Back off, politicians: don't mess with Shoreditch

Back off, politicians: don't mess with Shoreditch | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it
The government has laid out plans for east London's high-tech industries, but business ecosystems don't obey wishful thinking, writes John Naughton...
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Google is suddenly a writer’s best friend

Google is suddenly a writer’s best friend | Tibz' tech news (Social Media, Startup, Technology, Publishing and Entrepreneurship) | Scoop.it
Recent changes made to Google's algorithms mean that the internet is friendlier to writers than ever before, writes Jon Norris.
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