1. Guy English, a guy with some actual game industry experience, on Apple’s new graphics API:

    Metal and the investment Apple’s made in its development and support shows that the company’s now taking gaming very seriously, indeed.

    I hope he’s right. It’s no secret that I’ve been a big supporter of iOS gaming since the beginning. And while casual gaming is great, and keeps iOS in the gaming picture, the more traditionally graphics-intensive titles are what Metal is going to boost the most.

    One of my favorites, Republique, runs on Unity, so I’m hoping for some Metal magic in upcoming episodes. A guy can hope, can’t he?

     


  2. On this week’s Critically Speaking podcast: When does marketing become sheer deception? It’s one thing to manipulate the audience in benign ways, getting them excited for a product that the creators are equally or more so excited about. It’s entirely something else when he marketing dictates what will be included in a game or when a game must be shown in order to generate revenue.

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  3. On this week’s Critically Speaking podcast: If purchasing decisions tie less and less to the opinion of a published review, what place do reviews have in the gaming industry? This week Scott and I discuss the neccesity of gaming reviews and their power over sales.

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  4. On this week’s Critically Speaking podcast: Every genre has a defining title that sets the stage for a new, more polished generation. But at some point, the product reaches a quality that requires more effort to improve than the return benefit. While no game or series is perfect, sometimes the right response is to strike out into new territory in search of the next diamond in the rough.

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  5. On this week’s Critically Speaking podcast: Games have always striven toward the goal of creating believable virtual worlds, but with the recent advancements from Oculus and Sony’s Project Morpheus, VR is closer to becoming a reality than ever before. What happens when the world you choose to escape to is populated by your Facebook friends list?

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