Top 20 countries that make up most of the $91.5B global gaming business

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Only a fraction of the countries in the world make up the bulk of the tons of money spent on video games. The top 20 nations alone will spend $83 billion on video games by the end of 2015, according to intelligence firm Newzoo.

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New video game features create a placebo effect

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Whether it’s the new iPhone, a Blu-ray movie with deleted scenes or a simple firmware update people are obsessed with the new and improved, and according to researchers at the University of York, there’s a good reason: New features can create a placebo effect for an experience feeling more fun and immersive.

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Awesome new virtual reality theme park

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Oculus Rift virtual-reality headsets may be ready to ship to the general public in early 2016, and could be the beginning of VR technology taking off.  Adding to that, a Utah man is building a series of seven 60×60-foot rooms in which players will wear VR headsets and wander around immersive worlds, wielding powers that would even impress Neo from “The Matrix” films.   Continue reading… “Awesome new virtual reality theme park”

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$91.5 billion will be spent globally on video games this year

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A huge amount of money will be spent on video games in 2015.  According to an upcoming report from research firm Newzoo, the global gaming market will reach $91.5 billion this year.

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Virtual reality changing how we play games in 2015

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It’s no surprise that virtual reality is gaining momentum like never before, with the rate at which the younger generation takes refuge in the excitements of a virtual sphere.  The reality surrounding us is becoming more and more mundane and less adventurous as technology improves and innovates. Continue reading… “Virtual reality changing how we play games in 2015”

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Four Rules for Game Testing Our Way to a Better Future

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Futurist Thomas Frey: At a recent video game tournament in Denver called ClutchCon, I was moderating a panel discussion on the future of video games, and we got into the topic of leveraging the time and energy spent playing video games into a “wisdom of crowds” approach for solving the world’s problems.

 

 

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Call of Duty, Madden, and Destiny among the 10 best-selling video games of 2014

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Scene from Destiny, number 3 on the sales chart for 2014

As the first full year the Playstation 4 and Xbox One were available, 2014’s retail sales charts were topped by games for those systems.

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The video game industry is growing 4 times faster than the U.S. economy

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An Electronic Arts employee works on a character for “MySims.”

The U.S. economy is on the upswing. Unemployment is down to 5.8 percent, and we’re adding hundreds of thousands of new jobs every months — and the video game industry is partially responsible for that.

 

 

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