I’m sure most of you have already heard a lot about Intel’s Haswell set of chipsets being publicly named the 4th Generation Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris™ and Intel® HD Graphics by now. So I’ll take a slightly different tack than the types of reviews, blogs, or coverage I’m sure most of you have all already been exposed to. I’ll talk about some actual first hand experiences that have transformed my gaming habits that typically don’t get into the spotlight.
On a weekly basis I see or read some sort of craziness around what a PC is. Seems pretty simple right? After all... a PC = Personal Computing device. However; the trap I see a lot of people falling into is that they are confusing the latest crop of personal computing devices - form vs. the function.
Some people like to get a head start on their 2013 predictions and get a jump on the rest of us. (Ok.. I'll admit... I'm a ~month late!) So here's my gift to you. I'll go wayyy out on a limb & do some 2014 predictions.
So I'm going to take my gloves off a bit on this blog. Prepare yourselves! :-)
One of the biggest things I'm getting very sick and tired of reading about lately is all the news talking about how the video games industry is down. Really? That's at best only partially accurate. Want the accurate way this should be reading? Here it is:
The Console Video Games Industry is WAY down. The PC Video Games Industry continues to thrive and grow.
We just posted a great article & spotlight up on the PC Gaming Alliance Website that provides a quick snapshot of the Next Generation Unreal Engine 4, and Fortnite, brought to you by Epic! Go check out the article and share with your friends! http://pcgamingalliance.org/featured/entry/review-unreal-engine-4
I’d like to share some quick thoughts and observations with everyone here as well.
PAX 2012 – What a Show!
PAX 2012 this year was another sell out show with at least 70,000 or more people showing up in Seattle. Aside from some volunteer booth duty, an interview for a Publication, and some great Partner meetings; the big highlights for me this year were as follows:
1) The Customers/Attendees. The energy in the crowd was infectious. Seeing everyone so excited over the show and just simply ‘getting-into-it’. Tons of Cosplay & incidentally some very amazing costumes! Everyone seemed to be just having a great time.
Gamescom 2012 – PC Gaming comes out swinging!
So… I just got back from GDC-Europe, and Gamescom. Both were fantastic events. My only regret is that I couldn’t stay a day or two longer.
For GDC-Europe the highlight for me was Victor Kisliy’s (CEO Wargaming.net) Keynote on the Free to Play business model. Definitely more to it than most people think and anyone debating on whether or not to get in on the Free to Play business model really should go check out his GDC talk.
The PC Gaming Alliance has just released our latest Press Release results covering PC Gaming’s latest revenue milestone now exceeding $18.6B. The in-depth details are available to PC Gaming Alliance members provided in our Horizon’s Research Reports. The best part about all this is that this is just the tip of the iceberg! PC Gaming Revenues are on a trajectory to once and for all pass up all 3, yes, all 3 Consoles Revenues combined - this year!
A long time ago, a mentor encouraged me to wake up earlier each day and spend some quiet time thinking about what’s going on in my life. While my job responsibilities and family were growing, my attention span was shrinking. I was becoming someone that life just “happened to.” I didn’t like it and he was tired of hearing me complain about it. So now I slow down a little each morning to thoughtfully consider my priorities and the bigger picture of life. It’s really helped me to prioritize my time (as well as remember all my kids’ names).