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Month: November, 2013

Major League Gaming Launches Its Own Premium E-Sports Network, MLG.TV

Great news! The more popular gaming gets the greater quality products will be drawn for consumers to get their hands on and for companies to make profits. Looking forward to watching this carefully to see if this actually works. With gaming being shared more frequently on the likes of youtube and twitch, my guess is that there is an audience awaiting MLG.TV already.

TechCrunch

E-sports programmer Major League Gaming has spent the last decade building an audience of video game enthusiasts, through events in which gamers go head-to-head with each other. Now it’s looking to bring those viewers to a an owned and operated premium sports network of its own, at MLG.TV.

Over the years, MLG has tried a number of different distribution platforms for its events and programming. Founded in 2002, the company has gone from broadcasting its events on cable networks like ESPN to shifting its programming online. It’s also gone through a period of different streaming plans, which included white-labeled streaming platforms, as well as a partnership with Twitch.

“We’ve been streaming our events for six or seven years, we’ve done network TV, we’ve done cable TV,” MLG co-founder and CEO Sundance DiGiovanni told me. “We’ve done our own platform, we’ve done white-label, we’ve done Ustream…”

Now, the e-sports…

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5 Reasons to Buy a PlayStation 4 Now, 5 Reasons Not To

Truthful article by Matt Peckham, TIME’s video games and tech correspondent.

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Did you catch Spike’s “All Access” PlayStation 4 shindig last night? Sony teased a new Uncharted, set a release date for inFamous: Second Son (March 21, 2014), and showed off a PS4-exclusive Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes level.

It was all a bit silly (Sony turned New York City’s Standard High Line hotel into a giant PS4), but then the way we cover these events is a little silly, and the people hosting can be very silly, acting less like reporters than extensions of these companies’ marketing engines.

If you stood in line last night (and yesterday, and possibly the day before) to pick up a system, I hope you stayed warm, and I hope you got what you came for. There’s nothing worse than waiting and walking away empty-handed — it’s happened to me more than once.

But I digress. You want to know whether to buy…

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PS4, Xbox One or None?

The highly anticipated next-gen consoles have finally been released over the Atlantic in the States. The reviews of the day one games have flooded through, all appearing to be predictably mediocre. However, this is what you would expect when release titles such as knack exist, which does look like it has been made for a 5-year-old and not for the hardcore gamer that is more likely to be the owner of a brand new console. Despite the disappointing of line up of release games, are the next-gen consoles worth that expensive Christmas purchase?

Release titles have forever been almost useless and no better than the previous generation games. Should the games put you off buying, no probably not, the consoles usually have a long life expectancy before future generations are produced. So in a way, buying the new console can be seen as an investment throughout the upcoming years, or so I try to convince myself. If I wasn’t to purchase it now I am sure I will always get that niggling feeling that I am missing out, and no one wants that. When in this mind frame that now is the time for next-gen, it comes down to the difficult decision of which one.

(I am must at this point confess I am a sole believer in the fact that the previous gen was a ‘no brainer’ and the Xbox 360 was the clear winner)

My console choice is very straight forward when it came to last gen. I picked the console with the best controller and only briefly looked over the exclusives because I usually played the games that were on both platforms, FIFA, CoD and GTA being the ones. Hence why Xbox 360 was the console to have because of the extremely small and almost useless controller that was the Dualshock 3. This gen however is different, of course I believe that the Xbox One controller looks much more suitable to my preferences with its larger size, alternative analogue stick positions, its new rumble triggers and its overall ergonomic feel. Then there is the Dualshock 4, this year not so useless with its own increase in size and weight in attempt to match its competitor and its new features such as the touchpad and the odd glowing thing at the front of the controller (which when you think about it is unnecessarily big and hideous). So Xbox One still wins in this department so going by my theory this is the console to have but for some reason for things have changed.

xbox one vs ps4

E3 this year was huge. Both platforms came head to head for the first time with their new consoles, with Sony taking a clear advantage by knocking Microsoft to the floor in the first round of their heavyweight bout. They just seem to win round every corner. The controversial sharing of the discs (which will forever remind me of this hilarious video in which Sony mock their competitors original decision to not allow people to share games: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOosVWP–j0), the ability to not have to be online, and probably most importantly the price in which saw Sony be £80 cheaper than Microsoft. The price difference alone will probably sway many in their decisions in console choice. For me Microsoft seem to have forgotten their gaming consumer. We don’t want a device in which we can do everything from but probably less efficiently. We have devices to watch TV on already, we have devices that can surf the web, we have devices in which we can use for social media. All we want is game that plays games and plays them well. This is what the PS4 appears to have kept in its focus.

Xbox did however win one round, that being the round of exclusives. I forever be a fan of Xbox original exclusives, such as the first Gears of War and the years of Halo that I have enjoyed. With those still in the mix and the new Titanfall plus Dead Rising on the horizon, I must admit I was more excited for Xbox exclusives. PS4 did have a few itself in which i thought may compete but as the reviews have shown, exclusives such as Killzone remains to be behind those that draw many away from the Sony crowd.

Nonetheless, after much deliberation and research into both consoles I have made up my own mind as which path I am about to embark on for the upcoming years. Something really put me off Microsoft with their appalling E3 announcements. Although I dream of a day PS4 produce a real exclusive that would make me proud to own their console rather than an Xbox, I am still choosing the PS4. I hope the Dualshock 4 lives up to expectations and that the games improve in the future. If I solely play games that are available to both consoles then that £80 has really made a difference, it means two extra games rather than a kinect I am unlikely to properly use.

Do you wait? Nothing on next-gen screams out to me as a must have. No huge revelations have been made in the industry, even if you can share clips of your games at a touch of a button or stream them live from your console. So it may even be better to ride out these high prices, wait for them to fall and buy next-gen when they really give you something that the old gen can’t. Me personally, I just don’t want to miss out. This Christmas it will a change in platform for me as I pick up a Dualshock 4 for the new year.

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