Massive Boost For PC Gaming As Hardware Market Hit $21.5 Billion in 2014/2015

Last year the PC Hardware Gaming Market was Twice The Size Of Console Hardware Sales!

 

Selling $21.5 Billion (£13.9 Billion) in one year, it is a fact that can not be ignored, not by anyone who is interested in gaming.

If you want to read the report – it’s here along with several other interesting reports of the games industry http://jonpeddie.com/publications/pc_gaming_hardware_market_report

Until next time.

 

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‘The Father of Video Games’ Ralph Baer Dies At 92

Ralph Baer Dies

Had to repost this one. The father indeed, most people will not even know Ralph. RIP Ralph Baer.

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Ralph Baer, the inventor often dubbed “the father of video games,” died at the age of 92 on December 6, 2014 at his New Hampshire home. Baer created the very first home console video game system in the early 1970s, which was licensed and sold as the Magnavox Odyssey and had games like Table Tennis.

Born in 1922 into a Jewish family in Germany, Baer’s family emigrated to New York in 1938 with the young Ralph eventually working in a leather factory. Described by Gamespot as “a lifelong inventor,” an adult Baer, while working as an engineer, came up with the idea for a device allowing games to be played on television. Later, he created the famous electronic game Simon. In 2006, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology. In 2008, he received the Game Developers Choice Pioneer Award.

Source: The New York Times; Gamasutra; Gamespot

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A New Official ZX Spectrum? Sir Clive Sinclair Is Crowdfunding It…

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So very exciting!!!  The man involved with video games from the start is making a pledge, not the lemon kind but the kind that will see more pixel insipred games than ever…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN8aDkgqHn4   This is like hearing they will be making that Sony/Nintendo Disc Console!

Who Invented The First Password?

Fernando Corbató Invented The First Ever Password

Ever wondered who actually invented the first ever password?

 

Well it was a very clever gent called Fernando Corbató in the early 60’s – if only he knew what he was starting, the significance is quite unbeweavable

 

Here is a video just in case – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q07PhW5sCEk

 

Also, Allan Scherr was the first person to HACK or at the time steal a password.  Interesting…..

Spanish Video Game Market Explodes! Beats U.K And U.S In Revenue.

 
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Reported by Iñaki Ferreras at Rapid News

The video game market in Spain has grown at a rapid rate, more than any other country in Western Europe. With an increase of 17% compared to 2011, according to a new study by Newzoo.

The study compared figures from the markets of the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Belgium and Spain. The Spanish market takes just over three-quarters of the €20 million (€15.381 million) collected by the entire European gaming market.
Also, mobile games in Spain have almost equalled that of games consoles, at 12.9% and 13%, says Europa Press.

Spain has also exceeded consumption across four screens (computer, TV, mobile and tablets), with 33%, compared with an average of 21% in Europe and 22% in the United States.

As a side note the report also notes that the European video games market is growing faster than that of the United States. Video game consumer spending has increased by 3% in Europe, compared with a mere 1% in the U.S, which is surprising to me.games games games

Read more: Spanish video game market fastest growing in Europe | Rapid TV News http://www.rapidtvnews.com/index.php/25431/spanish-video-game-market-fastest-growing-in-europe.html#ixzz2IPtiobLL

 

An objective view on the Video Game world we love

Love this post by VinnyLanni. An objective view on the Video Game world we love, and why some people should think before they judge.

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Many parents yell at their kids and say that they are not active. They tell kids to put away their video games because they are not productive and are just a waste of time.  The mass media also agrees, they say that video games cause violence in younger children and expose them to things that they should not see at their age.

The debate is that video games cause violence in younger children. Video games are similar to movies, they are not real and are just for entertainment. Also, video games have ratings on them; they tell you what age group should be playing what game. Parents should be responsible for letting their children play a game that has a mature rating, just like they should be responsible for letting their child watch a rated-R movie. I think that video games are a scapegoat to bad parenting. As a parent…

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Did You Know..? SEGA First Started Making Pinball & Arcade Machines?

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So there I was,


Surfing the inter-web, looking at the history of NAMCO and I stumble along the daunting fact that I really knew but didn’t acknowledge. Sega started off making pinball and arcade machines!

Most of the great, hour consuming pinball machines were SEGA‘s creation.

In 1972 SEGA created their first pinball called Winner, it was the first of many to come.

They stopped making pinball machines in 1978, until 1995 when they purchased Data East.

They then went on to make the classics we love like The X-Files, Baywatch, and of course Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein just to name a few.

The first Arcade game they made was called Periscope, released in 1968 it had realistic sounds and lighting.

Simply stunning innovation, in 1968!

The machines the made had great sound, amazing graphical representations and brilliant little twists and turns which captured our imagination.

They set the bar where arcades are concerned.

Peace.


Did you know………? SPAM a lot on this day.

SPAM it all. Ooops I created a famous saying.
SPAM it all. Ooops I created a famous saying.

The term SPAM (for email) came from a Monty sketch about the said meaty tin.
Check it out on WikiPudding

Only three and a half minutes long, it builds up into a semi-argument between the waitress who has a menu limited to having Spam in just about everything (among them, “Lobster Thermidor aux crevettes with a Mornay sauce, garnished with truffle pâté, brandy and a fried egg on top and Spam”), and Mrs Bun, who is the only one in the room who does not want Spam. She asks for an item with the Spam removed (despite there already being some items mentioned that do not actually include Spam), much to the amazement of her Spam-loving husband. The waitress responds to this request with great disgust. Eventually, Mrs Bun resorts to screaming, “I DON’T LIKE SPAM!!”

At several points, a group of Vikings in the restaurant (referred to as the Green Midget Café in Bromley) interrupt conversation by loudly singing “Spam, lovely Spam, wonderful Spam.” They are ordered to “shut up” by the irate waitress several times, but they resume singing more and more loudly. Then a Hungarian tourist comes to the counter, trying to order by using a wholly inaccurate Hungarian/English phrasebook (a reference to a previous sketch). He is rapidly escorted away by a police constable.

The sketch abruptly cuts to a historian in a television studio talking about the Vikings. As he goes on, he begins to uncontrollably insert the word ‘spam’ into everything he says (“…and Spam selecting a Spam particular Spam item from the Spam menu, would Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam…”), and the backdrop is lifted to reveal the restaurant set behind. The historian joins the Vikings, Mr. and Mrs. Bun are lifted by wires out of the scene and the singing continues on and on…

It premiered on 15 December 1970 as the final sketch of the 25th show of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and the following end credits were changed so every member of the crew has either Spam or some other food item from the menu added to their names. (Spam Terry Jones, Michael Spam Palin, John Spam John Spam John Spam Cleese, Graham Spam Spam Spam Chapman, Eric Spam Egg and Chips Idle, Terry Spam Sausage Spam Egg Spam Gilliam, etc.) The sketch became immensely popular. The word Spam is uttered at least 132 times.

Street Fighter X Mega Man to be released, FINALLY! (As a free download for PC only.)

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Street Fighter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Mega Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Street Fighter X Mega Man will be released as a free download for PC only.

Capcom have finally announced that it will allow the indie/fan-made game in December to mark the 25th anniversary of both legendary franchises.

Created and developed by Singaporean programmer and legend Seow ZongmHui, it is rendered in the same graphical style as the 8-bit Mega Man titles and sees the protagonist tackle brilliant Street Fighter-themed levels.
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Street Fighter’s roster of characters will act as end-of-level evil bosses and will use their signature special moves against our fave blue man, Mega Man.

“Our fans have been so supportive of the 25th Anniversary efforts on Street Fighter, that we wanted to give one last surprise and token of our appreciation,” said Christian Svensson, SVP of Capcom USA.

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“This game symbolises the passion and dedication of our fans and with the 25th Anniversary of Mega Man coming up, we felt it was our duty to bring this wonderful experience to everyone who has shared the last 25 years with us and both celebrated franchises.”

Street Fighter X Mega Man will be available to download for PC on December 17.

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Cool Retro: Game Boy iPhone 4 Case

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Did you ever play a Nintendo Game Boy when you were young?

Dress up your iPhone as a Nintendo Game Boy to bring back those memory’s of the past

This retro case will take you on a journey back to your golden childhood.

Made of durable silicone material, it has all of the holes and such for your camera, volume/mute/lock buttons. The realistic looking buttons are designed to break the hearts of vintage gaming massive.

With easy access to ports and buttons it has shock absorbable and anti-bump for the best protection of your device.

Compatible with your Apple iPhone4 or less

You can get it here