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hostile gamers

When business people refer to the gaming market as ‘hostile’ they aren’t just talking about the competition. Consumers themselves make it a hostile market because when avid gamers see a commercial, hear a game being announced, or get a release date, suddenly they become personally involved. Every delay and minor glitch is a personal offense and the game company, both indie and AAA, has to pay for it in hostile words. This needs to stop. GamesRadar had an entire article about why people hate Activision, which boiled down to no reason at all except they wanted to.

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AbleGamers

This week just got a lot more inspiring for us gamers! AbleGamers has partnered with Twitch to launch a week long joint community spotlight series featuring disabled gamers. AbleGamers, also known as AbleGamers Charity, is nonprofit public charity that aims to improve the overall quality of life for those with disabilities through the power of video games. With the help of Twitch, AbleGamers are showcasing their most popular gamers!

“Each day highlights a new streamer, educating the community on how they overcome physical disabilities to excel at video games, while celebrating the enjoyment and sharing of gaming, no matter the disability.”

Here is the full AbleGamers Twitch community stream schedule:

These AbleGamers community streamers listed above will also be featured on the Twitch homepage at their broadcast time. Viewers can join the fun and show their support for this important cause. You can also show your support by donating to the cause here!

This is especially interesting to me because I love seeing those with disabilities overcome any obstacles they face and find ways to still do what they love. This will be inspiring and encouraging to take part of and I encourage all of you to do the same!

gamers

On this episode of E-I-C Speaks, Nia discusses the current state of gaming in relevance to the jaded and confrontational stance of many gamers in today’s modern gaming climate. In a world full of higher-than-before development costs and diminishing returns, it only makes sense that the medium of gaming would turn much more into a business than a labor of love as it once was in the golden age. The biggest concern though, is is this new trend affecting the way that gamers consume and perceive the products that we have been given – more specifically up to this point in generation 8? Or is it also possible that since gaming is becoming significantly more mainstream and accessible that most genres and play styles have already been explored? Long gone are the days of large graphical jumps between consoles and new genres being created. These days many games are a hodge-podge of ideas we’ve likely already been exposed to. For some, unless you experience the warmth of niche, more artistic games, you’re bound to run into that ceiling where you question the quality of the product or even your own prolonged interest in gaming. 

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In the end, there are still good gamers out there.

#takeskidney

For several years, or rather since the popularity of internet forums and social media, there has been a thick underlining of animosity within the video game community. Tough discussions related to social issues in video games, and small and petty conversations about which piece of plastic is the best and why another fan base sucks, would lead onlookers to believe that we’re all immature, close-minded, and everything they strive NOT to be or become associated with. It seems that no matter what corner of the internet we visit we can’t escape the debauchery, but there are still gamers out there that DO care about the well being of those that share the same passion as them – regardless of their video game preferences, ethnic or gender identification, or life circumstances. This week there will be a live streaming event in the name of a fellow gamer, Denisse Takes, from a community of gamers with hearts of gold.

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In case you didn’t already know, Sony is hosting a community event called The Playstation Experience next month in Las Vegas, NV. The event gives fans the chance to unite and experience Playstation on another level. Sony’s social media Senior Manager Sid Shuman has promised it to be a “awesome once-in-a-lifetime event for Playstation fans,” and so far it’s looking to live up to the hype.

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To add insult to injury for those already not impressed with the announcement of the New Nintendo 3DS this past week, Nintendo has now told Gamespot that the New 3DS will be region-locked. This comes as no surprise since this has been a policy on Nintendo hardware for quite a while. What this policy means is that if you were to buy a New 3DS in say, Japan, you can only play games made in that territory with that hardware. You cannot play imported games.

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Earlier this week, we learned that The Order: 1886 is being delayed till early 2015 after originally being announced to release later this year. The Evil Within has also been delayed a couple months from August to October of this year, and Quantum Break is now set for a 2015 release when the assumption was it would come out this year. These announcements come as no surprise since delays are becoming quite the trend lately.