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GeekWire Radio: Can Nintendo make a console comeback?

With the E3 video game convention in the books for another year, this week’s GeekWire radio show features a conversation with game writer and number-cruncher Tim Ellis about the state of Nintendo, the resurgence of Sony’s PlayStation franchise, and Microsoft’s strategy shift with the Xbox One, attempting to recapture its momentum. In a recent post… Read More

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Nintendo at E3: Great games are coming … eventually

Great games are coming to the Wii U … but we’re going to have to wait. That’s the main takeaway from Nintendo’s announcements this week at E3, the big video-game event in Los Angeles. Yesterday I argued that Nintendo’s problem selling home consoles has been building for decades, but was masked by the fluke runaway success of… Read More

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Can Nintendo reverse a decades-long sales slide?

Ever since Nintendo posted its first annual net loss in early 2012, the Japanese gaming company (whose North American headquarters is right here in Redmond) has seen a steady decline in its fortunes. Earlier this year Nintendo announced a $228 million loss for 2013, and last week the company revealed it will be closing their European headquarters… Read More

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Sony to launch PlayStation TV box in U.S. for $99

Sony will launch its PlayStation TV set-top gaming and streaming video box in the U.S. and Canada this fall starting at $99, the company announced during its press event at the E3 video game convention this evening. PlayStation TV, known as the PlayStation Vita TV overseas, will also be available as part of a $139 bundle… Read More

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Meteor Entertainment closes Seattle office, CEO steps down as Hawken struggles to find footing

Meteor Entertainment, publisher of the PC combat game Hawken, has closed its Seattle office and is consolidating operations into its Los Angeles studio. Meteor’s former CEO Mark Long confirmed to GeekWire today that he stepped down late last year, and that the company’s chief product officer, Bill Wagner, is now running things. The changes are a… Read More

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Video demo: Putting Xbox One voice commands to the test

“Xbox, Watch TV.” “Xbox, Go to Forza Motorsport 5.” “Xbox, Mute.” These are just a few of the phrases you can say in your living room that Microsoft’s newest console will recognize. With the Xbox One, Microsoft is making a big bet on voice commands — significantly expanding the vocabulary of words recognized by the… Read More

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Mobile gaming vet David Bluhm partners with Wargaming for new Seattle game publisher

One of Seattle’s most accomplished entrepreneurs is jumping back into the gaming industry with some ambitious goals. David Bluhm, co-founder of companies like Z2, Handson Mobile and 2Way, is leading a Seattle-based unnamed games development and publishing company in partnership with fast-growing Wargaming, maker of the popular free-to-play game World of Tanks. The new entity is 100… Read More

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Ex-Valve employees raising $400K on Kickstarter for augmented reality, 3D-projection glasses

Maybe Valve should have kept these two around. Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson today launched a Kickstarter to raise $400,000 for their projected augmented reality glasses that display interactive 3D images right in front of you. The castAR specs are unlike wearable virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift, which can only project images into your eye instead… Read More

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Neal Stephenson’s sword-fighting game ‘Clang’ falls short of lofty post-Kickstarter goals

Seattle-based author-turned-video-game-designer Neal Stephenson had high ambitions for his sword-fighting game called Clang, which successfully reached its $500,000 funding goal on Kickstarter in July. Now, though, those plans have been somewhat disarmed. In an update posted on the Kickstarter page late yesterday, the Subutai team indicated that they have “hit the pause button” on development… Read More

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Advice from Valve’s Gabe Newell: Success in gaming doesn’t need to run through publishers or platforms

Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell has advice for young-ins wanting to break into the game industry: Start creating now and don’t wait for a position with a big publisher. Newell was on a panel at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry this morning speaking about video games with people like 343 Industries’ Kiki Wolfkill and… Read More

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Xbox Live Marketplace now called Xbox Games Store

Bye bye, Xbox Live Marketplace. Days after Microsoft moved from Microsoft Points to real world currency, the company has rebranded its Xbox Live Marketplace to simply “Xbox Games.” The new Xbox Games Store compliments the Xbox Music Store and Xbox Video Store. Both moves are part of Microsoft’s goal of easing the transition from Xbox 360… Read More