Latest Posts

Finding Houses For Your New Property Business

Last time we looked at Market studies, one of the subjects to be researched turned into houses that might be present to be had...

The screen recording software that is available nowadays runs the gamut between the most basic of recorders to advanced tools with lots of options....

Bill Shorten rebukes Stephen Conroy over attack on governor general

Bill Shorten has rebuked a senior member of his team for making remarks critical of the governor-general. On Monday morning, Stephen Conroy accused Sir...

No Brexit general election if Boris Johnson wins Tory leadership

It is understood that Boris Johnson would not call a general election immediately if he won the Conservative party leadership election and took over...

Computer gaming: what’s trending in 2014

PS4 v Xbox One: Second Round

Over Christmas, the epic showdown between PlayStation and Xbox saw PS4 come out on top as the UK’s No 1 console. This year, the gloves are off. PlayStation will hope to stay ahead with games such as DriveClub and Infamous. But Xbox believes it has the edge thanks to blockbuster shooters Titanfall, below, and Halo 5. It’s going to be competitive, with big advertising campaigns and major game reveals.

witcher-3

PC gaming invades the living room.

PC games giant Steam will launch its own console next year. Actually, it will release several consoles. These “Steam machines” are PCs that have been designed to play on the TV in the living room and will come with a specially crafted controller. This uses special touchpads, and if the early buzz proves right, it could become the “standard” gamepad for all PC games, allowing PC gaming to go toe-to-toe with Xbox and PlayStation this year.

Prices rising

The cost of games keeps on rising, and it’s the gamers who will have to pay. The price of blockbuster games in the hard-copy form is already increasing slightly, but there will also be more games that encourage players to pay real money to unlock items more quickly. Major Xbox racing title Forza 5, right, for instance, lets players unlock cars faster by paying, and these sorts of microtransactions will only become more prevalent this year. On the plus side, expect smaller, cheaper games, too.

Wii U to bounce back?

Actually, the answer’s probably that it won’t. Nintendo Wii U has sold so poorly in its first year that PS4 outsold it in just two days. But a price cut this year should help, as will several promising big titles, including Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Brothers.

New games, new ideas

Forget Call of Duty and FIFA; 2014 will be a year for entirely new games to come to the fore. There will be more new IP from major game makers than we’ve seen for almost half a decade. The team behind Halo is creating an online action game, Destiny; the developers of Call of Duty are preparing the aforementioned multiplayer shooter Titanfall for a March release, while the publisher of Assassin’s Creed will launch a sci-fi thriller called Watch Dogs in the spring. And that’s just scratching the surface of the new brands coming in 2014.

The rise of eSports

Overall, 32 million people watched The League of Legends gaming finals online (peaking with 8.5 million at the same time) on 4 October last year. That’s not Super Bowl or Champions League levels. Still, professional gaming (or eSports) is growing rapidly and attracting serious money from big-name sponsors such as Coca-Cola and Red Bull. Professional gaming is starting to take off in Britain too, and this could be the year when we see our first UK eSports superstar.

Latest Posts

Finding Houses For Your New Property Business

Last time we looked at Market studies, one of the subjects to be researched turned into houses that might be present to be had...

The screen recording software that is available nowadays runs the gamut between the most basic of recorders to advanced tools with lots of options....

Bill Shorten rebukes Stephen Conroy over attack on governor general

Bill Shorten has rebuked a senior member of his team for making remarks critical of the governor-general. On Monday morning, Stephen Conroy accused Sir...

No Brexit general election if Boris Johnson wins Tory leadership

It is understood that Boris Johnson would not call a general election immediately if he won the Conservative party leadership election and took over...

Don't Miss

Trains, buses and automobiles

Londoners have a tempestuous relationship with transport, and Ken Livingstone will be an outlet for their anger or gratitude come May 1. Whatever you...

The Automobile Club of Egypt by Alaa al-Aswany review – a country on the brink of violent change

In the days before Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February 2011, Alaa al-Aswany, dentist, novelist, and founder member of the democratic movement...

5 Places to Visit that will make you fall in love with Utah

Utah is the apple-of-the-eye of outdoor freaks, with more than 80% of the state set aside for public use. This means lots and lots...

West Indies book final with Australia after Proteas collapse

Australia will face West Indies in an ODI tri-series final after South Africa meekly surrendered to the hosts by 100 runs in Barbados. In...

The MLB prospect chasing a T20 dream: ‘I’m going all in with cricket’

As far as cultural adjustments go, the traffic jams in Bangalore grabbed the attention of Boomer Collins. Born in the open spaces of Dallas,...

Stay in touch

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.