As Halloween approaches and we finalize our Psy costumes (I mean, we all know we’re going as him, right?) we also are here to give you all a very special treat this month. We kick it off with Nintendo’s highly anticipated Wii U launch, the first of the next “next-gen” consoles. While it may look a lot like its predecessor, the new GamePad should usher in a whole new set of gameplay experiences for consumers and developers. We follow up new console news with new console games and our fall titles preview. Though most are sequels, we’re not complaining with the likes of Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and Assassins Creed 3 on the docket.
Started as a Kickstarter project, GaymerCon was a small movement to gain awareness of those who are not only gamers but also LGBT. Raising more than three times their original goal, we’ve definitely taken notice, as have some big companies in the industry who are now pledging their support. Speaking of support, digital moms and dads are discovering new ways to augment their parenting with games and apps, raising a wholly new digital generation.
Although cloud gaming may have hit a few hurdles in recent months, that hasn’t stopped our interest or rumors that cable companies are investigating the space for possible new service offerings alongside your TV and internet packages. Lastly, we take a look at the recent Google whitepaper, “Understanding the Modern Gamer,” that explains how brands can leverage the fact that most gamers will spend months of researching prior to purchases and how the life of a game is extended with DLC.
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