24 March 2019

8 Ways To Keep On Top Of The Latest Gaming News


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If you love being a gamer then chances are, you'll love keeping up with all of the latest developments in the gaming industry. Whether it's the launch of a new game or an exciting update for one of your favourite games, you want to be one of the first to find out, right? Whilst you may not have the time to keep up with everything in between battles and dungeons, keeping on top of things doesn't have to be difficult. With that in mind, here are 8 ways to keep up with the gaming industry:

- Follow Gaming Influencers On Twitter And Instagram

There are 100s and 100s of gaming influencers in the industry and those that have a large number of followers and engagement are likely to be involved in campaigns when new games launch. Because of this, they're great for following because you are likely to find out about launches as soon as they are announced. When it comes to events, influencers are also likely to be invited in order to share their experiences with their followers. For a list of influencers in the gaming industry, you can visit this site here.

- Watch Gaming YouTubes And Subscribe To Their Channels

Similarly, there are a lot of gaming YouTubers for you to subscribe to. If you hit that all-important subscribe button you will receive notifications and emails whenever they post a new video - whether it's a review of a new game or an exciting announcement, you won't want to miss out.

- Subscribe To Gaming Magazines So You Receive A Copy Each Month

Although most people will do their reading online, there are still lots of different gaming magazines you can subscribe to. Whilst you can stop by your local store to pick up a copy when they're released, having them delivered to your door will ensure that you never miss an issue. Magazines may not have exclusive news any more, but they are definitely a great way to get insider information and interviews with key people in the industry.

- Read Gaming News Sites And Subscribe To Updates

One of the most popular ways to keep up with the industry is to read gaming news sites. With lots of different websites and blogs dedicated to gaming news specifically, these will often be the first places to get exclusive news and interviews. If you want to ensure you don't miss anything exciting, a lot of sites will also have apps and newsletters that you can sign up to. For more information, you can visit Kiiings.

- Sign Up To Any Newsletters That Keep You Updated

Whether it's an influencer, a gaming site or a developer, signing up to someone's newsletter is a great way to keep up with all of the latest news. As newsletters are now used as a powerful marketing tool, these are often one of the first places people go in order to receive information. Whilst you don't need to sign up to every single newsletter going, having a couple that you read every single week will definitely help keep you on top of things.

- Follower Developers And Companies On Social Media

Although we talked about following gaming influencers on social media, following developers and companies can also be beneficial. Most of the time brands will be the first people announcing their news, so following them on Twitter is probably one of the best things you can do. Set up notifications for your favourite game development companies and your phone will buzz every single time they post. Ideal for those times when you're expecting a big announcement!

- Keep Up With Conferences And Events

There are lots of different conferences and events to attend in the gaming industry and if you're serious about keeping up, they're definitely worth going to. Not only will you be able to meet likeminded people, but you will also be able to attend all of the announcements whilst you're there. As these events are so well known in the industry, they've quickly become a milestone for exciting developments and news.

- Join Facebook Groups And Communities

Finally, if you want to keep up with the latest news in the gaming industry then you can join Facebook groups and communities. People will share rumours, theories and exciting announcements as their favourite developers tease all of their new launches. Great for those that want to make friends in the industry, Facebook groups can really help tie the community together.

Are you an avid gamer? How do you ensure you keep up with all of the latest releases and news? Let me know in the comments section below.

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12 March 2019

The Downsides Of Digital Only Gaming

The digital era is here and we are seeing more and more of our gaming items and services been moved onto a digital-only platform. We think it brings some amazing opportunities. However, we also think there are quite a few downsides to this as well. So sit back and have a read -


Do You Prefer A Hard'en

Let's talk about hard copies - This opinion is more aimed at console players as PC is mostly digital now anyway. A lot of serious collectors prefer to have a hard copy of the game, as a console gamer previously its quite satisfying seeing that line up of games on your shelf in all its glory - Especially if they are special editions. This also poses another issue, special editions usually come with a bundle of extras whether that be game guides or merch, could this mean the end of big game bundles or will there be collections points?!

A Physical Place - Not The Gym!

Next up is physical shops, we are not going to lie! We love a physical shop, you know the ones you actually walk around. We know these can be hard work but they make our high streets a better place. If everything goes digital it would just be shopping from home, we know that is probably really attractive to some people however we need to get out more - even if it is just going to the local GAME for a chat or even to CEX to pay crazy prices for retro games!

Storage


Just about all of the big games, these days have a digital download version available, however, they are all ridiculous in size. On top of this, we then need to take into account save data, patches that may increase the game size and any digital add-ons purchased. PC gamers can upgrade their machine if they need the extra space, however, console gamers would be stuck with whatever storage they bought in the first instance. There is however a chance that this would enable manufacturers to cash in on either local storage hard drives or subscribed cloud services,

Talking of cloud services, this is a substantial enabler for digital gaming and storage. It would mean you could pay for the storage you need and not actually have a physical version at home, HOWEVER! Where would this leave offline gaming? If your games and data are cloud stored and you need online access to retrieve them, when your internet goes down you will be pretty stuck - Time to bring out Battleships or your ages copy of Hero Quest.

Online Transactions

Then we have the time old favourite of microtransactions, but how would going fully digital change this? Well, today if you go into a shop and buy a full copy of the game you get the full copy of the game, minus extras that are bought via microtransactions. Due to this, you get the majority of items available at that time, because let's face it developers would get some serious stick if they started splitting out each game type to a different disc and selling them separately. However these days there are no rules with online transactions and they can charge you as much as they want for what they want. More recently Black Ops 4 has had an online-only version of the game release - This we are not saying is a bad thing because the price was decent and some people might only want the online gameplay. However imagine if you had to buy each level of a campaign mode for a game, then on top of this having to pay for each online gameplay mode (TD, Battle Royale etc.)

It's not a rant we promise...

This might seem like a bit of a rant but a digital future could wipe out a lot of the gaming industry in terms of collectors and the stores we visit. There are a lot of positives such as environmental effects, which we will discuss in a later post, however, we can't help but feel unless there is more regulation around online transactions across the board this would put a lot more power in the hands of the big developers.

We would love to know what your thoughts are and whether or not you would like to see the future of gaming fully digital?

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