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Igarashi blames Konami departure on hardcore demise

The push away from traditional core gaming to more social-focused titles was the reason for Koji Igarashi’s decision to quit Konami. The Castlevania producer announced his departure on Monday. "The more hardcore the game the less suitable it is for the casual market," Igarashi told Polygon at GDC. "Unfortunately, I’m …

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Microsoft: If all you want is gaming, you’ll still pick Xbox One

Xbox One will be a success from the off because hardcore gamers will buy every new machine that’s released. That’s according to Microsoft’s corporate VP Phil Spencer who believes that his company’s new machine will win the allegiance of dedicated gaming fans. "I think, coming out of this generation, being …

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Xbox 360’s transition from hardcore to casual "was an accident of circumstance"

One of the founders of the original Xbox programme at Microsoft has lashed out at the direction the company has taken with Xbox 360. Nat Brown was one of the key figures behind Microsoft’s assault on the living room and while he understand Microsoft’s want to make the Xbox 360 …

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OPINION: Niche opportunities in the games market

With the way so much stuff is shrinking in the UK games market – the number of big releases is falling, the amount you need to sell to get the boxed game to No.1 is tiny – you’d be forgiven for thinking that the specialist press world around games was …

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Hardcore gamers "have issues" with EA Origin

EA admits core gamers have ‘issues’ with its download platform. But the publisher hopes it can win over the sceptics by making Origin the ‘best download site’ it can be. It follows EA’s new promotion that offers Kickstarter-funded games the opportunity to get listed on Origin for free. The hardcore …

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OPINION: The danger of taking E3 out of context

Some surprises are always kept secret, and some expected announcements seem to disappear into nothingness. But, with a certain degree of accuracy, we can always predict what we’re going to get from the platform holders at E3. Is that depressing? No, not really. There are thousands of us around the …

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Iwata admits mass-market focus cost Nintendo

Nintendo’s early success in appealing to the mass market and new gamers has eventually lead to the company’s current struggles, president Satoru Iwata has admitted. "The Wii was able to reach a large number of new consumers who had never played games before by bringing hands-on experiences with its Wii …

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Nintendo returns to the casual market for next 3DS push

The key to rejuvenating the 3DS in the market place could be a return to the mainstream markets, Nintendo has said. Much of the 3DS’ pre-launch hype centred around the many hardcore-centric IPs that would be arriving on the system. This in itself was a direct response to the perceived …

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ANALYSIS: Dark Souls and the core gamer

MCV looks at what the arrival of the toughest game, Namco Bandai’s Dark Souls, ever says about the market… Expanding the games industry has had the inevitable effect of ‘dumbing down’ the more challenging elements of interactive entertainment. New interfaces and new audiences mean that games have to be accessible, …

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