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By Brandon Boatman On 8 Apr, 2014 At 03:07 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Remember that time you went out for the midnight release of that highly anticipated Wii/Wii U game? Oh you don’t? Well that’s okay because neither do I. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a game and thought man I can’t wait to play this on my Wii U…that I don’t own.

Like most gamers I love Nintendo, or at least I think I do. I bought a 3DS XL last Christmas, does that count? Having been brought up alongside the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo I feel wrong saying anything otherwise.nintendo-nes-box

That’s the problem though. Whenever I think of Nintendo it’s never of their latest console or future plans; it’s purely of Super Mario Bros., Super Metroid or The Legend of Zelda whose gold cartridge captivated me.

So we’re going to try and help our good friends at Nintendo out with some things the staff here at ROG thinks they need to do to #WiiUvenate. My contribution to this effort is ads.

Since the Wii U was released back in November of 2012- yeah it’s been that long- I haven’t seen a single ad. For games or for the console. That’s not to say they don’t have any though. At the end of last year Kotaku actually wrote an article about their ads…and how they ignored the biggest selling point which is their off-TV play.

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That’s kind of a problem. The Wii U’s best feature isn’t showcased. Another problem is how I couldn’t tell you off the top of my head what games for the Wii U are coming out or when.

So Nintendo that’s where I think you should start. Take a page from Sony and run an ad about a single little feature. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t see the Playstation 4′s “sharing is caring” commercial.

Simply put, at least use ads so you become relevant again. It’s kind of sad that you’re still developing great games yet gamers can’t tell you their title, aside from Super Mario Kart (arbitrary number here). You may have never been big on advertising games or your console but times change. I want to be 23 and experience this again.

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With just a few days into April, it looks like we have another time consuming, wallet draining month of video games ahead of us.

April 1
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC)
Mercenary Kings (PS4)
MLB 14 The Show (PS3, Vita)
Ragnarok Odyssey ACE (PS3, Vita)

April 3
Call of Duty: Ghosts – Devastation DLC (Xbox One, 360)

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April 4
Awesomenauts Asssemble! (PS4)
The Elder Scrolls Online (PC, Mac)

April 8
Daylight (PS4, PC)
Kinect Sports Rivals (Xbox One)
Lego The Hobbit (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC)
Strike Suit Zero (Xbox One, PS4)

April 10
Trials Frontier (iOS)

April 14
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4)

April 15
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (3DS, Vita)
Moebius: Empire Rising (PC)
War of the Vikings (PC)
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (PS3, 360)

April 16
Trials Fusion (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)

April 22
Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold Heart DLC

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April 25
Dark Souls II (PC)
NES Remix 2 (Wii U)

April 29
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PC)

April 30
Child of Light (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 360, PC)

Personally, I’m most excited about Elder Scrolls Online. I’m a little on the fence about buying it on launch day, but I will probably buy it by the end of the month. I was involved in the last four beta weekends, and I liked what I saw. What are you most excited about this month? Let us know in the comments below!

By Gehennakat On 25 Mar, 2014 At 06:12 PM | Categorized As Best Game Ever, Featured, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments
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I hate inFAMOUS: Second Son. Not in a bad way, but in the way that I can’t seem to get anything done (that includes job, house, family, etc.). I’m not talking about bugs or glitches either. The problem is that publisher Sony Computer Entertainment and developer Sucker Punch Productions have created such a realistic sandbox that I spend most of my time running, leaping, and flying that I forget what mission I was on or what I was doing to begin with, but I digress.

Smoke1inFAMOUS: Second Son begins 7 years after the events of inFAMOUS 2 in New Marais after Cole MacGrath’s heroic sacrifice. The new protagonist is Delsin Rowe and he’s portrayed as an Akomish Native American. Now the tribe is actually fictional, but as a Native American I’m glad they’ve actually included someone with a heritage to base his personality and interactions off of. Delsin lives in Washington amongst his tribe and is also the resident trouble maker. Being a graffiti artist, Delsin has been in conflict with the local authorities on more than one occasion. Unfortunately for Delsin, the local constable is none other than his brother Reggie. I’m going to avoid story spoilers for the sake of those who haven’t been playing and just say after a confrontation Delsin learns he is what they call a conduit. All conduits have now been dubbed bio-terrorists by the Department of Unified Protection (DUP) and are being rounded up and stored away or tested on. After a few cut scenes and a short tutorial Delsin finds himself in Seattle on the hunt for those who have wronged his tribe.

Like inFAMOUS 2, there is a karmic scale that impacts what abilities and powers can be upgraded by the choices you make during the game. I focused on a “Good Boy” play through and maintained that, for the most part, through until the conclusion. Now karmic choices play out in certain levels, but even running through the street there are opportunities abound to be the daring do gooder or an all-around evil bastard. As an evil doer you can harass street musicians, break up activists who are against conduits, execute DUP soldiers, etc. As you come across other conduits you’re also given the opportunity to corrupt or redeem them to continue on whatever path you choose. As the good guy you can heal people caught in the cross fire, destroy drug stashes, and even take down DUP grunts with non-lethal means. Once you choose your focus, your powers will follow suit. Once I absorbed my neon powers and reached guardian level karma I was able to slow time and zoom in for accurate sniper shots. Target’s heads are highlighted red for an evil execution or blue on their feet and legs for an immobilization.

neon dashI think one of the more annoying problems with the original two inFAMOUS titles was the means of locomotion. Cole had some cool ways to get around, but it felt like it still took forever to get anywhere. This is why I hate the abilities in this new game (sarcasm). Delsin’s first two powers are a smoke ability and a neon charged ability, and both can get you around town in a matter of seconds. The smoke dash ability covers ground while leaving you unexposed to attacks until you form back together. This also plays into the myriad of vents now located on buildings that let you dash into the ducting only to materialize on the roof instead of manually scaling the side of 5 story building. The neon abilities answer to this a sprint that moves at light speed (think the Flash) and lets him run up the side of buildings to get to the top. So why do I hate this? Mainly because I’d start a level and begin making my way to the objective only to get sidetracked by the scenery, or a tall building I wanted to vault, DUP on the street, blast shards (yes, those are back), etc. The means of getting around Seattle vary and are a blast. I won’t spoil the last two abilities or how Delsin comes about acquiring them, but they also make for some fun ways to get around town. Not only that, but the ability to trade out your powers on the fly is fun too. Air dropping into a group of DUP from the rooftop, to disable them with smoke headshots, to then stealing some neon from a nearby sign to finish of the rest with a stasis grenade never gets old. You’re limited by your creativity… and your ability to finish an actual level without being distracted.

smoke chainThe devs at Sucker Punch deserve as much kudos as they can get because they’ve created a truly beautiful next gen console experience. I’ve heard people complaining that the characters are bland and uninteresting, but I disagree. I’d wager these are the people who played the game for 3 days straight without sleep or human interaction. Games like this are like a great meal and need to be savored. The cut scenes, facial expressions, and voice acting are all top notch and fit well within the story given to us. My only grievance (and it’s little) is the inclusion of a bad karmic side. Yes, I know it gives more options and a bit more depth, but it doesn’t flow with what we see of Delsin, those he cares about, or sense of community his tribe instills in him. The city of Seattle needs to be addressed as well because it seems like a living breathing organism. From the buildings, to the lighting, to the pedestrians on the streets Sucker Punch has crafted a very realistic city for us to play in. This is evident in the audio for the game as well. You can stop on the corner and just listen to everything that’s going around. The last big tip of the hat to Sucker Punch is the lighting, particles, and physics of the environments. Delsin’s smoke and neon abilities are absolutely gorgeous (so is one of his last ones) to behold, with lights dancing off the walls as you zip around, to the small particles of smoke and fire coming from Delsin as he teleports. Physics come into play even more since now you can actually destroy objects in the environments instead of trying to scale them all.

neon ground poundWith all the next gen titles coming out I’d be remiss not to encourage any PS4 owner to check out inFAMOUS: Second Son and experience everything it has to offer. In addition, there was a day one patch that added about 4-5 hours of extra gameplay and an online hunt dubbed “Paper Trails” (we will be doing a follow up on this DLC). This combined with fantastic acting, animation, gameplay, and story will make sure inFAMOUS: Second Son doesn’t disappear into a puff of smoke.

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They’re coming. Wave upon wave of next-gen games and do you know what the best part about that is? Actually being able to play whatever game(s) you just came home with and one thing that may prevent you from doing so is not having enough space on your not-so-big 500GB hard drive.

Now I know that seems like a lot of space and on past consoles you’d be completely correct, however, with every game on each console requiring a full download you’ll see that space quickly disappear.

The problem is that the games are bigger. Like a lot bigger. 20GB big and that combined will all of your captures, shares and whosits and whatnots is a lot of space taken up. It doesn’t help either that people forget that a good amount of your hard drive will be taken up with firmware data so you’re not actually getting all 500 gigs. You’re getting 408GB on the PS4 and 362GB on the Xbox One.

Now, with the Xbox one you have two legal options. You can periodically check your remaining space or you can devote an external drive or USB to your games/saves to help out. Managing your data isn’t that big of a task either due to the helpful little graphic that displays your remaining space and percentage of space used and you can easily delete and item or see how much space it uses by pressing the menu button (formerly Start).

If neither of these choices for whatever reason don’t appeal to you and you’d just like to have more space that’s an option too. An illegal option.

Like the PS4 you can upgrade your hard drive to a new bigger Solid State drive, hybrid or just another hard drive, but doing so voids your warranty. For those of you interested, youtuber Brian Williams uploaded a video showing you exactly what you need to do. I’ll also talk more about replacing your drive later.

The kind people at Sony on the other hand give you the same options, but putting in a new drive is actually supported. They even allow you to update your firmware/software on the console. If the graphics don’t help there is also this video by CNET which should get you through it. If you would just like to manually manage your data to avoid the tech side of things it’s easy as well. Just go to “System Storage Management” on your console and it’ll display all the information you need.

Here’s the thing about replacing your hard drives, nobody is just giving you  a brand new shiny HDD or SSD for free. They cost. You can get a 1TB HDD for about $60-$80, but that’s on top of the expensive system you just bought and without any of the gains an SSD would bring and if you’re thinking about going the 1TB SSD route know that you’ll essentially be buying two consoles. They’re very expensive, but do offer faster load times on the consoles. Even if not by a lot the gains are still there.

Here’s the other option. There’s always another option. You could just wait. Developers are still learning the new consoles and the games that truly push their potential won’t be out until later this year or next. So wait just wait. I’m assuming there will at least be another variation of the consoles released with bigger drives so if the space is really bumming you out hold off until you get what you want. No sense in settling.

By NoirZillaGamer On 16 Mar, 2014 At 05:37 AM | Categorized As International News, Movie News, ROG News, ROG Tech | With 0 Comments
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On March 10th Sony released their newest product for personal and professional use:  the  ”Archival Disc.” Sony collaborated with Panasonic to create the newest Blu-Ray, expanding the digital data storage, going into the not too distant future. Sony explained that:

“Both Sony and Panasonic aim to launch systems with a recording capacity of 300 GB per disc from summer 2015, onwards. In addition, both companies plan to leverage their respective technologies to further expand the recording capacity per disc to 500 GB and 1 TB.” 

Whoa 1TB this must be meant for the influx of 4k Televisions soon to rush into our living rooms. We all see the writings on the wall and its great to see that Sony, while going through a lot of company wide restructuring, are keeping a eye on future markets.

Here are some specs and charts provided by Sony via their website for all our Tech Heads:

Key Archival Disc specifications

Disc size (type) 300 GB (write-once)
Optical parameter Wavelength ?=405 nm (nanometers), Numerical Aperture NA=0.85
Disc structure Double-sided Disc (3 layers/side), Land and Groove Format
Track pitch 0.225?m (micrometers)
Data bit length 79.5nm (nanometers)
Error correction method Reed-Solomon Code

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By Amy McGarey On 3 Mar, 2014 At 12:38 AM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments
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It’s that time again – If you are a Playstation Plus or Xbox Live subscriber, get ready to download your free games! A Playstation Plus membership will cost you $50 a year, but you get way more than that out of it. Every month you get one Playstation 4 game, 2-3 Playstation 3 games, and 2 Vita games all for free. On top of that, there’s always extra discounts you get in the Playstation Store.

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The free Playstation 4 game for March is Dead Nation: Apocolypse Edition. This is a game that makes me wish I had a PS4. It’s a top-down view game, like Diablo, but you have guns and kill hordes of zombies. The game also features a Broadcast+ mode, where people can watch your game and make choices for you that make your game harder. Viewers have 30 different effects they can choose to add to the game that can either make your life easier, or make the game a living hell.

Tomb Raider, Thomas Was Alone, and Lone Survivor: Director’s Cut are the free games for Playstation 3. Unit 13 and Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite are the the free games for the Playstation Vita.

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Xbox Live has some good games for free this month through Games for Gold. With an Xbox Live subscription, you get one free game every two weeks. For the first two weeks of March, the game Civilization Revolution is free. This has me excited because I’m a Sid Meier’s freak and I haven’t played this game in such a long time. Even though Games for Gold usually has older Xbox 360 games for free, every once in awhile you get one that has sentimental value to you. The second free game is always an Xbox Live Arcade game, and this month it’s Dungeon Defenders.

March is looking to be a great month for free games, but also a great month for new releases as well. Playstation Plus and Games for Gold have set me back in my gaming backlog once again!

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Welcome to the first big month for video games of 2014! This March, you can expect some of the year’s biggest games on both old and new generation consoles, as well as PC. Is March the new November?

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March 4:
South Park: The Stick of Truth (PC/XB360/PS3)
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PS3)

March 11:
Dark Souls II (PC/XB360/PS3)
Titanfall (PC/XBO)
Towerfall: Ascension (PC/PS4)

March 14:
Yoshi’s New Island (3DS)

March 18:
Final Fantasty X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, Vita)
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (XB360, PS3)

March 20:
Pokemon Battle Trozei (3DS)

March 21:
Infamous: Second Son (PS4)

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March 25:
Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Part 2 (PC/XB360/PS3)
Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma (PS3)
Deception IV: Blood Ties (PS3/Vita)
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PC/Mac)
Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends (PS3/PS4/Vita)
The Witch and the Hundred Knight (PS3)
Titanfall (XB360)

March 31:
Shovel Knight (Wii U/3DS/PC)

For me, this is the most exciting month for video games so far this year! I’ve been dying to play South Park: The Stick of Truth ever since it was announced. I can’t believe it’s coming out so soon! I’m also looking forward to getting Titanfall (more for my boyfriend to play), Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, and most importantly – Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Part 2. Hopefully, I have the cash to cover it all – especially with my first convention of the year (Lexington Toy and Comic Con) this month.

I’ve had a really crappy, disappointing year so far in my normal life. It sounds stupid, but this month’s lineup of games is giving me something to look forward to and actually lifting me out of my funk. I guess life is all about the nerdy things.

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Sony PS4 Gold Headset

Sony announced on their blog on February 3, 2014 their new Gold Wireless Stereo Headset.  The headset will retail at $99.99 (MSRP).  No set date has been given for when we will see this on the market, though Sony said it will be released early this month.

The specs for this headset are 7.1 virtual surround sound, a noise cancelling microphone, and custom audio settings for the different PS4 games.  The cable is a 3.5mm audio cable.

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The headset is compatible with the PS4, the PS3, the PS Vita, computers, and mobile devices.  There will also be a free Headset Companion app coming to the PlayStation store some time this month.

You can watch Sony’s video on the new headset below.

Source:  PlayStation Blog

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Sony currently has a sale going on in their PlayStation Store:  14 For 14 with games up to 50% off for everyone or 75% off if you’re a PlayStation Plus member.  For PlayStation Plus Members, BioShock Infinite is available for free.

 

PS3/PSN Games:

WolfAmongUs

The Wolf Among Us – Season Pass  :  $14.99 or $13.49

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Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon  :  $7.49 or $3.75

RaymanLegends

Rayman Legends  :  $47.99 or $35.99

Tales of Xillia

Tales of Xillia  :  $19.99 or $10.00

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Lone Survivor:  The Director’s Cut  :  $7.49 or $5.24

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rain  :  $7.49 or $3.75

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F1 2013  :  $29.99 or $20.99

Thomas was alone

Thomas Was Alone  :  $4.99 or $2.50

Puppeteer

Puppeteer  :  $13.99 or $7.00

Crysis 3

Crysis 3  :  $9.99 or $5.00

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ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West Premium Edition  :  $9.99 or $5.00

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BIT.TRIP Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien  :  $7.49 or $3.75

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Deus Ex:  Human Revolution – Director’s Cut  :  $14.99 or $13.49

Pool-Nation

Pool Nation  :  $4.49 or $2.25

 

PS Vita Games:

Killzone Mercenary

Killzone: Mercenary  :  $17.99 or $9.00

TWD

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season  :  $9.99 or $5.00

Stealth Inc

Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark PS Vita  :  $5.99 or $4.19

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Lone Survivor:  The Director’s Cut PS Vita  :  $7.49 or $5.24

Velocity_Ultra

Velocity Ultra  :  $3.99 or $2.00

Spelunky

Spelunky  :  $7.49 or $3.75

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Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two PS Vita  :  $14.99 or $7.50

worms revolution extreme

Worms Revolution Extreme  :  $7.49 or $3.75

Thomas was alone

Thomas Was Alone PS Vita  :  $4.99 or $2.50

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LIMBO PS Vita  :  $7.49 or $3.75

SoulSacrifice

Soul Sacrifice  :  $17.99 or $9.00

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PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD  :  $7.49 or $3.75

Sly Cooper Thieves in Time

Sly Cooper:  Thieves in Time PS Vita  :  $13.49 or $6.75

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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker  :  $9.99 or $6.99

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It was all good just a few gens ago…

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Doesn’t flow off the tongue like Jay-Z Hard Knock Life Vol.2 song “A week ago” unlike the timeless Rap classic album Nintendo’s reputation amongst gamers has been a tumultuous one & hasn’t really been good to look back on. Though while the “gamers” have rallied against big N’s relevance in gaming today. Nintendo has continuously remained profitable and as a business that is the core thing for a company to remain successful. Gamers as fickle as we are as a whole are nothing to scoff at. The gaming community rallied around all that was Nintendo throughout the 3rd and 4th generation but, as the 5th generation reared its head. It seemed as if throughout all the years this company has gotten right they have lost what essentially made them great. Let me dust off the history books and take a peep into them to see what the catalysts was that landed them into this peculiar situation. Generation 5 when Nintendo 64 was released by the big N there was so much hype surrounding what could be. There was its new weird looking controller introducing analog control stick tech into console gaming along with 64 megabits of power. It seemed as if things were all good except for the fact Sega’s Saturn & newcomer Sony’s PlayStation was a CD based platform. That to me was Big N’s major 1st misstep because we all know Nintendo stayed with the old ways of console gaming mediums, Cartridges. I believe this is why Nintendo started to lose its grip on the gamers. Though, a long time ago for most of you modern gamers the gamers whom are in their late 20’s to mid-30’s should remember how the N64 was a wasteland of 3rd party titles rarely seeing jewels that were popping up on the competitions CD based platforms.

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Though, the games that did show up by Nintendo’s efforts to collaborate with 3rd party developers & utilizing & acquiring new in house ones. They were able to remain profitable and provide us gamers with classic titles like Mario Kart 64, Star wars Rouge squadron, Mario 64 and let’s not forget the title that made the FPS genre popular on consoles James Bond’s Golden eye to name a few. Those weren’t enough to steamroll the legions of developers from leaving Nintendo home console behind. The flexibility of CD wasn’t the only reason they left Nintendo in the corner. It was their overall business practices that seemingly drove a lot of business away because of that but, it took the likes of the new challenger of the throne Sony’s PlayStation that gave them a place to call home. In return the Sony PlayStation won the 5th console generation. Along with that stole a good portion of the market share Nintendo had for years. During Gen 5 games like Banjo-Kazooie while fun and enjoyable could not bring in new adult gamers into the fold when there were mature titles being released with cinematic experiences unseen for the most part on the N64.

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As Generation 5 came to a close and new gamers of a higher age bracket came into the market. Sony Playstation had experiences and cutting edge technologies that you couldn’t find in Nintendo’s home console. Though like a well primed company that it is Nintendo still remained profitable even after losing significant market share along with maintain some of the fiercest fans out there. Granted their profitability wasn’t all hinged on their home console efforts all the while Nintendo is an game company so, as they somewhat floundered their market share Nintendo has the portable gaming market in their pocket protector. Pulling in gangbusters of cashola into their bank accounts later to be infused with some of their future home consoles. Titles like some of their tried and true franchises and new IP’s like Pokémon flourished on this platform but, also new gadgetry and technologies sprung up throughout the Game Boy’s lifetime. Though the portable market is virtually owned by Nintendo for the most part the home console side of things is where Nintendo should start to tighten its grip. From here on out Big N had an uphill battle going into the 6th generation. Stay tuned for the second half of my vision in “Double-edged sword Part 2: Now you’re playing with power”

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