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December 11, 2017

2017 GameGlance Innovator of the Year: Elon Musk

Elon Musk continues to set the bar high for everyone and everything that is remotely related to technology industries. His personal vision of how he would like the sequences of things to play out on the global stage is inspiring. He has impacted and disrupted numerous social norms, companies, and industries. Skeptics often cite that he overreaches towards his objectives and his ambition is too misplaced. Not only does Elon continue to put those same skeptics in place but he has constantly materialized and produced what he claimed he would. Yes, sometimes it is behind schedule. But the fact is he has done what he has said he would do.

 

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December 11, 2017

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries out 4th quarter 2018 | Piranha

I remember back in the old AOL days and playing BattleTech Solaris VII – which can be arguably the precursor to the MechWarrior franchise. It was created by a small studio named Kesmai Studios and then it was purchased by Electronic Arts (EA) and subsequently shutdown.

Basically robots duke it out on the battlefield. Up to 4 players can take on the game’s central campaign.  You have an AI team unless you have IRL people to take the AI spots.

I liked BattleTech back then – it was simple and straightforward. It seems that Piranha is of the same thought recently. They appear to be returning back to the roots of the genre by possibly including a single [...]

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December 10, 2017

Valve Steam ceases BitCoin payment option

All the bitcoin millionaires out there are going to be upset.  Valve has announced that it will no longer accept payment via bitcoins for its Steam gaming network. The company is stating that the “high fees and volatility” of the cryptocurrency is responsible for their decision.

When Valve introduced the bitcoin payment method associated fees were around $0.20 per transaction. As of now they hover around $20 per transaction. Those fees have to be absorbed by someone. More times often than not they are passed on to the player. This has caused the demand to significantly drop.

It was not an uncommon experience for those that opted for the bitcoin payment [...]

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December 5, 2017

Amazon goes down under

Amazon hasn’t had a very smooth smart in launching into the Australian market. Last week, there were some hiccups that resulted in a false start. Things apparently have been smoothed out and Amazon is set to actually launch.

There has been a lot of coverage about how Amazon may just smash up the brick-and-motor stores in Australia. Much in the same way that it has disrupted the retail legacy in the States.  It has yet be seen if it will hold true or not. Australians tend to be more local centered and retailers have developed strong physical consumer bonds with their customers.

While there are fabulous deals to be had at Amazon – there are also some serious [...]

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