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The 10 most successful states for video game development

Found this article interesting! Thought I’d share it with you all.

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The proliferation of smartphones and tablets, along with new free-to-play games luring a new audience of gamers, has helped the United States video game industry to see consistent growth despite a global recession. According to the Entertainment Software Association, the video game industry grew four times faster than the American economy between 2009 and 2012.

Video game jobs have flourished across the country, growing at 9% each year since 2009, thanks in part to tax incentives in a growing number of states and more video game programming at colleges and universities. The game industry directly employs more than 42,0000 people in 36 states, a more than 30% increase since the 2009 report.

It’s not a bad gig, either. Industry employees earning an average annual compensation of up to $95,000, and total direct compensation for all workers directly employed in the video game software industry was more than $4 billion. In…

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Xbox Wire Reports 6 Games with Gold for month of April

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Xbox Wire announced today the games which would be featured in their Games with Gold promotion.  Earlier this month they advised us on a surprise and told everyone to be on the look out for more games.  Which games would be chosen and how many was left to ponder.  Larry Hryb, Xbox’s Major Nelson, took to his twitter handle @MajorNelson, to announce the double feature April Surprise:

Larry Hryb on Twitter: “Xbox Live Gold members will get double the games in April under the #DealsWithGold

The games are listed below:

Xbox One – Pool Nation FX  and Child of Light

Xbox 360 –  Gears of War Judgemet and Terraria (April 1st – 15th)

Assassin’s Creed:  Black Flag and Army of Two:  The Devil’s Cartel (April 16th-30th)

Further Detail as they appeared on Xbox Wire below:

Pool Nation FX ($9.99 ERP)
Child of Light ($14.99 ERP)
Gears of War: Judgment ($19.99 ERP)
Terraria ($14.99 ERP)
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag ($29.99 ERP)
Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel ($19.99 ERP)

Xbox One has sent Overdog! to Preview Members

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Overdog! the first interest-based matchmaking service has come to the Xbox One for those in the preview program. Overdog was recently featured at GDC 2015. For further details check out their site below.

Their most recent tweets suggests they’ve been busy since then!

Check your messages to get it now!

The app’s website can be found here: http://overdog.com/

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images courtesy of overdog

PS+ Titles Finally Announced 6 Games Incoming!

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It took some time but I can finally say and confirm that the PS+ games for March 2015 have been announced!  And let me be the first to say, its a mighty fine package!  Fans have a lot of different choices and personally I got really lucky!  I don’t own any of these games currently and can’t wait to get my hands on them. So what do you guys think?  What did you want?  Let us know in the comments!

PlayStation 4:  Sony’s High-End Console

PS4 1)  Oddworld:  Abe’s Oddysee – New ‘n’ Tasty! – An updated version of a classic platformer.  Abe’s back with awesome graphics, sound and controls.

PS4 2) Valiant Hearts:  The Great War – Tells the story of different people and the struggles of surviving through WWI.

PlayStation 3:  Sony’s Entry Level Console

PS3 1)  Papo & Yo – A unique puzzling adventure starring a boy, Quico, and a monster named, Monster.  They are best friends and have to help each other through an amazing world.

PS3 2)  Sherlock Holmes:  Crimes and Punishments – Follow the legend Sherlock Holmes and solve some cases in the style that only Holmes can.

PlayStation Vita: Sony’s Hand-Held

PSV 1)  OlliOlli2:  Welcome to Olliwood – Did you love OlliOlli? Tony Hawk?  This game takes you back into the side scrolling skateboard world that lets you grind, jump, and do tricks!  How far can you make it?

PSV 2)  CounterSpy – A unique vision, inspired by the Cold War, tasks players with keeping the world in balance.

The original source can be found below:

PS Plus: Free Games for March 2015 – PlayStation.Blog.

Xbox 360 Owners can Build their Xbox One library’s without the Console

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Each and every month the people at Microsoft and Sony have to wrestle around and figure out which games to offer their community for free and which unique deals they will have.  This helps our collections and is seen as an appreciation for using their services.  This started off with Sony and was quickly imitated around the industry.  If you can recall, Sony, gave members of its PS+ service free games because of the infamous Sony hack that took the service down for months and leaked many users information.  At that time, PS+ was a service for members but was not a requirement to play online.  Being the gamer that I am and was I had to have it!  What started off as a definite money gouger turned into a data leak.  In the leak was personal information for many of Sony’s loyal customers.  The hack was then released to the public.

To save face and make things right, Sony, gave its members free games.  They must have had great feedback and huge gains in membership, because immediately PS+ subscriptions began offering different games each month as part of a new and revamped PS+ service.  With its success, it was only a matter of time before Xbox began to do the same.  The difference being, Xbox 360 owners were able to keep the games even when their Gold accounts expired.  What started off as an apology and a gift to show appreciation, revolutionized subscription based network services.  For the first time, subscription values made sense and people were more than willing to shell out the cost of a game to receive a handful back throughout the year.  What seems to be happening now is a direct result of competition.  Sony and Microsoft trying to one-up each other is the greatest thing to hear as far a a gamer is concerned.  I would bet these deals and offerings each month, are probably tied to the same contracts and exclusivity deals as when the titles originally release.  Which brings me back to our topic.  Did you know that you can add games to your Xbox One library with an active Gold account? No! Let me explain.

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With the new competition for living room superiority,  Sony and Microsoft, both began offering better games.  Games ranged from older known indies, at the beginning, to older AAA’s and newer indies by the end of  last generation.  The new generation started and PS+ service was now a requirement for Sony users.  This raised the bar again, leading the consoles to offer brand new indies and fairly newer AAA titles.  Its funny how many people take this service for granted and think they are owed games each month.  Some people go as far as threatening to cancel their sub if the quality of games offered isn’t up to their standards.  That’s just stupid, they don’t need to give us anything.  If you don’t like whats on offer, don’t add the game to your library.  Each month, these games are used to set them apart from the competition.  In order to secure those games each month, meetings are held, feedback is read, and data is crunched, and put to use. From the meetings a deal is made and the games are offered to us for free. Major Nelson, aka Larry Hyrb, recently made a little known secret available to the community.  All Xbox 360 owners with a current Gold memberships can now add Xbox One games to their library, even if they don’t own the console yet.  This was feature was added onto the Xbox 360 dashboard in the Games with Gold for Xbox One section.  Before, this was normally reserved for those with access to a PC.  Basically. if they don’t have an Xbox One they can build their library of games each month.  A link to the blog can be seen here:   Xbox 360 Owners: Start building your Xbox One Game Library for free – Xbox Live’s Major Nelson.

Couldn’t we already do this?  Let me explain.  Ever since I bought the Day 1 console (I still own 360), I would go online on the 1st and 15th to download the games offered via the Xbox store on my PC, allowing me to stay seated and not have to change the inputs or outputs on the TV.  I’ve been doing this since I got the console!  Not just for me but for my extended family members, as well.  The fact that they extended this feature onto the Xbox 360, says a lot about Microsoft.  I own all the PlayStation consoles, too, but haven’t verified if it the PSN store can do the same things.  I know you can buy PS games on the PSN web site but I’m assuming you can’t buy a PS4 game on the PS3 unless its cross-buy game.  It seems that Microsoft is bringing things together in preparation of DX12 and Windows 10 operating system.

The ability to add Xbox One games to my Gold account and family accounts has always been available through our PC browser and has been added as a new update to your 360.  This adds a lot of benefits and value to the Xbox brand.  People will have access these games as soon as they log into their new Xbox One’s with the same GT they use on the 360.  Do you find this just as promising for those who havent upgraded yet?  If you knew this before you bought a PS4/or any other console, would it have swayed which one you bought?  This will help many of us to build some of the largest libraries we’ve ever had, and it will only continue to get better.  In fact, I see this as a great value and an excellent way to increase subscriptions and retention of Xbox Live accounts.

Its Official! Major Nelson is now recommending everyone do the same, but rather than having to go to your browser or PC, do it directly from the Xbox 360.  In no time your game collection could overcome your current generation collection.  Unlike the 360, a Gold account is required to play the games on the Xbox One, but are still yours to keep.  This is a great addition for all those Xbox 360 owners who may have missed some of the games from the 1st year, and weren’t knowledgeable about how to do this in the first place, can jump into it now, and from your Xbox 360 with ease.  On the 360, the Gold games were given to us and did not require an active account because the license was transferred to the console.

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Secretly, I thought I was able to do this because I had both consoles and they were my family members.  Come to find out everyone can!   Fortunately, I’ve been doing this for my entire family since Day 1.  Did any one you guys do this as well?  The idea of building their accounts, adding the Gold game offerings each month, makes their future purchase decisions that much easier because of the huge library that they had built, without even owning the Xbox One.  I tip my hat for adding the feature onto the Xbox 360, it shows me and the rest of the world how to keep users happy, while achieving growth without greed.  Think about that.  How many of you knew you could do this?  Would you have thought this feature would be kept under wraps,?  How do you feel about this announcement?  Does this increase your incentive to buy knowing up until you buy you can still add the games to your library?  Let us know in the comments below.

I will say this!  If I didn’t own an Xbox One, and knew I could do this while saving for it, I would own an Xbox One.  Since I have one and have been doing this for awhile, I say, “Welcome aboard!”  Jumping to the current generation has never had a better incentive, been easier and with the value proposition is unmatched.  Can’t wait to see what the rest of the current generation and future generations have to come.

My Personal Experience: I have gotten my brother every Games with Gold game ever offered on the Xbox One program, but he hasn’t made the jump yet. Of course he will be in for a big surprise when he finally does though.  I had no idea people hadn’t shared this a year ago.  I thought many of you were already aware of this, and apologize for not saying so sooner.  I want to thank Major Nelson for sharing this Day 1 feature with the Xbox community, and expanding it further by including the Xbox 360.  This allows people an opportunity to enjoy more games, and have more time playing.  The more we know of the Xbox and its capabilities, the more we can enjoy the services it provides to the fullest extent.  Which brought up another interesting topic I hope to share with you all soon. Can we share our games, with friends and family, from across the world? What if I told you, Yes?

This has been on my mind since the Xbox One was announced. Family sharing, although they changed from their original ideas, allowed family or up to 10 friends to share and exchange games from each other, as long as you were on each others list of friends and family.  They also had to be on your friends list for a minimum of 30 days, if I remember correctly.  So what happened to this idea? Will they e implementing this or bringing  it back?

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Hypocrisy in Gaming: Banned from Polygon, Jaydential Rises – Rate Your Journalists

As a video game blogger, I’ve come to realize we are all not perfect. Some of us strive to be the best we can be, some of us go out of our way to hurt others and give false reports.  Some of us speak out against the console wars, and then some of us write about the consoles we love. Some of us read other sites and reiterate it in their own words. You see there is a big problem with just that. Now I am no stickler for rules and I am all for being open and honest, but you have to give credit where credit is do, and stop using horrible work ethics.  I began writing this about 48 hours ago.  Since then I have heard a great response to my tweets, and one from the oddest of places.  That is why after giving Polygon the opportunity to review my banishment and review their article I’ve decided to post this.  Again, I don’t even know if that article is even on their site anymore as I no longer will support them as I no longer understand their motives.

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I began writing this a couple days ago in regards to recent events going on in the gaming industry.  Popular websites including the gaming sites are reorganizing, shifting employees and even deciding to going off on their own ventures.  That’s when I came across a book about some of these issues.  This book, which I will not name, for the simple reason I won’t give the author that much credit, nor do I want to steer or lead others to it because I don’t understand his motives.  I will show all of you guys a little example or taste of whats going on.  Again, I couldn’t believe it.  The books author commits the very same hypocrisies he speaks against in his book.  He sells this book to us and then uses these same tactics himself.  This is someone who enjoys writing, and decided after seeing the recent trends in gaming, to write his or her own opinion about it, and it couldn’t be further from the truth.  To sort of educate others of what exactly is going on rampantly.  February 23, 2015, Nielsen.com posted a report on gaming titled simply, No Stranger to Video Game….  The internet swarmed to this report in ordinary fashion to secure the first translation of it.  The writer was simply trying to post an article he saw as being hot news, and gave proper credit to the source that led him to the original story.  He murdered the interpretation and entire story, all for traffic to his site.  This comes down to ethics and in Accounting they use generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), you break these principles, you are held personally accountable.

The sources he used were vg24/7 and credit source for nielsen.com.  The VG 24/7 article. from what I could see upon my initial reading, was not the original but reported their interpretation correctly.  They used the correct reason, resolution, as the #1 reason for users buying the PS4.  The writer included images from that report, and then gives a completely wrong account and/or understanding of the report. Having worked for Nielsen and Scarborough Market Research in the past, I knew their report could and would have some decent information in it.  The report was short and to the point, which meant that only a few TRULY original articles could probably be written from it before things started taking on a mind of its own, sort of like a game of telephone.  It happens everyday and on many sites.  Citing your sources should be required anytime your using information that is received from someone else, and is not available to you from your own knowledge base.  You could basically use everything the writer says, if you do it correctly.  The writer must have interpreted resolution as power.  When in fact powerful was #4.  Its an assumption based on facts, yet the facts don’t align with the report.  Were you writing your article from another summary?  Like the movie multiplicity, you’ll never get an exact copy, and the further from the original the worse it gets.

I too, was mining for more qualitative data but was coming up with the exact same stories everyone else had.  So why should I, when I could simply share the link on my Blog, and move on.  These companies want ownership, even if its someone else’s work.  Remember, someone else worked hard for that data and deserves the credit.  Imagine how many people had to make thousands of calls in order for Nicole Pike to write this report.  I understand that its becoming second nature, but PLEASE do it right! A lot of game blogs/sites do it.  They share and post the same stories with a slight difference or change in wording and/or way its used.  Why?  To justify it as their own, when in fact your data doesn’t support it at all.  I get it! It worked in high school maybe even college, too!  That’s where things, go grey!  Have you actually written a thesis, or understand its concept? Common: Intro, Thesis, Supporting, and Conclusion followed by works cited in alphabetical order.  I’d even bet most people would let the works cited page (written either within the article after citing data and than listed again at the end) be out of order, maybe even left off entirely.  Just as long as they receive credit and a link back to the original.  A lot of hours go into some of these reports and then its stolen as if its second hand information.

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So after reading that the writer had a short story on the gaming industries hypocrites, I decided to follow, support and continue gathering my notes for my own article.  Mind you, that is before all this happened.  It’s what led me to the writers’ article, which I got to through a link on N4G,  as to give the sites I support credit for the link, click and useful analytics.  Its a common technique used by blogger’s, tweeters, content creators, and what not.  It in a sense is a sort of an I follow you, you follow me type of thing.  Liking and subscribing to each others’ blogs/sites, sharing similar ideas, passions and aspirations.  Naturally, I was drawn to the topic and continued to read his stance.  I read his posts and comments and then decided to post on his article.  People must forget that as site owners or webmasters we have tools.  We can see how you got to our site/blog and  what you searched for to get there. Heck! some tools give so much data it would blow your mind.

Think #hashtags came out of left field? Nope! Its a marketing tool and genius at that. We tag the things we post or like, which in turn will combine a data warehouse of sorts so other users can simply search for that #hashtag and connect to others.  Well the value in that holds can at times be worth more than you could imagine.  All our data and digital footprints are there, and stay there. Do you think you can delete it?   My point to all this, was the fact that I could easily see his other writings and point out just how hypocritical he was being, but I will stick to the personal one.  I immediately began reading into the reasoning behind his post and his book, asking myself questions.  Was his post moderated by Polygon?  Why did he do it?  Could he have been impacted by the very company he works for?  These are very valid questions, Polygon.  He contributes to your site and wrote his own book, of course I was intrigued.  In fact, I followed him on twitter and continued on my way.  That’s when I found it! His article referencing the recent Nielsen report.  Sorry for no direct link but I’m banned now from polygon for this reason.  This is what i see when i visit Polygon.

You have been banned from Polygon.

Hello RjK311jR,

“and the issue with not knowing how to read reports is obvious.. how polygon allowed this is amazing.. it clearly states here:

http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2015/no-stranger-to-the-video-game-most-eighth-generation-gamers-have-previously-owned-consoles.html

that resolution is the top reason, and people thinking the console is more powerful is a reason for both consoles… way to write a tilte or click but hey its what we have come to expect… enjoy the last few years yall have left.. maybe even try going back to your roots… cause this is junk.. sorry its my opinion and im free to that.. stop twisting a legitimate report into click bait.. Writers on all websites, if you think the gaming industry doesn’t take notice of these articles, your sadly mistaken, good luck showing where ever your dreams brings you with this.. they would look at you and say son where did you get more powerful and why did you say playstation.. this is crap and should be completely edited to fit truth, and….”

You signed up to make a bad comment and that’s against the community guidelines:www.polygon.com/pages/community-guidelines

“First post” rule: All of the behavior listed above? You could say we’re not fond of it. We’re even less likely to tolerate it if you made an account on Polygon specifically to engage in it, since it tells us that you aren’t here to contribute in any meaningful manner. If your first post breaks the rules above, we’ll usually go ahead and issue a ban and open a dialogue.

With this in mind your account has now been banned. You may appeal this decision by emailingmoderators@polygon.com.

Regards, 

–Mod Team | Polygon

You can read, but not participate on Polygon. You must acknowledge your banned status by pressing the button below.

From <http://www.polygon.com/>

Its your footprint, if that’s really what you want or stand for, then so be it.  Today Polygon managed the impossible.  Upon finding the book, I grew into a bigger supporter because they were against hypocrites in gaming. Then managed to turn that stronger supporter/fan  into a banned “troller,” because I stated a fact, and they couldn’t take a negative post.  Powerful was not #1 for anything so saying so in your title is for traffic, clicks and misrepresents the source data. Easy! Simple as that!  While I was re-editing my post to explain further, I received that ban screen! How? Really? They say they would try and attempt dialogue with me but never did.  If they did they gave no warning and no chance for me to attempt a civil debate.  I was editing my post and never got it cause BOOM a ban screen in front of me now..  All for voicing my opinion on the matter.  I wasn’t trolling like others may have been, rather I was trying to enforce their own stance on the matter, simply showing his hypocritical work. Maybe you should have read why I wrote that and do the research and source check your information properly. You would see I was being critical in the hopes Polygon would edit the title and change the body to reflect the source material.  The same truths that were in the reported source.  They BANNED me because I pointed out they were being hypocrites too.  Aren’t they trying to take a stand against this crap?  I still have yet to hear from them on the matter and reached out for a response.   In fact, it has now been just under 55 hours and I have sent PMs, Tweets and an email to the moderators.  Did you guys see where it asks me to confirm and accept the ban in order to continue to use and read their site?  So let me get this straight.  So don’t talk bad about Polygon being hypocrites because  only they can do it? And you want me to continue to use your site? So you want to USE ME! And earn money from me viewing, sharing, liking and commenting? I don’t think so bud! Polygon has completely destroyed their image in my eyes and I could careless if I can’t access their site!  Like I said, you can get it else where.

What is really going on?  Why won’t they respond to me?  Why was I silenced on the matter, without a voice?  Why do they ban people for making constructive criticism? Why  do they make you accept a ban without giving any chance whatsoever to have a talk on the matter.  That’s a quick way to silence me and many others, rather than have a civil debate.   This is exactly what the writer is talking about in his book.  I do moderate my comments here on my Blog, but not for followers/supporters.  Its to prevent childish, bashing on fellow gamer’s trying to have a civilized debate or conversation, a.k.a. trolling.  Feel free to have whatever view you want on my site.  Once you have proven to respond, without trolling or spamming, you can comment all you want.  Feel free to write what you want, when you want. I love it all!

It’s your footprint, if that’s really what you want or stand for then so be it. Polygon, I grew into a bigger supporter/fan because of that stance but was quick to see the parallels in your own stories.  It angered me! A loyal fan for years, although recently adding my account so I could comment.  I finally decided to voice myself and I get hit with this ban.  Oh well! I’ve come to accept it! Sadly, I have checked and the ban still stands but mark my words I won’t ever press okay and accept that ban.  I am done supporting trash, and its obvious they don’t give two shits about any of us! Nope!   I had to stop and take action against it.

That’s when @Jaydential reached out to me via Twitter.  Jaydential is a new service being developed.  You can find their campaign on www,KickStarter.com. Geared towards rating, reviewing, and judging sites, their writers/contributors and the content they provide.  They look for verified sources, misrepresentations and I believe they are onto something here.  How exactly this will be handled is another question, and I will be in further contact to let you all know.  At the time he was the only one who favorited my tweet calling out Polygon’s current hypocritical state.  Has anything like this happened any of you?  They ban their supporters?  Which means they don’t know who their fans are or how to read the data from the traffic. All because I pointed out their hypocrisies.  I still have yet to hear from them on the matter and reached out for a response as they ask me to in order to discuss the situation and a possible ban lift.  To no eval.  What that means is they want to monetize my clicks and shares, and could careless if I comment.  Think about that guys!  Basically, they don’t want to be called out on their shit. I don’t think so, and I’m appalled by these actions.  Since they banned me, I wrote this and saved it, just in case they wrote a response while I was writing this. Nope, Nada, Nothing!  I provided the copy of that letter via copy and paste ad have a print screen available if any of you are interested.

This is a prime example of writing an article from another article without checking the source material, which is research and based on a factual qualitative data.  He wrote how the source article stated, that buyers of Sony’s PlayStation 4 console bought it for the #1 reason, being more powerful.  When in actuality, it was the 4th reason listed under the PlayStation 4 and the 3rd reason listed under the Xbox One (Pike, Nielsen)- Instead of the dash close the parenthesis with a period, and you have your basic works cited w/in the article, maybe hyper link the text).  That’s besides the point.  The original report was also free of feeding into the console wars, too.  Polygon has become a major player in online video game journalism and reporting.  I could look to them at anytime, many times throughout the week, months and even year.  I never had to post anything really.  Nor had I ever had a reason to because I was happy with the content.  So why feed into the drama, console wars, or trolls?  Why write a title that doesn’t relate to the source material?  The gaming industry has become a big game of telephone, basically, depending on when  and/or who you get your information from, its truth, accuracy and facts within gets skewed.  Many bloggers share the same story, but change a few words here or there.  In your own words? Really? So where is the data and source information that says this?  Your image shows differently.  You see the world is built on these perceptions, and as we grow we are learn them and discern right from wrong.  Who decides that?  Who is to say those perceptions are right or not?  I hope I’m helping you all to understand my frustrations.  We can’t allow this to keep occurring because its these very reasons we are looked at as incompetent, lazy losers with no lives.  In fact, that probably pisses people off too, but its reality.  The gaming industry is flooded with crap.  Sites like IGN, Polygon, and other top sites are starting to need to use other means to make revenue.  Leading to the growth in shady and unethical tactics in journalism throughout the internet.   Sites like, Gaming Bolt gear towards quantity rather than quality, use misleading titles, aka click-bait, to get traffic.  That does not mean there aren’t any good articles or stories on these sites.  It could be a select few, but further research would be needed.  I am in know way attacking Gaming Bolt, but the types of articles they have been writing lately are just that, traffic, click-bait, lies, deceit, misrepresentation and cheats.  I felt writing this to make you guys aware of the issue, and hope to bring about better reporting on all of our parts.  Game reporting doesn’t have to be click vs click, quantity vs quality, but passionate articles written from your heart and sharing the latest with your fans/supporters.  It should be a mine of data, for gamers, to draw their own conclusions on the things they love.  I don’t need to be told that I am a bad boy if I don’t like something.  I’m an adult, just ask that I not comment and I won’t.

To reiterate the writer sells a a book on amazon, towards the games industry hypocrites.  He recently wrote an article about Playstation and improperly reported it.  It was based on a report from Nicole Pike at Nielsen.com.  This article, again, can be seen here:

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The original source for this article contained information in regards to brand loyalty and retaining users.  Users of 7th generation consoles and 8th generation of consoles were questioned about the gaming consoles they chose to buy.  It contained the top choices and reasons for each of the three companies (Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony) and why they chose to buy it. Users gave numerous reasons for each console purchase decision and Nicole simply listed them in order in a nice image.  The same image that was used by the writer of the Polygon article.  Again, resolution was the top reason for users buying the PS4.  Not because of it being more powerful, although it was listed, but under both Xbox and PlayStation.

The Problem:   Polygon shows us just how its inner workings work!  Catchy Title (based on false reporting), Feed into drama and the console wars (ban those with valid points and who speak against us), and contradict a book you wrote.  So should I go against what I stand for?  Its all right there in front of us.  Things are changing.  The article in question is:

Polygon:  PS4 #1 Reason to buy is more Powerful, or something to that extent, but i will not revisit to get the proper title or hyperlink.  If any of you guys care to share it with me, I’d be happy to copy and paste it into the article.

In the story he  knowingly wrote his title in error, to force clicks, gain traffic into his site unethically.  Was he advised to do this? I don’t know and don’t care.  What really got me was the fact that I found this guy because he wrote on a topic that I find extremely relevant right now in this industry.  I am not an insider and I am not working in the industry at this time.  I’m simply writing my Blog, as a passion project.  I’m not a “troll” nor a “first comment basher.” <- Wow, Really!  I am a gamer!  I work hard for the things I love, own the things I need, and save for the things I want.  I’m fed up with the sh!t! I’m sorry its wrong!  Nielsen, better yet, Nicole Pike (Nielsen Reporter), wrote a wonderful report and simply shared that information with the world. Not for us to trash and twist into our own words. To read, understand, and draw our own conclusions, questions, and answers. After seeing that the person who titled the article for clicks and then misstates the information within the original sources material.  This is misrepresentation and is completely wrong.  This is Polygon!

Only recently have I begun to Blog myself.  I had to teach myself everything, from scratch!  It can be very hard and extremely stressful.  I am starting to realize, how tedious you must be.

I’ve been gaming since my father gave me his Atari 5200 when I was 4.  Again, I am doing this to follow my passions and achieve my dreams.  Its the actions and words, of the few, that continue to make rifts in the gaming industry. Blogging sites and webmaster tools have enabled users to earn multiple streams of revenue all from the safety of their own home.  Ad-Sense and Ad-Words used in correlation with analytic’s and you have a powerful avenue for mining data for your site, market research and even revenue.  As much as we hate the advertisements we have to accept/allow them, in turn, the user expects not to be bombarded with ads jamming their screen and slowing down your site.  Consider disabling your Ad-blocker on the sites you frequent and maybe even clicking an ad here and there.  Its great etiquette and it doesn’t hurt you any and pays the content provider for advertising.  Sites can make money using different techniques, some use clicks and some views.  Knowing which to use and how people end-up on your site is valuable information for your Blog or site.  The nerve, a site like Polygon, to have to misreport and twist the wording in order to get traffic.  No! Stop it!  Stay with quality and do away with trolls, click bait, and spammers.  Parent companies of these sites should think about trimming their own portfolios and manage less sites.  Is it easier to entice gamers with click-bait more than any other state?  Traffic, clicks, and ad revenue are keys to making a profit online.  Bad news stories and reporting builds a horrible portfolio for anybody.  Would you be proud to show this to a future position or job opportunity?  For the non-tech savvy, that means its a numbers game. Sites are now rushing to be the first to post the same story first! And its more and more crap. It would seem the corporate hands that be are taking hold,  Again, the recent rise in users using ad-blocker, trolling, giving false reports, and click-bait titles, many of us wish we could do more about it. This is different? No, Polygon is selling out and instead of continuing with what made them stand apart in the first place, they are becoming one of the industries worst purveyors of  internet gaming trash.  Who knew I couldn’t voice my opinion and thoughts on the the matter.

This is Polygon!  They claim they are changing how gaming journalism is done and when I, a supporter of their views, writes to point out their recent hypocrisy on their site, they banned me!  No warning, nothing! Then having the nerve to ask me to click okay to approve the ban and to continue reading their site. Oh you mean you still want me to view and click your site and support you? How about stop being a hypocrite and edit that post to justly credit the hard work Nicole Pike has done at Nielsen, in regards to the gaming industry. These are the exact poisons and viruses in the industry that you speak of BUDDY!  How do you write and sell a book about games journalism being tainted and then do it yourself?  I went from being a background supporter, for Polygon, to a banned outcast of sorts.  Yes, they need us guys!  More than we need them.  I’m ashamed to see and hear everything that’s been going on lately.  So I’m taking action.  I reached out to Polygon and its moderators for a response and will update you all as soon as possible.

UPDATE:  Its now March 1, 2015, and Polygon, has still not reached out to me.  What’s the reasoning behind this?

As for twitter the twitter user who’s name is Michael Barbera (@jaydential), and he may have a solution to this very problem.  His service would support rating journalists and making them liable by checking their resources accurately and to the best of their ability.  Readers and supporters would be able to provide useful ratings on the journalists they read.  This led many users and I, to immediately start thinking of ways people might take advantage of a system like this.  Submissions and false reports have to be verifiable.  Or else could lead to adverse effects and completely nullify what they are striving to accomplish.  How will Jaydential be monitored and supported?  Could users rate themselves?  What is stopping other’s from misusing the service.  What other areas could “opportunists,” both positive and negative use?

I was only trying to call you out on your own mistakes. Its called constructive criticism.  Maybe you haven’t heard of it before.  Again, its constructive criticism, and if you can’t learn accept that most gamer’s are educated, witness what you’re doing, and are fed up with it as well. Please stop! Everyone! I’m not saying the console wars need to stop, although, it does sound really odd and even childish reading some of the comments people have.  You really want to see changes?  Take action! Actions speak louder than words. Stop supporting sites that promote crap.  Call out articles that are copied and then edited  improperly.  We can do it if we make it known and show facts. A lot of us work hard for what we have and save for the things we want and need.  Gaming, technology and entertainment has always been a passion of mine.  It has allowed me to reach my dreams in the industry, and reach further.

Lets stop sites from making a mockery of others hard work and reports.  As a whole, we can help others share our favorite links, posts, and stories with accurate and honest information, leading to less regurgitated trash. I share on my Blog and post on others. I give others an opportunity to do the same, and ask that we unite against the real hypocrites in gaming!

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If you agree that things need to change I encourage you to check out Michael Barbera and Jaydential.  Jaydential is currently on Kickstarter and will provide its users a unique way to rate the journalists they commonly read. It seems to be an extension of some sorts that allows you to rate each article as you read them.  Making a database of journalists around the web and giving them a rating and credibility.  I’ve included their video below and believe it can help if done right. Want to see a difference and change? This, I encourage you to check out, the Jaydential. I believe with the support from journalists every where we can help change how things are reported online.  If you agree please like, share, follow, and support! Thanks guys!

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Xbox Games with Gold Announced for March 2015 w/ an April Surprise!

Today, Microsoft announced that their Games with Gold for March will include 3 games.  For those of you who haven’t already played the reboot to Tomb Raider are in for a great surprise.  Xbox 360 owners can look forward to the acclaimed reboot starting March 1, 2015.  Following Tomb Raider, on March 16, 2015, Xbox 360 owners, will get there hands on another gaming jewel.  Bioshock Infinite will finish off the remainder of the month.  What a great choice for gamers and an opportunity for me to turn more of my physical titles into digital downloads.  I have noticed that ever since going digital on the Xbox One, using its switch abilities, I prefer it.  No longer have to worry about friends or family mishandling and possibly ruining some of the gamings greatest treasures.

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Xbox One owners, will too have an amazing opportunity with Rayman Legends being made available for free to its gold members.  Rayman Legends is considered to be one of the best platformers ever made, and is a highly recommended addition to anyones library.  What do you guys think of the choices this month?  What would like to see offered next month?

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That brings up a great point!  Next month, April 2015, Microsoft will be celebrating the nearly 2 years since introducing their games with gold program for its members.  The program has provided over 100 million downloads to its members since its inception.  In celebration for this accomplishment, Xbox will provide 2x the amount of games normally provided.  Yes! You heard that right!  Next month Xbox 360 gold members will receive 4 games and Xbox One members will receive two.  Thats great news!  And I can’t wait to hear what games we will get our hands on next month.  Till next time guys!

The original announcement can be seen at Xbox Wire, courtesy of the Xbox Wire Staff.

 

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Rockstar Announces GTA V Online Heists and PC Release Dates

Rockstar sent an email to members of the GTA V social club.   Inside, contained some of the most wanted information in recent months, were the release dates.  The Rockstar Propaganda, as it was referred to, updated the community of the up and coming, Heists DLC – which features online, 4 player co-op teams. It looks as if many people won’t have to leave home this year for spring break.  GTA V Online Heists goes live March 10th, 2015.  So enjoy! You will have plenty of time to sit back and immerse yourself into Los Santos, and no school to worry about.

Rockstar also took the time to announce that the entire game, including Heists, would be released on April 14th, 2015, for the PC.  It would seem that day has finally come and users who have waited or who want to experience the new editor, we have a set date!   With the new delay anybody who has pre-ordered the game will receive an additional $200,ooo to use in the game.  The PC version will be Rockstar’s most graphically and technically advanced version of the game yet and will be fully optimized to support a broad range of current hardware and system configurations.  It features a host of PC-specific enhancements, such as, including greater levels of detail, deep configuration options, and ultra-high-definition support.  To top things off, Rockstar, has included a powerful new Rockstar Editor.  The Rockstar Editor can be used for recording, staging and editing original custom videos, making a complete and entirely new means of catching the craziest events around Los Santos.

They were thankful to the gamers who have supported them by sending useful feedback since its release.  This helped them in developing the online world into what it is today, and will soon be expanding.  Rockstar went further and provided an email address, GTAOnline@rockstargames.com, and  their website, Rockstar Games Support, for those who wish to continue to send feedback– “We’ll be closely monitoring the situation and addressing any hitches as quickly as we can.”

Minimum specifications:
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2* (*NVIDIA video card recommended if running Vista OS)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
Memory: 4GB
Video Card: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
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Recommended specifications:
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (8 CPUs)
Memory: 8GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
DVD Drive

Thats great news guys and awesome to finally hear!  I will attempt to update you with any new information as it becomes available.  I look forward to seeing  some of you guys out there! I have 3 of the 4 retail copies of the game so there is no excuse, not to! I’m only missing the PS4 version. although I plan on buying it too, as well as, the PC upon its release.  Can’t miss out on the custom personal videos that we’ll be able to create with the new editor.

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For those that do not subscribe to the rockstar propaganda emails, a copy can be seen below at the link underneath the image.

http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52394/gtav-updates-online-heists-coming-march-10-gtav-for-pc

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Update:  Images from Heists and the PC Version all images are courtesy of Rockstar from their the Social Club

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