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2018 (Likely Wrong) Predictions

Last year, I refrained from making any telecom predictions.   And no one complained.  And this year I was content to continue down...

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20 Years Later, Dialpad Disrupts Communications Again

History was made this week As Dialpad launched a free version of their UCaaS platform for up to five users. This amounts...

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MegaPath Leverages Years of Experience to Lead in SD-WAN

MegaPath is in a unique position in the SD-WAN space as they were on the leading edge of the MPLS curve...

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Value Added Services In IoT

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to speak at TechXLR8 Asia in Singapore.  It was a dynamic conference covering...

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TELoIP Brings SD-WAN to Companies of All Sizes

The market predictions for SD-WAN growth show a hockey-stick. What is most interesting about this growth is it’s literally across the spectrum...

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SD-WAN is Booming and Airespring is Providing its Customers Innovative Solutions

SD-WAN is eating the WAN, cloud and IP communications all at once. We’ve all seen the amazing projections of market growth but...

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TPx Communications Successfully adds SD-WAN to its Portfolio of Services

IP Communications is just one of the important areas where SD-WAN is making a big impact. One company, TPx Communications got its...

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Checking Out Final Fantasy XV

December 6, 2016

So even though I had to take care of the action with the Video Game Awards first, I spent most of the previous weekend trying out Final Fantasy XV, a game that featured enough ambition for any three games. It didn't always go according to Hoyle, but you've got to give a game like that credit for its sheer staggering effort.

First, I was shocked at the scope of it all. The game took almost 60 gigs to install, and then demanded a roughly 10 gig day one patch. Game sizes are getting positively ludicrous, though it means better games, so I'm not complaining on that point overmuch.

Then I actually tucked into the gameplay itself and discovered that this game was stuffed full of things to do.



Trailer Flood Emerges from Game Awards

December 5, 2016

The Game Awards are seen by many as the last major shot of gaming news of any given year, and this year's version was no exception. In fact, this year's version came out with several major trailer releases, and though there will be plenty of sequels and updates, there will also be some noteworthy original fodder to check out.

Updates, sequels and translations were big at this event. Rocket League was set to get an update called Starbase ARC, that included a new car and training feature, among other features. Bulletstorm came back with Bulletstorm: Full Clip, which gives the cult classic a chance to hit a new audience, and this time, inexplicably featuring Duke Nukem.

The Chinese Arcade Market: Still Going, Still Going Strong

November 30, 2016

Back on Monday, you'll remember I talked about how the Kat Walk line of VR machines were heading to Chinese arcades. That was a concept that got me thinking for the next little while, and I started having a look around. It turns out that there's a fairly vibrant market for arcade technology in China, owing to what looks like a couple different factors.

With a little looking around, I found that the Chinese arcade movement really got going about the time that the United States' was in decline, about the late nineties into the early 2000s. While there likely were arcades in the region beforehand, it seems like the real market kicked up about that time.

Amazon Puts Up Six Figures for Prizes in the Appstore eSports Tournament

November 29, 2016

For anyone who's ever wondered why eSports these days seems limited to the first-person shooter or the arena battler, there's an event coming up specifically for you. Amazon has set up a $100,000 prize pool for its first-ever Appstore eSports tournament in a bid to find out who's the best around in casual gaming.

Dubbed the Champions of Fire Invitational, the game will feature 16 streamers--including Renee "lolRenaynay" Reynosa, Albert "Boxbox" Sun Zheng, and Brian Kibler, as they duel to the high scores in Las Vegas on December 2. Five titles form the basis of the tournament, as Fruit Ninja Tournament, Pac-Man 256, Bloons TD Battles, 8 Ball Pool, and Disney Crossy Road all factor in. The best across all five games takes home the top prize of $30,000, while lesser prizes are likewise on hand.

Ready to Drop $9,000 on Immersive VR?

November 28, 2016

If you just coughed up your turkey dinner from all the way last week at that headline, man, you were not alone. That price tag gave me sticker shock so hard I think it might have had a taser. So what do you get for a virtual reality (VR) rig that's priced about the same as some entire used cars? A slice of innovation so impressive that it might well change the way we game in VR.

Known as the Kat Walk from KatVR, it's a complete setup that wraps around a player's waist, and uses special shoes backed up by a plastic pad underneath said shoes that basically turn your feet into a walking controller, allowing your movements to translate perfectly within a game.

A Gamer's Thanksgiving: What I'm Thankful For in Gaming in 2016

November 24, 2016

Long-time readers of this blog know that, when Thanksgiving rolls around, I softball a bit and go into the Gamer's Thanksgiving mode, an article I've written slightly differently every year for the last five years now. This has let me survey the landscape, make a few general pronouncements, and all for the cost of very little research. So before you head off to the warm embrace of family, stuff yourself full of turkey, and express a little gratitude for all the good things in life, why not catch up on some of my own reasons to be thankful this year in gaming?

Open World Gaming Carries On

This is a development I'm super happy about. While not all open world games were that great, most of them were at least somewhat entertaining.



Resident Evil VII's Bonuses Ratchet Up the Creepy Factor

November 22, 2016

I've seen some creepy game-related merchandise before--most of use remember the significant squick factor that came with Dead Island's bikini torso premium--but those bonuses for Resident Evil VII may represent the creepiest bonuses I've seen in some time. How creepy are we talking about here? Brace yourselves, because things are going to get unpleasant, yet not too unpleasant.

For those willing to drop $180 and go to GameStop for their games, there's one monster of a surprise waiting. Not only is there a copy of the game, as would be expected, but it also boasts a mansion-shaped music box which plays the game's theme song, "Aunt Rhody." Plus, the music box comes with a set of LED effects that match up with the music, a clever addition.

Dishonored's UK Landing Disappoints

November 16, 2016

While there were certainly plenty of happy faces when Dishonored 2 finally made its appearance on shelves in the United States, its arrival in the UK seems to have gone over like the lead balloon. In fact, it's actually far behind its predecessor, and the numbers suggest this isn't a situation likely to improve any time soon.

The current word from GfK Chart-Track says that the sequel is lagging its predecessor by about a third, proving just the fourth best-seller in both Great Britain and Ireland. In fact, Bethesda's newest title has the dubious distinction of being the only new title on this week's top 10 best sellers' list, coming in behind previous big sellers Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and FIFA 17.

That's particularly bad news given how Dishonored did back in 2012, coming in behind only FIFA 13. Some attribute the recent change on Bethesda's front to no longer allow early product reviews, so it could be that some cautious souls were waiting to see how the reviews came out.



How Watch Dogs 2's Own Nudity Got a Player Briefly Banned for Code of Conduct Violations

November 15, 2016

No good deed goes unpunished, as a recent revelation from Sony proved. When a gamer found nudity in a copy of Watch Dogs 2, and decided to clue some other users in, Sony landed on said gamer with both feet. The gamer, who goes by the handle Goron2000, was naturally nonplussed and took to Twitter in search of support, as a report on VentureBeat's games section detailed.

Goron2000 got a screenshot of said nudity, which is female nudity and below the waist. It's actually a rather explicit shot, so those going in search of same are duly warned not to go looking for it at work or while small children are present.

Leaked Black Friday Deals Mean Big Gaming Discounts

November 15, 2016

Everyone knows that Black Friday deals mean big things to come, and great potential opportunities to pick up exciting products for comparatively cheap. Gaming is no exception, and some recent leaks suggest that Microsoft and Sony alike are set to see some big discounts at several stores for the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season...even though many have already begun.

The leaks are noteworthy enough, and feature Sam's Club, Dell and eBay. Sam's Club will offer up the Xbox One Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and PlayStation 4 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End bundles for $249, and both the Battlefield 1 and Minecraft bundles for Xbox One S at $249, with extra controller. For $299 online at Sam's Club, gamers can get the Xbox One Battlefield 1 / Gears of War bundle for $299, with extra controller.

A nice mix, but Dell and eBay won't be denied. Dell will beat Sam's Club's offer by $50, and eBay will offer the PS4 Slim Bundle with Uncharted 4 for $249.99.

Not particularly terrible deals, really, especially for those considering a new gaming system for Christmas.





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