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Talking Point: How Did the Three Major Manufacturers Fare at E3 2014?

How Did the Three Major Manufacturers Fare at E3 2014?

Compare and contrast

E3 2014 is over, and we’re breaking the fabric of time and space in order to celebrate. In this inaugural cross-platform, cross-network, cross-website extravaganza, the editors of Nintendo Life, Pure Xbox, and, er, Push Square have put aside their boxing gloves, and joined forces to bring you this industry wide look at all...

Talking Point: What Does E3 2014 Tell Us About the Future of the PlayStation Vita?

What Does E3 2014 Tell Us About the Future of the PlayStation Vita?

Handheld hysteria

Ask a non-gamer to yawn through Sony’s meaty E3 2014 press conference, and they’ll probably come away with the assumption that the Japanese giant is a single console manufacturer. Much like Microsoft before it, the PlayStation 3 barely registered as a blip during its media briefing, and the PlayStation Vita only obtained a...

Talking Point: Will Sony Have Enough PS4 Material to Topple Microsoft's Game Heavy Show?

Will Sony Have Enough PS4 Material to Topple Microsoft's Game Heavy Show?

Games, games, games

Microsoft’s heavily hyped E3 media briefing this year was always going to be about redemption for the put upon platform holder. With new gaffer Phil Spencer attempting to turn around the organisation’s image, the press conference was filled with phrases aimed directly at fans. “Thank you” was a statement that seemed...

Talking Point: Why the Low Expectations for PS4 at E3 Could Work in Sony's Favour

Why the Low Expectations for PS4 at E3 Could Work in Sony's Favour

Off the rails

Everyone loves an underdog. The plucky pretender that fends off match point against the future Wimbledon champion is always treated to the biggest applause on Centre Court, and the same is true in almost all other walks of sporting life. This mentality appears to extend to the gaming industry, too, with Sony’s troubles with the...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 28

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 28

Panic stations

There are now just ten days until the industry turns on its E3 press release machine, leaving many of us at Push Square towers dabbing our nervous brows. Fortunately, video games offer ideal escapism, so we’ll be spending our weekend trying not to think about the avalanche of information that’s heading our way. After all, when all...

Talking Point: Is Watch Dogs Proof That You Can Have Too Much of a Good Thing?

Is Watch Dogs Proof That You Can Have Too Much of a Good Thing?

Greedy guts

There’s no shortage of gamer clichés capable of sending groans through the office each time that we encounter them, but this editor has a particularly vehement distaste to the vapid criticisms pertaining to game length. While we can appreciate that gaming is an undeniably expensive hobby, we find it frustrating that consumers are...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 27

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 27

Here comes the sun

The sun is shining, the weather is sweet – and already this editor is acting like a classic Brit by complaining about the scorching temperature outside. It’s all shorts, flip-flops, and closed curtains here at Push Square towers, as we attempt to avoid the heat and enjoy some good old-fashioned gaming time. Regardless of the...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 26

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 26

This little light of mine...

... I'm gonna let it shine. Oh, sorry about that, we didn't see you there. Ahem. It's time for another 'What Are You Playing This Weekend', in which the majority of the team will be delving into a little game that our very own Mat Growcott described in his review as a "painted paradise". But what does this Bank Holiday...

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Easter Edition 2

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Easter Edition 2

Cracking good time

The long Easter weekend is upon us, which means that this editor will be spending his lie-ins hoping that Jessica Rabbit hops by with a chocolate heart. Curious fantasies aside, it’s been over a year now since we started the ‘What Are You Playing This Weekend’ series, meaning that this is the second Easter Edition that...

Talking Point: How Frequently Do You Want PS4 Firmware Updates?

How Frequently Do You Want PS4 Firmware Updates?

Time for a change

Firmware updates on the PlayStation 3 were serious business. Take a gander at some of our older articles on the subject and you’ll spot more than a handful of prickly jabs pointed at people that complained about the constant need to update the console. In hindsight, it was a problem, with the system seemingly taking an age to...

Talking Point: Is The Last of Us Remastered Enough to Carry PS4 Until Christmas?

Is The Last of Us Remastered Enough to Carry PS4 Until Christmas?

Something to fight for

Sony clearly intended to make a bigger splash with The Last of Us Remastered before it leaked. The platform holder admirably attempted to shrug aside the mistimed comments made by Turkish executive Sercan Sulun late last month, but it couldn’t gloss over the big gaping banner advertisement that it acc

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 25

What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 25

Somebody put out the moon

The winding road ahead may well be a mine field, but we’re here to steer you through your weekend with our bi-weekly gaming itineraries. As is customary for this filler feature, you’ll find our schedules directly below, but we want to know what will be keeping your consoles hot over the coming days. Peruse our plans,...

Talking Point: Has Sony's Dithering Turned Off PS Vita TV's Chances?

Has Sony's Dithering Turned Off PS Vita TV's Chances?

Change the channel

As expected, Amazon broadcast its arrival into the microconsole space today. The straightforwardly named Fire TV is a miniscule set top box designed to stream media applications such as Netflix and Hulu to your television. However, in addition to being a conduit for video content, the miniscule machine can also be upgraded with...