source Ethan Miller/Getty Images GameStop has been left out of retail’s recent turnaround. Jefferies sees an opportunity for the struggling video-game chain to resurrect itself by not focusing on games. The stock could hit $18 if the chain instead focuses on selling consoles and creating a community of gamers, the firm said. Follow GameStop’s stock price in real-time here. GameStop may be struggling, but one analyst says the “deeply discounted valuation” is missing some key elements to the chain’s potential. Jefferies initiated research coverage of the stock Monday with a surprisingly bullish outlook. The firm told clients it could reach $18 in the next year – 18% above Friday’s closing price of $15 – by focusing on consoles and community rather than on games. “Game publishers are disintermediating retail, going direct to players through downloadable content incl. major & micro transactions and … [Read more...] about GameStop could be the next hot stock if it ditches video games
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Why has this particular game gotten so big? “Fortnite” is uniquely welcoming to newcomers, which isn’t true of all online shooter-style games. Because it’s free, there are always inexperienced players jumping into a match for the first time. Sure, you’re probably not going to top the competition and achieve a No. 1 victory royale on the first try, or even the tenth, but you’re always welcome to keep on trying. You’ll get a chance to observe how experienced players act — when they build, how they stay alive — and have fun along the way, which is really all that matters. And if it’s not for you, that’s fine too; at least now you have a better understanding of what the fuss is all about. What does “battle royale” even mean? Battle royale is a gameplay genre that uses strategy and survival elements in a last-man-standing arena, much like in the Japanese movie of the same name (or, more recently, The Hunger … [Read more...] about What is ‘Fortnite?’: A look at the video game that has become a phenomenon
By Sarah DeWeerdt, SpectrumJun. 22, 2018 , 8:00 AM Originally published on Spectrum The Research on Autism and Development (RAD) Laboratory is located in a Tetris-like maze of brown wooden buildings, not far from the main campus of the University of California, San Diego. The lab itself is a nondescript warren of small beige rooms. But everything else about it is extraordinary. The first clue is a T-shirt one of the lab’s young interns wears on this sunny day in April, featuring the RAD Lab’s motto: “We play mind games.” One of the newer recruits, 20-year-old Naseem Baramki-Azar, sports a “Super Mario Bros.” shirt. A half-dozen other lab members huddle around computer screens displaying none of the usual fare of charts or spreadsheets: Instead, they’re hard at work making cartoon moles pop out of molehills, or fat spaceships careen toward the top of a computer screen. The lab’s director, Jeanne Townsend, and associate … [Read more...] about Can science-based video games help kids with autism?
That's right, those vintage consoles and games your mom dumped in the basement years ago could be worth some serious cash to the right buyer. Got a copy of "Nintendo World Championships 1990?" Then you're looking at $100,000. But it's not all about the cash. Many collectors are more interested in rounding out their personal game libraries, reliving the games they loved as children or simply exploring the history of the gaming industry first-hand.It's part nostalgia, part hoarding and part discovery, and it could be in danger of disappearing from the face of the Earth.Antiques of a new generation"I collect vintage games pretty much because I've been doing it ever since I was handed a video game as a child," said game collector Paul Solomine during a balmy May afternoon at the Digital Press vintage game shop in Clifton, New Jersey."I could never let anything go, because I had such an attachment to all of these games, the amount of time that I've spent playing them, the amount of time … [Read more...] about Your old video games could be worth serious cash
I’m a freelance games journalist. I write for some of the most progressive publications on the planet. I’m also a gun owner, supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and nominally inclined toward the National Rifle Association. Strange, I know. So when the NRA blamed the Newton, Connecticut tragedy on violent video games, it struck a raw nerve. “There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people,” NRA President Wayne LaPierre said in a December 21st statement. “Through vicious, violent video games with names like ‘Bulletstorm,’ ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ ‘Mortal Kombat’ and ‘Splatterhouse.’ And here’s one: it’s called ‘Kindergarten Killers.’ It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it?” … [Read more...] about Violent video games are not to blame: Why I’d cancel my membership to the NRA