Handmade at Amazon Expands Categories to Include Accessories, Toys, Games, More

Amazon.com announced recently that Handmade at Amazon, its new store for handmade items, has added three new product categories of handmade items. The site sells products crafted and sold directly by artisans in competition with well-known handmade platform Etsy. The new Handmade at Amazon categories are Accessories, Baby and Toys and Games.

News that Handmade at Amazon has expanded categories of handcrafted items should be exciting for the artisans and customers choosing to use the service. That’s because the expansion will introduce thousands more Prime – eligible items, giving customers a fuller experience. It will also provide artisans a richer storefront for handcrafted items where they can showcase their work and make more sales.

The ecommerce company said the new categories of handcrafted items will offer more than 20,000 items sold directly from artisans. It adds that since the beginning of the year, there’s been a 100 percent increase in handmade artisans taking advantage of its service to deliver items quickly to customers.

New Handmade at Amazon Categories

Handmade business owners will now be able to offer everything from accessories like Italian leather handbags and plaid zipper clutches to baby-themed items like teething rings and toys & games products like wooden memory games and felt tool set toys with this expansion.

One doesn’t need stats and figures to see that Amazon Handmade is growing fast and making an impact. The new Handmade at Amazon categories of handcrafted items add to the previously featured Kitchen and Dining, Stationery and Party Supplies, Jewelry, Artwork, Bedding, Home Décor and Furniture categories launched last fall.

Amazon said in the press release that since launching the Handmade e-store last fall, the number of items listed has grown four times to more than 400,000 quality handcrafted items from all 50 states and more than 80 countries around the world.

Social media sites like Facebook also have many satisfied artisans and customers sharing photos of handmade items they either purchased or crafted. They are satisfied because handmade provides a unique feel that someone crafted the item, poured their hearts and soul into it, and the piece stands out.

Impact of Amazon Handmade on Etsy and Similar Sites

When Amazon first announced the opening of a handmade storefront on its giant ecommerce platform, many wondered what it would mean for those who shop and sell on Etsy and similar sites. Would Amazon Handmade be the end of sites like Etsy, the hitherto vibrant peer-to-peer niche ecommerce site focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies?

Amazon Handmade promised to facilitate seamless sales of authentic handmade items and has already made many of the items eligible for Prime, Amazon’s special two day free shipping service. However, it remains a bit hazy whether Amazon Handmade’s terms of service and listings are better than Etsy’s.

According to Investopedia, Etsy has a wildly low fee structure, charging only a 3.5 percent commission and a flat $0.20 listing fee. Comparatively, Amazon charges about a 15 percent commission on most products in its marketplace, although it brings this percentage slightly lower for its Handmade service in order to appeal to small businesses in the artisan space. Still, undercutting Etsy would be difficult.

It’s still too early to tell what the long-term impact the new Handmade at Amazon categories will have on Etsy, but many handmade business owners are welcoming the opportunity to sell their wares on Amazon in addition to Etsy. Amazon is certainly much, much bigger and the additional exposure for artisan items is good.

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Employees Checking Messages? Nah. Playing Video Games!

Gaming has taken over the modern office space and your employees could be spending more time playing video games at work than you think.

It’s not just work, deadlines and meetings on American employees’ minds at their workplace. A new study reveals a large number of Americans play games at work.

According to the U.S. Digital Media Consumers study (PDF) by PayPal, U.S. employees play mobile games (30 percent), PC/laptop games (13 percent), and console games (10 percent) at work.

Major Highlights

When it comes to games, majority of Americans (78 percent) use their smartphones. But a large console base helps PS4 take the lead over PCs and laptops for males (49 percent vs. 48 percent).

The study also took a look at eBooks. It found that about 60 percent of consumers use tablets to read eBooks and access other functions on the same device.

As far as payments are concerned, 21 percent of consumers prefer Amazon Payments to buy non-gaming content. Gamers prefer PayPal because of its compatibility with most popular gaming marketplaces.

What this Means for Small Businesses

According to the study, majority of eBook readers (85 percent) prefer Amazon for its brand recognition and multi-device eBook support. This is an important insight for small businesses to understand which marketplace should be on top of their minds to attract more customers.

For small gaming companies, smartphone compatibility is not a choice but an absolute necessity. But it’s also important to remember U.S. console gamers buy new content twice as fast as on PC.

Lastly, it’s essential to provide ease of use and quick processing payments to entice more customers.

For the study, PayPal partnered with SuperData Research. It conducted a global 10-market survey with approximately 10,000 consumers to understand how people consume digital media.

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How to Make a Business Out of Playing Video Games

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What most people think of as a hobby or way to unwind can actually become a viable business venture. From YouTube videos including reviews and “let’s plays,” to massive gaming tournaments with six figure prizes, there are a surprising number of ways to develop video game playing into a viable business.

Johnathan Wendel, known by his tag name Fatal1ty in the gaming world, has taken his favorite past time and transformed it into a lucrative endeavor. Wendel dabbled in active sports like tennis and golf before dedicating himself to video gaming professionally.

As a child, Wendel dreamed of becoming a game tester or programmer. However, he found his true calling in competitive tournaments. After his first win in the 1999 Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL), he walked out $4000 richer, and with a new drive for eSports.

Wendel said in an online interview with Small Biz Trends:

“With my success at my very first professional tournament, I quickly realized I could make a living at playing video games. I was in shock, and also extremely excited for my future.”

Considered the first and most prominent professional gamer, Wendel has earned over $500 thousand dollars in prize money in multiple tournaments.

But, perhaps more importantly, he has been able to turn that success into a successful brand and business. Using the earnings from tournaments, Wendel opened Fatal1ty Inc. in 2002 and today offers fans around the world gaming accessories, computer mice, headsets, snacks and more, often branded with the Fatal1ty logo.

business out of playing video games

Wendel has been featured in a 60 Minutes special as well as Forbes and The New York Times. And in 2007, he was awarded the first ever eSports Lifetime achievement award for “showing exceptional sportsmanship, taking part in shaping eSports into what it is today and for being the prime representative of this young sport. He has become the figurehead for eSports worldwide.”

Wendel adds:

“[My business] has allowed me to continue with my passion for gamers and eSports over the last 12 years. I will do this for the rest of my life. I’ve given everything I can to help grow eSports and it’s going to be my on going mission for the rest of my life to spread the word of competitive gaming. My brand Fatal1ty Gaming Gear has given a lot to eSports over the years, and I plan on continuing that effort going forward with the right opportunities and the right partners.

As for the business side of things, it does cut into my time of just playing the games and enjoying myself, but I find a way to make both of my passions work. I’m just grateful they both go hand in hand. “

Tournament play is not the only option out there for those looking to make money playing games.

Platforms like YouTube and Twitch offer communities for players, with live feeds and “let’s plays”, videos in which the host will play through part or all of a particular game on screen while explaining some of the finer points for other players. Today, the most subscribed to channel on YouTube belongs to a gamer known as PewDiePie, who had over 29 million subscribers as of July of 2014.

PewDiePie, whose full name is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, currently earns an estimated $7 million annually in shared advertising revenue from his YouTube channel, Celebrity Net Worth reports. Kjellberg often uploads several videos per day, and these videos have quickly racked up millions of views.

business out of playing video games

Online Beta testing services like Game-Testers offer players the opportunity to play games before they are even released for profit. Members have racked up more than $1.4 million in earnings on the platform so far, according to Game-Testers.

Beta testing has its downsides, however. Most testers would be lucky to make minimum wage, and job security is poor. It may be good for a few extra dollars here and there, but it’s not the best choice when it comes to gaming for profit.

As with most business ventures, getting started is often the hardest part. Tournament play requires hours of practice and training and attracts the best competitors from around the world. YouTube channels require substantial amounts of views and subscriptions in order to be profitable.

With enough hard work, however, both can become lucrative ventures and seem poised for exponential growth.

International gamers photo via Shutterstock, Image: Fatal1ty.com

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24 Team Building Games and Exercises

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You spend just as much time, if not more, with the people you work with as you do our families and friends. When it comes to the workplace, understanding your fellow employees, how they think and why they think that way can make communication easier.

These team building games are designed to help you get to know your fellow workers, your team of employees, and yourself a bit better so that you can all work together more efficiently. Please note, these are only ideas, and can be modified to fit your workplace.

The Common Book

Place a large, blank scrapbook or journal in the common area. You could even fill it with prompts, asking participants to follow suggestions for their submissions if they’re having a hard time deciding what to write themselves.

Keep pens, markers, decorative tapes, glues and whatever else you can think of close to the book and encourage team members to write, paste, and cut the book to create a living history book for your business and those that help keep it running. Once the book has been filled, keep it safe and get a new one.

Three Truths and a Lie

Give every player for four sheets of paper. On each sheet, have them write one lie and three truths, so that each piece of paper has one thing written on it. Please note these should be believable lies and the mood should stay professional.

Once everyone has their list, ask each member to read their truths and lies out loud in a random order. The other participants must try to guess which of the four statements is the lie, and why.

What’s on Your Desk

Ask each team member to bring one object from their desk. Using this object as their product, they must create a logo, marketing plan, slogan and whatever else you can think of. Set a timer, then ask them to give a presentation on their new product to the rest of the group.

Afterwards, have everyone discuss which product presentations were the most successful, and why.

Blind Drawing

This is one of the team building games that is great for building communication skills. Divide up teams of two and have the players sit back to back. One team member will be given a picture of an object or word. Without saying what it is, the person must describe the image, without using words that will directly describe the subject.

For example, if the image given was a lion on a unicycle, the person may describe a large, furry creature with big hair above a small wheel.

Idea Building Blocks

Come up with a fictional problem that your team must solve. This can be something simple like a riddle, or something more complex. Present this idea and have the group come up with a simple two to three sentence answer on a blank piece of paper.

Next, have each member pass the sheet to the left and ask them to use the idea to create a new solution. Continue the pattern for a few rounds and see what the final results are.

Find the Common Thread

Divide your team into groups, then tell them they must find one thing they walk have in common. This can include hobbies, music tastes, favorite food or even the last movie they have seen. After they have settled on their common thread, ask them to create a short list of traits or stereotypical qualities of people who share that trait.

The group must then take on the qualities of that stereotype for the remainder of the meeting. For example, if everyone in a group found out they had cats, they may all periodically ask members of other groups to view photos of their cats. After the meeting is over, discuss how silly stereotypes can be and how they narrow our vision of others.

Watch Where You Step

On the floor, create a large, enclosed polygon about twelve feet or so long by seven feet wide using making tape. Try to shape it with the thought that people will be making their way from one end to the other. Inside the polygon, place some squeaking dog toys, and twice as many sheets of paper (or paper plates). The papers act as landmines.

This is one of the team building games where the goal is for pairs of two to make it from one side of the polygon to the other, blindfolded, using only the vocal guidance of the players on the outside of the shape. If a player steps on a mine, they become frozen, and must wait for the other player to step on a dog toy to continue. If both players become frozen, the team must restart.

Use What You Have

Create a challenge of some sort for your team to tackle. This could be sending an email without touching the keyboard/mouse or making an innovative package concept, the choice is yours. Divide into even groups, give each team the same set of supplies, and instruct them to solve the problem using only the supplies given.

Once the time limit is up, have each team reveal their creations.

Scavenger Hunt

This classic team building exercise encourages team work and creative thinking. Put together a list of items for your team members to find. This can be done individually or in small groups. The first to collect all of the items and bring them to you, wins!

For an extra layer of difficulty and problem solving, instead of writing it the items themselves, write clues, simple descriptions or riddles.

One Question

Produce several scenarios in which someone may be chosen to complete a job or task with your team or for another situation. For example, in one scenario you may be looking for a partner to help complete an important product presentation, and in another you may be describing a potential spouce.

Each person must come up with just ONE question to ask in order to determine whether or not the hypothetical person in question is right for the task. This exercise helps people understand how differently, and sometimes similarly, everyone thinks.

Classify This

Arrange a collection of random objects: the fewer apparent connections they share, the better. Divide into groups and ask each team to categorize the items into families. Each team writes their categories on a sheet of paper within a given time frame.

After time has run out, each group will present their lists to the other teams, and reveal why they grouped the items in the way they did.

Life Timeline

This is one of the team building games that is great for an ice breaker. Have participants close their eyes and think of their first and fondest memories. Give them a few moments to think, then ask them which memory they would want to relive if they had thirty seconds left to live. Then, ask everyone to share what their choice was, and why.

The Egg Drop

Another classic activity, this team building game requires two or more teams to attempt to build a package that carries an egg safely to the ground after a drop from a window or rooftop. After completing the package, each team should give a short presentation exposing why their package is unique and why they feel it will safely carry the egg to the ground. After, drop the eggs and see if the designs work!

Frostbite

Break everyone up into groups of four or five. Each group acts as though they are stranded in the arctic. Each group must elect a leader and erect a shelter in order to survive. The catch is, the leader is suffering from frostbite and cannot physically help in building the shelter. And the other team members are suffering from snow blindness and must be blindfolded.

The leader must describe how to build the shelter and the team must do so without being able to see.

Silence

This team building exercise is very simple. Before your next meeting, act excited, like you’re going to be giving big news. Next, simply stop taking, and remain silent for about a minute. Take notice of how people react, who seems to get nervous as the silence goes on and who feels comfortable. Once the time is up, ask everyone what they’ve learned in the silence.

Dream Trip

Divide into pairs and ask each group to explain what they would do if they had a month to do whatever their heart desired, with an unlimited budget and freedom from everyday routines. After each group has exchanged their ideas, the opposite person must describe the trip of their partner as best they can.

Pencil Drop

For this exercise, tie the ends of two pieces of string around the weaver of a pencil. Pair your team up into groups of two, and tie the other end of the strings around each team members waist. Have the teams stand back to back and attempt to lower the pencil into a soda or water bottle on the floor below.

Alaskan Baseball

This team building game requires a bit of physical activity. Divide into two groups. Using a rubber chicken (or any other equally ridiculous rubber object), Team A throws the play item as far as they can, and Team B must form a single file line from the item to the starting line. They just pass the item, using an over the head, between the legs alternating pattern until it reaches the starting line.

While Team B attempts to reach the starting line, one member at a time from Team A must run laps around the line made by the other team. Each person that completes a lap scores a point for their team. Repeat as many innings as seemsappropriate with your group.

Bears, Cowboys, and Ninjas

Much like the classic rock, paper, scissors game, each player chooses between three poses. Bears eat ninjas, ninjas beat up cowboys, and cowboys shoot bears. Each player either roars for bear, shoot finger guns for cowboys or strike a ninja pose. This is a great team building game to get everyone to let loose and get a little silly.

Cluck and Clap

Create a bunch if cards with Xs and Os on them. The Xs represent clucks, and the Os stand for claps. Shuffle the cards and arrange them so that the entire group can see them. Lead them through the pattern first, keeping a steady pace and getting them comfortable with the arrangement.

Repeat the pattern again, faster, and finally instruct the group to attempt the pattern in unison, on their own, even faster. Then, divide the group into two groups and ask them to try again.

Tire Pass

Using a strong rope and a sturdy branch, tie a tire (PDF) about five feet from the ground. Secure it so that it doesn’t move around much. The goal is for everyone to work together to pass one another through the tire as quickly as possible, without touching the sides. Instruct the group that they must come up with their own strategy for getting everyone safely through the center.

Turning Over a New Leaf

Place a large sheet on the floor. Have everyone stand on the sheet, then have them attempt to turn the sheet over without stepping off. The only rules: no one may step off the sheet, and no carrying other people.

Lilly Pads

Much like the classic road crossing game, this team building exercise involves trying to make it from one side of the ‘river’ to the other. Using paper, cardboard, or whatever is handy, create a path of ‘lily pads’ from one side of the river to the other.

Participants must stay in contact with lilly pads at all times or risk them being swept away, or removed from the playing field. The goal is for everyone to reach the other side as quickly as possible.


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FantasySalesTeam Has Games that Make Sales Teams Better

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For those looking to give your sales team a bit more incentive to try their best, one company has created an app that makes their sales statistics as simple and competitive as fantasy sports.

The app, created by FantasySalesTeam, provides a creative alternative to boring sales contests by using your team’s own competitive spirit to drive sales and inspire them to do better both as individuals and as a group.

Recently, the developer behind the game, Incent Games Inc., was recently acquired by Microsoft. This means that within the next few months, you should see more features begin to pop up, and perhaps even more games for different fields.

While most sales competitions are designed in a way that gives a boost to the employee with the highest sales, FantasySalesTeam has creates a tiered rewards system based on popular online fantasy sport games that allows team members to compete in different categories: not just highest sales.

For example, one prize may be awarded to someone for making the most sales, while another employee can get an award for having the biggest improvement.

Developers claim the app is simple to use and provides an easy and fun way to keep track of productivity, taking a page out of fantasy football leagues to visualize competitors’ stats.

Players have their own profiles that display their performance and standings. They can access their teammates’ pages and stats as well. And they can also ‘draft’ those players onto their team, encouraging teamwork as well as friendly competition.

Even the interface for creating your sales game is designed to look like a game, with a bright rainbow path laid out with steps designed to help you create custom games in which your employees can compete.

Rather than having your team working against each other constantly in order to get one prize, the fantasy football inspired application allows them to work as a team while still being awarded for their individual performances. The interface designed to let you define your metrics in order to increase performance, drive and sales.

Using this application brings the ‘white board’ sales competition into the new era, putting information directly into the competitors’ hands. But does it work?

Reviews say yes. Some customers using the app showed staggering results. One team even saw an increase in sales of 176 percent.

Of course, you’ll have to try the app yourself to see if it’s the right fit for your team.

Image: Fantasy Sales Team

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Sony Sees Strong Demand for PS4 Games as Mobile Business Slumps

Sony Sees Strong Demand for PS4 Games as Mobile Business Slumps

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sony had a JPY 26 billion net profit in the six months through September
  • Revenue during the period fell more than 10 percent to JPY 3.3 trillion
  • Strong demand for games for its hugely popular PlayStation 4 game console

Sony said Tuesday its fiscal first half net profit dived owing to a sharp rally in the yen and losses linked to the sale of its battery business.

The Japanese electronics giant, which has been shedding assets as part of a broad restructuring, said it had a JPY 26 billion ($248 million or roughly Rs. 1,655 crores) net profit in the six months through September, down nearly 78 percent from a year ago.

Revenue during the period fell more than 10 percent to JPY 3.3 trillion “primarily due to the impact of foreign exchange rates”, Sony said.

The company said sales in its mobile communications business slumped, offsetting strong demand for games for its hugely popular PlayStation 4 game console.

(Also see: 47.4 Million PS4 Consoles Shipped Till Date, Announces Sony)

Tuesday’s first-half results come a day after Sony warned that it now expected a net profit of JPY 60 billion (roughly Rs. 3,820 crores) in the year through March 2017, down from an earlier JPY 80 billion forecast.

It cited impairment charges and other costs linked to the sale of its battery division to Apple supplier Murata Manufacturing.In July, Sony cut its full-year sales forecast – trimming it to the current level JPY 7.4 trillion – as it blamed the surging yen and slower smartphone sales.

Japanese firms have benefited from a weak currency in recent years, which allows them to make their products cheaper overseas.

(Also see: PlayStation VR: Almost There but Not Just Yet)

But the yen, which is seen as a safe bet, shot up since the start of the year amid wild volatility on world financial markets and as uncertainty over Britain’s decision to leave the EU stoked demand for less risky investments.

Sony has also warned that a pair of deadly quakes in Japan in April would also dent financial results.

The quakes, which caused major damage in southern Kyushu and claimed dozens of lives, forced Sony to temporarily shutter factories, hitting production and sales.

The once-iconic firm has been working to stay profitable after years of huge losses, under a painful restructuring that has included layoffs and asset sales.

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PlayStation VR to Launch With Free Demo Disc Containing Eight Games

PlayStation VR to Launch With Free Demo Disc Containing Eight Games

PlayStation VR to Launch With Free Demo Disc Containing Eight Games
HIGHLIGHTS
Each PlayStation VR unit at launch will have a demo disc
The demo disc contains eight games to try
PlayStation VR is out internationally from October 13
Sony has announced that every PlayStation VR (PS VR) unit available at launch will have a demo disc containing eight games. These include:

Driveclub VR
PlayStation VR Worlds
Rigs Mechanized Combat League
Tumble VR
Battlezone
Eve: Valkyrie
Wayward Sky
Headmaster
(Also see: Sony Reveals PlayStation VR Price, Release Date, and Specifications)

Of these, Driveclub VR and Eve: Valkyrie are the most well known. The former has been touted to hit VR since its inception while the latter is a multiplayer dogfighting game set in space and was exclusive to the Oculus Rift. Rigs is from Killzone: Mercenary developer Guerrilla Cambridge and it’s focussed on frantic first-person combat using mechanised suits. Battlezone is an action game that has you commandeering a tank, it’s one Sony has been demoing quite heavily. PlayStation VR Worlds lets users bask in the depth of the ocean – well, at least in the demo, with the full game packing four more additional settings. Tumble is a VR take on the classic block stacking puzzle games of yore, while Headmaster has you as a footballer honing your skills in what seems to be a prison. Finally Wayward Sky has you exploring a crumbling air fortress.

The use of a demo disc to introduce customers to VR is a shrewd idea. When Sony first started out in the console business, it employed the same tactic to get a generation hooked on the original PlayStation. It could very well be the break VR needs, what with adoption reaching a crashing halt as per the latest Steam survey.
(Also see: PlayStation VR First Impressions)

With PS VR set to be available from October 13 internationally, an India date is yet to be fixed. While other regions like Japan, UK, and US have had their pre-orders live for awhile, we wondered if India would be privy to the same any time soon. However this seems unlikely.

“Currently we do not have plans of conducting pre-orders till confirmed date of VR India launch is available,” a spokesperson for Sony India explained to Gadgets 360 over email.

Tags: PlayStation VR, PSVR, PS VR, Morpheus, PSVR Demo Disc, PSVR India, Sony, PS4, Driveclub, Eve Valkyrie, Tumble, Playstation VR Worlds, Battlezone, Rigs Mechanized Combat League, Wayward Sky, Headmaster

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Playing Action Video Games May Boost Driving Skills: Study

Playing Action Video Games May Boost Driving Skills: Study

Playing action-based video games may boost the players’ ability to coordinate visual information with their motor control – a skill critical to many real-world behaviours including driving, says new research.

The findings showed that playing some types of video games can confer benefits for specific visual abilities such as sensitivity to contrast and visuo-spatial attention.

“The research shows that playing easily accessible action video games can be a cost-effective tool to help people improve essential visuomotor-control skills used for driving,” said lead researcher Li Li, Associate Professor at New York University in Shanghai, China.

Experienced action gamers showed much greater precision in keeping to their lane and showed less deviation from centre in the face of increasing headwinds, when compared to the participants with little to no action video game experience.

To establish a causal link between action video games and visuomotor control skills, the team recruited participants who had no action video gaming experience to take part in a training study.

They then compared the visuomotor abilities of players who had played at least 5 hours per week over the previous 6 months to participants who had negligible action video game experience.

The participants were randomly assigned to either an action video game group or a control group, and they completed a total of 10 1-hour training sessions.

The data showed that playing “Mario Kart,” a fast-paced action video game, improved participants’ visuomotor control skills on the target dot task after five hours of training.

Those who played “Roller Coaster Tycoon”, a non-action strategy game, showed no such improvement over time.

For novice drivers, training with driving video games may be more helpful, the researchers suggested in the work published in the journal Psychological Science.

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Nintendo Launches NES Classic Edition With 30 Built-In Games Like Mario, Pac-Man

Nintendo Launches NES Classic Edition With 30 Built-In Games Like Mario, Pac-Man

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nintendo’s next console is a revamped NES
  • It will be available in November
  • Don’t expect an official India release

Hot on the heels of what seems to be a bonafide hit inPokemon Go, Nintendo has announced that its iconic home console, the NES or Nintendo Entertainment System will be reintroduced for sale this year. Dubbed as The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition it comes with 30 games, HDMI support, and a controller. It will cost $59.99 (around Rs. 4,000) and will be available from November 11 in the US. An international release date has not been announced.

“We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo’s original system and rediscover why they fell in love with Nintendo in the first place,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is ideal for anyone who remembers playing the NES, or who wants to pass on those nostalgic memories to the next generation of gamers.”

What’s interesting is its games can be played with a second player by attaching a controller. There will be a standalone NES Classic Controller for sale at $9.99 (approximately Rs. 620). You can also use the Wii’s Classic Controller or the Wii U’s Classic Controller Pro. When a Wii Remote is attached,the NES Classic Controller can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii U or Wii system. In a welcome addition, each game has multiple suspend points unlike their initial releases, allowing you to come back at a later time.

The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition appears to be the company’s much delayed reaction to emulators on Android and PC and with a slew of classic games for it already available on the Wii and Wii U, many hardcore gamers would simply not see the appeal. However the larger, mainstream audience would as the entry barrier towards experiencing some of Nintendo’s greatest hits will be significantly reduced. Speaking of which, each console comes with the following games:

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  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts’N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber Kid
  • Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C (also known as Super Contra)
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Don’t expect it to hit India officially anytime soon. Nintendo does not have an official presence, but do expect independent stores to import their fair share even though similar devices from Mitashi exist.

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Indian Games Expo 2016 Dates Announced

Indian Games Expo 2016 Dates Announced

Indian Games Expo 2016 Dates Announced

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Indian Games Expo’s second event takes place this year
  • It follows last year’s solid debut
  • The focus remains on making games playable instead of e-sports

Last year, IGX or Indian Games Expo was touted to be India’s first game expo. It took place in Mumbai for two days from November 14 and 15. While the claim of it being the first is debatable, what with Sony’s PlayStation Experience event making its debut in 2007, it’s returning for a second outing this year. This time it’s a month ahead on October 15 and 16. There’s a change of venue as well. While it will remain in Mumbai, last year’s Bombay Exhibition Centre in Goregaon gives way to the World Trade Centre in Cuffe Parade.

While we’re yet to hear which gaming companies take part this year, it’s safe to say we’ll see the likes of Sony, Warner Bros, Ubisoft, Bethesda, and others making a return.

In addition to this, you can expect the focus to remain on making games playable instead of hardcore competition. It’s not like last year did not see any competitive gaming, there will be a few tournaments, but it won’t be headlining the event. Furthermore, you can also assume the cosplay competition is making a comeback, though we’re yet to hear a confirmation of that from its organisers.

“IGX will showcase the best that gaming has to offer across PC, console and mobile platforms. this year’s event will be bigger and better, with the latest games like Mafia III and WWE 2K17; cutting-edge hardware technologies; tournaments spanning popular competitive games; and the return of India’s largest gaming cosplay competition. Entry to IGX will be free for all, and online registrations will kick off in August,” a prepared statement from the company reads.

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(Also see: IGX Is a Picture Perfect Representation of Gaming in India)

The first year of IGX was an honest representation of the consumer gaming scene in the country, unlike India’s many Comic Con events, which have over the years devolved into a crowded bunch of known stores selling merchandise and little else. How it evolves in its second year will be interesting to see.

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