Posts by Doug Dyer

Mobile Gaming’s Future: Not Mobile Games

Mobile Gaming’s Future: Not Mobile Games

I’ve seen the future of mobile gaming and I’m sorry to say that it has nothing to do with mobile games. Oh sure, while mobile video games will always have a place in the mobile gaming world, they will not be the primary revenue driver. Not by a long shot. In fact, in the not-too-distant future the primary revenue drivers in mobile gaming will actually be console, online, and PC games. Not console, online and PC games repurposed and redeveloped for mobile...

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Amazon.com Will Rule the Game Industry

Amazon.com Will Rule the Game Industry

Amazon.com wants to rule the video game universe. And guess what? It will, possibly even sooner than anyone expects. The company actually told me so a few weeks back when I spoke to two of many Amazonians charged with rebuilding their games business into the industry Gigantor.  The message was, “We already do pretty well, but we wouldn’t do this if it was only going to be a several-hundred-million dollar business. We know there’s a multi-billion dollar...

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Is the App Gold Rush Already Over?

Is the App Gold Rush Already Over?

In the mid-19th century, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world traveled great distances and endured unimaginable hardships to get to California and Alaska after hearing about “gold nuggets lying around on the ground for the taking.” Last week, while browsing Barnes & Noble, (the actual store, not the website….that’s right, no Nook), I saw a book entitled “Make Millions Developing iPhone Apps!” Subtitles told me that “very...

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Real Life vs. MMOs: Disturbing Parallels

Real Life vs. MMOs: Disturbing Parallels

“My life is an MMO!” That’s the answer I got from a twenty-something employee of mine last week when I asked what the latest online game he was playing was. Feeling like he was about to go all William Gibson on me, I instantly turned to go, but he would have none of it. “It’s like, way back in the day, 2008 or so, I would get up in the morning, log a few hours of World of Warcraft or Eve or something, head off to work, grab a few more hours during...

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Has Mobile Gaming Lost Its Way?

Has Mobile Gaming Lost Its Way?

Last week a friend and well-respected recruiter in the gaming industry asked me to send over an updated resume for his files. Immediately I received a reply which counseled me that, if I’m ever back out into the job market, I’d need to remove the mention of “mobile” from my CV and find suitable replacement terminology. “Use terms like ‘apps’, ‘casual games’ ‘DLC’ and ‘social’ wherever possible,” he recommended. Having been a fixture...

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