The DeanBeat: What we learned about the future of games this week

Each year, we hold our GamesBeat Summit event to gather the best thinking about where gaming is going. This week, at our fourth annual summit and 10th year of GamesBeat events, we heard dozens of intellectually stimulating talks from 82 speakers at our GamesBeat Summit 2018 event in Mill Valley. It was interesting to see […]

The DeanBeat: President Trump — guns are the problem, not games

President Donald Trump is looking for distractions and scapegoats. Instead of taking on gun ownership, he has asked whether violent video games might be to blame for school shootings such as the horrible massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Trump said last week, “I’m hearing more people say the level of […]

The DeanBeat: High Fidelity takes us dancing in a virtual reality club

I’m looking forward to Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film based on Ernest Cline’s virtual reality sci-fi novel Ready Player One. In one scene in that 2011 tome, a group of hackers gather to dance in a virtual night club. They float in the air and bump and grind to pulse-pounding music as a masked DJ looms over […]

The DeanBeat: Vainglory and mobile esports grow up with 5v5 MOBA action

Riley “DNZio” Haghian hopes to make a living playing Vainglory. He brought home more than $ 20,000 in a recent world championship tournament, and he is ranked No. 1 in North America. And he is only 14. Haghian’s budding career in mobile esports is the tip of the spear for the hopes around Vainglory, a multiplayer […]

The DeanBeat: 10 wildly inaccurate and predictable predictions for gaming in 2018

The ritual has arrived again. It’s time for me to make wildly inaccurate predictions about the future of games. This is always embarrassing for me, but I’m hoping that one of these years it will sharpen my thinking. I’ve written more than 15,000 stories for VentureBeat over nearly 10 years, mostly based on what other […]

The DeanBeat: The battle of the holiday first-person shooter games

Some people are freaking out about net neutrality right now. Me, I’m deciding where to put my holiday play time. Will it be Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Star Wars: Battlefront II, or Call of Duty: WWII? The best answer, of course, is to play all three of the recently launched first-person shooter games. I’ve […]

The DeanBeat: What gamers should grasp about big studios and big games

I anticipated that Electronic Arts’ purchase of Titanfall studio Respawn Entertainment wasn’t going to go over well with fans. And from what I’ve seen, the reaction has been mostly negative. But should we really be so quick to judge this will be the death knell for creativity at Respawn? I don’t think so. I think […]