1. A year in RPG books

    This year, I ended up reading a bunch of role-playing books. To date, I haven’t really ever played a tabletop roleplaying game. They never really were a thing in my circles when I was growing up as far as I was aware and I wasn’t really ever interested in swords and sorcery that much.

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  2. My year in books

    I have participated in Goodreads’ Reading Challenge since 2011 and last year failed to read my usual annual goal, 10 books. This year I hit a new record of reading 30 books.

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  3. The many platforms of Microsoft's Xbox

    Recently, Microsoft has released more information about their upcoming games and plans for the next generation. The overarching strategy of Microsoft seems to be to make Xbox a service and having Xbox not just anywhere, but everywhere. Examples of this strategy are Halo Infinite, the return of Microsoft Flight Simulator and challenges in bringing xCloud to Apple’s devices.

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  4. Power of platforms

    We are soon approaching the launch of the next generation of video game consoles, a generation that very well might be the last one, as predicted among others by Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot. This development is separate than the games as a service model, although both have their roots in general availability of high-speed broadband and mobile networks. There’s some overlap, both Sony and Microsoft advertise backwards compatibility on their next-gen and how the successful multiplayer games you play today are available also on the next gen. This an example of how the platform is today more important than the device: neither Microsoft or Sony want you to “switch” to the other platform, which would the only way for you to “lose” your games library.

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  5. Transition from product-based game development to service-based games

    One of the biggest changes in the game industry has been the transition to service-based games, or games as a service (GaaS). The big enabler for this was digital delivery of games, or penetration of high-speed internet connections and “always online”.

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