11 video game trends that will change the future of the industry

Virtual reality is the hot topic of conversation, but here’s how other trends, from augmented reality to the rejection of ‘crunch’, could change the future of gaming

The focus of this year’s Develop, the annual game developer conference held in Brighton, was unmistakable: virtual reality. The aim of conference is to highlight and discuss current trends, and last year these included social media, spectatorship, and games as services. This year, however, VR dominated the schedule to the extent that sometimes it was difficult to find a non-VR talk to attend, but with so many developers and other industry members in one place there were plenty of other discussions on the fringes. At least until Pokémon Go came out.

In a Q&A session, Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail said: “The industry moves so fast that I think a lot of advice from two years ago, unless it’s very generic advice, does not really apply in the same way anymore.”

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World’s ‘biggest online pirate’ faces charges over $1bn of illegal copying

Ukrainian man Artem Vaulin, the alleged ringleader of Kickass Torrents, was arrested in Poland and faces charges in US

A Ukrainian alleged to be the ringleader of the world’s biggest online piracy site, Kickass Torrents, has been accused of distributing more than $1bn worth of illegally copied films, music and other content.

The US justice department unveiled a criminal complaint against Artem Vaulin, 30, of Kharkiv, Ukraine, who was arrested in Poland on Wednesday and is being sought by US authorities for copyright infringement, money laundering and other charges.

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Apple to make $3bn in revenue from Pokemon Go

The mobile game’s 21m players are bulk buying ‘PokeCoins’ from Apple’s app store, one brokerage firm says

Apple stands to rake in $3bn in revenue from the Pokemon Go craze in the next one to two years as gamers buy “PokeCoins” from its app store, according to analysts.

Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game from Japanese games firm Nintendo, can be downloaded for free but iPhone users can use PokeCoins to buy additional features.

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Elon Musk defends embattled autopilot feature in part two of Tesla ‘master plan’

  • Plans include solar roofs, self-driving buses and merging with SolarCity
  • Release comes amid investigation into fatal crash involving self-driving car

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, who is facing intense scrutiny over a fatal crash involving one of his self-driving cars, has released an ambitious new “master plan” and has doubled down on his defense of the safety of the autopilot feature.

Musk’s master plan “part deux”, published on Wednesday, outlines how he intends to reinvent mass transit systems, integrate “stunning solar roofs” into his cars, and build self-driving buses and trucks.

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France orders Microsoft to stop collecting excessive user data

  • Microsoft ordered to stop tracking Windows 10 users without consent
  • French data authority gives Microsoft three months to comply

The French data protection authority on Wednesday ordered Microsoft to stop collecting excessive data on users of its Windows 10 operating system and serving them personalized ads without their consent.

The French data authority, Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), said the US company had three months to stop tracking browsing by users so that Windows apps and third-party apps can offer them targeted advertising without their consent, failing which it could initiate a sanctions procedure.

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