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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 05/21/17 at 04:04 PM CT

Three years ago, I was rather excited about the potential of Virtual Reality hardware, like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR, as well as Microsoft’s weird, special snowflake take on the Reality gimmick, Augmented Reality via the prototype MS Hololens. We haven’t heard much about Hololens since

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 05/14/17 at 02:16 PM CT

Way back in 2014, I put together a list of 5 Wii games to help bridge the generation gap between Gen-X-ers and their mothers on Mothers’ Day. In the intervening time, the Wii came to the end of its glorious life and was replaced by the abysmal WiiU. In the same timeframe, Nintendo seems to have largely given up on the ‘Blue...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 05/07/17 at 04:55 PM CT

While it still doesn’t have an official name or release date outside of ‘holiday 2017,’ recently new information has been revealed about the upcoming successor to the XBONE, the Xbox Codenamed ‘Scorpio.’ As an Xbox hater since th...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 04/30/17 at 04:29 PM CT

Welcome back to another look into the near future! May is continuing the downpour of Spring releases that started last month. Shall we see if the garden has started to blossom?

Shovelware weeds are starting to poke their noses out of the dirt. There’s plenty of variety too! There’s two licenses superhero pieces of shovelware, “

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 04/23/17 at 04:09 PM CT

At the beginning of the year, I took a look at what Japanese gamers are playing, since they obviously aren’t getting all of the Western releases that we are in North America. Ironically, Japanese publishers have started pushing multi-platform releases more and more onto PC via Steam. This trend of Japanese publishers releas...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 04/16/17 at 03:03 PM CT

Since February, 2017, the themes of my column here on MeltedJoystick have been perhaps a bit more doom-and-gloom than usual. I have had a very difficult time coming up with anything in games industry news and opinion that I can think positively about. Whether it’s gamers hating on each other to the point of Civil War, preda...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 04/08/17 at 04:18 PM CT

Last weekend during our regular Sunday brunch, my mother, who has gotten a lot of enjoyment out of my Xbox Live account and Microsoft’s casual games on Windows 10, asked me, “Do your tablet games show you a lot more ads lately?” Being the fan of “Microsoft Mahjong” and “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” that she is, Mom has been playing the daily challenges with the same dedication as a typical har...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 04/02/17 at 04:43 PM CT

Welcome back to another look into the near future! April has a lot of releases slated, especially compared to recent months of unwarranted drought. But don’t be FOOLED, as the upcoming titles for the idiots’ month aren’t looking to be particularly stellar. Maybe there will at least be something to care about…

Only one piece of shovelware this month… and it’s also a port! So let’s just move on ...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 03/26/17 at 03:11 PM CT

When it comes to the popularity of PC-like consoles over the last decade, nobody really seems to understand “why.” Sony spent quite some time pondering why the PS4 did so well at the beginning of the 8th Generation, but never came to any conclusions (at least that they announced publicly). Rather, the company is merely cont...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 03/19/17 at 03:23 PM CT

Ever since Valve, the parent company of near-monopoly PC gaming hub, Steam, introduced their Steam Greenlight process a few years ago for adding games to their online storefront, the service has been increasingly flooded with submissions. While Gabe Newell seems to be in love with the idea of removing barriers between Steam and people who wan...

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