Nick Dowell

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Sony's PlayStation 4 winning the console wars in Australia

Just when you though the console wars had died down and the battlefield had began to quieten down, a new report from Sony has came in that refuels …

Opinion: Why Next Gen Is About To Get A Lot More Tempting

<b>New console launches are a peculiar time.</b> We spend a year or more in eager anticipation of any kind of definite news that they even exist and then …

Xbox Euro boss quits Microsoft

25-year veteran Chris Lewis has left his job at Microsoft’s Xbox division, in order to pursue his own business ventures.<p>Although rarely in the …

Could action video games help people with dyslexia learn to read?

In addition to their trouble with reading, people with dyslexia also have greater difficulty than typical readers do when it comes to managing …

New Report Tempers iWatch Expectations, Device May Have 'Simpler' Technological Capabilities

Apple's much-rumored iWatch has been depicted as a standalone device able to function as a typical smart watch and monitor everything from glucose to blood pressure, but a new report from Brian Dolan of <i>MobiHealthNews</i> (via <i>NetworkWorld</i>) suggests that the iWatch's actual functionality may be somewhat …

Nintendo 3DS Sales Outpacing Game Boy Advance In Japan

<b>By Ishaan</b> . February 10, 2014 . 1:38pm<p>Recently, Nintendo 3DS sales in Japan surpassed 15 million. The device achieved this figure in its 154th week …

Violent Video Games Can Turn Kids Into Progressive Intellectuals

According to a number of recent articles like this one from the BBC, “Violent video games leave teens ‘morally immature.’’”<p>The BBC writes about work done by Mirjana Bajovic, a researcher at Brock University, who published an article in the journal <i>Educational Media International</i> entitled: “Violent …

Felicia Day and Freddie Wong talk geekdom, stereotypes, and Internet fans (interview)

Felicia Day and Freddie Wong hosted last week’s Dice Awards, the Oscars of video games, during the Dice Summit at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. That was significant because they are home-grown video game celebrities, becoming famous through their gamer-focused shows on YouTube.<p>Day and Wong …

Ubisoft Q3 earnings down 35 percent

Ubisoft reported a year-over-year decline in earnings for the third quarter of its 2013-14 fiscal year today, and blamed the "console transition" for the drop.<p>The French publisher recorded sales of €520 million ($709.34 million) for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2013, a decrease of 35.2 percent from …

What would we gain from AO games?

Welcome to Friends List!<p>If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing …

Arizona Won Apple's Sapphire Plant with Tax Breaks, Energy Infrastructure, and Responsiveness

A new report from <i>Bloomberg</i> takes a look at how Mesa, Arizona was able to secure its deal with Apple to bring the company's new sapphire manufacturing plant to the city. That facility is set to begin operation this month with production at a scale massive enough to support a shift to sapphire …

Flappy Bird Creator May Have Been Scared By Legal Threats After All

One of the great smartphone soap operas of our time reached a bizarre climax over the weekend when Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen removed Flappy Bird, then the world’s most popular free app, from both the Google Play store and Apple's App Store.<p>If you believe Dong’s version of events shared via …

Location-Focused Ad Startup PlaceIQ Raises $15M More

PlaceIQ, a startup that uses location data for mobile advertising, is announcing that it has raised $15 million in Series C funding.<p>The company was founded in 2010, back when most of the interest in location-based ads was focused on geofencing — i.e., if you’re close to a store, you get an ad for …

Barnes & Noble lays off Nook engineering staff

As Barnes & Noble continues to shuffle its ranks internally, the future of its Nook e-reader division seems all the more uncertain. <i>Business Insider</i> now reports that the company has laid off much, if not all, of its Nook engineering staff.<p>In a statement sent to BI, a B&N spokesperson confirmed that …

Gone But Not Forgotten: Flappy Bird Clones Fill The App Store’s Top Charts

Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen may have pulled down his simple but maddening mobile game from the App Store and Google Play on Sunday, but that hasn’t stopped the swelling interest in the success of the seemingly impossible little app – success which, apparently, became too overwhelming for Nguyen …

HTC admits it took its 'eyes off the ball' in neglecting low-end phones

Did you know that HTC still made cheaper phones like the Desire 601? Possibly not, considering the attention lavished upon the company's One series of flagships. HTC is now expecting its next quarter to be the worst so far, with the company's top executives admitting that the outfit "took [its] …