Video Games and the Amazon Fire TV

ps4-hrdware-large19The new Amazon Fire TV small streaming box has many of the same features as Apple TV, Roku, etc. with a few more enhancements. One of the more exciting differences is that is has that backing of a traditional in-house game studio.

The gaming ability of the streaming box is not just another add on, Amazon has developed a game initiative to sell low-cost titles to people who can’t afford an expensive $500 gaming console. The Amazon Fire TV is available for just under $100. There is a dedicated game controller that is available for $40. Gaming on the Amazon Fire TV gives you access to thousands of gaming titles. Amazon has also started their own in-house studio with Android-centric games that will continue to grow rather than stagnate like other models. An NPD analyst states, “when they got into the gaming stuff, that’s really when they started talking about the Fire TV as a differentiator…For me, that says that they are serious about the device being used for gaming and that it’s central to its use.”

However, it’s important to keep in mind that this has been tried before. Ouya tried to do a similar new gaming system that failed because of a limited library, which led to poor sales and subsequently the whole company being pushed out of the hardware market. This seemed to kill the hope of someone developing a low-cost console ending game system. Perhaps, Amazon may be successful in this unchartered territory. We can only hope. The success of the Amazon Fire TV rests in marketing. The product is solid, 2GB of memory, 8GB of storage, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor. It’s all there, now hopefully consumers will take advantage.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Video Game and Media Page http://ift.tt/1hlvgEx

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Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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