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SemiAnalysis • 6364 implied HN points • 18 Mar 24
  1. Nvidia's new Blackwell GPUs introduce B100, B200, and GB200 models, offering improved performance and architecture.
  2. The B100 has exceptional gross margins exceeding 85%, showcasing Nvidia's strong pricing power in the market.
  3. The configuration of the Blackwell GPUs includes 8 stacks of 8-hi HBM3E with up to 192GB capacity, utilizing CoWoS-L technology for increased performance.
A16Z GAMES • 179 implied HN points • 08 May 24
  1. VR gaming is gaining momentum with over 30 million Meta Quest headsets sold and successful games like Gorilla Tag, indicating a bright future for the platform.
  2. Developers are focusing on creating more inviting VR hardware and software to overcome challenges like motion sickness and resistance to bulky headsets.
  3. The younger generation, like the Roblox users, is embracing VR quickly, leading to the rise of social experiences and free games targeted at a younger audience.
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Richard Lewis • 1906 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. The games and esports industry has experienced a significant number of layoffs due to unsustainable practices and behavior.
  2. Many individuals in the industry exhibit toxic behavior, including forming secret blacklists and engaging in power plays for personal gain.
  3. Esports industry executives have mismanaged funds and made poor decisions, leading to financial instability and a negative impact on the industry as a whole.
A16Z GAMES • 439 implied HN points • 29 Mar 24
  1. Altera is developing AI agents for Minecraft that can interact autonomously and learn from player interactions.
  2. The team at Altera, including MIT PhDs and ex-Google AI engineers, aims to create agents with episodic memory and the ability to set their own goals.
  3. Altera's long-term goal is to expand their AI agents to other games like Roblox and integrate their technology with game engine SDKs for wider developer use.
A16Z GAMES • 139 implied HN points • 23 Apr 24
  1. Game developers need to find new ways to get their games discovered in the post-E3 era.
  2. Smaller, targeted digital showcases are emerging to help reach specific player audiences beyond traditional large events like The Game Awards and Nintendo Direct.
  3. Game developers face challenges like game saturation, rising user acquisition costs, and the need for strategic marketing strategies to ensure their games get noticed.
The Lunacian • 736 implied HN points • 28 Feb 24
  1. Earn Axie Experience Points (AXP) in Homeland to enable axie evolution and dynamic NFTs by engaging in various activities like gathering, producing, crafting, constructing, upgrading, combining, and dismantling materials.
  2. There is a daily cap of earning up to 10,000 AXP per axie in Homeland, with the reset happening every 24 hours at 00:00 UTC.
  3. Assign your NFT axies to your land plots in Homeland to start earning AXP, and remember that the AXP earned is specific to each axie.
The Lunacian • 598 implied HN points • 02 Mar 24
  1. Guilds are being introduced to Axie Classic, creating a sense of community and allowing players to support each other, share tips, and celebrate successes.
  2. The Guild Update includes features like the Guild Axie Vault for sharing Axies and learning new strategies, as well as a Guild Treasury for sharing rewards and making the game more rewarding.
  3. The game is focusing on attracting web3 and Ronin gamers, establishing guilds to cater to different player types and implementing balancing efforts to enhance gameplay experiences.
Richard Lewis • 1316 implied HN points • 10 Jan 24
  1. Esports can be full of drama and downfalls due to incompetent narcissists.
  2. Astralis made a series of questionable decisions involving a coach named Hunden.
  3. Astralis' actions resulted in denigration of their own legacy, angering the community, lawsuits, fines, and no improvement in tournament results.
Richard Lewis • 1120 implied HN points • 20 Jan 24
  1. Esports can be a world of hustles and scams, attracting both opportunists and grifters.
  2. Overwatch 2 and the Overwatch League faced significant challenges and failures in 2023.
  3. The Overwatch esports league experienced financial troubles and controversies, ultimately leading to its downfall.
A16Z GAMES • 199 implied HN points • 09 Apr 24
  1. One of the biggest challenges for game developers is working with content creators to market their games effectively. It's important to find creators that resonate with your game and engage with them early on.
  2. Each content creator is unique, so it's crucial to tailor your approach to match their audience and content style. Understand their goals and create experiences that align with them.
  3. Building long-term relationships with content creators requires kindness, respect, and genuine engagement. Treat them well, consider their needs, and value the relationship beyond short-term marketing gains.
The Lunacian • 1334 implied HN points • 05 Jan 24
  1. The new $PIXEL token will be the premium in-game currency for Pixels.
  2. Players can expect features like guilds, pet mints, and quality of life enhancements with $PIXEL.
  3. Participating in the Play-to-Airdrop 2.0 campaign can earn players a chance to receive $PIXEL tokens.
The Lunacian • 828 implied HN points • 17 Jan 24
  1. Origins Season 7 is live with intense battles and a Hybrid Leaderboard system offering over $640,000 in rewards
  2. Increased AXP in Origins allows for faster leveling of axies, with added AXP Booster for quicker gains
  3. Collectible Leaderboards and new items like Runes and Charm Boxes enhance the season grind for players
Numlock News • 786 implied HN points • 08 Jan 24
  1. Star Citizen is a video game in alpha development raising massive funds through selling digital spaceships.
  2. Instant ramen sales are booming globally, with a spicy chicken-flavored soup gaining popularity in the US.
  3. Automation struggles as some tasks are easy for humans but difficult for robots, showcasing a low robot usage rate in US manufacturing plants.
The Lunacian • 276 implied HN points • 07 Mar 24
  1. Axie Classic Guilds are now live, allowing players to create or join guilds for competitive advantages.
  2. Players can now deposit AXS and SLP, withdraw SLP, earn Contribution Points, and hire fellow Guild members' axies.
  3. Register for the Grand Tournament to accumulate Guild Points and climb the Guild Leaderboard, with prizes up for grabs.
The Lunacian • 368 implied HN points • 20 Feb 24
  1. Axie Champions is a Match3 Puzzle game where you can play with your own axies and earn rewards. The game resembles Axie and involves strategy in team building for success.
  2. To play Axie Champions, download the game on Android, connect your Ronin Wallet, and start playing with your own axies. Earn off-chain CUBE rewards that can be exchanged for AXS.
  3. In Axie Champions, utilizing Affinity Advantages and proper team building is crucial. Understanding different Axie classes and their relationships enhances gameplay and victory chances.
How They Make Money • 569 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. Netflix secures a $5 billion, 10-year deal with WWE for exclusive rights to 'Raw' and other shows, expanding its reach internationally.
  2. WWE's global appeal, available in 180 countries and reaching over one billion homes, makes it a strategic fit for Netflix.
  3. Moving WWE content to Netflix provides a win-win situation, giving WWE access to a larger platform and providing Netflix with exclusive content to retain and attract members.
Platformer • 3577 implied HN points • 06 Mar 23
  1. A single engineer brought down Twitter due to a bad configuration change on the API.
  2. Twitter has faced multiple service outages in 2023, leading to frustration among users and employees.
  3. Elon Musk's cost-cutting measures at Twitter have left the company vulnerable to technical failures and service outages.
Liberty’s Highlights • 373 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. Reflect on past technological transitions to appreciate progress made and inspire future advancements
  2. Batteries are crucial for transitioning to clean energy but require significant investment and innovation
  3. Exciting developments in technology, from Apple allowing game streaming to Neuralink's brain implants
Computer Ads from the Past • 384 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. Hudson Soft was a Japanese company that started as an electronics store and later moved into game development.
  2. Hudson Soft created popular games like Bomberman, Adventure Island, and Bonk for various gaming systems.
  3. HuCAL, a product by Hudson Soft, was initially thought to be a word processor but was actually a spreadsheet used on Sega systems.
SuperJoost Playlist • 452 implied HN points • 12 Jan 24
  1. Apple is changing the vocabulary around virtual reality to set itself apart from competitors like Meta.
  2. Regulators are updating policies on children's online privacy in response to the growing popularity of interactive entertainment.
  3. Significant job cuts are happening in big tech companies like Unity and Twitch, affecting the game development industry.
The GameDiscoverCo newsletter • 373 implied HN points • 17 Jan 24
  1. There is debate about whether the 'moral panic' around the latest game subscription services is justified.
  2. Subscription services like Game Pass are seen as gatekeeping and may impact the creation of creative first-party games.
  3. The market for games is evolving, with a mix of direct-to-market games, subscription services, and the importance of gamers owning their catalogs.
The GameDiscoverCo newsletter • 314 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. Palworld's success shows that players enjoy familiar game mechanics with a touch of novelty on top.
  2. Palworld's unique gameplay loop and intricate mechanics contribute to its success in the gaming market.
  3. Understanding the creator's vision and the development process of a game like Palworld can provide insights into its success.
The GameDiscoverCo newsletter • 353 implied HN points • 08 Jan 24
  1. The choice of visual media has exploded, including on-demand watching and streaming platforms like YouTube and TikTok.
  2. The cumulative choice of PC and console games has significantly increased, leading to different market dynamics.
  3. Console platforms like Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox have seen a rise in the number of games added each year, impacting game competition and sales.
Richard Lewis • 1886 implied HN points • 28 Apr 23
  1. Evil Geniuses faced challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic with management disregarding safety protocols and putting staff at risk.
  2. The Counter-Strike team's decline was highlighted by poor management decisions and player dissatisfaction.
  3. An unnecessary rebranding at Evil Geniuses led to public ridicule and internal disapproval, showcasing a disconnect between management and staff.
The GameDiscoverCo newsletter • 255 implied HN points • 29 Jan 24
  1. Steam ranked top games by gross revenue in 2023 based on 'Platinum', 'Gold', 'Silver', and 'Bronze' tiers
  2. Around 35% of the top revenue games in 2023 were new releases; games generally needed at least $20 million gross to make the rankings
  3. Deep Rock Galactic saw increased sales in 2023, success with cosmetic DLC, and plans for spinoff games