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04/08/2012 12:06 | By Adam Hartley, contributor, MSN Tech & Gadgets
MSN Tech-spert: The Week In Tech, 4 August

UK games industry guru Andy Payne reveals the big tech and gadget hits and misses of the week



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OUYA's new crowdfunded game console is said to be around the size of a Rubik's Cube, with the developers Fuseproject having already raised $5.4 million from over 42,000 keen investors to get the $99 game console off the ground. "It will easily fit anywhere in a room, or be easy to throw in a backpack," hardware designer Yves Béhar told Kotaku.

"Well Apple exists and OUYA (pronounced Oh Yea I believe) doesn't yet but that doesn't mean it won't,"says Games industry veteran Andy Payne, OBE, chair of Mastertronic and CEO of AppyNation.

"Apple has allegedly stumbled into games, and has actually bumped into the existing hardware manufacturers. Their digital model supports low pricing, and they make their money in hardware. Is that a sign?"

Meanwhile, Apple has just overtaken HP as the world's leading PC manufacturer, with a new DualShock-style Apple gaming controller patent causing a stir in the games industry this week.

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Great first week for "the social media Olympics"Olympic Games' bosses were quick to dub London 2012 "the social media Olympics". This was despite the fact volunteers were being told they were not allowed to Tweet at events, and two athletes being kicked out of the competition due to posting allegedly racist comments on the micro-blogging network.Andy says:"Really? So this is despite the warnings from the IOC and LOCOG about volunteers being prevented from Tweeting and Facebooking during the games. Volunteers I stress! Maybe the IOC have realisedthat we are past the tipping point and to pursue this daft policy was, well just daft."British diving heartthrob Tom Daley also found himself the butt of some seriously unfunny and malicious Twitter messages this week, with the idiotic culprit soon arrested by police.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)Great first week for “the social media Olympics”(©London 2012)UK games industry guru Andy Payne reveals the big tech and gadget hits and misses of the week3. The return of virtual reality headsetsYet another interesting piece of new gaming hardware emerged this week, courtesy of the crowdfunding phenomenon that is Kickstarter. This tasty-looking Oculus-Rift virtual reality headset has some serious backers, including id Software founder and game development legend John Carmack, who said of the new VR tech: "what I've got now, is, I honestly think the best VR demo probably the world has ever seen."The developer has already overtaken the funding goal of $250,000 with 1,402 backers pledging $346,703, which they hope should give them enough cash to create dev kits to send out to games designers to get the VR ball rolling.Andy says:"I remember the first time, to quote Jarvis Cocker. It's great to see crowdfunding spark the creative latency in us all, but given the fact that 3D TV and films have been a damp squib mainlybecause ofthe glasses, I wonder if this will ever live up to the hype."topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2The return of virtual reality headsets(©Oculus)The return of virtual reality headsets(©Oculus)The return of virtual reality headsets(©Oculus)The return of virtual reality headsets(©Oculus)The return of virtual reality headsets(©Oculus)The return of virtual reality headsets(©Oculus)The return of virtual reality headsets(©Oculus)The return of virtual reality headsets(©Oculus)The return of virtual reality headsets(©Oculus)The return of virtual reality headsets(©Oculus)The return of virtual reality headsets(©Oculus)The return of virtual reality headsets(©Oculus)The return of virtual reality headsets(©Oculus)The return of virtual reality headsets(©Oculus)The return of virtual reality headsets(©Oculus)UK games industry guru Andy Payne reveals the big tech and gadget hits and misses of the week4. New PEGI videogame rating system now lawA new, supposedly-simpler age-ratings system for games from PEGI has come into force in the UK this week, which will hopefully be good news for concerned parents who don't want to buy inappropriate adult-themed violent videogames for their youngsters.PEGI, which stands for Pan European Game Information, takes over from the incumbent British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) which has previously branded certain games with legally enforceable 15 and 18 certificates. Still, the big question remains - how do you police what people buy online?Andy says:"Well it has taken years for this to become law in the UK. It's a good thing for safeguarding kids and parents for sure, but as we move more and more online, the legal systems of the world will need tomove faster if they are to afford advice and protection for children. Maybe creators and consumers will sort it out themselves short term?"topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2New PEGI videogame rating system now law(©Pegi)New PEGI videogame rating system now law(©Pegi)New PEGI videogame rating system now law(©Pegi)New PEGI videogame rating system now law(©Pegi)New PEGI videogame rating system now law(©Pegi)New PEGI videogame rating system now law(©Pegi)New PEGI videogame rating system now law(©Pegi)New PEGI videogame rating system now law(©Pegi)New PEGI videogame rating system now law(©Pegi)New PEGI videogame rating system now law(©Pegi)New PEGI videogame rating system now law(©Pegi)New PEGI videogame rating system now law(©Pegi)New PEGI videogame rating system now law(©Pegi)New PEGI videogame rating system now law(©Pegi)New PEGI videogame rating system now law(©Pegi)UK games industry guru Andy Payne reveals the big tech and gadget hits and misses of the week5. Is Facebook tanking?Might Facebook turn out to be one of the biggest ever damp squibs in US tech history? The value of Facebook's stock was down to its lowest point yet earlier this week, following disappointing financial results.Still, even though the stock price was stumbling and down 13% to to $23.26 (compared with Facebook's initial public offering of stock at $38) Mark Zuckerberg's social network was keen to tell investors that overall revenue grew 32% to $1.18 billion dollars in the last financial quarter. Andy says:"Well the share price has tanked in relative terms and three top execs have left this week. It is well known that Facebook just did not get its mobile strategy right. Indeed they seem to have missed themobile revolution. 85m fake users, according to them, are driving up ad costs, but they are the number one social network in the West, I wonder if they will be bought by someone else, maybe from the East, andsoon?"topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Is Facebook tanking?(©GigaOm.com)Is Facebook tanking?(©GigaOm.com)Is Facebook tanking?(©GigaOm.com)Is Facebook tanking?(©GigaOm.com)Is Facebook tanking?(©GigaOm.com)Is Facebook tanking?(©GigaOm.com)Is Facebook tanking?(©GigaOm.com)Is Facebook tanking?(©GigaOm.com)Is Facebook tanking?(©GigaOm.com)Is Facebook tanking?(©GigaOm.com)Is Facebook tanking?(©GigaOm.com)Is Facebook tanking?(©GigaOm.com)Is Facebook tanking?(©GigaOm.com)Is Facebook tanking?(©GigaOm.com)Is Facebook tanking?(©GigaOm.com)UK games industry guru Andy Payne reveals the big tech and gadget hits and misses of the week6. Twitter joker finally vindicatedAnd so the madness ends. Twitter joke trial victim Paul Chambers finally "won" his court case against the Crown Prosecution Service this week, with the High Court deciding that the tweet he jokingly sent to his girlfriend and friends about blowing up his nearby airport (because it was closed due to bad weather) should not really have been considered "menacing" by the police, airport security and other powers-that-be.Following the ruling, a relieved Mr Chambers said: "It's been two-and-a-half years. At the moment I'm just feeling relieved. The Lord Chief Justice just seemed to get it."Andy says:"And a good thing too. A joke is a joke. Sometimes they can be near the mark, and sometimes actually not that funny (a certain Scot comedian please note). This 'joke' actually was notreally a joke atall. But common sense at last came into play and we can all rest easy about 'free speech'. Or most of us can unless you slag off NBC and their Olympics coverage!"topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Twitter joker finally vindicated(©Paul Clarke)Twitter joker finally vindicated(©Paul Clarke)Twitter joker finally vindicated(©Paul Clarke)Twitter joker finally vindicated(©Paul Clarke)Twitter joker finally vindicated(©Paul Clarke)Twitter joker finally vindicated(©Paul Clarke)Twitter joker finally vindicated(©Paul Clarke)Twitter joker finally vindicated(©Paul Clarke)Twitter joker finally vindicated(©Paul Clarke)Twitter joker finally vindicated(©Paul Clarke)Twitter joker finally vindicated(©Paul Clarke)Twitter joker finally vindicated(©Paul Clarke)Twitter joker finally vindicated(©Paul Clarke)Twitter joker finally vindicated(©Paul Clarke)Twitter joker finally vindicated(©Paul Clarke)UK games industry guru Andy Payne reveals the big tech and gadget hits and misses of the week7. Has Zynga peaked?Has Facebook gaming had its day? In the same week that Facebook's stock tanked, casual games developer Zynga has been forced to admit that it's raking in (a lot) less cash from its social gaming cows FarmVille, CityVille and others, all of which are attracting far fewer players than the company had expected.Zynga's latest disappointing results meant that the company has had to lower its profit expectations for the foreseeable future due to a "more challenging environment on the Facebook web platform".Andy says:"You only ever know where the top is when you are on the way down. Zynga have raised a load of money, hired awesome talent and made some big-earning social games, played out onFacebook.Maybe Facebook's lack of mobile strategy has halted their march to world dominance. Their Apps may be the way back, but you can't play on your iPad as iPads don't support Flash and they Ville not play...."topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Has Zynga peaked?(©Zynga)Has Zynga peaked?(©Zynga)Has Zynga peaked?(©Zynga)Has Zynga peaked?(©Zynga)Has Zynga peaked?(©Zynga)Has Zynga peaked?(©Zynga)Has Zynga peaked?(©Zynga)Has Zynga peaked?(©Zynga)Has Zynga peaked?(©Zynga)Has Zynga peaked?(©Zynga)Has Zynga peaked?(©Zynga)Has Zynga peaked?(©Zynga)Has Zynga peaked?(©Zynga)Has Zynga peaked?(©Zynga)Has Zynga peaked?(©Zynga)