GamesBeat GamesBeat 2012 roundup: The Crossover Era, Ouya, the iPad as this generation’s console July 12, 2012 1:48 PM Jasmine Maleficent Rea 0 The GamesBeat 2012 conference called on speakers from the hottest mobile, social, PC, and console companies to debate new ways to stay on pace with changing consumer tastes and platforms. The game industry is in transition, and keeping up with the times means companies have to explore new ways to reach consumers and branch out into new markets. This is a handy roundup of the great content produced during GamesBeat 2012. The road ahead in gaming: Welcome to the Crossover Era Seamus Blackley marries “geriatric” and young game designers to build arcade mobile games Even Will Wright’s PowerPoint slides are fascinating Raptr and Kiip mine game rewards for new business models Social gaming startup Akamon claims top prize in our ‘Who’s Got Game’ competition Design guru Yves Béhar dishes on the Ouya console (video interview) Rising costs of marketing iPhone games scares developers Ouya designer Yves Béhar’s dream: Reboot the console world (exclusive) Kickstarter gives game developers control over their destinies Electronic Arts envisions a future free of platform shackles Mobile industry bigwigs Tapjoy and Kontagent form partnership (exclusive) Ouya founder: ‘We never anticipated that it would blow up like this.’ (exclusive interview) Indie devs: Quality content trumps following trends, free-to-play ‘is kind of a slum’ Legendary game exec Bing Gordon on epic poems, the golden age of gaming, and Xbox as a platform Game pioneer Will Wright wants to make games ‘as personal as our dreams’ Gaming investors say the iPad will be this generation’s console Zynga’s Mark Pincus says focus more on content, less on investing in platforms Dean Takahashi’s opening comments for GamesBeat 2012 GamesBeat 2014 — VentureBeat’s sixth annual event on disruption in the video game market — is coming up on Sept 15-16 in San Francisco. Purchase one of the first 50 tickets and save $400!