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Steam

Steam now sells over 6000 different games


I've got a lovely bunch of videogames
Aug 31
// Joe Parlock
Ever since Valve opened Steam’s floodgates with Greenlight, the amount of games on the platform has exploded. NeoGAF noticed the other day that that number has skyrocketed to over six thousand games, either fully releas...
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PS4 lead platform

Ubisoft making 2.5 times more money off PS4 sales than Xbox One


UbiStation
Jul 10
// Steven Hansen
Ubisoft is doing more PC business than ever (despite uPlay), and more people might own the last generation PS3 and Xbox 360, but Ubisoft's games are selling best on current generation consoles. Well, on PlayStation 4, anyways...
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Game sales

Ubisoft on why digital is more than physical


Because fuck you, pay me
Jul 09
// Robert Summa
As we've gotten knee-deep in the digital sales revolution, many us constantly wonder why we'll often see digital game prices for major titles either stay the same or remain higher for a longer period of time compared to their...
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Wolfenstein

Bethesda to release Wolfenstein: The Old Blood on disc


Pre-order today!
Jun 09
// Vikki Blake
From July 21, North Americans will be able to pick up a copy of Bethesda's Wolfenstein: The Old Blood on disc for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Until now, you could only purchase the title online and download the 40GB ...

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Steam Refunds Impact

Indie dev reports feeling a negative impact from Steam refund policy


Dev reports 72% return rate
Jun 07
// Jed Whitaker
Qwiboo, developer of Beyond Gravity, is reporting a large negative impact on sales due to the recent changes to Steam's refund policy. The main story in Beyond Gravity takes about an hour to finish and most players ...
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Desura

Desura owner Bad JuJu files for bankruptcy


Bad times at Bad JuJu
Jun 05
// Joe Parlock
A couple of weeks ago, it came to light that digital distributor Desura, and its indie bundle site Indie Royale, has been failing to pay developers on its platforms. Well, it looks like they might not be getting that mon...
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Are you having problems playing The Witcher 3 on Xbox One?


You're not alone
Jun 04
// Vikki Blake
Commenters on reddit and NeoGAF have reported issues with playing digital copies of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Xbox One. The error -- coded "0x87de2726" -- was confirmed by Microsoft as a licensing issue,...
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Itch.io

Indie games site Itch.io wants your bitcoins


Past me was an idiot
Jun 01
// Joe Parlock
Bitcoins! Those things that blew up in 2012 and made everyone incredibly rich, except for me because I was an idiot who didn’t believe in “that fake money.” Everyone else is buying their spaceyachts made of ...
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Sony

UK consumer rights programme not happy with Sony


Insert Weakest Link joke here
May 29
// Vikki Blake
Sony headlined UK consumer rights programme Watchdog last night. Following a recap of Sony's troublesome history with hacks and insecure customer data, the programme took umbrage with Sony Europe's digital refund po...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege PC standard edition held as digital only hostage


Want a physical copy on PC? Collectors editions only for you
Apr 21
// Laura Kate Dale
[Update: According to Ubisoft, the standard edition of Rainbow Six Siege for PC will be available physically at retail locations in the United States.] Standard editions of games are fun. They allow you to get the game for th...
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GOG

GOG accepting old CD keys for digital games


Dig through your cupboards and find that old manual
Apr 03
// Laura Kate Dale
Are you one of those gamers who have a mountain of old video game discs cluttering up their home for operating systems they no longer use? Do you fancy going back to one of those old games and not having to buy a new physical...
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Game Prices

Goodbye European regional pricing?


Could standardised RRP be coming?
Mar 31
// Laura Kate Dale
Are you a gamer in Germany fed up of not being able to get the same version of a game as other countries in Europe? Perhaps you're a UK gamer fed up that you're being charged more for a game that your French friends for the s...
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Lucasfilm

GOG.com scores Zak McKracken, Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb


Plus Outlaws, Loom, The Dig, and Monkey Island: LeChuck's Revenge
Mar 19
// Jordan Devore
Lucasfilm and Disney are trickling out more good old games with digital-distribution premieres of Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, and Outlaws on GOG.com. They're only $5.99 a pie...
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Moneyhat stuff

PlayStation led consoles to $263M in digital sales in January


Dying Light making money
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
SuperData has expounded on its general reporting of digital sales in the United States videogame industry -- collectively $1.1 billion worth in the month of January -- with specific details on the console-side of the digital market. Here's the breakdown of the $263 million made in worldwide digital console sales in January.
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Better PSN

This tool makes it way easier to keep track of your PlayStation Network purchases


Happy downloading
Feb 04
// Jordan Devore
Managing game downloads on PlayStation Network is a far greater pain that it needs to be, but I've grown accustomed to Sony's ways. Thank goodness for people like redditor RePod37, then, for coming up with an intuitive soluti...
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Far Cry 4 et al

Ubisoft's upcoming releases back on Steam (except in the UK)


F4r Cry, Assassin's Creed Unity, and The Crew
Nov 10
// Steven Hansen
Last week, Ubisoft pulled its upcoming games--F4r Cry, Assassin's Creed Unity, and The Crew--from Steam. This allowed me to roll with a headline, "Going hard in the Uplaynt," a play on "going hard in the paint" and ...
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Hard in the Uplay-nt

Hard in the Uplay-nt: Ubisoft pulls upcoming PC games from Steam


Going hard in the Uplay-nt
Nov 06
// Steven Hansen
Ubisoft's biggest three upcoming releases, F4r Cry, Assassin's Creed Unity, and The Crew have been pulled from Steam, the place where a lot of people buy and play their PC games.  PCGamesN got this statement from Ub...
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Nintendo eShop

You can now buy eShop games on Nintendo.com


Pre-orders are also supported
Oct 15
// Jordan Devore
As pleasant as it is to hear Nintendo music while shopping for games digitally, sometimes you just want to get in and get out -- no fanfare needed. Here's our alternative at last. It's now possible to buy certain 3DS and Wii ...
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New Steam

Valve rolls out major Steam redesign


Promises better discoverability and more customization
Sep 22
// Jordan Devore
As a platform, Steam hasn't been able to keep up with the rate at which new games are coming out -- there were more than 1,300 releases in the last nine months alone, says Valve -- but today's so-called Discovery update inten...
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PC games

Half of PC gamers will wait for a sale before buying games


A recent survey casts some interesting light on digital sales
Sep 10
// Alasdair Duncan
If there's one phrase you get used to hearing when talking about PC games, it's "I'll wait for a bundle or sale." It's common knowledge if you wait a while, you can get a better price through places like Steam, Green Man Gami...
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Games & the Environment

Study: Buying at retail more eco-friendly than online


So finds the the Journal of Industrial Ecology
Sep 07
// Kyle MacGregor
A new study finds buying a game at retail may have a less significant impact on the environment than downloading the same title. The Journal of Industrial Ecology recently published a report dubbed "The Carbon Footprint ...
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GOG.com

You've got 4 days to buy 35 games from GOG.com before they're gone


Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Red Faction will be removed from sale
Aug 30
// Alasdair Duncan
One of the assumptions of buying games digitally is that you assume they'll always be available. That's sadly not the case, but GOG.com is offering discounts on 35 games that it will be removing from its catalog on Septe...
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GOG.com

GOG.com now supports Linux with new and old games alike


And there's an obligatory sale
Jul 24
// Jordan Devore
Digital distributor GOG.com has launched its Linux support earlier than expected and, as of today, there are more than 50 games that feature Linux versions on the site. A number of these titles are also on sale, because you c...
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Charity

People like you helped raise $1M for charity through the Humble Store


That's 10 percent of store proceeds to date
Jun 23
// Jordan Devore
Since its launch last November, the Humble Store has raised $1 million for charity. That's the result of ten percent of all store proceeds going to charities -- the American Red Cross, Child's Play, the Electronic Frontier Fo...
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Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll now selling Japanese indie games


Pick them up at a discount now until Saturday
Jun 13
// Brittany Vincent
Good news, Japanese indie game fans. Crunchyroll has announced a collaboration with Nyu Media Limited that will bring said games to the Crunchyroll Store. Starting today, Crunchyroll users can purchase Nyu Media's releases di...
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Deal North

Deal North: Super crazy Amazon Digital Games sale


Over 1,000 digital PC games on sale
May 22
// Dale North
Amazon has some of the lowest prices ever on this batch of over 1,000 digital PC games for their MAYhem promotion. This event run from today through May 31, but the catch is that some of the lowest prices are only live for 48...
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GOG.com

If GOG.com gets into selling early-access games, it won't follow Steam's model


Not exactly
May 19
// Jordan Devore
The gap between Steam and GOG.com has further widened now that Valve has embraced the sale of work-in-progress games under its Early Access program while the latter digital distributor has continued to focus on curating finis...
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Steam

So many games have released on Steam this year


More games hit Steam this year already than all of last year
May 15
// Jordan Devore
It's no secret that Steam is approving games left and right, granting access to developers that wouldn't have been so fortunate in prior years. Tracking the number of new releases on Steam, Gamasutra has learned that more tit...
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NPD: Three out of four US gamers prefer physical games


And other fun core gamer stats from 2014
May 14
// Dale North
NPD's Core Gaming 2014 report shows that gamers still dig physical copies, with 74 percent of gamers in the United States saying that they would choose a physical copy of a game over a digital one. Digital acceptance is growi...
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Sparkle 2

Sparkle 2 set to glisten all over PS4 and Vita screens May 20


Marble shooters are kinda my jam
May 12
// Brittany Vincent
Luxor Zuma Sparkle 2, 10tons' PS4 marble shooter, is hitting the PlayStation Network for both PS4 and Vita on May 20, with cross buy support and a free trial if you're just not sure that shooting marbles is really your ...

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