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Vivendi

Vivendi comically buys more stake in Ubisoft, but don't call it a takeover

Ubisoft has built a nice little empire for itself, but that empire is in danger if parent company Vivendi keeps on buying up stock in it. Back in 2015 the latter owned 6% of the former. That was raised to 15% in 2016, and Ubisoft found...

 
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NINTENDO

Nintendo selling majority stake in Seattle Mariners

Nintendo of America plans to sell the bulk of its interest in Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners and the team's cable network to other members of the ownership group, the parties announced today. The company acquired a 55 percent stak...

 
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SNK

SNK drops 'Playmore' as part of revival

In what seems to a symbolic nod to those of us that remember the good old days, King of Fighters and Metal Slug developer SNK Playmore is dropping the "Playmore" from its company logo and plans to once again use the old Neo Geo-era slogan "...

 
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Amsterdam 1666

Ubisoft ends lawsuit with Assassin's Creed creator, hands over 1666 Amsterdam

Ubisoft and Patrice Désilets have kissed and made up. Or at least buried the hatchet. Today, the Assassin's Creed creator announced plans to withdraw legal action against Ubisoft after reaching an agreement with the publisher that wi...

 
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ATLUS

NIS will no longer publish Atlus games in Europe, Oceania

NIS America has cut ties with Atlus and will no longer distribute the Sega subsidiary's games across Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, NIS America managing director Takuro Yamashita tells MCV. "Atlus became very picky about selecting the ...

 
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Studio Closure

Report: Gameloft closing Spanish studio

Gameloft is shuttering its studio in Valencia, Spain, Gamasutra reports. The location closed its doors this week and its 18 employees are now out of work, according to an unnamed source, who suggests this was a skeleton crew left behind aft...

 
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Savaged

Amilia St. John responds to her father's 'horrific toddler meltdown'

Last weekend, in the spot where my nap was meant to go between a Giants day game and the Warriors post season "match" with the Rockets, an old, wealthy man wrote a staggeringly wrong-headed op-ed about how people working 80-hour weeks for f...

 
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Platinum Games

Report: Platinum Games president steps down (Update)

[Update: In a statement to Polygon, a Platinum Games spokesperson confirmed the news.] Tatsuya Minami has stepped down as president of Platinum Games, Game Business reports. The Japanese outlet claims Minami left the studio late last month ...

 
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1666: Amsterdam

Ubisoft's canceled 1666 resurfaces as trademark

Patrice Désilets was the creative director of Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft's cash cow from which all its games seem to be modeled (endlessly reproducable open-world systems from now until end, amen). He left the company in 2010 and went...

 
Fuck to you
Leave it to Venture Beat, a site literally named after the plutocratic Dutch rudder that is venture capital ("It's like Uber, but for keeping me from sitting on my own balls!"), to host a this staggeringly wrong-headed op-ed ...   read

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Collector's edition junk

That Dark Souls III Estus Flask replica is embarrassing junk

I hope none of you bought the Dark Souls III Prima Official Game Guide - Estus Flask Edition specifically for its namesake. Normally $129.99 (or around $80 on Amazon right now), the collector's edition package includes an 8" metal sword boo...

 
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CAPCOM

Senior Capcom designer leaves for SNK Playmore

Hidetoshi "Neo G" Ishizawa has departed Capcom for a new position at SNK Playmore. Though Ishizawa may not be as familiar a name as, say, Yoshinori Ono, the fact remains he's been with Capcom since 1995 and has credits on a myriad of belove...

 
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N-Space

Geist developer closed down after 21 years

Orlando-based developer N-Space has shut down after 21 years in the business.  Founded in 1994, N-Space spent the majority of its history working on ports for Nintendo platforms and licensed games. However, the studio is perhaps better...

 
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SEGA x ATLUS

Sega now publishing for Atlus in the Americas

Sega is completing its 2013 acquisition of Atlus, and as such will now be the sole company responsible for handling publishing duties for all Sega and Atlus products in the Americas. If that sounds troubling, well, it shouldn't. Sega assert...

 
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Boondogl

Why the fuck would you call your service 'boondoggle'?

Here is what Google greets you with when you search "boondoggle:" "noun. 1. work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the appearance of having value." Which, I mean, is appropriate for Boondogl, the just-launched monthly subs...

 
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Division did well too

Pokken, Digimon dethrone The Division in this week's Japanese sales

The PlayStation 3 (three) is outselling the Xbox One (uh, 1?) by 16 times in Japan last week (March 14 through 20). The PS3 sold 18 times as much as the Xbone the prior week. Still funny! Also, the Vita remains steady as heck in Japan. ...

 
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Firewatch sales

Firewatch has sold half a million copies in a month and change

The walking and boombox pitching simulator, Firewatch, has sold over half a millions copies since launching in early February. We already knew the game was selling well (even beating out SFV and Far Cry Primal on the PlayStation store), but...

 
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Radiant acquired by Riot

Radiant Entertainment bought by Riot Games, puts Rising Thunder on hold

Well, this is some bittersweet news. Radiant Entertainment, the developer behind the excellent-looking minimalist fighting game, Rising Thunder, has been acquired by Riot Games. While the Radiant guys are obviously super talented and I'm ex...

 
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Sega

Layoffs reported at Sega's mobile division

Sega is laying off employees at its western mobile division Sega Networks and Three Rings Design, a development studio focused on developing online games. Speaking with VentureBeat, Sega asserted the "reduction in workforce" was a response ...

 
Hostile takeover
Remember when French conglomerate Vivendi gave up ownership in Activision Blizzard? You might struggle to remember the exact moment for a while -- three years is a long time -- but I assume you'll have a flash of realization ...   read

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GHOST

EA backs down in 'Ghost' trademark squabble with Ubisoft

In January, Ubisoft filed a complaint with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, threatening Electronic Arts with legal action over a trademark application for the word "Ghost." EA presumably wanted exclusive rights to the word, at...

 
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PS4

PS4 will top 100 million sales says this one particular analyst

It's well-known news that Sony's PlayStation 4 has had a commanding lead in the console sales race ever since its late 2013 release. Most recently, PS4 was sitting at 36 million units moved. It'll undoubtedly sell plenty more, but one resea...

 
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Activision

Activision has a round of layoffs, entire Minneapolis location may have closed

Following last week's investors' report, it seems as if Activision has laid off an undisclosed number of employees. These layoffs may be, in part, due to the fact that Activision says both Skylanders and Guitar Hero under-performe...

 
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The Division

Ubisoft has some awfully lofty expectations for The Division's launch

Ubisoft released its most recent earnings report this morning. As is customary during those sort of things, Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot talked to investors about the company's past and predicted its future. Tom Clancy's The Di...

 
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NY Game Awards

And the winner of the Games Journalism Award...not a games journalist!

The 5th Annual New York Game Awards took place tonight in Arizona. Nah, nah. It was in New York. I fooled you for a second, though, I bet. The event is put on by the New York Videogame Critics Circle, which counts Samit as one of its membe...

 
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GameTrailers

Before GameTrailers shut down, it re-scored Bloodborne a perfect ten

The games industry was saddened yesterday to hear of the closing of GameTrailers, a media staple for the past 13 years. People like to say "it's the end of an era" anytime anything popular ends, but the phrase actually feels apt in this in...

 
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GameTrailers

GameTrailers shuts down after 13 years

GameTrailers is no more, the site announced today after 13 years in business. The unfortunate news was officially announced via the website's social media feeds, and was later confirmed by both Editor-in-Chief Brandon Jones and Associa...

 
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Mad Catz

Three Mad Catz executives resign prior to tomorrow's earnings report

Mad Catz is going through a tumultuous shake-up at a time that isn't likely to inspire confidence from investors. On February 9 (tomorrow), Mad Catz will publish its third-quarter 2016 fiscal results. In the lead-up to that, three executive...

 
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WHAT!?

GameStop is publishing a game AND 'not trying to be a publisher'

Hahaha. The new hotness from Insomniac (aside from the Ratchet and Clank tie-in) is Song of the Deep, a 2D, underwater metroidvania. It's $15 for PC, PS4, Xbox One. And GameStop, the retailer, is publishing it. But don't call GameStop a pub...

 
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Nintendo sleep monitor

Nintendo nixes plans to watch you sleep

Nintendo no longer wants to watch you sleep and -- wait, did he write "nixes" in reference to shelved new Nintendo hardware ideas while the new Nintendo console is being referred to as the "NX"? What a clever writer, that fellow. Anyways. "...

 

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GuerrillaOcelot

I finished Senran Kagura Estival Versus Also, I wrapped up the remaining challenges on Also, I made progress on Dark Souls It has been a good Who needs the outdoors?

 
OverlordZetta

Holy shit! Konami has announced a new game? And its coming to every Sony console AND every Nintendo one?! And its from an old Huson Soft IP?!? And its NOT Bomberman?!?! EDIT: And it may just be a PS2 port somehow severely mislabeled on top of that?!

 
gajknight

PSA: Do not buy the Last Maharaja DLC for AC It is hot trash and Bretts 6/10 is 4 points too Awful, janky and Jack the Ripper though, that is excellent Do get

 
Jinx 01

Steam made a little addition that I *really* Part of the problem with reviews is that games change a lot with patches & updates, especially in Early This makes it easier to see where a game is at the

 
Kaleido Ruby

I think its trying to tell us

 
Amna Umen

My best friend (who introduced me to Dtoid) is developing a game and could use some feedback on his It means so much to me that he succeeds that Im using my 200th QP! Any feedback you leave here Ill pass onto him

 
OverlordZetta

11 years later and this is still my favorite hub world music in a Id just leave the game open and do other stuff to have it playing while I went about my Good, good

 
Sr Churros

I predict the new Battlefield this year will probably be a 2142 sequel, because futuristic shooters are currently in and EA is playing If that ends up being I think they lost a hell of an opportunity for not releasing a sequel for it

 
CoilWhine

I streamed and beat an awesome indie game windowframe, where the window width is used as a weapon and obstacle, streamed part four of Amazing Frog (I unlocked the city and found a boat by getting enough points) + replayed Dead Bits (why? idk)

 
Luca Blight

Goodnight or good morning everyone Im off to

 
Roxas1359

Working on my last research paper of the Need tons of primary sources relating to Japanese American resettlement after the Era of Internment and I cant think of where to Hmm, time for me to put on my thinking

 
JuIc3

Bloodborne, day 3!!! Link found in

 
Rico the Penguin

*adjusts glasses*

 
gajknight

Managed to defeat Nue in the Nioh Satisfying man, I see good things in this games future, for Finishing up the AC Syndicate DLC, then its onto Cant fricking wait man!

 
Torchman

Last call for quesitons for the Ask Me Anything Going to start writing it Feel free to ask multiple questions!

 
Barry Kelly

Im still having a problem seeing embedded youtube videos when using SSL on It looks like the browser (Chrome) wont load them because the embedded URL is a plain

 
Dwavenhobble

So a group of Scientists have been given permission to see what happens when they inject stem cells into the brains of brain dead patients to try and bring them back to Ill get my zombie plan material ready just in case I think lol

 
Parismio

I was looking up some guides for dark souls on youtube for some lols and came across this Shes so adorable and her guides are hilarious! I was going to share the Dark Souls video but the comments reminded me how cancerous the community

 
King Kaiser

Current (finals) mood:

 
Occams

Beat Dark Souls 3, the Nioh demo, Ratchet and Clank and I dunno why but I dont really feel a sense of accomplishment at Been reading Cats Eye by Margaret Thats really good at

 
Luca Blight

To celebrate my 100th post I will use my own homemade Let see OH

 
TheLimoMaker

There are few FPS games I Battlefield 4 captured my time and attention despite its modern If rumours of a past-setting turn out to be true I will fall in love all over again in Or itll be in the future and Ill cry a

 
Dr Mel

I will, occasionally, find the need to just say Jonathan Holmes out loud or substitute it in lyrics of songs that are stuck in my Its a good

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

Lately Ive noticed my Nyko Power Pak+ 3DS battery loses power much faster than it used And this is with the brightness set to 3 and power saver on Im thinking of getting a new one to see if that Or is it the games Im playing?

 
ShadeOfLight

Welp, Alucard is dead (*shakes fist at Rival The good news is I still hadnt caught anything on Route 33, and the first encounter was a female Welcome to the team, Seras the Zubat!

 
Trueghostbody

Fear Effect Sedna gameplay trailer

 
Luca Blight

Im curious did Capcoms studios ever told a good video game story?

 
Jed Whitaker

What if a person were to comment on something and actually talk about that thing instead of being upset that someone has a different opinion than them? THAT WOULD BE THE DAY!

 

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