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Gambling, man

Konami backs Nevada law allowance for 'skill-based' gambling


Gambling, man
May 18
// Steven Hansen
United States state Nevada's newly passed, plainly named Senate Bill 9 "allows for variable-payback percentages in slot machines." What that means is that previous games of chance can be augmented with, for example, bonus rou...
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Nintendo

Iwata says Nintendo's mobile strategy won't involve whale hunting


PETA's pleased
May 14
// Brett Makedonski
There's a predominant school of thought toward making money in the mobile gaming sector: Focus your attention on the people who are willing to spend exorbitant amounts. That is, make the majority of your cash from a small poo...
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Konami

Konami plans to focus on mobile games from now on


Mobile is the future, says CEO
May 14
// Kyle MacGregor
To the surprise of absolutely no one, making console games is no longer Konami's priority. Moving forward, Konami plans to turn its attention to the mobile space, new company CEO Hideki Hayakawa recently told Nikkei Tren...
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Ubisoft

Ubisoft has almost completely moved away from last-gen consoles


Just Dance is the only exception
May 12
// Brett Makedonski
If you're a late adopter who hasn't picked up a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One yet, don't expect to play any Ubisoft games moving forward. The French developer and publisher is done making titles for old platforms. As reported by ...
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Sega financials

Sega calls Alien: Isolation sales 'weak' at 2.1 million


And a poor showing by Sonic Boom
May 11
// Brett Makedonski
Creative Assembly's Alien: Isolation was one of the most well-received games of 2014, but "well-received" seemingly doesn't cut it for its publisher. Sega released its year-end financial results today, and in it expresse...
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Sega not at E3

Sega continues to wind down relevancy, won't have an E3 booth


Japan's gaming giants lumber off
May 05
// Steven Hansen
As a business, Sega is doing fine. It has two mobile games that, on their own, each turn over $5 million a month. That's to say nothing of Sega's succesful non-gaming businesses. The company's projected revenue forecast on th...
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Harrison leaves Xbox

There can be only one Phil at Microsoft, Spencer Highlanders Harrison (probably)


Or maybe he left on his own terms
Apr 17
// Brett Makedonski
Microsoft is down a boss, as Phil Harrison has resigned from his reign as VP of Xbox in Europe. GamesIndustry International has the exclusive confirmation of the departure that's been rumored since GDC. Xbox is fram...
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Games in America survey

Half of America plays games: Statistics from ESA's industry report


The average player is older than Jesus
Apr 15
// Steven Hansen
The Entertainment Software Association has released its yearly findings charting gaming in America through surveys of 4,000 American households. 155 million people in America reportedly play games. That's close to 50% of the ...
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Men of voleur

Darksiders owner buys rights to Vietnam shooter Men of Valor


Men of voleur
Apr 15
// Steven Hansen
We haven't had a good Vietnam War game since, uh, have we? I can only remember Shellshock: Nam '67. Anyways, Nordic Games, which recently devoured THQ's heart to steal its power (that is, acquired rights to Darksiders, Red F...
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DeNA

Nintendo's new mobile partner goes through large number of layoffs


DeNA
Apr 13
// Steven Hansen
Japanese mobile studio DeNA recently made headlines after five years of spurned advances finally led to a partnership with Nintendo so the former could make mobile games using Nintendo's characters. DeNA also just released th...
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Vita lawsuit

Get your free games, PSN credit, or cash from PlayStation Vita's class action settlement


You have until June 29
Apr 06
// Steven Hansen
Did you buy a PlayStation Vita before June 1, 2012? You might be able to get $25 in PSN credit or cash, or one of three kind of horrible game packages that are all technically valued above $50, thanks to Sony settling in a la...
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Shut down

Sony shutting down Vita RPG Destiny of Spirits


Just over a year, in-game currency 'expiring'
Mar 27
// Steven Hansen
Sony's gotta-catch-'em-all Vita card game Destiny of Spirits will be shut down June 30. Apparently the "over one million downloads" were not enough to sustain the free-to-play Vita title and so Sony will be "ending service." ...
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Metal Gear

Konami working on a new, likely Kojima-free Metal Gear


'Even if the Metal Gear franchise continues, to me, this is the last Metal Gear'
Mar 20
// Steven Hansen
Konami's website has the first indications of Metal Gear Solid continuing without series creator Hideo Kojima. This note from Konami confirms Kojima will "remain involved throughout" Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain's Septe...
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What the hell?
"After we finish [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain], Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami," a source within Kojima Productions told GameSpot today amidst speculation that some real crazy shit is happening at ...

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Nintendena

DeNA spent 5 years trying to partner with Nintendo


NintenDeNA
Mar 17
// Steven Hansen
The Courtship of Regal Nintendo by the Pilgrim DeNA is a Kindle book I am definitely currently writing after learning that this morning's Nintendeal with DeNA was apparently five years in the making according to DeNA West CEO...
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Maxis closure

EA closes SimCity maker Maxis Emeryville


First SimCity (2013), now this
Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
Another studio with a storied legacy has fallen under Electronic Arts. The Emeryville offices of Maxis, the force behind simulation games like The Sims, SimCity, and Spore, shut down today. EA says it's "consolidating Maxis I...
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Capcom: No co-op for you!

Capcom pulls switcheroo with Resident Evil: Revelations 2


Offline co-op for the PC version is a no-go
Feb 26
// Rob Morrow
No stranger to controversy, Capcom is again making the headlines of popular gaming websites after delisting an offline cooperative mode that was advertised for the PC version of the episodic Resident Evil: Revelations 2 ...
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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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Tomb Raider

Crystal Dynamics: Tomb Raider partnership with Microsoft began in 2008


2013 Tomb Raider moved 7.5 million copies
Feb 24
// Brett Makedonski
At gamescom 2014, Rise of the Tomb Raider caused waves when it was revealed to be an Xbox exclusive. Well, sort of an exclusive. More like a timed exclusive. But, regardless of the confusion surrounding the announce...
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Derp Derp Derp

Windows Store selling fake versions of Darkest Dungeon


Apparently anyone can pass for a legitimate publisher on this marketplace
Feb 23
// Rob Morrow
There's a new app version of Red Hook Studios' groundbreaking roguelike Darkest Dungeon. Currently it's up for grabs on Microsoft's highly reputable Windows Store at the reasonable price point of only...
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Delta Six controller

Backers of crowdfunded Delta Six controller hit by friendly fire


It's all fun and games till someone shoots their eye out
Feb 21
// Jason Faulkner
The Delta Six controller is the latest entry in my inadvertent series on crowdfunding drama. Hot on the heels of news that The Stomping Land was abandoned by its development team, details have emerged of project mismana...
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Molyneux Interview

Tim Schafer comments on the Molyneux interview


Feels his colleague was treated unfairly by the press
Feb 19
// Rob Morrow
In a YouTube video posted by Double Fine Productions, founder and CEO Tim Schafer provided an update on the current state of the point-and-click adventure Broken Age's second and final act. Schafer also t...
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Ubisoft

Ubisoft had a good quarter despite mediocre showing from Assassin's Creeds


No year-over-year change
Feb 12
// Brett Makedonski
Ubisoft didn't have a disappointing holiday season, as it posted financial reports today indicating that the publisher exceeded its quarterly sales expectations by approximately €80 million. More surprising, it did ...
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Sony Online Entertainment

SOE sold by Sony, sees a new dawn as Daybreak Game Company


Sounds like plans for Xbox are in the works
Feb 02
// Brett Makedonski
Sony Online Entertainment -- developer of popular MMOs such as PlanetSide 2, Everquest, and H1Z1 -- is no longer a part of Sony's stable of studios. After 20 years, SOE has been offloaded. Sony recently sold its subsidia...
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Dying Light DMCAs mods

Techland using DMCA claims to take down Dying Light mods (Update)


Sorry, no nude zombies
Feb 01
// Jason Faulkner
[Update: Techland says it did not intend to create "obstacles" for modders. "With the recent patch (1.2.1) on Steam we blocked cheating to make sure the game's PvP system (Be The Zombie) would not be abused. This, however, ha...
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Sega

Sega of America downsizing, relocating, and narrowing product lines


Cancellations are still up in the air
Jan 30
// Brett Makedonski
Sega of America, like all companies, has its eyes set on becoming as efficient as possible. Today, the publisher revealed plans to take drastic steps toward that goal by streamlining through downsizing and relocation. In a no...
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CREAM

Nintendo financials: 9.2M Wii U, 1.9M New 3DS sold


CREAM
Jan 28
// Steven Hansen
Nintendo released its Q3 financials, shedding light on the performance of its properties as of December 31, 2014--so throughout the holiday season.  The New Nintendo 3DS is doing well. 1.3 million of the XL version have ...
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EA financials

EA had a 'record-breaking' quarter behind Dragon Age


But no sales figures
Jan 27
// Brett Makedonski
It was a given that Dragon Age: Inquisition was going to be a big hit for both Electronic Arts and BioWare. That's a no-brainer for the conclusion to a triple-A trilogy. But, even the publisher seems to be taken a bit ab...
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Dying Light

'I love this game. It's sooo awesome!'


A dying light...
Jan 27
// Steven Hansen
Techland did its best to hold off on handing out Dying Light review codes until the day before release. That's never good. But Techland doesn't need to cherry pick reviews for box quotes when it can pay for them. No, this is the future. And the future is sooo awesome!
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Joystiq

Joystiq is reportedly shutting down


Good luck to all the fine people over there
Jan 27
// Brett Makedonski
I stayed in bed longer than I should have this morning. It was an unlikely occurrence because I woke up rejuvenated and feeling great, ready to take on the world. As I lay in bed and opened Twitter on my phone, I was hit by a...

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