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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...

Zoe Quinn founds anti-harassment network Crash Override

Jan 27 // Mike Cosimano
As for the reasoning behind Crash Override, the group credits GamerGate as being the primary motivator, although combating the movement doesn't seem to be Crash Override's modus operandi. "It was originally Gamergate that brought so many of us together," the representative said. "but in terms of scope, our group was formed to assist victims of any kind of coordinated online mob harassment." So even if your particular case has nothing to do with gaming's largest controversy, the network will provide assistance. "Many of the people we hear from are targets of much older campaigns, some still active," the representative said. In the event that a GamerGate supporter is the victim of mob-based harassment, Crash Override will offer the same level of care, according to the group's representative. "We aim to assist victims of online mob harassment regardless of their ideology or prior affiliations, even Gamergaters, providing that they are approaching in good faith." Since the network launched just over a week ago, the response has been "substantial," according to the Crash Override representative. "We're branching out into areas of online harassment we hadn't planned for, and growing our network of experts accordingly to make sure we do it correctly." If you have recently found yourself a victim of organized mob harassment, you can email the Crash Override network via [email protected] Hack the planet.
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Hack the planet!
In response to the wave of harassment in the videogame industry, Depression Quest developer Zoë Quinn and freelance game producer Alex Lifschitz have formed Crash Override: a network of anti-harassment crusaders wit...

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Master Chief beta

Halo: The Master Chief Collection's next update requires public beta testing


So it's come to this
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
343 Industries has had enough issues with Halo: The Master Chief Collection that, two months after release, it's come to this: public beta testing for an impending large-scale content update. Testers will be chosen from a poo...
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Blizzard Founders Pack

Forty dollars will get you instant access to the Heroes of the Storm beta


The new Founder's Pack has all the skins
Jan 21
// Rob Morrow
Having any luck getting into the closed beta for Blizzard Entertainment's new MOBA Heroes of the Storm? If the answer's no, and you've got a little spare cash burning a hole in your pocket, then...
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Evolve DLC drama

Turtle Rock defends Evolve's DLC, pre-purchase options


Videogames sure have gotten complicated
Jan 16
// Rob Morrow
Turtle Rock studios co-founder Phil Robb took to the company's forums to address concerns about upcoming four-versus-one asymmetrical multiplayer title Evolve's numerous pre-purchase options and plans for downloadable co...
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Hotline Miami 2

Hotline Miami dev suggests piracy as an alternative to Australia 'ban'


While not encouraging the practice, Söderström makes an exception
Jan 16
// Rob Morrow
Devolver Digital and Dennaton Games' forthcoming title Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number made headlines yesterday after the Australian Classification Board made the decision to refuse the game classification, effectivel...
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Xbox One back at $349

Hah, wow: Microsoft drops Xbox One back to $349


'Communication'
Jan 15
// Jordan Devore
Microsoft sold the Xbox One for $349.99 during the holiday season, which worked out well for sales. The system became "the best-selling console in the U.S. in November and December," according to the company. But that wasn't ...
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Humble Bundle

Humble abandons 'one-click' Steam Key redemption


Looking into new ways to protect developers going forward
Jan 14
// Rob Morrow
Just over a year ago, Humble Bundle implemented OAuth "one-click" Steam Key redemption in an effort to simplify the process of adding games purchased through the service to your Steam account while protecting participating de...
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Battletoads chatter

Microsoft's Ken Lobb discusses Rare IP, mentions Battletoads specifically


While a new game may not currently be in the works, it's not out of the question
Jan 11
// Rob Morrow
Back in November we ran a story on the head of Microsoft's Xbox division Phil Spencer's visit to Rare's offices where he tweeted about having a look at its latest project. This visit, coupled with the filing for the...
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Come sale away

PS4 sales at 18.5M worldwide, PS+ subscribers near 11M


Come sale away
Jan 05
// Steven Hansen
PlayStation Plus was such a clever way to migrate people towards the idea of paying for online mulitplayer. It's still a good service, but also sly as hell. I let my membership lapse last year, but I'm (probably) in the minor...
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High Voltage Software

Conduit developer High Voltage opening new studio


Chicago company announces New Orleans satellite
Dec 21
// Kyle MacGregor
High Voltage Software, the studio behind The Conduit, is opening a new office in New Orleans. The company has been looking to expand for some time, and considered new locations in both Georgia and Florida before setting on Ne...
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Majesco

Investors inject influx of $6M to Majesco Entertainment


But it wasn't enough to save Midnight City
Dec 19
// Brett Makedonski
Majesco Entertainment's fallen on hard times. It had gotten so bad that sources familiar with the publisher's financial situation said the company had become unresponsive and that its leadership had gone reclusive. And, that ...
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Extreeeeeeeme

Well I'll be sucked, Tak Fujii has left Konami


Extreeeeeeeemely lame
Dec 17
// Steven Hansen
Metal Gear Solid, Pro Evolution, and literally nothing else developer Konami has lost its brightest star aside from the one that goes around wearing a Drive jacket and hanging out with Kiefer Sutherland.  Tak "...
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Tomb Raider

Microsoft is the publisher of Rise of the Tomb Raider


Square Enix confirms
Dec 09
// Brett Makedonski
Ever since Microsoft's gamescom exclusivity reveal, there's been plenty of speculation about the state of Rise of the Tomb Raider. Although it was soon found out to be a timed-exclusive, there are still many uncertainties sur...
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Electronic Arts

EA's looking to build from within instead of acquiring new studios


You gotta believe in yourself
Dec 03
// Brett Makedonski
In one way, Electronic Arts has always sort of been the New York Yankees of videogames -- it simply buys what it wants. Many of the studios in EA's stable -- such as PopCap and BioWare -- weren't home-grown, but rather bought...
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The Crew

Ubisoft informs everyone of The Crew's review process and it's not great


Just be patient
Nov 25
// Brett Makedonski
Only a few weeks removed from the kerfuffle surrounding both the Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed Rogue reviews and embargoes, Ubisoft is opening up about exactly how The Crew's review process will go. Th...
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PS Vita refunds

Sony settles over deceptive PlayStation Vita ads


Early adopters can get some money back
Nov 25
// Jordan Devore
Following Federal Trade Commission charges over false advertising in late 2011 and early 2012, Sony has agreed to give consumers who purchased a PlayStation Vita before June 1, 2012 "either a $25 cash or credit refund, or a $...
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Early Access Update

Steam updates rules and guidelines for Early Access


While far from perfect, I'm glad the program exists
Nov 24
// Rob Morrow
Giant Bomb's Patrick Klepek reported last Thursday that a new set of rules and guidelines for Steam Early Access has been issued to developers in an effort to further define what it means to be involved with the pro...
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Layoffs at Double Fine

Double Fine lays off twelve staff members


Unannounced title canceled when publishing deal falls through
Nov 24
// Rob Morrow
Double Fine Productions confirmed with Games Industry International last Friday that it had to lay off twelve staff members due to a publishing deal falling through on an unannounced title. "One of our unannounced p...
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Majesco in trouble

Majesco, Midnight City in financial peril (Update)


Publisher laying off staff, considering a sale or merger
Nov 18
// Kyle MacGregor
[Update: According to anonymous sources familiar with the situation at Majesco, things are indeed pretty bleak for the company. Our contacts confirmed a reduction in staff at Majesco and Midnight City, adding any attempt...
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PSN name change

I don't get Sony's excuse for why we can't change PSN names


To prevent griefing
Nov 17
// Steven Hansen
The PlayStation 3 is eight years old today. That's a long time. If you had a kid when you first bought the PlayStation 3, it would be eight years old today!  Many of us differ from our eight-years-ago-selves, but So...
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sails

Ghosts doesn't seem to have hurt Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare sales


UK week one more than Destiny, Titanfall, and Wolfenstein combined
Nov 10
// Steven Hansen
Call of Duty: Ghosts was bad, even for Call of Duty.  There was some hopeful schadenfreude that this would impact series sales, that people would maybe realize these games are sort of lame, that the largest entertai...
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Why Penis Why

Save Ryu from looking generic in Street Fighter IV: A fanboy's top 10 wishes


Why Penis Why
Nov 05
// Niero Gonzalez
Editor's note: In an internal staff email us old-timers were just laughing about the absurdity of this super fanboy article I wrote back in 2007 voicing my disgust with the redesigned Street Fighter. I've since grown accustom...

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