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FBI joins forces with IGDA in a bid to curb online bullying

Trolls may have to stay under their bridges from now on
Sep 08
// Brittany Vincent
The International Game Developers Association is reported to be working alongside the FBI and other online harassment experts in a bid to stamp out harassment. As a result, it seems, of recent events within the industry, the ...
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Aliens: Colonial Marines

Sega outs Gearbox for lying in Aliens: Colonial Marines case

The plot thickens
Sep 04
// Brittany Vincent
Sega has released a statement placing the majority of the blame for the misrepresentation of Aliens: Colonial Marines to customers firmly on Gearbox, especially Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford. Sega has alleged that Gearbox did i...

A word on ethics

In light of recent events <3
Sep 04
// Dale North
[Update from Chris Carter, August 2015: we've also made an effort to retroactively pursue disclosures, as is the case with this review of Oddworld after learning that a staff member, who was hired after we reviewed ...
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Shigeru Miyamoto

Miyamoto explains Nintendo's reignited passion for core gaming

'In the days of DS and Wii, Nintendo tried its best to expand the gaming population.'
Aug 28
// Brittany Vincent
It's fairly obvious that Nintendo has been ramping up its concerted efforts to attract and maintain its core base, and Shigeru Miyamoto's latest comments confirm that it's not just a coincidence. Miyamoto spoke with Edge in a...
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Kids and Gaming

New study shows that children may benefit from videogames

BREAKING: Actually being a parent to your child also proves beneficial
Aug 06
// Brittany Vincent
A new study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that children and young teens aged 10-15 who play a small amount of videogames each day show slightly higher levels of psychosocial adjustment than kids who don't play at ...
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Far Cry

Far Cry 3 was originally poised to tie the franchise's story together

But hey, at least we got Blood Dragon
Aug 05
// Brittany Vincent
Raphael van Lierop, in a recent interview with USGamer, revealed that his original vision of the game would have tied all three entries in the series up to that point together. As narrative director at Ubisoft Montreal for Fa...
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Gearbox thinks it should be dropped from the Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit

Gearbox throws Sega under the bus
Aug 01
// Brittany Vincent
Last year a class action lawsuit was filed against Sega and Gearbox accusing the companies that the press demo shown at E3 of Aliens: Colonial Marines was not indicative of the final product and was misleading. Gearbox has re...
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Sony agrees to preliminary settlement over 2011 data breach

With all this identity theft I am racking up a heap of benefits
Jul 24
// Brittany Vincent
Due to a class-action lawsuit concerning Sony's 2011 data breach which led to the theft of names, addresses, and possible credit card data of its 77 million users, the company has agreed to a $15 million preliminary settlemen...
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Double Fine

Double Fine embarks on new publishing venture

Sounds (double) fine to me
Jul 24
// Brittany Vincent
Double Fine Productions has decided to point its talents in the direction of helping indie game studios with publishing and marketing. In an interview with Tim Schafer, it was revealed that although Double Fine won't be a pub...
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Electronic Arts

EA improves revenue in first quarter of 2014, delays Dragon Age and Battlefield

KOTOR 3 still not in development
Jul 23
// Brittany Vincent
As Electronic Arts' first fiscal quarter came to a close on June 30, the publisher found that it had beaten expectations for profits and revenue. EA credits much of this success to the runaway success of Titanfall. CEO Andrew...
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PC gaming

PC gaming hardware market holds lead over consoles

Enthusiasts continue to drop big bucks for big hardware
Jul 17
// Brittany Vincent
The PC gaming hardware market, which consists of personal computers, upgrades, and peripherals used for gaming, is alive and booming in contrast to the general decline in the mainstream PC market. Ted Pollak, Senior Gaming An...
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Yogscast participating in revenue share to promote Space Engineers

Can we pay for them to not make that "awww" noise?
Jul 16
// Brittany Vincent
YouTube streaming group Yogscast has announced that they will form a partnership with Keen Software. In return for a share of sales revenue for a month of the game Space Engineers, Yogscast will offer a series of vi...
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Microsoft to announce biggest round of job cuts in five years

Cuts could come as early as this week
Jul 16
// Brittany Vincent
Microsoft is beginning its restructuring in the near future, as forecast by CEO Satya Nadella last week in an interview. The reductions will most likely be in engineering, marketing, and areas of overlap with Nokia. The restr...
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Japanese gaming

Reports of the Japanese gaming market's decline are exaggerated

Japanese gaming is actually still alive and well
Jul 14
// Brittany Vincent
A popular rumor in gaming nowadays is the decline of the Japanese gaming industry. This seems to be espoused by news outlets, financial reporters, and even Japanese developers themselves. Through various interpretations of th...
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Examining what's behind the $12.5 billion in game company acquisitions last year

Chinese folding ownership away from traditional markets
Jul 14
// Brittany Vincent
Digi-Capital, a London based firm, stated in its second-quarter report that mobile gaming has been the source of the largest amount of companies changing hands with $4.6 billion in deals in the past year. Closely following ar...
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Critical Path

What do you think about cut scenes?

Kojima, Cliffy B, Jordan Mechner, Vander Caballero, Rhianna Pratchett and more weigh in
Jul 11
// Steven Hansen
There are hard line stances against cut scenes ("cheating"!), Kojima considering them a natural outlet for all the movies he watched, and developers considering them one of many useful tools in this new Critical Path&nb...
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Lorne Lanning

Lorne Lanning explains why he previously left the game industry

Makes sense, actually
Jul 09
// Brittany Vincent
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! is an HD remake of the PS1 cult hit Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee. Lorne Lanning, the co-founder of publisher Oddworld Inhabitants, and a man who recently took an eight-year hiatus from the video games indu...
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Crytek UK has stopped work on Homefront: The Revolution

Staff has gone unpaid over a month as pressure mounts on new title
Jul 03
// Alessandro Fillari
Amid recent reports of unpaid employees and mismanagement at Crytek, we are now seeing clear signs of trouble within the development studio. The UK branch of Crytek, which is actively working on Homefront: The Revolution...
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Worldwide gaming market expected to hit $100 billion in yearly sales by 2018

Smartphones integral to growth
Jun 26
// Brittany Vincent
Projected game sales for 2014 are expected to total $64 billion dollars globally. By 2018, the global sales have been projected to reach $100 billion, mostly due to the giant leap in mobile gaming. Burgeoning economies in cou...

Adam Sessler covers his career through videogame memories

Guest editorial is a good read
May 23
// Dale North
I've been doing this writing about videogames thing for a decade now, and I've met a lot of amazing people and have made some friends for life during that time. As much as I love games, it's really the people that make this t...

Movie studio Lionsgate gets into the games business

Nerdist co-founder leads the charge
Apr 30
// Dale North
Lionsgate, the movie studio behind Hunger Games, The Expendables, and many other films, is making a move into gaming. This move will be headed by their new President of Interactive Ventures, Peter Levin, the co-founder and fo...

GameStop to open 400 tech stores this year

Investing $40 million in new stores
Mar 28
// Dale North
We know GameStop sells games and consoles as their bread and butter, but they want to get in on the tech game as well. They're investing up to $40 million in stores that will sell tech hardware, like phones and tablets. Their...
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Naughty Dog

Uncharted 4 director has left Naughty Dog

Game director Justin Richmond moves on to Riot Games
Mar 27
// Alessandro Fillari
Just a couple weeks after Amy Hennig left Naughty Dog, the studio has now seen another major departure. Justin Richmond, the director of the upcoming Uncharted 4, has now left the studio. Talking with IGN, Richmond spoke abou...
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Enjoy the indie craze whilst it lasts, says Peter Molyneux

Just as well he's still in bed with Microsoft, eh? Oh wait...
Mar 26
// Alasdair Duncan
Peter Molyneux is at it again, this time saying that the recent indie game boom of the last few years isn't going to last. Sound the doom sirens! Speaking to CVG, Molyneux explained, "These things go in cycles, what I'd say i...

Gaming Live announces their alternative to Twitch

Streaming video for Europe
Mar 26
// Dale North
European online video platform Gaming Live has announced their streaming service for games, eSports, and other related content. This startup was accepted at Dubai's TURN8 Accelerator and earned a seed fund of $30,000.  T...
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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2's development was troubled

Ex-developers cast blame on MercurySteam's managment and culture
Feb 28
// Alessandro Fillari
Well, this is awkward. Not only did Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 review fairly poorly across the board, now we're seeing former developers step into the light and call out Spanish development studio, MercurySteam, for poor ...
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AAA Games

AAA game business unprofitable says Just Cause dev

Business is 'not healthy at the moment'
Feb 08
// Wesley Ruscher
Profitability in AAA titles nowadays is tricky business. We scoff when companies claim a game that sells 3.5 million copies is not a success, and perhaps rightfully so. Amidst the inflating development costs of the new consol...
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Playstation 4

NPD confirms PS4 launch 'biggest in history'

Sony had sold one million units in 24 hours at launch
Dec 12
// Alasdair Duncan
After the news earlier today that market research group DFC Intelligence was dubbing the launch of the PlayStation 4 the biggest ever for a console, a statement from Sony President and CEO Jack Tretton confirmed it, backed up...
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Studio Closure

Development studio Terminal Reality has shut down

Studio behind Ghostbusters and BloodRayne has closed
Dec 12
// Alessandro Fillari
2013 hasn't been to kind to struggling game studios, and it appears we've got another casualty before this rocky year in gaming closes out. It is now reported that the Texas-based game studio, Terminal Reality, has shut down....
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Atlus is free to revive classic Sega brands

Naoya Tsurumi talks business as usual with Atlus and giving access to dormant IPs
Nov 29
// Alessandro Fillari
When Sega purchased Index Holdings along with Atlus back in September, many fans of the niche company were worried about the future of their beloved library of titles. Fast forward to today, it all looks like it's busine...

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