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Lil dick pt 2

That expensive, gold Monster Hunter statue? Doesn't have a lil dick!


Schrödingers' cat's dick no longer incumclusive
Sep 05
// Steven Hansen
Last month, we brought you an investigative, penetrative look at this $29,000 gold Monster Hunter statue. Particularly, "does it...does it have a lil dick?" we asked. It wasn't immediately clear. All the photos prov...
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Doctor Who

Doctor Who character packs coming to Minecraft on 360


Live long and prosper
Aug 27
// Steven Hansen
Doctor Who is travelling blue telephone boxing its way to the 360 version of Minecraft this September thanks to a deal between BBC Worldwide, Microsoft Studios and Mojang.  "The first pack [$2.99/£1....
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EA's DLC

EA aims to make $1 billion from extra content this year


Sports franchises being big contributors
Aug 26
// Brett Makedonski
Everyone knows that downloadable add-ons for videogames have become a profitable trend in recent years. This year, EA's aiming high and hopes to rake in a record amount of revenue from DLC. According to an article on Bloomber...
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Twitch acquisition

Google supposedly bailed on Twitch deal because of antitrust issues


Amazon was opportunistic
Aug 26
// Brett Makedonski
Amazon's recent acquisition of Twitch.TV for more than $1 billion might come as a surprise to anyone that had been following various suitors' attempts to buy the streaming mogul. As of late, it had seemed as if Google was poi...

Amazon has acquired Twitch.TV

Aug 25 // Jordan Devore
Amazon buys Twitch photo
For more than $1 billion
[Update: It's confirmed. Amazon has officially acquired streaming site Twitch.TV. "Amazon will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Twitch for approximately $970 million in cash, as adjusted for the assumption of opt...

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Sucker punched

Infamous developer Sucker Punch sees layoffs


Sucker punched
Aug 20
// Steven Hansen
With development on the standalone Infamous: First Light wrapping up, developer Sucker Punch has seen a round of layoffs. Sony confirmed in a statement to Eurogamer, "SCEE can confirm a reduction in workforce h...
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Bungie mess

Bungie ordered to return stock to fired composer Marty O’Donnell


Money fight!
Aug 19
// Steven Hansen
In April, Bungie fired its longtime composer, Marty O'Donnell. O'Donnell, one of the remaining original Bungie employees, was responsible for the music in Halo and the upcoming Destiny. He claimed he was "terminated...
PS4 10 million sales photo
PS4 10 million sales

Sony just doesn't know who keeps buying PS4s


Is it...is it you?
Aug 19
// Steven Hansen
Sony has sold over 10 million PlayStation 4s to consumers. It is a lot and more than anyone expected, including the higher ups at Sony, according to this Eurogamer interview with Sony's affable Shuhei Yoshida. "We are so happ...
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Star Citizen

Star Citizen breaks the $50 million mark


All aboard your $350 luxury space craft
Aug 18
// Alasdair Duncan
Remember that animated .gif of Shigeru Miyamoto and Satoru Iwata holding a DS and proclaiming "It prints money"? You could probably do the same with a picture of Chris Roberts and his pet project Star Citizen. The ambitious ...
Schrödingers' cat's dick photo
Schrödingers' cat's dick

Does this $29,000 gold Monster Hunter statue have a lil dick?


Schrödingers' cat's dick
Aug 03
// Steven Hansen
Capcom is selling a $29,000, solid gold Otomo Airou statue to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Monster Hunter.  Does it have a dick, though? We at the Destructoid virtual office thought it might. "does it...does ...
CREAM photo
CREAM

PlayStation 4 sales buoy Sony's quarter one performance


Cash rules everything around me
Jul 31
// Steven Hansen
Selling off the PC division, entire buildings, $1.3 billion in expected losses. Fun times at Sony. The PlayStation brand, including the success of the PlayStation 4, is a bright spot, however.  In its first quarter repor...
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Platinumb

Capcom made money this quarter without a big, new release


Platinumb
Jul 31
// Steven Hansen
More quarter 1 for the fiscal year 2015 fun times. Capcom. Haven't heard much out of them while we wait for Monster Hunter. Their E3 line-up was slim. I played the 3DS port of the Ace Attorney trilogy. So, Capcom? Its nu...
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Nintendoooooomed

Mario Kart 8 accounts for more than half of Wii U software sales in Q1 2014


$92.7 million first quarter loss
Jul 30
// Steven Hansen
Mario Kart 8 sales are up to 2.82 million. It's already the third-best-selling Wii U title. It accounted for more than half of the Wii U's software sales for the first quarter of the 2014 fiscal year, according to The Ve...
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lol

ESPN 'delighted' with Dota performance, expanding eSports coverage


Still not a sport
Jul 28
// Steven Hansen
ESPN 2 has aired competitive hot dog eating, log cutting, and a lot of boring poker. Still, it surprised me that ESPN 2 aired a brief bit on Dota 2's The International, and that the online-based ESPN 3 aired the entire compet...
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Banner Saga iOS

Apple, Banner Saga studio frustrated by iOS game market


The race to the bottom is a hot-button issue
Jul 27
// Kyle MacGregor
The Banner Saga is coming to iOS, but porting isn't the developer's major concern. That's pretty much already done. Stoic's main dilemma is how much the game should cost on the platform. "Apple is frustrated, along with every...
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Cry-tek

Crytek insists it's okay, has secured capital amid allegations of trouble paying staff


Boys don't cry-tek
Jul 25
// Steven Hansen
A lot of sources have come forth to talk about Crytek studios bleeding staff, cancelling games (including a sequel to Xbox One exclusive Ryse), and struggling to pay staff. Crytek finally issued a statement to ...
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ONE BILLION $$$

Google buys Twitch for a billion bucks


That's a lot of ducks!
Jul 24
// Steven Hansen
Nintendo may think watching Twitch streams is not fun, but a lot of people disagree. Twitch has 50 million active users per month. That's more than the population of California. That's more than 20 times the amount of people ...
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GameStop exclusive

Well, I won't be playing as Red Hood or Harley in Batman: Arkham Knight


Red Hood is GameStop exclusive pre-order DLC
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
GameStop teased an announcement that seems to have come out: a GameStop exclusive Red Hood story pack for the upcoming Batman game. Harley, we already knew, is a pre-order incentive at most major retailers. There's ...
CREAM photo
CREAM

Disney Infinity gets Guardians of the Galaxy toys


Because everything exists to the benefit of capital
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
Remember all of yesterday's pricey new Disney Infinity toys destined to strip underpaid parents of hard won monies this holiday? There are more, naturally. To coincide with the Guardians of the Galaxy film, th...
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Not 'free'

Google will stop calling games with in-app purchases 'free' in Europe


Healthcare communist socialist PC police
Jul 18
// Steven Hansen
As part of its investigation into unwanted in-app purchases, often by children, the European Commission has laid out guidelines for developers and the app stores themselves to follow. By the end of September, Google will...
Mario Kart 8 photo
Mario Kart 8

Luigi's death glare moves 885,000 US Mario Kart copies


Top-selling US software in June
Jul 17
// Steven Hansen
C'mon, you're going to tell me that's not what's doing it? What, is it that Mario Kart 8 is fun? That it's familiar? That it's a Mario Kart game? Nope. All Luigi, baby. That's what you get in 2 anno Luigi. No matter the ...
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Active-fission

Vivendi considered firing Activision's Bobby Kotick over last year's buyout


Kotick and Activision chairman Brian Kelly being sued, too
Jul 16
// Steven Hansen
Last year, Activision Blizzard orchestrated a buyout of then-parent company Vivendi to separate from Vivendi and become an independent company. I wrote this great headline about the split --Active-fission -- and stared w...
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Money maker

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood will make about $200 million this year


More money than Kardashian West made last year
Jul 16
// Steven Hansen
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the Glu Mobile game based on their previous Stardom Hollywood and rebranded with noted famous person Kim Kardashian West, is set to make $200 million in revenue by the end of this year. As an a...
Ubisoft sales photo
Ubisoft sales

Watch Dogs underscored a record first quarter for Ubisoft


Digital segment grew too
Jul 10
// Brett Makedonski
Ubisoft set lofty predictions for its 2014 fiscal year first-quarter performance, and then it blew right by them. Estimating €310 million (approximately $422 million) in sales, the publisher reported first-quarter s...
Japanese game sales photo
Japanese game sales

Japan: The PS3 is beating the Wii U in sales in 2014


3DS is king, though
Jul 09
// Steven Hansen
Following news of the PS4 not quite picking it up in Japan, we know have a fuller picture of the first half of 2014 in Japan. Hardware sales are up, software sales are down, and it's not new hardware that's shifting any more ...
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Reverse Stock Split

A trick prevents Majesco stock from being delisted


Reverse split saves Cooking Mama publisher's bacon
Jul 05
// Kyle MacGregor
Majesco is no longer in danger of being delisted from the NASDAQ stock exchange, thanks to some clever accounting. The Cooking Mama and Zumba Fitness publisher pulled off a reverse stock split last month, reducing its outstan...

Nintendo's humorous shareholder Q&A summarized

Jul 04 // Jordan Devore
Nintendo's communication experimentation at E3 2014 was a success. Miyamoto: "The 'Nintendo Digital Event,' which we broadcast on the morning of the first day of E3, was viewed 4 to 5 million times, and the total views of our E3-related videos numbered in the tens of millions. This means that our messages reached a large number of people all over the world through the Internet, not only the people who attended E3 events." Someone asked if Nintendo could give shareholders free games as a perk. Kimishima: "We have been studying the best method of shareholder returns and our current policy is to pay out dividends." Miyamoto on Zelda Wii U: "We are trying to gradually break down such mechanism and develop a game style in which you can enjoy 'The Legend of Zelda' freely in a vast world, whenever you find the time to do so." Miyamoto on the next handheld Zelda: "...we have ideas for Nintendo 3DS which we have not announced yet, so I hope you will look forward to them." Someone suggested a handheld device whose screen could be "manually extended to become twice the size both horizontally and vertically." Then, they proceeded to ramble about casino games (???). Takeda on the next leaders: "We want to pass on to our younger developers the DNA of offering unexpected and fun entertainment to consumers by doing things in different ways from others so the company can continuously produce unprecedented entertainment." Some guy literally said this: "I do not understand video games and I even feel angry because, at Nintendo's shareholders' meetings, the shareholders always discuss things relating to video games or such childish topics as 'what the future of video games should be,' while I, for one, was flabbergasted that Mr. Iwata continues to hold his position although he had said that he would resign if the company's performance were bad."I hope that Nintendo's shareholders' meeting will become an opportunity where the shareholders discuss the company's business operations from the viewpoints of capital gain and dividends." Miyamoto on the future of the entertainment business: "It is true that I have a sense of fear in that 'hand-me-down smartphones,' as pointed out by another shareholder, are becoming hardware systems on which to play games due to their prices being lower than that of our most inexpensive video game system in our history."However, I do not believe that will completely control the future of video games. Of course, it is important to gain profit in effective ways, but Nintendo always has to take seriously, for example, network security for children. Taking into consideration that more and more children have a good command of these kinds of media, which help these media to spread, the most important task for Nintendo is how to provide new styles of entertainment by using these technologies, and how to make these new kinds of entertainment yield significant sales and profits."It goes without saying that Nintendo has been trying to improve its profitability at the same time. For example, at E3 this year, we were able to obtain more page views on our website while considerably reducing our E3-related costs." A fan of Iwata Asks wondered why there haven't been more of those articles. Miyamoto: "Nintendo should try to attract a more broad audience through a wider range of methods." Someone commented that Iwata might be ill because "he is trying to take on all of the things related to the company’s current situation by himself..." Miyamoto: "Just for your information, I too have been feeling a great deal of anxiety. Mr. Iwata is a president whom I can rely on very much, and I would like to continue this journey with him." Miyamoto on the future of entertainment, part two: "I believe it is important for us to learn from our predecessors in the movie and other media industries. This is something I mentioned earlier today (during my remarks on E3,) but to some, it might have seemed as though there wasn’t a wide variety of software at E3, and as though many people followed the same direction to make their video games. I believe this is a revelation of creative immaturity on our part as creators in the video game industry."The late Mr. Hiroshi Yamauchi, the former president of Nintendo, often used to say that in the entertainment business, only one can become strong and all of the others will become weak. With this remark, he was not referring to the arrogance of the winner. He mentioned this to describe the nature of the entertainment business, which tends to create just one winner because in the entertainment business everyone buys your offering if you create something unprecedented, and consumers do not think it is necessary to purchase products from others in the industry."To survive in the entertainment industry, it is often the case that everyone tries to follow suit with the strong one. My comment may be at risk of being misinterpreted, but in the digital content field, I think that our creativity is still immature. In the world of comic books and movies, there are people who are challenging themselves to be even more creative than before in creating their content."I believe that we (those who are creating digital content called video games) are still in a transitional period and will eventually step up into the phases where we expand and enrich the substance of our creativity. If we can manage Nintendo without losing sight of this challenge, I believe we might be able to create new entertainment that dominates the industry."Also, some may think it is fair to compete with others on the same hardware platform, but it is always challenging to become the one strong existence among so many companies, and to Nintendo, it is more advantageous to create and propose to consumers a brand new framework that includes hardware as part of the structure. We would like to continuously develop something unique by not abandoning this strength of our company. I ask for your continued support."
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Miyamoto talks the future of Zelda and the entertainment industry
Jonathan told you how Nintendo's 74th annual general meeting of shareholders came across like a bad comments section. Now, here's that meeting in-depth as translated by Nintendo itself. Notably, CEO Satoru Iwata was absent du...

Crytek photo
Crytek

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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Shareholder?

Nintendo's Satoru Iwata's approval up 3%, still low, Miyamoto's down 6%


Fun with numbers
Jul 01
// Steven Hansen
Along with airing weird grievances, Nintendo's recent shareholders meeting allowed shareholders a chance to vote for or against everyone on the board. Satoru Iwata's 2014 approval rating of 80.64% is an increase compared...






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