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12:15 PM on 03.27.2014

Candy crushed: King.com IPO posts disappointing numbers

King.com, the developer behind the bafflingly popular match-three puzzler Candy Crush Saga, went public on the stock exchange yesterday, and it did not perform as well as the casual game behemoth had hoped. Starting at $...

Darren Nakamura

2:45 PM on 03.26.2014

Microtransactions made $352 million on consoles last year

While my default is to rally against microtransactions, some of this data comes from consoles adopting free-to-play schemes wherein you're paying for an aesthetic thing or still paying much less money than you would for a ret...

Steven Hansen

1:45 PM on 03.26.2014

Oculus post Facebook acquisition: 'We promise we won't change'

You know who else promised they wouldn't change, Oculus? My third husband. But two years after a trip to Nepal and he's thirty pounds heavier, balding, and a born again Christian. That's not what I signed up for. No matter yo...

Steven Hansen







Facebook to acquire Oculus VR for around $2 billion photo
Facebook to acquire Oculus VR for around $2 billion
by Jordan Devore

Facebook announced today it has reached an agreement to acquire virtual-reality headset maker Oculus VR, Inc. for approximately $2 billion -- spread across $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock -- with an extra $300 million earn-out in cash and stock tied to certain undisclosed milestones. The deal is expected to happen in the second quarter of 2014.

"Facebook plans to extend Oculus' existing advantage in gaming to new verticals, including communications, media and entertainment, education and other areas," reads a press release. "Given these broad potential applications, virtual reality technology is a strong candidate to emerge as the next social and communications platform."

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg elaborated on the acquisition in a post, writing that "We're going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this.

"But this is just the start. After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face -- just by putting on goggles in your home. This is really a new communication platform."

Unexpected, to put it mildly, but this makes sense given the long-term plans of both companies.

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4:30 PM on 03.25.2014

Nivida announces $2,999 GeForce GTX Titan Z

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the GeForce GTX Titan Z today at the company's GPU Technology Conference and, all right, there's no real getting around the card's sticker shock. 5,760 CUDA cores. 12GB GDDR5 VRAM. $2,999. ...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 03.18.2014

500k sales of Abe's Oddysee remake could fund an all-new Oddworld

In a candid discussion about sales expectations for Just Add Water's Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee remake, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, creator Lorne Lanning told Eurogamer that if 250,000 copies of the game are sold, that'll be e...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 03.13.2014

That $99 Xbox 360 with a two-year contract promo has ended

In 2012, Microsoft rolled out a promotion in which people could pay $99 for an Xbox 360 (the basic 4GB model) with a Kinect -- if they signed up for a two-year Xbox Live Gold commitment of $14.99 per month. It's the sort of s...

Jordan Devore

8:30 AM on 03.13.2014

Stacking paper: Papers, Please sold over 500,000 copies

Lucas Pope left Naughty Dog and the pulp Uncharted series to make a paperwork simulator, last year's oddball hit Papers, Please. I could see a Frog Fractions sort of demented, Hunter S. Thompson fevered dream paperwork simula...

Steven Hansen



Two new Razer laptops offer power and profile at a premium photo
Two new Razer laptops offer power and profile at a premium
by Steven Hansen

Every time I see a razor blade in person I have to pick it up. Those things are dangerous and shouldn't be left lying about. Kids could put them in their mouth or pigeons could weaponize them. Maybe mobsters will smuggle them into prisons to slice their garlic.

The same thing happens when I see a Razer Blade. I try to keep tech fetishization to a minimum, but seeing a sort of pretty, svelte laptop playing Sleeping Dogs at 3200 x 1800, I can't help but be a little bit impressed. I pick up the Blade just to make sure it isn't attached to the desk it's on with secret desk innards powering it. Nope, it's a for-real laptop, lighter and thinner than what I'm writing on now and I can barely run Portal

If you can trick your work into expensing $2,000+ laptops, you should get one of these new two.

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3:30 PM on 03.11.2014

Star Citizen breaks the $40 million barrier

Last time we checked, Star Citizen had raised $30 million in crowdfunding; just under four months later we've got word that Chris Robert's ambitious space sim has now broken the $40 million mark. In a blog post, Roberts revea...

Alasdair Duncan

8:30 AM on 03.10.2014

PS4 camera in such high demand GameStop has raised the price

Bundle a camera into your hardware offering, see a $100 price difference with your major competitor, a slower start, privacy concerns and general annoyance. Sell a camera as a peripheral, rule the world, apparently. The PlayS...

Steven Hansen

1:45 PM on 03.06.2014

Post PS4, Xbox One release, Tomb Raider sales crossing 6M

The Tomb Raider reboot had series high day one and month one sales, according to studio head Darrell Gallagher. Despite this, Tomb Raider's estimated 3.4 million first month sales were deemed a "slow start" by Square Enix, wh...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 03.05.2014

So how well did Monaco sell in Humble Bundle 11?

With the recent Humble Indie Bundle 11 finished, Pocketwatch Games has posted an interesting postmortem about how well its game Monaco: What's Yours is Mine sold as part of the bundle. There were 493,816 bundles sold generati...

Alasdair Duncan

7:00 AM on 03.05.2014

Now that Thief is out, Eidos Montreal lays off 27 people

AAA development works, the large studio tells you. "Yes it is true we've let 27 people go today," its press release reads as you imagine it dabbing crocodile tears with a fan of c-notes. "Unfortunately it's something that ev...

Steven Hansen





3:30 PM on 03.03.2014

$1 billion pledged to Kickstarter projects to date

A billion dollars in pledges to Kickstarter campaigns. What do you even say to that? If you're Kickstarter, you say something like this. What gets me here is that more than half of that amount was pledged within the last 12 m...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 03.03.2014

Interceptor Entertainment investors have acquired Apogee/3D Realms

The investment group behind Interceptor Entertainment, SDN Invest, has announced that they have acquired Apogee/3D Realms, the developer/publisher responsible for franchises like Duke Nukem, Commander Keen and&...

Conrad Zimmerman