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Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift probably won't be on your face this year


Looks like you'll be be-rift of VR this winter
Apr 27
// Joe Parlock
It's a busy time for virtual reality at the moment: the HTC Vive gearing up for an end-of-year release, and Project Morpheus should be ready to go at the start of 2016. Surely this means the ancient Titan that is the Oculus R...
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Facebook games

Facebook games shut down in South Korea


Throwing the baby out with the bath water
Sep 03
// Kyle MacGregor
Last week, South Korea's ratings authority pulled the plug on Facebook games in the country, effectively disabling everything from Candy Crush Saga to FarmVille until they receive an official GRAC rating. The move reportedly ...
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Oculus acquisition

Facebook has now finalized the acquisition of Oculus VR


Neither side has much to say
Jul 21
// Brett Makedonski
It's been months since Facebook announced the proposed acquisition of Oculus VR for approximately $2 billion, but that deal was just finalized today. In a joint statement released to the media, the two sides simply said ...

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Rift grift

Grift: Oculus cancels Rift pre-orders for people trying to sell them


Oculus grift
Jul 15
// Steven Hansen
The second version of the Oculus Rift is shipping, albeit not quick enough to meet demand. Over 45,000 have been pre-ordered. Only 10,000 of those are expected to ship this month. Meanwhile, enterprising capitalists who got a...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC 'delayed a bit'


End of year, it looks like
Jul 01
// Dale North
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC gets delay news in the form of a Facebook response to a fan. When asked about the release date, XSEED responded:  Nobody wants that game released ASAP more than us, but afraid ...
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Looks like Samsung wants to get into the VR headset space


It would be focused for mobile devices
May 23
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Engadget is reporting that Samsung is getting into the virtual reality headset business. The VR headset is being developed by Samsung's mobile division, and it's set to be announced sometime this year. Apparently there's some...
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Oculus

Oculus wants a billion people in the largest MMO ever


A million people in VR isn't cool. You know what's cool?
May 06
// Brett Makedonski
Roughly 1.3 billion people use Facebook, and Oculus strives to eventually put the vast majority of those users in virtual reality. Oculus VR's CEO Brendan Iribe recently described the company's lofty vision for "the largest M...
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The Last of Us concept artist teases something with artwork


Ellie?
May 05
// Dale North
Marek Okon worked as a concept artist on The Last of Us. He posted a piece of art on his Facebook account with the text "let me tease you something... Its coming." To me, this looks like Ellie from The Last of Us. But this co...
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ZeniMax vs. Oculus VR

ZeniMax seeking compensation over the Oculus Rift


Asserts Carmack worked on IP while at id that went into the headset
May 01
// Jordan Devore
id Software parent company ZeniMax Media has sent a "formal notice of its legal rights" to Oculus VR and Facebook over intellectual property worked on by chief technology officer John Carmack while he was still at id that Zen...
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King settles The Banner Saga and CandySwipe trademark disputes


Yay!
Apr 19
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Oh hey good news! King stopped being idiots and settled the trademark disputes they had over the word "saga" and "candy" with a couple of small studios. Stoic Studios, developers of The Banner Saga, released a statement last ...
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Star Citizen

Star Citizen's Chris Roberts responds to Oculus buyout


Also, Star Citizen hit the $41 million funding mark
Apr 01
// Alasdair Duncan
Facebook's acquisition of the Oculus Rift company was a shock to say the least, and whilst industry figures have expressed cautious optimism over the buyout, there's still a sense of unease as to what the social media giant h...
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Oculus RIFT

Facebook's Oculus acquisition has led to death threats


And John Carmack opens up on the purchase
Mar 31
// Steven Hansen
Don't make death threats. Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey said that employees and their families have gotten death threats since Facebook bought the company. Stop doing that, any terrible persons that might be reading this....
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Oculus

Michael Abrash leaves Valve for Oculus VR


He wants to create the Metaverse
Mar 28
// Jordan Devore
Following Valve virtual-reality engineer Atman Binstock's departure to work for Oculus VR, another Valve employee, Michael Abrash, has made the jump. He joins the company as its chief scientist. Abrash wrote a blog post about...
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Frog Fractions 2

Frog Fractions 2 adds $2B stretch goal to buy Oculus VR back from Facebook


Already 0.0022% of the way there!
Mar 27
// Darren Nakamura
The big news of the week was Facebook's surprising purchase of Oculus VR, the company behind the crowdfunded virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. Naturally, the denizens of the Internet (over)reacted unfavorably, and Minecraf...
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Devil's Third

Devil's Third gets a new logo, more info coming 'this year'


What's another six months or so, right?
Mar 27
// Chris Carter
It feels like Devil's Third, action veteran Tomonobu Itagaki's latest venture, was announced forever ago. That's probably because it was, and after all these years, we haven't gotten much info at all on what the game is actua...
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Oculus RIFT

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


Hopefully the new ownership won't cause an...oculus RIFT
Mar 26
// Steven Hansen
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...
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Oculus Rift version of Minecraft canceled because of Facebook acquisition


'Facebook creeps me out.'
Mar 25
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Markus "Notch" Persson has canceled the Oculus Rift version of Minecraft due to the just announced acquisition deal of the VR company by Facebook. Why? Because as Notch stated, "Facebook creeps me out." Hey, it's his company....
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The deal is happening in Q2 2014
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...

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Candy

King files to abandon its ridiculous 'Candy' trademark


Finally, a reason to use this image
Feb 25
// Jordan Devore
I'm as tired of hearing about Candy Crush Saga developer King's trademarking of the word "Candy" as the rest of you, but this is the update many of us have been awaiting: King has filed for express abandonment of the over-rea...
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Candy Crush Saga

CandySwipe developer writes sad open letter to King


Candy drama ain't so sweet
Feb 14
// Brett Makedonski
CandySwipe, a match-three mobile game based around confectioneries, looks a lot like Candy Crush Saga. The premise, assets, and name are all wildly similar. That's not much of a surprise though; the mobile market is full of s...
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'Candy' trademarked

King Candy: Candy Crush dev trademarks word 'candy'


Candymon
Jan 20
// Steven Hansen
Candy Crush developer King has trademarked the word "Candy." Snicker all you want, it happened. King filed the trademark for "Candy" as it relates to games (and clothing!) almost a year ago and, as Gamezebo has found, the tra...
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Evil Genius

Evil Genius is back on Facebook of all places


Play the open beta
Dec 19
// Jordan Devore
I love me some Evil Genius. Enough that I'm willing to try Evil Genius Online, which is Rebellion's free-to-play approximation of the classic base-building game. It's playable now in open beta on Facebook and while it's got t...
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inFamous: Second Son

Check out the new inFamous screens with neon powers!


Next-gen beanie graphics!
Nov 25
// Alessandro Fillari
We're seeing a ton of inFamous: Second Son media lately. After the release of the recent trailer, the floodgates have opened, so to speak. And now, the Facebook page for the game has released a set pictures showing off the ne...
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Xbox One recording

Microsoft shows off Xbox One's recording and sharing


Xbox, record that.
Nov 19
// Joshua Derocher
Major Nelson, the poster child for the Xbox, posted a video showing how the recording function will work on the Xbox One. In it, Kyle Lampe uses his voice to command the Xbox One to record gameplay, edit the clip, and upload...
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Candy Crush Saga

Sweet stat: Candy Crush Saga's been installed 500M times


I bet your mom's one of them
Nov 15
// Brett Makedonski
Have you heard about this tiny, up-and-coming indie game called Candy Crush Saga? If you haven't, welcome to the Internet, and I'm flattered that this is the first thing you chose to read. If you have, don't feel special; it ...
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Sega lets you pick which Transformers Arcade stage to see


Vote on Facebook
Sep 30
// Dale North
Earlier this year, Sega was caught quietly testing a new Transformers arcade game in China. The robo-cat is out of the bag now, so they're asking fans on Facebook to vote on which bit of gameplay they'll show first.  Oh,...
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Facebook is now a mobile game publisher too


That mobile money
Jul 31
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Facebook has announced a new mobile gaming publishing program. They're looking for small and medium-sized developers in order to "take their mobile games global." So far Facebook has ten developers on board, though TechCrunch...

Gamers urge Nintendo for a playable Zelda

Jul 03 // Jim Sterling
I can really see no reason why this shouldn't be a thing. Whatever your feelings on gender representation in games might be, I think we can all at least agree the kidnapped princess thing is more than a little played out. It'd be fantastic to see Zelda have far more agency in her own story, and if that means making her playable, that'll be all for the better.  People merrily flipped out during E3 when it was revealed Princess Peach would be playable for the first time in forever in Super Mario 3D World, while Zelda herself has proven no stranger to kicking ass in the Super Smash Bros. series. Meanwhile, enterprising coders have done the legwork and made Zelda playable on their own time, so it's not like people don't want it.  Obviously, Nintendo will do what Nintendo will do, because Nintendo is Nintendo and that's what it does. I would definitely be on board for a game actively starring the princess, though, and it's very clear I'm far from the only one who would.
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Hell, her name's in the title!
Nintendo is being asked by fans to make Zelda, the eponymous princess of the Legend of Zelda series, a stronger and more influential character. Responding to Eiji Aonuma, who said he'd consider a playable Zelda if fans reques...

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Zynga

Zynga shutting down Draw Something developer OMGPOP


More layoff news
Jun 04
// Jordan Devore
It came out this week that social gaming giant Zynga had laid off 520 employees (approximately 18 percent of its global workforce), which ended up meaning full office closures in some cases. Joining the shutdowns in New York,...
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eBay Germany <3 Wii U

eBay Germany supports Wii U's lack of restrictions


It's a deep burn
May 27
// Tony Ponce
Whoever manages eBay Germany's Facebook page must be a huge Nintendo fan -- or at least is a master at capitalizing on current gamer worries and frustrations. It's apparent that Xbox One is charting a dark path, and the jury'...

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