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Mad Catz

Three Mad Catz executives resign prior to tomorrow's earnings report


Probably not a great sign
Feb 08
// Brett Makedonski
Mad Catz is going through a tumultuous shake-up at a time that isn't likely to inspire confidence from investors. On February 9 (tomorrow), Mad Catz will publish its third-quarter 2016 fiscal results. In the lead-up to that, ...
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WHAT!?

GameStop is publishing a game AND 'not trying to be a publisher'


Got peas on my head don't call me a pea
Feb 05
// Steven Hansen
Hahaha. The new hotness from Insomniac (aside from the Ratchet and Clank tie-in) is Song of the Deep, a 2D, underwater metroidvania. It's $15 for PC, PS4, Xbox One. And GameStop, the retailer, is publishing it. But don't call...
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Nintendo sleep monitor

Nintendo nixes plans to watch you sleep


Still into 'Quality of Life' field
Feb 04
// Steven Hansen
Nintendo no longer wants to watch you sleep and -- wait, did he write "nixes" in reference to shelved new Nintendo hardware ideas while the new Nintendo console is being referred to as the "NX"? What a clever writer, that fel...
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David Gaider

Writer David Gaider leaves BioWare


Thanks for HK-47
Jan 22
// Nic Rowen
David Gaider, the brain behind some of BioWare's best characters, has left the company after 17 years. The announcement was made on his own Twitter earlier today. Gaider has worked on several BioWare games since 1999 includ...

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Vivendi

Vivendi sells off all remaining stake in Activision Blizzard


Eyes trained on Ubisoft?
Jan 15
// Brett Makedonski
Many in video game circles know Vivendi solely for its role in owning Activision Blizzard in recent years. The timeline of events looks something like this: The French mass media company owned a controlling stake in Activisio...
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Mario Maker sales

Super Mario Maker sells 1 million in US


Good software sales ahead of new console
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
Perhaps reassuring on the heels of a (possible, it's still unclear!) new console release (the "NX"), two new Nintendo games have both sold over a million copies. Well, one is more new than the other. Splatoon has actually sol...
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2015 hardware/software

PS4 sells most consoles in 2015 but all 3 had strong holidays


PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U strong December
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
Aside from revealing the continued dominance of Call of Duty, the 2015-in-review NPD data also tracked hardware performance throughout the year. Despite the lack of a killer exclusive, PS4 outsold the Xbox One in December, an...
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Activision movies

Ex-Tarantino producer joins Activision Blizzard movie studio


The Hateful Skylanders
Jan 13
// Steven Hansen
Seeking new money-making avenues, Activision Blizzard announced it would start its own "film and television studio devoted to creating original content" for its series like Call of Duty, StarCraft, and Diablo. Activision Bliz...
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Grand Theft Auto dev out

Rockstar North head leaves company after 17 month sabbatical


Grand Theft Auto dev's grand vacation
Jan 12
// Steven Hansen
Rockstar North studio head Leslie Benzies is no longer with the company, Rockstar confirmed to Kotaku today. Benzies, who joined Rockstar North in 1999 before it was even called Rockstar North, played a large part in the deve...
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Square shuts down company

Cloud none: Square Enix to dissolve Shinra Technologies


Didn't even make it two years
Jan 05
// Steven Hansen
In late 2014 Square Enix announced the formation of a new subsidiary company, Shinra Technologies. The Final Fantasy VII-nodding company name works on two levels, as Shinra's focus was cloud gaming, aiming to "break the stran...
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Xbox holiday fallout

Well, Rise of the Tomb Raider hit 1 million sold, at least


Xbox's weird boast for low numbers
Jan 04
// Steven Hansen
What notable exclusives graced the PlayStation 4 and Wii U over the past two months? Xenoblade Chronicles and...? With help from the Uncharted 4 delay and brief Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity, the Xbox One had the strong...
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Rocket League goals

Rocket League revenue nears $50 million


8 million accounts
Dec 17
// Steven Hansen
Rocket League developer Psyonix is a pretty heart warming story. In business 15 years now, profitable for the last 10 of those, still independent. Had the idea for Rocket League as far back as 2008's Supersonic Acrobatic Rock...
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Shkreli schadenfreude

League of Legends team chairman and general villain arrested on fraud


That guy who made medicine real pricey
Dec 17
// Steven Hansen
It would be difficult to have avoided the name (and mousy little face) Martin Shkreli if you've been online recently. Shkreli, a pharmaceutical executive, made headlines after raising the price of the life-saving drug Darapri...
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Sony partnership

Kojima chose Sony over 'a lot of offers from overseas companies'


Not worried about Japanese games market
Dec 16
// Steven Hansen
Kojima Productions' first game, when it releases presumed years from now, will be a PlayStation console exclusive thanks to the new studio's partnership with Sony. Studio head Hideo Kojima (have you read his name enough times...
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Rare chose Kinect

Microsoft didn't push for Kinect development, Rare chose it


Kinect Sports was the largest Rare team
Dec 16
// Steven Hansen
The internet narrative has always been: Microsoft bought Rare (Banjo-Kazooie, GoldenEye) in 2002, then wrecked it, most recently by way of consigning the company to Kinect development. But in a lengthy Eurogamer retrospective...
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Nintendo

Nintendo successfully fends off another patent case against Wii U and 3DS


Add it to the list
Nov 16
// Brett Makedonski
Nintendo's hardware seems to be a magnet for litigation. Everyone thinks the Wii U or the 3DS infringe on their patents, but Nintendo proves time and time again that they don't. The Japanese platform-holder has another succes...
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Review events

As a reminder, Destructoid does not attend industry review events


Including EA's recent one for Star Wars
Nov 12
// Chris Carter
As you may have heard, major publishers often run "review events" for big games, seeking to gather up members of the press into one location. These events are located in highly controlled environments, with near-perfect setti...
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Itagaki

Buy tickets to see Dead or Alive's Itagaki in court


Devil's Third trademark infringement
Nov 11
// Steven Hansen
I say "Dead or Alive's Itagaki" because perhaps you forgot about the brash Team Ninja head. You wouldn't be at fault. Since leaving Team Ninja in 2008 all he's managed to put out is Devil's Third, an incredibly poorly receive...
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Promises to continue Metal Gear support
Konami has confirmed yesterday's reports that it closed Konami LA, the studio responsible for the Metal Gear Online portion of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The Los Angeles studio, formerly Kojima Productions LA befor...

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World of Warcraft

Blizzard's done telling us how many subscribers World of Warcraft has


With good reason
Nov 03
// Brett Makedonski
Every three months, like clockwork, Blizzard has shared World of Warcraft subscription statistics as part of its quarterly report. The MMO is perfectly healthy, but the fanbase isn't at the fever pitch that it was at sev...
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Right after reports of closing Konami LA
Konami seems to have closed its LA studio, formerly Kojima Productions LA before Konami scrubbed the Metal Gear Solid creator's name from as many places as it could. The studio opened in 2012 and most recently was responsible...

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Halo primed for big sales

Microsoft man: 'Halo is to games' what 'Star Wars is to movies'


Pump the space breaks
Oct 29
// Steven Hansen
Microsoft must be pretty happy that for the second year in a row it has more big exclusives in its holiday lineup (what with Uncharted 4 delayed and the paid timed exclusivity for Rise of the Tomb Raider) than nearest competi...
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Vivendi

Vivendi just bought even more stake in Ubisoft


It wants a seat at the table
Oct 22
// Brett Makedonski
Vivendi seemingly has its sights set on Ubisoft, and it doesn't look ready to back down. After an initial investment of $161 million last week, Vivendi just spent approximately another $111 million on Ubisoft stock. That seco...
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Rovio layoffs

Angry Birds studio Rovio sheds over 200 jobs


Company trying to get leaner, more agile
Oct 22
// Kyle MacGregor
Rovio Entertainment is parting ways with 213 employees, according to the developer. The announcement follows months of "employee negotiations," which began in late August, when the Finnish mobile game giant revealed plans to ...
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NBA Live

Haha, holy shit, no one bought EA's basketball game


NBA Live? More like NBA DEAD
Oct 21
// Steven Hansen
Remember how NBA 2K16 was the best-selling US retail game in September, toppling even Madden and Metal Gear Solid V? Well, that one is made by 2K. Electronic Arts also makes a basketball game, NBA Live. NBA Live was so bad EA...
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Ubisoft

Ubisoft says Vivendi investment was 'unsolicited and unwelcome'


'Fight to preserve our independence'
Oct 21
// Brett Makedonski
As it turns out, not everyone's always happy to receive $161 million. That's the case with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot (and other staff) after Vivendi bought 6.6 percent stake in the French publisher. In an internal email obta...
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Uncharted drama

Star Wars actor left Uncharted 4 cast after 'weird changes'


More on last year's Naughty Dog unrest
Oct 20
// Steven Hansen
Uncharted 4 lost its writer and then its director in early 2014 amid allegations that writer Amy Hennig was "forced out" by The Last of Us’ Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, the pair that would go on to take control of ...

Konami insists Kojima hasn't left, is 'on vacation'

Oct 20 // Steven Hansen
Simon Parkin, author of the New Yorker piece, followed up with a photo from Kojima's going away party in response to Konami's statement. [embed]316504:60796:0[/embed] 「メタルギア」小島秀夫氏の退社報道をコナミが否定 現在は長期休暇中 [Tokyo Sports]
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He's not dead, just sleeping
Yesterday, The New Yorker ran a piece about Hideo Kojima's last day in-office at Konami, including his good-bye party on October 9, and noting that his non-compete expires in December, at which point he can do whatever he lik...

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I wonder if Sony will scoop him up
Konami used to be mon ami but now? More like non ami. Does French use "non" or is that just Italian? I don't know any more French, let alone something that rhymes with Konami. Anyways a recent New Yorker piece has pinned down...

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Pre-orders

You're not listening: Pre-orders are up 24%


Stop doing that thing
Oct 14
// Steven Hansen
Stop pre-ordering games. They will not sell out. You're not even guaranteed to get a working product for your $60. Still, pre-orders are up 24% in 2015 compared to 2014, pre-order revenue up 33%, and publishers are being rewa...

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