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Approved for manufacture, sale anywhere
China is lifting nationwide restrictions on video game consoles, The Wall Street Journal reports. The nation eased the embargo last year by allowing console manufacturers to operate in Shanghai's free-trade zone, leading to M...

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Madden tricks

Madden 16 screenshots lie about Marshawn Lynch dick-grabbing mechanic

I'm just here so I don't get fined
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
Madden 16 used the above photo for Marshawn Lynch in its running backs player rating reveal. He is, naturally, number one at 96 overall. He cannot, however, grab his dick in defiance, as he is wont to do in real life. Seriously, watch this.
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Daybreak CEO

Sony Online Entertainment founder steps down

Currently Daybreak
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
John Smedley co-founded EverQuest developer Verant Interactive, which morphed into Sony Online Entertainment following EverQuest's huge success. He even hung on after Sony sold SOE earlier this year, turning it into Daybreak ...
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Business giants

Well-liked, not-hated EA and Comcast partner for Xfinity Games

I'm not even mad, but actually happy
Jul 14
// Steven Hansen
Two companies with whom even the average consumer has no qualm, Electronic Arts and Comcast, have partnered on a new streaming game service, a series of connected words that will cause no one to bristle or dejectedly swipe th...
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Electronic Arts

Jade Raymond joins EA to open new studio

Overseeing Visceral Games as well
Jul 13
// Kyle MacGregor
Jade Raymond, formerly of Ubisoft, has taken a post at Electronic Arts to open a new studio. "I’m happy to announce that I’m joining Electronic Arts and opening Motive, a new development studio in my home tow...
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Backwards compatibility

Ubisoft speaks out in favor of Xbox One's backwards compatibility

This will likely be a trend
Jul 09
// Brett Makedonski
When we spoke with Xbox last month at E3, representatives for the platform-holder indicated that the newly-announced backwards compatibility would likely be a popular feature among publishers. All the major players haven't ye...
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Executive shade

Xbox's Phil Spencer: Executives should play games

Tips his fedora to Sony
Jul 07
// Jed Whitaker
Xbox boss Phil Spencer said "I think our industry is better when more people who made decisions on games play." Basically meaning executives of gaming companies would make better decisions if they themselves were ga...
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Sega not dead

Sega pledges 'quality,' console game announcement at TGS

Not just mobile and browser games!
Jul 07
// Steven Hansen
Sega bowed out of E3 completely this year as the company continued to wind down relevancy as a developer and publisher of moderate to big budget video games. But wait! Earlier this morning, we reported on Sega boss Hajime Sat...
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Visceral Star Wars

Visceral's Star Wars has hints of Uncharted and 1313

Uncharted writer lost 8 months of work
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
Visceral Games' (Dead Space, Battlefield: Hardline) Star Wars game was noticeably absent from EA's E3 showing this year. I thought there was a chance we'd see it, anyhow. Uncharted voice actor Nolan North did give some hints ...
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UK sales

Batman: Arkham Knight has best 2015 week one UK sales

Beat out Witcher 3 and Arkham City
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
A reminder that Arkham Knight has "Batman" in the name and no volley of excoriating 7/10 reviews (or broken PC ports) can do it harm: Rocksteady's new Batman is the top-selling game of 2015 in the UK by its first week sales, ...
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The Phantom Pain

Konami's stance on Metal Gear Solid V microtransactions

And, uh, 40 minutes of footage!
Jun 19
// Jordan Devore
I'm back home from E3 2015 thanks to a too-early flight. I can safely watch this 40-minute demonstration of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain without any guilt trips from Steven. Yes! Straight away, "While it is true that...
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Sony exec calls Vita a 'legacy platform'

That's not a good sign
May 27
// Brett Makedonski
Those who hold out hope that Sony will change course and start avidly supporting the Vita may want to finally give up on that pipe dream. The outlook for the PlayStation handheld has been grim, and is even more so after a top...
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Bowser leaves EA, joins Nintendo as Vice President of Sales

Wrote it for the headline
May 20
// Steven Hansen
Business! Yes, some exec hopping from one game company (Electronic Arts since 2007, most recently as Vice President of Global Business Planning) to another (Nintendo, as Vice President of Sales) is bland stuff, but when the c...
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Gambling, man

Konami backs Nevada law allowance for 'skill-based' gambling

Gambling, man
May 18
// Steven Hansen
United States state Nevada's newly passed, plainly named Senate Bill 9 "allows for variable-payback percentages in slot machines." What that means is that previous games of chance can be augmented with, for example, bonus rou...
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Iwata says Nintendo's mobile strategy won't involve whale hunting

PETA's pleased
May 14
// Brett Makedonski
There's a predominant school of thought toward making money in the mobile gaming sector: Focus your attention on the people who are willing to spend exorbitant amounts. That is, make the majority of your cash from a small poo...
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Konami plans to focus on mobile games from now on

Mobile is the future, says CEO
May 14
// Kyle MacGregor
To the surprise of absolutely no one, making console games is no longer Konami's priority. Moving forward, Konami plans to turn its attention to the mobile space, new company CEO Hideki Hayakawa recently told Nikkei Tren...
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Ubisoft has almost completely moved away from last-gen consoles

Just Dance is the only exception
May 12
// Brett Makedonski
If you're a late adopter who hasn't picked up a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One yet, don't expect to play any Ubisoft games moving forward. The French developer and publisher is done making titles for old platforms. As reported by ...
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Sega financials

Sega calls Alien: Isolation sales 'weak' at 2.1 million

And a poor showing by Sonic Boom
May 11
// Brett Makedonski
Creative Assembly's Alien: Isolation was one of the most well-received games of 2014, but "well-received" seemingly doesn't cut it for its publisher. Sega released its year-end financial results today, and in it expresse...
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Sega not at E3

Sega continues to wind down relevancy, won't have an E3 booth

Japan's gaming giants lumber off
May 05
// Steven Hansen
As a business, Sega is doing fine. It has two mobile games that, on their own, each turn over $5 million a month. That's to say nothing of Sega's succesful non-gaming businesses. The company's projected revenue forecast on th...
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Harrison leaves Xbox

There can be only one Phil at Microsoft, Spencer Highlanders Harrison (probably)

Or maybe he left on his own terms
Apr 17
// Brett Makedonski
Microsoft is down a boss, as Phil Harrison has resigned from his reign as VP of Xbox in Europe. GamesIndustry International has the exclusive confirmation of the departure that's been rumored since GDC. Xbox is fram...
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Games in America survey

Half of America plays games: Statistics from ESA's industry report

The average player is older than Jesus
Apr 15
// Steven Hansen
The Entertainment Software Association has released its yearly findings charting gaming in America through surveys of 4,000 American households. 155 million people in America reportedly play games. That's close to 50% of the ...
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Men of voleur

Darksiders owner buys rights to Vietnam shooter Men of Valor

Men of voleur
Apr 15
// Steven Hansen
We haven't had a good Vietnam War game since, uh, have we? I can only remember Shellshock: Nam '67. Anyways, Nordic Games, which recently devoured THQ's heart to steal its power (that is, acquired rights to Darksiders, Red F...
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Nintendo's new mobile partner goes through large number of layoffs

Apr 13
// Steven Hansen
Japanese mobile studio DeNA recently made headlines after five years of spurned advances finally led to a partnership with Nintendo so the former could make mobile games using Nintendo's characters. DeNA also just released th...
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Vita lawsuit

Get your free games, PSN credit, or cash from PlayStation Vita's class action settlement

You have until June 29
Apr 06
// Steven Hansen
Did you buy a PlayStation Vita before June 1, 2012? You might be able to get $25 in PSN credit or cash, or one of three kind of horrible game packages that are all technically valued above $50, thanks to Sony settling in a la...
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Shut down

Sony shutting down Vita RPG Destiny of Spirits

Just over a year, in-game currency 'expiring'
Mar 27
// Steven Hansen
Sony's gotta-catch-'em-all Vita card game Destiny of Spirits will be shut down June 30. Apparently the "over one million downloads" were not enough to sustain the free-to-play Vita title and so Sony will be "ending service." ...
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Metal Gear

Konami working on a new, likely Kojima-free Metal Gear

'Even if the Metal Gear franchise continues, to me, this is the last Metal Gear'
Mar 20
// Steven Hansen
Konami's website has the first indications of Metal Gear Solid continuing without series creator Hideo Kojima. This note from Konami confirms Kojima will "remain involved throughout" Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain's Septe...
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What the hell?
"After we finish [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain], Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami," a source within Kojima Productions told GameSpot today amidst speculation that some real crazy shit is happening at ...

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DeNA spent 5 years trying to partner with Nintendo

Mar 17
// Steven Hansen
The Courtship of Regal Nintendo by the Pilgrim DeNA is a Kindle book I am definitely currently writing after learning that this morning's Nintendeal with DeNA was apparently five years in the making according to DeNA West CEO...
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Maxis closure

EA closes SimCity maker Maxis Emeryville

First SimCity (2013), now this
Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
Another studio with a storied legacy has fallen under Electronic Arts. The Emeryville offices of Maxis, the force behind simulation games like The Sims, SimCity, and Spore, shut down today. EA says it's "consolidating Maxis I...
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Capcom: No co-op for you!

Capcom pulls switcheroo with Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Offline co-op for the PC version is a no-go
Feb 26
// Rob Morrow
No stranger to controversy, Capcom is again making the headlines of popular gaming websites after delisting an offline cooperative mode that was advertised for the PC version of the episodic Resident Evil: Revelations 2 ...

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