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Wii U gets a £50-£60 price drop in the UK


Amazon, Asda and Shopto all discount Nintendo's new console
Mar 15
// Alasdair Duncan
If you've been waiting for the Wii U to drop in price in the UK, then today is your lucky day. CVG reports that various retailers are following the lead of supermarket giant Asda's £50 price cut on Wii U bundles. Here's...
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GameStop VP in prison

Former GameStop VP in prison for stealing $1.7 million


You could buy a lot of used Maddens with that kind of money!
Mar 12
// Allistair Pinsof
Some may call GameStop employees crooks for giving customers pennies for their beloved Maddens, but only Frank Christopher Olivera, former VP of corporate communications and public affairs at GameStop Texas, has been sentence...
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HMV

HMV laying off 464 workers, closing 37 more stores


More bad news for the struggling retailer
Feb 21
// Harry Monogenis
HMV has been having a pretty horrible year so far, and it's only February. Last month, the UK retailer went into administration, followed by an announcement that 66 stores would be closing up for good -- a move which also res...

Horror won't fly in $60 games? The industry won't let it!

Feb 13 // Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts made headlines last year when it revealed Dead Space 3 needed to sell five million copies to secure its future. Likewise, Resident Evil 6 failed to meet Capcom's expectations despite shifting almost five million copies itself. This is ridiculous. It's absolutely fucking ludicrous that games selling over one million copies could be considered a failed project, under any circumstances. The sheer extravagance of game development has painted publishers into such a corner that their ambitions are now far exceeding reality. While digital distribution cuts costs of physical manufacturing and makes it easier to get games into the hands of customers, I don't think major publishers will seize that opportunity to create horror games, or any other kind of niche title. If they were prepared to, they'd already be trying it. Instead, they're just going to continue to put out PC ports of console games and charge $60 for digital copies. They've evidenced their belief that, to them, digital is not a way to take more risks, but a way to simply make more savings on the same old shit they've been pulling at retail. The problem is not the constraints of the retail market, it's the constraints of an executive's brain.  Amnesia and Slender are successful not through sheer virtue of their digital nature. They're successful because they weren't obsessed with beating Call of Duty. They had realistic goals, and they met them. This is evidenced in retail just as much as digital, too! Look at Demon's Souls. That game was a success because it had a humble budget, a decent (but not indulgent) marketing push, and Atlus manufactured copies to meet demand. With such reasonable expectations, the game's performance was cause for celebration. It's also interesting to note that, as a reader reminded me, Sony originally meant to publish Demon's Souls and got cold feet. Cue a smaller publisher with less lofty goals sweeping in and making treasure of Sony's trash! Major publishers can't be happy with that kind of success though, and they're not interested in games that can't become major rivals to Call of Duty and the like. I somehow don't think that mentality will disappear in a far-flung digital future.  Once Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Activision all move fully into the world of incorporeal distribution, it'll just be the same game on a different playing field. They'll still be fighting tooth and nail to beat each other, and thus remain too afraid to stray too far from their comfortable boundaries. There's not actually much evidence that interest in horror games suddenly disappeared overnight. Resident Evil was still doing just fine before Capcom panicked and turned RE6 into Mainstream Videogames: The Official Videogame. They're simply not guaranteed to be THE most popular item right now, and it seems publishers want the whole cake, or otherwise reject even a sizable slice.  So it is that independent developers and smaller publishers are left to pick up the slack, and continue making games that aren't the most successful in the world, but still successful -- provided you're not short-sighted, greedy, and obsessed with dominating your market, rather than simply doing well in it.  Horror games won't fly in the retail space for one simple reason -- publisher clipped their wings before they were given a chance. 
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Cliff Bleszinski thinks horror's doomed at retail, but who's doing the dooming?
As Dead Space 3 trades terror for cover mechanics, and Resident Evil 6 gives up all pretense of being a scary game, it's becomes ever clearer that mainstream publishers have no faith in horror games. Developer Cliff Bleszinsk...

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EA wants used games gone, but admits their benefits


Healthy retailers make for healthy game industries, after all
Feb 13
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen has admitted that his company would be quite happy to see the back of the used game market. While that's a hardly a surprising sentiment, the executive did raise an eyebrow with an hon...
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Pachter: UK retail scene is a joke


Analyst comes down hard on price cut mayhem
Feb 11
// Jim Sterling
Industry analyst Michael "Glowing Tooth" Pachter has criticized UK retailers for their constant attempts to undermine each other in videogame price cuts. The situation is nothing more than a joke at this point, according to t...
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OUYA

Android-based OUYA to begin selling at retail in June


Kickstarter funded console to be available at Amazon, GameStop and other retailers
Feb 05
// Conrad Zimmerman
The OUYA console will start arriving at the homes of its Kickstarter backers in March, but you'll be seeing them in your local shops a scant few months later. An interview with OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman published on the WSJ....
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GRID returns in May

Decisions: GRID 2 has retailer-exclusive preorder bonuses


Release date set for May
Jan 31
// Jordan Devore
Codemasters has slapped a release date on GRID 2: May 28 in North America, and May 31 in Europe. This will once again be a multiplatform game, hitting up the usual PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360 trio. Maybe we'll see a Wii U...
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Office Chat

Office Chat: Infinite horizons and limited vision


Another casual discussion from the Dtoid news room
Jan 16
// Conrad Zimmerman
Now arriving with an alarming consistency, I bring you the latest installment of Office Chat. In this episode, I'm joined again by Jordan Devore and Brett Zeidler as we address the controversy surrounding Star Wars: The...
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Pre-order Dead Space 3 and get a shiny new gun


Retailer bonus items announced
Dec 03
// Conrad Zimmerman
Dead Space 3 is almost on the horizon now, which means its time for Electronic Arts (in partnership with retailers) to try and get you to confirm your need to play with pre-order inducements. If you were to make an order...
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Retail

Walking Dead coming to brick and mortar stores


Shambles to North American retail December 11
Dec 03
// Conrad Zimmerman
Telltale has announced a North American retail release date for The Walking Dead. In stores on December 11, the critically-acclaimed adventure series will be available on disc for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. So, if for some re...
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Go play the Wii U now at select retailers


Call first!
Nov 05
// Chris Carter
Nintendo has informed us that at least 5,000 Wii U kiosks are now available across the United States. You'll find these demo stations at participating retailers, which includes Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, and Toys R'...
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Nihilistic Software is done with full retail games


Moving into downloadable and mobile development
Oct 18
// Jordan Devore
On its Facebook page, Call of Duty: Black Ops - Declassified and Conan developer Nihilistic Software stated that it will be transitioning away from working on retail games and instead focus on downloadable and mobile games go...
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Wikipad pre-orders start at GameStop on September 7


Sep 06
// Dale North
The Wikipad, the first tablet with a console-style gamepad controller, will be released this fall for $499. Retailer GameStop has partnered with Wikipad to kick off pre-orders on September 7, and they're working it out so tha...
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Amazon reveals new service for free-to-play games


Jul 13
// Jim Sterling
Popular online retailer Amazon has unveiled a new service designed specifically for the ever-growing free-to-play market. Game Connect provides an easy space for developers to link their freemium titles, and allows users to m...
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THQ offers more Darksiders II if you buy directly


Jun 21
// Conrad Zimmerman
THQ may have shifted gears when it comes to the once-planned downloadable content expansion of Saints Row, but things have not totally changed over there in regards to their DLC strategy. In a press release today, the publish...
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GameStop now sells Steam Wallet cards in the U.S.


May 14
// Jordan Devore
As rumored last week, GameStop will indeed sell vouchers that allow customers to add funds to their Steam Wallet, opening a new segment of gamers to the platform's hard-to-ignore sales. These gift cards are available as of to...
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GameStop removes PSP games from 25% of stores


May 11
// Dale North
Man, I LOVE the PSP, but even I can't believe how much GameStop store space goes to the system. There's usually a big rack packed with used games in gunky boxes, and every time I see one of these racks I wonder how long they'...
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Hitman: Absolution special ed, retailer bonuses revealed


Apr 11
// Conrad Zimmerman
The return of Agent 47 is nearing. If you want him to arrive at your home in style, Square Enix would like you to consider the Hitman: Absolution "Professional Edition," now available for pre-order. The package, which re...
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Pachter: Orbis/PS4 to suffer if it blocks used games


Mar 30
// Jim Sterling
Industry analyst Michael "Bumblecrumbs" Pachter has responded to rumors that Sony's next generation PlayStation will block used games, believing that the pros are far outweighed by the cons. According to the smooth opera...
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Capcom launching retail store in Japan


Mar 27
// Hiroko Yamamura
Great news for Japanese shoppers and anyone planning a trip overseas soon. Capcom has decided to open a retail shop under the bright lights of the Odaiba in the Tokyo area on April 14th. There are plans to have in store event...
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GAME officially files for administration


Mar 21
// Jim Sterling
Well, looks like the final nail is being driven into GAME's coffin at an inexorable, torturous, pace. Following weeks of humiliating failures, the UK retailer has finally filed for administration, having been unable to find a...
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GAME not quite dead yet but it's definitely looking pale


Mar 20
// Fraser Brown
GAME, the failing UK videogame retailer, has not been having a good year so far. A string of major releases never appeared on the shop's shelves, preoders were cancelled and things were looking gloomy. The GAME Group needed &...
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GAME not stocking Ninja Gaiden 3, WO3, Raccoon City


Mar 13
// Jim Sterling
As if you needed telling by now, it has been revealed that GAME will be unable to stock Ninja Gaiden 3, Warriors Orochi 3 or Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, all scheduled for launch this month.  Koei itself announ...
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GAME reportedly preparing to go bankrupt


Mar 09
// Jim Sterling
If you check your Twitter feed today, you might see a few updates reading, "RIP GAME," or expressing similar sentiments. That's all because of a new report in MCV claiming that the UK retailer is now prepared to go into admin...
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GAME won't stock Street Fighter X Tekken, Asura's Wrath


Mar 06
// Jim Sterling
The parade of indignity just hasn't stopped marching for the United Kingdom's biggest game retailer. Recently, GAME has had to announce that it couldn't stock The Last Story, nor could it sell Mass Effect 3. Now, Capcom revea...
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GAME won't be selling Mass Effect 3


Feb 29
// Jim Sterling
UK retailer GAME has announced that it will not be stocking Mass Effect 3, one of the biggest games of the year. This news follows previous announcements that the chain wouldn't be stocking The Last Story, and until recently ...
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Vita games: Buy 2 get 1 free at some retailers


Feb 20
// Dale North
[Update: Our friends at CheapAssGamer.com say that Amazon.com are also matching the buy two, get one free offer. Nice!] Select PlayStation Vita games fall under a promotion that has you getting one free after buying two....
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Game changer: NPD to receive Walmart sales data


Feb 03
// Dale North
The games industry has looked to NPD game sales data for their reports and analysis, but we could never put too much stock into the numbers as they did not include the data from the world's largest retailer, Walmart. That cha...
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The Binding of Isaac gets a grotesque retail edition


Jan 28
// Fraser Brown
It was only a few days ago that online retailer, Merge Games, announced they would be selling a retail version of Terraria, a collectors edition no less. Now another of my favorite indie games from last year is getting a reta...

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