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Game Republic, the studio behind such original titles as Folklore and Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom, has sadly disappeared from the face of the earth.  The company's website has been taken offline and its Tokyo offices ...


Nintendo has revealed that the Wii U will only support one controller at a time because of price concerns. Nintendo apparently has the technology required to support four controllers at once, but the publisher claims it's too...


Your personal data was compromised, but don't panic! Sony was doing just fine. The company proudly boasted that PS3 sales actually rose during the PlayStation Network downtime, promising that its system is "stronger than ever...


When Sony proudly announced that the PlayStation 3 would cost $599, way back in 2006, the world laughed and Sony didn't understand why. The console was an expensive investment but a significant number of consumers didn't like...


There's been a lot of bad Sony news recently, so the fans and fanboys may like to know that the company has seen a big profit on the PlayStation brand for the 2010 financial year, raking in $435 million (or ¥35.6 bil...


Sony has told publishers to expect the PlayStation Store on May 24. That's according to a memo sent to various companies, which of course found its way to the proles of the Internet.  As previously revealed, Sony plans t...


Brink developer Splash Damage has criticized the near-monopoly that certain games have on the market, lamenting the state of affairs that sees a small fraction of titles rake in the majority of the money. According to the stu...


Microsoft has sunk its razor-sharp fangs into everybody's favorite Internet-talking-thing, Skype. It cost the company $8.5 billion, which is silly money, and the company aims to bring the service to Xbox Live.  "Skype wi...


Capcom has confessed that the PlayStation Network breach and subsequent downtime cost the company "hundreds and thousands" of dollars, which could easily become millions.  "I’m frustrated and upset by [the outage] ...


It's a small comfort, but here's a bit of positive news concerning the ongoing PSN debacle. Hulu Plus will be offering a week's credit to benefit those subscribers who accessed the service via PlayStation Network.  Since...


Square Enix has released Final Fantasy III for your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The publisher is known for charging silly amounts of money for its mobile games, but this may have broken the record -- Final Fantasy III iOS wi...


Do you like paying $60 for the latest videogames? Easy Studios boss Ben Cousens hates that you do it. Criticizing the current price of games as "exploitative", Cousens believes the free-to-play model is superior.  "I can...


You might remember that we reviewed Knights Contract a few weeks ago, and I called it a broken, sloppy, dull, pointless waste of space. I urged you not to buy it, but apparently I was mistaken -- given its current price ...


THQ has been one of several publishers to embrace the "online pass" scheme that combats used sales by demanding secondhand buyers pay $10 to unlock a title's online content. Despite its fight against pre-owned, however, the p...


THQ has sunk a lot of time and money into Homefront, the recently released "alternate history" shooter. Unfortunately, it seems that the effort may blow up in THQ's face, with investors allegedly "spooked" by the game's ...


This past week, we brought word that cheeky exploiters were dishing out free Microsoft Points any time somebody refreshed their website. As gamers sat back and refreshed their way to dozens of point codes, Microsoft lost some...


Did anybody doubt that the 3DS would be a success? Perhaps the most ardently hateful fanboy. Unfortunately, impotent online rage isn't enough to stop the system's momentum, with word that it's broken Nintendo's all-time preor...


George "Geohot" Hotz has become something of a celebrity for his part in the cracking and distribution of the PlayStation 3's security code. Thanks to him, many hackers have torn their PS3s apart, and not all of them have don...


It's time to shove a cork up your arsehole, folks, because Apple just kickstarted the buggery of a lifetime. The App Store now officially allows in-App purchases to extend to subscription fees, meaning that some of those game...


Sony has revealed that the impressive specifications for its PSP successor could have been even more astounding if price wasn't an issue. The NGP apparently had a few more tricks up its sleeve, but they were nipped in the bud...


An eleven-year-old boy racked up an almighty £1,082.52 on his mother's debit card after an Xbox Live spending spree. Rather than blame the child, or herself for being so stupid, the mother in question has scolded M...


GameStop has started to take preorders for the freshly revealed PSP successor, codenamed the Next Generation Portable. However, some people have gotten their panties in a bunch over the price estimate, which lists the console...


So the NGP has been announced, a successor to the PSP with quad-core, 3G, twin sticks, a touchpad, intense graphics and motion sensing. As we find ourselves drowning in specifications, only one question remains unanswered -- ...


The $249.99 price point for the Nintendo 3DS has been heavily debated since it was announced this week. While many find this a fair price, there are plenty who believe it's too high. Naturally, Michael "slit testes" Pachter h...


While most US gamers were mildly pleased with the 3DS' $249.99 price point, those perpetually unfortunate European gamers are less than thrilled. Nintendo UK, however, has defended the projected £219-£230 pri...


Who knew that mobile gamers could be graphics whores? Epic's ambitious iOS debut, Infinity Blade, has become the fastest grossing App of all time, helped in no small part thanks to its hype, critical acclaim and strikingly im...


Industry analyst Michael "The Pink Jackal" Pachter has been obsessed with multiplayer charges for the past year, demanding that we gamers need to accept them as a reality, and constantly telling Activision to slap a subscript...


Microsoft has revealed that Kinect is a hit, netting 2.5 million sales in 25 days worldwide. With a little help from Black Friday and plenty of aid from Microsoft's infinite marketing budget, the gadget has given its maker pl...


G4 has basically bought E3 for the next few years, signing a deal that will grant it exclusive showfloor video coverage. Basically, they get a 24-hour live feed and everybody else can leave their video cameras at home.  Personally, I'm looking forward to the day that E3 just bans everybody else from attending and hosts the show in Adam Sessler's kitchen.


Hey! We did a Thanksgiving episode! Tara got dressed up in traditional Native American garb, and she looks amazing. Me? I look sort of like Nicolas Cage from The Sorcerer's Apprentice. I guess it could have been worse. They ...


Despite people like Michael Pachter insisting that Call of Duty will eventually adopt a subscription-based model for its multiplayer, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg has definitively stated that its premier shoo...


Apparently it's not just the PC owners who got screwed when they bought Call of Duty: Black Ops at the beginning of the month. A band of enraged PS3 owners are petitioning Activision for a refund over what they believe is an ...


Xbox Live Arcade has enjoyed a record-breaking revenues month in October, with good news all round for (most) purveyors of digital gaming. The sales were led by Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, followed closely by Sonic the Hedgehog...


Looks like nobody can do the "Over Nine Thousand" joke. Too bad.  An intrepid eBay seller is attempting to flog his copy of Dragonball GT: Final Bout on the PSX for an almighty $7,000. You'll be relieved to know that shi...


We all know Microsoft is selling Kinect at a tidy profit, but according to a recent report on the cost of parts, it borders on the obscene. The parts to put Kinect together cost roughly $56, meaning the $150 gadget is raking ...


Activision doesn't just want your money ... it wants all of your money, all of the time. According to the evil publisher, Call of Duty as a franchise is set to feature the largest string of downloadable content in the co...


Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick may be the head of a highly successful publisher, but unlike the heads of other publishers, he doesn't have his panties in a bunch over used games. In fact, he thinks criticizing them is "irrelev...


[Update: Harmonix's has responded with a statement on the matter.] Viacom has confirmed that it will sell Rock Band developer Harmonix, in a move that has beaten analysts' profit estimates for the quarter. There is currently ...


Although Kinect isn't selling out at every store in the world, a number of areas are reportedly suffering from shortages, and this has already inspired the vultures of eBay to start exploiting the stupid. According to La...


As of yesterday, Microsoft's price hike for Xbox Live Gold membership went into effect in North America, Canada, Britain and Mexico. North American annual subscriptions jumped by ten bucks, while other countries had seemingly...






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