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THQ stock falls following mixed Homefront reviews


Mar 16
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
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Microsoft to punish MS Point exploiters


Mar 12
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Nintendo 3DS breaks preorder records in UK


Mar 04
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Geohot: Don't blame me for PSN cheats, gimme some money


Feb 21
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Apple officially lets Apps charge subscription fees


Feb 16
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Sony dropped NGP features to keep it 'affordable'


Feb 14
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Boy spends over £1000 on Xbox Live, mother blames MS


Feb 09
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Debunk: No, GameStop WON'T sell the NGP for $1,000


Jan 27
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Sony: NGP will be 'affordable'


Jan 27
// Jim Sterling
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 -- ...
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Pachter: Nintendo will regret low 3DS price


Jan 21
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Nintendo UK: 3DS is definitely worth the money


Jan 19
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Infinity Blade becomes fastest grossing App of all time


Dec 13
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Pachter demands online multiplayer subscription fees


Dec 07
// Jim Sterling
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...
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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...

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G4 gets exclusive multi-year coverage deal with E3


Nov 29
// Jim Sterling
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.
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Dtoid (the show): Thanksgiving! Sales! GRATITUDE!


Nov 24
// Jonathan Holmes
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 ...
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Activision 'will never charge' for Call of Duty online


Nov 24
// Jim Sterling
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...
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PS3 owners demand refund for 'inferior' Black Ops


Nov 24
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
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Xbox Live Arcade sees record revenues month


Nov 23
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Dragonball GT PS1 game costs $7,000


Nov 17
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Kinect costs $56 to put together


Nov 12
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
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Call of Duty to feature largest line of DLC ever


Nov 12
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Zelnick: Don't punish gamers who buy used


Nov 12
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Viacom selling Harmonix


Nov 11
// Jim Sterling
[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 ...
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Kinect eBay prices charge a premium


Nov 10
// Jim Sterling
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...

Microsoft justifies Xbox Live price hike

Nov 02 // Jim Sterling
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 random subscription increases. Don't worry about it though, because Microsoft still thinks you're getting your money's worth. "... if I'm playing Halo: Reach, Gears of War, Call of Duty, the consistency of the service and the experience needs to be there regardless of what that entertainment application is," says marketing thrall Craig Davison. "So that has been critical. As you can imagine, the costs associated with maintaining a service at that level and making sure all of those features are consistent ... Infrastructure costs, of course. And we're continuing to bring more and more content." Microsoft also added that Xbox Live users get such benefits as timed exclusives on Call of Duty map packs, exclusive games, and features like ESPN. Then of course, you have stuff like Twitter, which I believe you can only get through Xbox Live, and Facebook, which Microsoft invented.  Interview: Microsoft's Davison On How Kinect Will Help Xbox Live Ramp Up [Gamasutra] [Image]
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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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GAME: Pre-owned market not harmed by online passes


Oct 07
// Jim Sterling
UK retailer GAME has shrugged off efforts by EA and THQ to combat used games, claiming that the "online pass" scheme hasn't worked. According to company CEO Ian Shepherd, the secondhand market is as strong as it ever was. "Ce...
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Best Buy charging $30 for PS3 firmware updates


Oct 05
// Jim Sterling
If exploitation of ignorance were a crime, then Best Buy and its "Geek Squad" thralls would be hanged by the neck until dead. The latest way in which Best Buy is profiting from the stupid is by charging $30 for Sony's free fi...
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'One in three households' have a Wii


Oct 04
// Jim Sterling
We really haven't had a reminder of the Wii's ludicrous popularity in a while, so let's one of those stories, shall we? If you didn't already believe that the Wii was a serious bit of mainstream kit, then check this out: One ...
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Nintendo predicts 4 million 3DS sales in one month


Sep 29
// Jim Sterling
There is no question that the 3DS will be big, but just how massive does Nintendo expect it to be? F*cking -- that is how massive! In fact, the peripheral maker believes that the 3D handheld will net four million sales in a m...

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