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8:00 AM on 03.26.2013

Price cut not enough for Wii U, claims retailer

UK retailer ShopTo has claimed that, even after initiating its own price cut for the Wii U, it isn't seeing the kind of sales it hopes for. The company spilled the beans to MCV recently. The company decided to drop the price ...

Jim Sterling

4:00 AM on 03.15.2013

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

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...

Alasdair Duncan

1:30 PM on 03.12.2013

Former GameStop VP in prison for stealing $1.7 million

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...

Allistair Pinsof

11:00 PM on 02.21.2013

HMV laying off 464 workers, closing 37 more stores

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...

Harry Monogenis



Horror won't fly in $60 games? The industry won't let it! photo
Horror won't fly in $60 games? The industry won't let it!
by Jim Sterling

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 Bleszinski agrees, claiming the $60 retail market just won't accept such experiences anymore.

"In the $60 disc based market horror doesn’t fly -- it’s the ultimate 'Campaign Rental' that's played for 2 days and traded in and I’m sure EA knows this," said Cliffy in a blog post. "When we're fully digital we’ll see more true horror games coming back. (Look at Amnesia and Slenderman on PC.)"

The trouble is, I don't think digital is going to truly solve the issue, because I don't believe it's a "retail" problem. The problem, as I see it, is the continued bloating of development costs and marketing budgets to the point where every single game needs to be a mass market success or else considered a failure. Horror games can be successful, but only if you have a realistic expectation of what success actually means. 

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9:30 AM on 02.13.2013

EA wants used games gone, but admits their benefits

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...

Jim Sterling





3:45 PM on 02.11.2013

Pachter: UK retail scene is a joke

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...

Jim Sterling

5:30 AM on 02.05.2013

Android-based OUYA to begin selling at retail in June

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....

Conrad Zimmerman

3:00 PM on 01.31.2013

Decisions: GRID 2 has retailer-exclusive preorder bonuses

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...

Jordan Devore

8:30 PM on 01.16.2013

Office Chat: Infinite horizons and limited vision

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...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:30 PM on 12.03.2012

Pre-order Dead Space 3 and get a shiny new gun

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...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:30 PM on 12.03.2012

Walking Dead coming to brick and mortar stores

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...

Conrad Zimmerman

9:00 AM on 11.05.2012

Go play the Wii U now at select retailers

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'...

Chris Carter

8:30 PM on 10.18.2012

Nihilistic Software is done with full retail games

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...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 09.06.2012

Wikipad pre-orders start at GameStop on September 7

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...

Dale North

8:00 AM on 07.13.2012

Amazon reveals new service for free-to-play games

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...

Jim Sterling