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A look at why some Nintendo Switch carts cost more than their multiplatform counterparts

So we're starting to get to the point where there are multiplatform releases on the Switch, and its prospects aren't looking good in the price department. As one of the first third-party developers to announce its physical pricepoint, Tequi...   read

 
 
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Kinda Funny co-creator quits following fallout from bad joke

Kinda Funny co-founder Colin Moriarty announced his resignation today, "effective immediately," in a Facebook post. This comes shortly after last week's controversy when he tweeted a flippant, asshole-dad-level joke on International Women's...   read

 
 
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Oculus exec warns developers about going all-in on VR right now

The annual DICE Summit is taking place in Las Vegas right now, which means that video game executives from all over the world are gathered together to talk shop. These are the industry's most influential decision-makers, and you best believ...   read

 
 
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Former Sony Online Entertainment CEO to lead a new Amazon Games studio

Amazon's intent to prove that its move into game development is a serious one. At last September's TwitchCon, the first three titles under the Amazon Games Studios banner were revealed. Now, it's adding to its pedigree by bringing on one of...   read

 
 
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(Update) Jury awards ZeniMax $500 million in lawsuit with Oculus

After almost three days of deliberation, a Dallas jury has reached a decision based on three weeks of testimony. The jury awarded ZeniMax half a billion dollars because it concluded that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey violated a non-disclo...   read

 
 
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Playdead co-founder was paid $7.2 million to leave the company after a messy falling out

One month after the release of critically-acclaimed Inside, Playdead co-founder Dino Patti left Playdead. The departure was framed as career move, that Patti was off to seek new challenges after leaving his mark with Limbo and Inside. ...   read

 
 
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More games on Steam doesn't mean more money for Valve

Steam saw an unprecedented influx of new games in 2016. Of all the titles added to the distribution service since its 2003 launch, 38 percent of them were added last year. Many of those games are very bad, sure, but there's no questioning t...   read

 
 
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Fan project Pokemon Prism is dead, long live Pokemon Prism

This year hasn't been kind to Nintendo fan games. Project AM2R was killed, as was Uranium, which were both high profile re-imaginings of the Metroid and Pokemon universe respectively. Due to the latter's popularity there's a lot of pro...   read

 
 
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The new president of Kojima Productions is a former Konami president

Shinji Hirano, who once headed Konami Europe, has accepted an executive position at Kojima Productions, according to his LinkedIn profile. Hirano was previously employed  as president of Konami Digital Entertainment for Konami's Europe...   read

 
 
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Super stats for Super Mario Run but no one has any actual specifics

Mario's running to the right and Nintendo's running to the bank. After one day on the market, Super Mario Run is being crowned an unequivocal success. However, nobody's really sure exactly how successful it is. The one fact about Super...   read

 
 


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For Honor, a game that was said to be playable offline, now requires a constant connection

For Honor will require a consistent internet connection to play. This isn't all that unique; plenty of games have this restriction. What is unique about it is the way Ubisoft has backpedaled on previous statements. A few months ago, Fo...   read

 
 
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Ubisoft executives fined a combined $1.2 million for insider trading :(((

When news broke last month that five Ubisoft executives were accused of insider trading by a French stock market regulation committee, things didn't look bright for those men. They offloaded some of their shares of Ubisoft in the weeks befo...   read

 
 
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The Ubisoft and Vivendi drama heats up a little more

The fears of many people who follow the games industry might become a reality as Vivendi Entertainment now owns 25 percent of Ubisoft. As we reported a few months ago, once Vivendi acquires 30 percent of the company, it will be required by ...   read

 
 
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Five Ubisoft executives have been accused of insider trading

Some Ubisoft executives have found themselves in a precarious position after a French stock market regulation committee has accused them of insider trading. Now they're left to prove that they didn't offload company shares with knowledge th...   read

 
 
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RIP Vine, died sucking its own dick

Twitter is shutting down Vine, the video-sharing app it paid $30 million for in October of 2012, just four months after Vine was founded. It was a good app, sometimes.   read

 
 
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Bethesda's 'everyone experiences [our games] at the same time' policy is wildly inconsistent

So as you may have heard, Bethesda recently went public with their "we won't send out early copies" policy. This is something that many of us writers have been expecting since they took that route with Doom, so it doesn't come as a big surp...   read

 
 
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Bethesda 'values media reviews' by making sure you won't see them before release

Earlier today, Bethesda's Global Content Lead Gary Steinman issued a statement through their website about a change in how the company will handle media reviews moving forward. Bethesda will no longer provide copies of its games to rev...   read

 
 
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Writers' strike v2? Voice actors ordered to strike on Friday

[Update: I was informed by Sam Singer, representing the video game industry along with Scott J. Witlin, that the reported $100/hour minimum pay is incorrect. Rather, "the maximum voice session is 4 hours at $825, the minimum per hour rate i...   read

 
 
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Report: Sleeping Dogs developer United Front Games has closed

It seems that United Front Games, the developer behind Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Modnation Racers, and LittleBigPlanet Karting, has closed its doors in Vancouver, Canada with reports that all employees were let go some...   read

 
 
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Today in Tencent acquisitions: Clash of Clans

Let's take stock of Tencent's current lineup, shall we? The Chinese megacorporation currently owns Riot Games and games outlet/guide database Zam.com, has sizable investments in Paradox Interactive and Epic Games, and has previously wo...   read

 
 
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Studies show our large, unemployed sons are playing hella video games to feel better

Young, "less-educated" (which apparently includes people with associate's degrees; gotta keep tricking kids into going into $50,000 in debt for the Bachelor's), able-bodied men are apparently still not working, or not working full-time, in ...   read

 
 
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The Sims boss is now in charge of Mass Effect developer BioWare

Mega-publisher Electronic Arts issued "an organizational update" yesterday announcing the formation of EA Worldwide Studios, a "central studios organization led by Patrick Söderlund," who was the head of EA Studios for the past three y...   read

 
 
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Interplay is selling off Earthworm Jim, Freespace, and more

When I think of Interplay, I think of the Earthworm Jim series, but that isn't a thought I've had in a long while. There just isn't much happening there unless you're simply rebuying the original games, and the same could be said of most of...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go loses over 10 million daily players

Pokemon Go made record profits in its first month, but the reason King sold for $6 billion, for example, wasn't Candy Crush's first month (a paltry $25 million earned to Go's $200 million), but sustained engagement.  After peaking 2-3 ...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go had a record $200 million first month

While Activision would come to purchase Candy Crush Developer King for about six billion dollars, King's crown jewel "only" made $25 million in its first month of release back in 2014. Usurping Candy Crush was this year's Clash Royale (~$12...   read

 
 



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