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THQ doesn't want to 'kill' pre-owned game market

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 publisher claims...   read

 
 
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THQ stock falls following mixed Homefront reviews

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 tepid reviews. ...   read

 
 
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Microsoft to punish MS Point exploiters

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 mad bank in co...   read

 
 
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Nintendo 3DS breaks preorder records in UK

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 preorder records in ...   read

 
 
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Geohot: Don't blame me for PSN cheats, gimme some money

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 done so with noble...   read

 
 
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Apple officially lets Apps charge subscription fees

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 games you enjoy pla...   read

 
 
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Sony dropped NGP features to keep it 'affordable'

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 to keep the sy...   read

 
 
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Boy spends over 1000 on Xbox Live, mother blames MS

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 Microsoft for le...   read

 
 
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Debunk: No, GameStop WON'T sell the NGP for $1,000

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 for a whopping...   read

 
 
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Sony: NGP will be 'affordable'

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 -- are we going to...   read

 
 
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Pachter: Nintendo will regret low 3DS price

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 has a different ...   read

 
 
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Nintendo UK: 3DS is definitely worth the money

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 price, claiming it...   read

 
 
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Infinity Blade becomes fastest grossing App of all time

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 impressive visual...   read

 
 
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Pachter demands online multiplayer subscription fees

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 subscription fee on Call...   read

 
 
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Kinect sells 2.5 million in 25 days

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 plenty to crow ab...   read

 
 
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G4 gets exclusive multi-year coverage deal with E3

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...   read

 
 
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Dtoid (the show): Thanksgiving! Sales! GRATITUDE!

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 could have dres...   read

 
 
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Activision 'will never charge' for Call of Duty online

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 shooter franchise w...   read

 
 
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PS3 owners demand refund for 'inferior' Black Ops

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 inferior versio...   read

 
 
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Xbox Live Arcade sees record revenues month

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 4.  Esti...   read

 
 
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Dragonball GT PS1 game costs $7,000

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 shipping is free! ...   read

 
 
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Kinect costs $56 to put together

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 in quite a few ...   read

 
 
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Call of Duty to feature largest line of DLC ever

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 company's history...   read

 
 
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Zelnick: Don't punish gamers who buy used

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 "irrelevant" and that r...   read

 
 
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Viacom selling Harmonix

[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 no word on wher...   read

 
 
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