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Wii U Sales Climb Slowly Despite Key Releases

28 January 2015 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6422361/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>Nintendo managed to sell 3 million Wii U ...

PS4 Bundle With Dying Light and The Last of US Discounted to $430

28 January 2015 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6423130/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>A deal posted on Amazon includes a ...

Director of The Grudge Partners with Clock Tower Creator to Launch Horror Game

28 January 2015 | Hifumi Kono, creator of cult-classic horror game series Clock Tower, has partnered with film director Takashi Shimizu to launch a Kickstarter for horror game Project Scissors: NightCry. Shimizu is best known for directing horror ...

Battlefield Hardline Beta Date Leaked—Report

28 January 2015 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6422869/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>While this close to release, it's hard to ...

EA Investigating “Free-to-Start” Console Games

28 January 2015 |Today during an earnings call, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson spoke about the major role free-to-play experiences may play in the future of the company's console games. EA already has significant free-to-play businesses on PC ...

Apple Sets New Record, Sells 74.5 Million iPhones Over The Holidays

28 January 2015 |Electronics giant Apple today reported earnings for its latest quarter, announcing that it sold a record 74.5 million iPhones during the period, helping the company hit a new all-time high for quarterly profit.Net revenue for Apple ...

EA Sports PGA Tour Game, Sims 4 Expansion Delayed

28 January 2015 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6419271/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>The upcoming PGA Tour game from EA ...

Dragon Age: Inquisition Is Now BioWare’s Most Successful Launch Ever, But EA Sales Fall

28 January 2015 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6422243/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>Dragon Age: Inquisition is now the "most ...

Dying Light Review in Progress

28 January 2015 |Twelve hours or so thus far into Dying Light, and of all the surprises this zombie adventure game has sprung upon me, the small dent I've made in the story is perhaps the biggest. "8%," says the story progress meter when I load up ...

This Week’s Xbox One And Xbox 360 Deals Revealed

28 January 2015 |Microsoft on Tuesday announced this week's Xbox 360 and Xbox One deals. Some of the best deals include Titanfall for $10, Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD for $7.50.The deals listed below are good ...

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Review: Bending Genres in Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

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Review: Shambling Mirror of Fate Signals Time to Jam a Stake in Castlevania’s Heart

8 March 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate brings the series back to Nintendo's portable systems, ...

An Unflattering Boll Cut

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The Trials and Tribulations of Gears of War: Judgment

6 March 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> <body> As the next generation of home consoles slowly emerge into the limelight and enter the ...

The Cinematic Nature of Parasite Eve

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A Plea for the Gaming Industry to Respect Gamers

1 March 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> Although the economy might not be in the thick of a recession as it once was, that doesn't mean things ...

Moving Forward and Looking to Indies, Not Better Graphics

28 February 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> Excited as I was to finally see a next-generation console, much of the PlayStation 4 software we saw ...

Urban Trial Freestyle Review: Where Flash Trumps Substance

27 February 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> There is no getting around the similarities between Urban Trial Freestyle and the Trials series. The ...

The Orwellian Superheroes of Watch Dogs and inFamous: Second Son

23 February 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> <body> Always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, working or ...

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Road to IGF: Drool’s Thumper

28 January 2015 |Marc Flury and Brian Gibson of Drool detail how they made the powerful audio of their IGF nominated game, Thumper. ...

10 tips for game jamming, fresh from the Global Game Jam

28 January 2015 |After learning a lot last year, one jammer writes that "problems arose on all sides, different problems of the previous year." Here's what he learned this time around. ...

Game Design Deep Dive: The unique touchscreen action game controls of Helix

28 January 2015 |Michael Brough, creator of games including 868-HACK and Corrypt, explains how he arrived at the unique control scheme of his iOS action game Helix. ...

Perforce integrates P4D with Unity thanks to new open-source tool

28 January 2015 |The popular version control package is now on the Unity store with a new, free, open-source integration tool. ...

Get a job: Monolith Productions seeks a Lead Designer, Narrative

28 January 2015 |Award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor devs are hiring a lead designer for the narrative on its next project -- to take the game's story from conception to execution. ...

Don’t Miss: When AAA developers went indie to make Endless Space

28 January 2015 |Amplitude, creators of the space-based 4X indie game Endless Space, reflect on the game's journey from conception in a 4th-floor Paris apartment (no elevator) in 2011 to its final 2012 release. ...

Unreal Engine 4 arrives on Ouya

28 January 2015 |Unreal developers, take note -- you can now build Unreal Engine 4 games for the Ouya microconsole thanks to a new branch of the UE4 source code. ...

Making mobile games in the era of the the 30-Second hook

28 January 2015 |"We discovered is that the first 30 seconds are the most crucial. That became our most pressing concern -- how could we banish these preconceptions that our game was more than just a small experience on repeat?" ...

Considering renderer back-end architecture

28 January 2015 |Rendering is "a very simple process at the very core," writes Timo Heinapurola. "The more complicated part is implementing the different effects and visibility algorithms that drive the back-end rendering process." ...

Brenda Romero and David Braben win prime GDCA 2015 awards

28 January 2015 |2015 Game Developers Choice Awards organizers have revealed two of its special award winners: the Ambassador Award goes to Brenda Romero, and David Braben has been recognized with the Pioneer Award. ...

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Wii U still flounders but Nintendo predicts full-year profits

28 January 2015 |Sales forecasts drop but currency shifts help target of ¥30bn for FY 2015

Players will expect a free-to-start experience - EA

28 January 2015 |CEO Andrew Wilson says publisher is preparing for a free trial future as a way to get new users into its services [Update: EA also seeing strength in old gen]

EA holiday quarter exceeds expectations

28 January 2015 |Publisher beats forecast as digital revenues top physical on a trailing 12-month basis for first time ever

iPhone smashes street expectations with 74.5m sold over holidays

28 January 2015 |Apple's iPhone business had an incredible quarter, as the company's profit swelled to a record $18 billion

Brenda Romero, David Braben honored by GDC

28 January 2015 |Wizardy designer to receive Ambassador Award next month as Elite co-creator gets Pioneer Award

Mobile-only gamers account for 20% of the market - NPD

28 January 2015 |Latest report shows time spent playing on mobile has increased 57% since 2012, with basically no impact on consoles and PC playing

Valve bans alleged eSports match-fixers

28 January 2015 |Counter-Strike: Global Offensive blacklists seven from participation in sponsored events

5 Hot Trends in Indie Gaming That AAA Game Studios Need to Learn

28 January 2015 |AAA publishers and developers should seek to add some indie genes to their own DNA

Joystiq likely to be shut down - Report

28 January 2015 |AOL "house-cleaning" of content division could result in gaming site's closure

DAU-UP study finds Android ARPU now equaling iOS

28 January 2015 |Factoring in media costs for acquisition brings platforms level on LTV says firm

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Poll: Which Feminist Frequency Video Are You Looking Forward To Most?

28 January 2015 | Feminist Frequency has announced its plans for the new year and in addition to new entries in its Tropes vs Women series, it will also start two new video projects. ...

FCC Prohibits American Businesses From Blocking Wi-Fi Signals

28 January 2015 | Today the FCC issued an enforcement advisory warning companies that blocking wi-fi signals in hotels and motels is officially prohibited. "Persons or businesses causing ...

Former Valve Employee Named Greece’s Minister of Finance

28 January 2015 | The man who once served as Valve's economist-in-residence (he wrote a regular blog about the company's virtual economies for a time) has taken a job with the ...

‘Plague Inc.’ Players Raise $75K To Fight Ebola

28 January 2015 | Players of the popular global pandemic game Plague Inc. have helped raise around $76,000 for organizations fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Back in November ...

Brenda Romero and David Braben To Be Honored With Special Awards at GDC

28 January 2015 | Game developers Brenda Romero and David Braben will be honored at this year's Game Developers Conference with special awards. GDC organizers announced that Romero will ...

Report: Gamers and Hacktivists Big Players in DDoS Attacks

28 January 2015 | A new report from Arbor Networks (cited by the BBC in this report suggests that hacktivists and gamers are becoming big users of new (but not necessarily technically ...

Valve Bans ‘Counter-Strike’ Pros For Match Fixing

28 January 2015 | Valve has banned a number of high profile professional Counter-Strike players who were caught match-fixing, according to this Eurogamer report. The maker of Counter-Strike ...

Feminist Frequency Details 2015 Plans

28 January 2015 | Tropes vs. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian has announced plans for Feminist Frequency 2015, which includes an expansion of the videos and topics the ...

New Update To ‘Borderlands: The Prequel’ Breaks The Game

28 January 2015 | The Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel game update that launched alongside the latest DLC The Lady Hammerlock Pack, is causing crashes for some users. The update was released today ...

Microsoft Sold 6.6 Million ‘Xbox’ Systems In The Last Three Months of 2014

28 January 2015 | Microsoft sold 6.6 million Xbox systems in the final three months of 2014, the company revealed this week as part of its FY15 Q2 earnings report, which covers the quarter ...

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Nintendo: Sales tracking below forecasts, weak yen drives profit

28 January 2015 |Nintendo reduced its annual sales forecast by 6.8 percent today, leading to a 50 percent drop in the projected operating profit for its core business. Nonetheless, the ever-weakening state of the yen is balancing that out by ...

1.84M New 3DS units shipped in 2014, Wii U up to 9.2M

28 January 2015 |The New 3DS is off to a "good start" according to Nintendo, after the enhanced handheld shipped 1.84 million units by the end of 2014. The company launched the New 3DS and its XL variant in Japan back in October, before bringing ...

Expect two new series from Feminist Frequency in 2015

28 January 2015 |Controversial games critic and YouTube star Anita Sarkeesian has outlined plans to launch two new web series in 2015, while continuing to produce her popular Feminist Frequency videos. According to the report (.pdf), Sarkeesian's ...

Madden predicts Patriots over Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX

28 January 2015 |With Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, it's time again to gaze deep into the crystal ball that is the latest version of EA Sports' Madden NFL to see how the game will shake out. End result? Patriots beat Seahawks, 28 to 24, thanks to four ...

Elite: Dangerous dev lays off fifteen in Cambridge, UK

28 January 2015 |A recent investor update reveals that developer Frontier Developments has laid off 15 employees a little over a month after it launched freeform space simulation Elite: Dangerous. According to the update, Frontier plans to shift ...

Joystiq Streams: Never stop not starving in Don’t Starve Together [UPDATE: Live!]

28 January 2015 |The last time we played Don't Starve Together, everything went super well. We all survived and built happy homes in the woods, raising beefalo and generally keeping everything awesome forever all the time! No turkeys haunted our ...

Jam out to The Music of League of Legends

28 January 2015 |Today, this is our jam. The Music of League of Legends - Volume 1 collects 15 new and classic songs from League of Legends, available to download for free or for listening on YouTube. "The amount of blood, sweat, and tears that ...

Microsoft: 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped in Q1 2015

28 January 2015 |In a recent earnings release, Microsoft reveals that during the quarter ending December 31, 2014 it earned revenues of $26.5 billion, partly thanks to the 6.6 million Xbox consoles it shipped in that time. "Our sales engagement ...

Design ideas we love and want more of in 2015

28 January 2015 |When dissected, our favorite games are usually composed of many ideas and designs that make the entire package worthy of our time. In 2014, there were countless game ideas and design choices that we were enamored with: from the ...

Dragon’s Dogma Online announced

28 January 2015 |Dragon's Dogma Online is official, after Famitsu announced it's featuring the game in the latest issue of its magazine. The entry in Capcom's action-RPG series was much speculated after trademarks showed up in Europe and Japan last ...

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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

28 January 2015 |An anonymous reader writes: The record for smallest computer implementation of chess on any platform was held by 1K ZX Chess, which saw a release back in 1983 for the Sinclair ZX81. It uses just 672 bytes of memory, and includes ...

Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

28 January 2015 |bearhuntz writes: Riot Games has been using League of Legends as a psychology lab to run scientific experiments and reduce toxic player behavior for a while now. This article explains some of the experiments they're doing, and what ...

Game Hack-A-Thon Attracts Teams At 500+ Sites Worldwide

28 January 2015 |BarbaraHudson writes: Video game enthusiasts around the world participated in the Global Game Jam this past weekend. The event is a worldwide 48-hour hack-a-thon dedicated to inspiring creativity and building a working game from ...

Valve’s Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece’s Finance Minister

28 January 2015 |eldavojohn writes A turnover in the Greek government resulted from recent snap elections placing SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) in power — just shy of an outright majority by two seats. Atheist, and youngest Prime ...

Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

27 January 2015 |RogueyWon writes: For the last several days, some users of Ubisoft's uPlay system have been complaining that copies of games they purchased have been removed from their libraries. According to a statement issued to a number of ...

NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

25 January 2015 |Vigile writes Over the past week or so, owners of the GeForce GTX 970 have found several instances where the GPU was unable or unwilling to address memory capacities over 3.5GB despite having 4GB of on-board frame buffer. Specific ...

Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

25 January 2015 |jones_supa writes There has been quite a debate around the Linux version of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and the fact that it wasn't really a port. A special kind of wrapper was used to make the Windows version of the game run ...

The Untold Story of the Invention of the Game Cartridge

23 January 2015 |harrymcc writes In 1973, an obscure company which had been making electronic cash registers looked for a new business opportunity. It ended up inventing the game cartridge--an innovation which kickstarted a billion-dollar industry ...

Steam Broadcasting Now Open To Everyone

21 January 2015 |jones_supa writes: The beta test phase of Steam Broadcasting feature has been completed. It is now available to everyone by updating the client to the newest version. The feature allows users to watch and stream games to and from ...

The Fixes Sony’s DualShock 4 Controller Still Needs

21 January 2015 |An anonymous reader writes Sony's PS4 has been on sale for more than a year now, and while its revamped DualShock 4 controller has been critically lauded, it's not without its faults. A new article flags up the issues — both ...

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