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Is World Of Warcraft On The Rise?

November 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is World Of Warcraft On The Rise?

Blizzard is happy and why shouldn’t they be as World of Warcraft subscriptions are up. The reason for the increase can be traced to the release of the latest expansion pack which was recently released. The latest WOW expansion pack is called Warlords of Draeno and its release has driven subscriptions to 10 million. Selling over 3.3 million copies of the Warlords of Draenor on the first day alone, growth has been seen in all major territories since release. The numbers do include those players that... 

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Will Sunset Overdrive Make It To The PC?

November 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Sunset Overdrive Make It To The PC?

Microsoft has seen a number of Xbox One exclusive titles already be ported to the PC. Both Dead Rising 3 and Ryse have already made it to the PC, but we are now again hearing that Sunset Overdrive again is heading to the PC and Forza Horizon 2 maybe following as well. This is not the first time we have heard rumors of Sunset Overdrive coming to the PC. An ad that suggested as much was down played at the time by Insomiac as a mistake. Now Sunset Overdrive and Forza Horizon 2 showed up on Amazon France... 

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Should AMD And nVidia Get The Blame For Assassin’s Creed’s PC Issues?

November 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Should AMD And nVidia Get The Blame For Assassin’s Creed’s PC Issues?

Ubisoft is claiming that the reason that its latest Assassin’s Creed game was so bad was because of AMD and Nvidia configurations. Last week the Ubisoft was panned for releasing a game which was clearly not ready and Ubisoft originally blamed AMD for its faulty game. Now Ubisoft has amended an original forum post to include and acknowledge problems on Nvidia hardware as well. Originally the post read “We are aware that the graphics performance of Assassin’s Creed Unity on PC may be adversely... 

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Did Bioware And EA Get Dragon Age Inquisition Right?

November 13, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Did Bioware And EA Get Dragon Age Inquisition Right?

One of the inherent risks of a story-heavy IP is that if you bugger up one of the instalments, your audience skips it, falling out of touch with the series’ story arc and disconnecting from its universe. Such was the fear for Dragon Age, a world which impressed in its opening act, but fell away sharply with what felt like a rushed and uncertain part 2. In acknowledging the shortcomings of the second game, Bioware went some way towards reassuring the faithful, but it was undeniable that nothing... 

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Will The Xbox One Get A 1TB Drive In The Future?

November 12, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will The Xbox One Get  A 1TB Drive In The Future?

Phil Spencer was on the defense again, this time about the fact that the Xbox One only comes standard with a 500GB hard drive. Spencer in a Twitter exchange says that he does understand the need for bigger hard drives, but he reminded everyone that you can use external USB hard drives to add additional storage. (Depending on which one you buy it might even be faster than the 500GB internal storage in the Xbox One from our own testing!) In addition Spencer acknowledged the fact that Microsoft shipped... 

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Is Another Tony Hawk Video Game Coming In 2015?

November 12, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Another Tony Hawk Video Game Coming In 2015?

Sources are telling us that we should expect new skateboarding titles from both Electronic Arts and Activision in 2015. Word is that Activision is preparing a new Tony Hawk title and Electronic Arts will be bring out a new Skate title as well. While Activision and Electronic Arts have not made the announcements yet, our sources tell us that we should expect both titles to be announced in the near future for a likely late 2015 release. It is unknown who might be handling the development on both titles,... 

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Where Will Activision Take The CoD Franchise Now?

November 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Where Will Activision Take The CoD Franchise Now?

While Grand Theft Auto may remain the industry’s true juggernaut, pretty much the only single franchise whose launch is capable of spiking software sales figures for an entire year and pushing all rivals out of the field in the process, Call of Duty has become the industry’s banner carrier in a different way. GTA’s extraordinary launches are such enormous events precisely because Rockstar wisely chose to avoid the annual update treadmill with the game; Call of Duty, meanwhile, has... 

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Do Violent Video Games Like GTA Escalate Crimes?

November 10, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Do Violent Video Games Like GTA Escalate Crimes?

Increased violent video game consumption correlates with declines in youth violence, according to a new study. A recent study published in the Journal of Communication by a researcher at Stetson University found that there were no associations between media violence consumption in society and societal violence. Christopher Ferguson (Stetson University) published his findings in the Journal of Communication after carrying out two studies to see if the incidence of violence in media correlates with... 

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Wil Call of Duty Advance Warfare Be a Hit For Activision?

November 6, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Wil Call of Duty Advance Warfare Be a Hit For Activision?

The internet has just received the first surge of what will be a raging tide of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare reviews, but several key outlets will be lagging behind the others. As is tradition by now, Activision chose to restrict press access to a fleet of new generation consoles set up in hotel rooms around the world. This has happened with pretty much every major Call of Duty release since Modern Warfare 2, but it’s only in the last year or two that disclaimers have become a common feature... 

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Will Bungie’s Destiny Lose Steam?

November 4, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Bungie’s Destiny Lose Steam?

By almost any measure you care to apply, Bungie’s Destiny is a phenomenally successful game. It had one of the strongest launches of any game in history, sold many millions of units and many hundreds of thousands of new-gen consoles and, despite a mixed critical reaction, has inspired immense devotion from a huge audience of fans, with millions logging in each day to play the game. Criticisms of Destiny do abound, and many are very reasonable; the game is particularly weak as an MMO, with a... 

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Was Sony’s PS4 Software Update A Joke?

November 3, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Was Sony’s PS4 Software Update A Joke?

Sony has admitted that its recent 2.0 PS4 firmware update is a nightmare. Users who updated are experiencing frequent network errors and issues including consoles not turning on once in Sleep mode, broken Music player, borked PSN and loss of themes for those in the UK. The reports started emerging just after the update went live on Tuesday and Sony has said that it is aware of the issues. It said its engineers are investigating. The software update was supposed to add new features, including YouTube... 

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Will Ninja Theory’s Hellblade Make A Profit?

October 31, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Ninja Theory’s Hellblade Make A Profit?

Ninja Theory’s Hellblade will need to sell only 300,000 units to recoup its development budget. After releasing a string of AAA console titles to varying levels of commercial success, the UK-based studio is attempting to establish what it describes as a “third way” of making games – one that falls somewhere between what we have traditionally called AAA and Indie. Smaller scale, lower cost, with no sacrifices made in terms of creative risks and quality of execution. “We’re... 

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Will Big Huge Game Be Able To Make A Comeback?

October 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Big Huge Game Be Able To Make A Comeback?

Brian Reynolds buys the rights to Big Huge Games from the State of Rhode Island at auction and then reopens the studio and teams with Nexon to deliver the new mobile title called DomiNations. The game might be inspired by a lot of games, but the basic idea is that you are the leader of a Stone Age tribe and you have guide your tribe through civilization and human history. The ability exists for you to form alliances, trade with friends, and raid your enemies. Reynolds has not said what is next for... 

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How Far Should Video Games Go With Violence?

October 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
How Far Should Video Games Go With Violence?

Video game violence has been in the spotlight for over two decades now. When Senator Joe Lieberman chaired a subcommittee in 1993 after seeing the violence in Mortal Kombat, the mainstream media started paying close attention. And just five months later, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) was born and assigned Mortal Kombat an “M” for Mature rating. This was undoubtedly a good thing. In the years following, the board continued to tweak its ratings and in combination with retail... 

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Is Microsoft Games Studio Developing A New IP?

October 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Microsoft Games Studio Developing A New IP?

In an interview that Xbox head Phil Spencer gave to IGN, he says that a new IP is in development at one of Microsoft’s development studios. It apparently isn’t a new racing or military space marine title. Spencer says that the Xbox brand needs “new stories and new characters” which provide a “canvas to try new things.” He went on to add that “Sunset Overdrive is a great example of a game that isn’t like anything else in our portfolio, and he thinks that is great. I want to continue... 

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