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Does Nintendo Need To Offer Third Party Developers More Support?

August 26, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Does Nintendo Need To Offer Third Party Developers More Support?

Along with publishing some rather good games, Ubisoft has quietly been developing another important role over the past few years. Thanks to the outspoken nature of CEO Yves Guillemot and the company’s careful balancing of enthusiasm for new technologies and platforms with a decent degree of financial and management conservatism, Ubisoft has become a bellwether for the publishing industry. Perhaps a difference between French and American business culture plays a role, perhaps not; either way,... 

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Will Activision Launch An Entertainment Group?

August 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Activision Launch An Entertainment Group?

Sources are suggesting that Activision is planning to launch an entertainment division that would be responsible for creating movies and TV shows based on Activision intellectual properties. The move might leave many scratching their heads if true since so many others have failed at trying to turn video game IP into gold. Word is that CEO Bobby Kotick is taking to folks in an effort to secure the right talent to make this happen. Kotick has to be aware that this has not gone well for its competitors,... 

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Are Physical Games On The Way Out?

August 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Physical Games On The Way Out?

Numbers added up by research firm DFC Intelligence, show that few physical games are being bought and that digital sales are where all the money is. According to DFC, 92 per cent of PC game sales in 2013 were digital and it thinks this trend will continue and rise in 2014. Gamers are starting to favour digital downloads over physical copies of the game, which is not really surprising given that who actually wants to own boxes and DVDs and manuals when all you really need is the game. DFC Intelligence... 

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Is EA Finally Listening To Gamers?

August 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is EA Finally Listening To Gamers?

By his own admission, Andrew Wilson still “geeks out” at EA’s press conferences, despite his position as the company’s CEO demanding that he take centre stage. When we meet after the Gamescom media briefing, he enthuses in great detail and at considerable length about a FIFA 15 video demonstrating the capabilities of the new game’s goalkeepers. What that team has accomplished since he ascended to executive level, Wilson says, never fails to make him smile. And Wilson has spent... 

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Will Bioware Announce A New IP At Gamescom?

August 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Bioware Announce A New IP At Gamescom?

Word is circulating that the new BioWare IP which is rumored to be called Shadow Realms could be on EA’s agenda to finally be revealed at Gamescom. While rumors have been making the rounds for some time, so far EA has been mum about its existence. We do know that EA’s is planning to provide more details on FIFA 15, Battlefield: Hardline, The Sims 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, and Dawngate at its Gamescom presser which will take place on Wednesday, August 13th at 9am BST. While EA might reveal Shadow... 

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Zynga Sales Continue With A Downward Trend

August 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Zynga Sales Continue With A Downward Trend

Last week Zynga reported results for the quarter that ended June 30, revealing declining revenues and deepening losses. In the process, the company also lowered its outlook for the full year. For the second quarter, Zynga posted revenues of $153.2 million, down 34 percent year-over-year. The company also saw a net loss of $62.5 million, compared to the previous second quarter’s loss of $15.8 million. On a non-GAAP basis, Zynga reported bookings down almost 7 percent to $175.1 million, with... 

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Activision Blizzard Depends Heavily On Digital

August 7, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Activision Blizzard Depends Heavily On Digital

Activision Blizzard reported its financial results for the quarter ended June 30 today, revealing an unprecedented reliance on digital revenues. The publisher reported revenues of $970 million in sales on a GAAP basis, 49 percent of which came from digital channels. On a non-GAAP basis (excluding the impact of changes in deferred revenues), the digital percentage was actually 73 percent of the company’s $658 million in sales. Activision attributed the digital strength to Blizzard’s lineup... 

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Is The Video Game Industry Facing Under Cyber Attacks?

August 5, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is The Video Game Industry Facing Under Cyber Attacks?

The video game industry is at the mercy of a large scale advanced cyber attack campaign designed to steal source code, Dell’s security arm Secureworks has revealed. Codenamed Threat Group-3279 (TG-3279), the attackers are thought to have been active since at least 2009, a Secureworks report claimed, insisting that information gathered from targeted hosts suggests that TG-3279 focuses on the collection of video game source code. “[This is] to crack those games for free use, to develop... 

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Will Developers Screw Up Virtual Reality Based Gaming?

August 4, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Developers Screw Up Virtual Reality Based Gaming?

Whether you think it’s a fad or the next big thing, there’s no denying that the return of virtual reality, this time backed up by competent technology and plausible price-points, has caught the imagination of developers and their customers alike. Projects for Sony’s Morpheus and the Oculus Rift are popping up everywhere, from the modest to the monumental. As of yet, though, none of the major publishers have publicly committed much to the new platforms, leaving it to smaller studios... 

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Is GTA 5 Coming To The Xbox One And PS4 In November?

July 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is GTA 5 Coming To The Xbox One And PS4 In November?

Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA 5) might arrive for Playstation 4 (PS4), Xbox One and PC gamers on 7 November, if a UK retailer is to be believed. Rockstar is still yet to cough on a release date for GTA 5 for PCs and next-gen consoles, but said at this year’s E3 conference that the titles will tip up “this fall.” However, UK retailer Gameseek is claiming that the PC version, along with PS4 and Xbox One versions, will start shipping on 7 November. It is so confident that it has even started... 

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Is The Wii-U Making A Comeback?

July 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is The Wii-U Making A Comeback?

A new survey commissioned by IHS in partnership with Gamer Network has shown that E3 gave a huge boost to the number of people interested in buying a Wii U, with purchasing intent growing by 50 per cent over the course of the event. Around one thousand core gamers were surveyed on various purchase intentions before and after the LA show, revealing that, whilst Nintendo’s platform started out with the lowest number of people looking at buying it, it saw the biggest benefit from the show’s... 

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Will The Console Gaming Market Shrink?

July 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will The Console Gaming Market Shrink?

The new generation of consoles and booming category of free-to-play PC games won’t be enough to keep the market growing indefinitely. According to a Juniper Research report, the market will soon turn south, falling from $46.5 billion worldwide this year to $41 billion in 2019. Despite that 12 percent drop, the PC and console segment will still account for more than half of all gaming revenues through 2019. Additionally, Juniper said software sales on PC and console “will remain relatively... 

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Will Microsoft’s Cuts Impact Quantum Break?

July 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Microsoft’s Cuts Impact Quantum Break?

Neither Microsoft of developer Remedy is talking about the effect that the upcoming staff reductions at Microsoft might impact the already deep in development title know as Quantum Break. Quantum Break is said to feature television segments that will be part of the main game with players unlocking new segments at the end of some gameplay segments. The live action television segments can we watched right away or they can be viewed later on mobile devices such as a smart phone or tablet. The run here... 

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Is Free-To-Play Always The Best Bet?

July 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Free-To-Play Always The Best Bet?

To hear the likes of Electronic Arts and Gameloft tell it, premium apps are all but a relic of the past, the obsolete progenitor to mobile’s free-to-play future. But some smaller developers have found that future isn’t all it’s made out to be, and have been finding more success back on the premium side of the fence. Kitfox Games and Double Stallion, two Montreal studios from Jason Della Rocca’s Execution Labs incubator, launched Shattered Planet and Big Action Mega Fight,... 

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Are Japanese Gamer’s Disappearing?

July 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Japanese Gamer’s Disappearing?

There’s a popular narrative about Japan’s game development industry: it’s an industry in trouble, lagging behind the West and running out of ideas. If any Japanese developer wants to get themselves splashed into the headlines, all they need do is trot out a soundbite disparaging their own industry; in a world of click bait headlines, the fall of Japanese development is a sure-fire winner. The apparent decline of Japan’s game developers is linked to a secondary narrative as... 

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