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Microsoft Severs Ties With The Darkside

February 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Microsoft Severs Ties With The Darkside

The security of the employees of Phantom Dust developer Darkside Game Studios is in doubt, after Microsoft decided to sever all professional ties to the studio. Phantom Dust is a remake of an Xbox game from 2004, which was designed by Yukio Futatsugi, the creator of Panzer Dragoon. Darkside’s project was unveiled at E3 last year as an exclusive title for the Xbox One, but whatever agreement existed between the studio and Microsoft has been terminated. Here’s the official line: “Microsoft... 

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Zynga Continues The Downward Spiral

February 16, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Zynga Continues The Downward Spiral

During the earnings call today CEO Don Mattrick highlighted where he believed the company had made mistakes this year. “There are a number of things we could have done better this past year. First we had a challenging time implementing our new poker product. And we learned the tough lesson that we needed more adequate testing across consumer segments, geographies and devices,” he said. “Second, we have big aspirations for our sports brand and view our NFL and Tiger Woods licences... 

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Do “CORE” Gamers Exist?

February 10, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Do “CORE” Gamers Exist?

A year or two ago, it seemed that doom and gloom reigned over the prospects for “core” gaming. With smartphones and tablets becoming this decade’s ubiquitous gaming devices, casual and social games ascendant and free-to-play established as just about the only effective way to make money from the teeming masses swarming to gaming for the first time, dire predictions abounded about the death of game consoles, the decline of paid-for games and the dwindling importance of “core”... 

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Is Nintendo On The Right Course?

February 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Nintendo On The Right Course?

Nintendo is heading back to black, with the company’s financial announcements this week revealing that it’s expecting to post a fairly reasonable profit for the full year. For a company that’s largely been mired in red ink since the end of the glory days of the Wii, that looks like pretty fantastic news; but since I was one of the people who repeatedly pointed out in the past when Nintendo’s quarterly losses were driven by currency fluctuations, not sales failures, it’s... 

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Auto Industry Helps Texas Instruments Bottom Line

January 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Auto Industry Helps Texas Instruments Bottom Line

Texas Instruments appears to have done rather well thanks to a growing demand for chips from the car industry. The company posted fourth-quarter revenue of $3.27 billion, up 8 percent from the year-ago period and slightly above what the cocaine nose jobs of Wall Street predicted by reading their tarot cards. This was mostly because TI deepened its focus on analogue and embedded chips which are in demand from carmakers, telecom companies and industrial customers. Revenue from Texas Instruments’... 

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Do Game Developers Have Unrealistic Expectations?

January 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Do Game Developers Have Unrealistic Expectations?

Over the last few years, the industry has seen budget polarization on an enormous scale. The cost of AAA development has ballooned, and continues to do so, pricing out all but the biggest warchests, while the indie and mobile explosions are rapidly approaching the point of inevitable over-saturation and consequential contraction. Stories about the plight of mid-tier studios are ten-a-penny, with the gravestones of some notable players lining the way. For a company like Ninja Theory, in many ways... 

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Is Dailymotion Going After Twitch?

January 16, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Dailymotion Going After Twitch?

Dailymotion has hopped onto the game streaming juggernaut and launched a game streaming service. Dailymotion Games will put the firm into a market that so far includes Twitch, a streamer that has cemented its place as a gaming add-on and a coveted option on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. The Dailymotion information does not dwell on Twitch, which has been a feature of many a gushing press release from console makers such as Sony, but it does say that the live streaming gaming platform has... 

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Was The PS4 Sales Flat Over The Holiday?

January 7, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Was The PS4 Sales Flat Over The Holiday?

While the Sony PlayStation 4 has been selling very well, it seems that Christmas was not really its season. Sony said that the PlayStation 4 has sold more than 18.5 million units since the new generation of consoles launched. While that is good and makes the PS4 the fastest selling PlayStation to date, there was no peaking at Christmas. You would think that the PS4 would sell well at Christmas as parents were forced to do grevious bodily harm to their credit cards to shut their spoilt spawn up... 

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Will The Xbox One Go Virtual Reality This Year?

January 6, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will The Xbox One Go Virtual Reality This Year?

While we can’t get a real handle on when Microsoft might reveal the VR headset that they have had in development, we have learned from our sources that it is well into development and some selected developers already have developmental prototypes. It is hard to say when Microsoft might actually reveal the new VR headset and technology, but it would seem that GDC or E3 would be the likely events to see it introduced. We do know that Microsoft is targeting 2015 to move the VR headset into mass production... 

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Sony Offering Discounts After PlayStation Outage

January 5, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Gaming
Sony Offering Discounts After PlayStation Outage

If you received a PlayStation 4 for Christmas but network outages hampered you from using it, Sony wants to make it up to you. Sony Computer Entertainment America will offer 10% off PlayStation Store purchases including games, TV shows and movies as a gesture of thanks for users’ patience following an outage of several days caused by denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. In addition, PlayStation Plus members who had an active membership or free trial on Dec. 25 will receive a membership extension... 

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Are Buggy Games Getting A Pass?

December 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Buggy Games Getting A Pass?

Recently, my smartphone started acting up. I think the battery is on the way out; it does bizarre things, like shutting itself off entirely when I try to take a picture on 60per cent battery, or suddenly dropping from fully charged to giving me “10per cent remaining, plug me in or else” warnings for no reason at all. I can get it fixed free of charge, but it’s an incredibly frustrating, bothersome thing, especially given how much money I’ve paid for this phone. Most of us... 

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Are Indie Developers Dying Out?

December 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Indie Developers Dying Out?

For independent developers, the last decade has been an endless procession of migratory possibilities. The physical world was defined by compromise, dependence and strategically closed doors, but the rise of digital afforded freedom and flexibility in every direction. New platforms, new business models, new methods of distribution and communication; so many fresh options appeared in such a brief window of time that knowing where and when to place your bet was almost as important as having the best... 

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Will Microsoft’s Arcadia Bring Streaming To The Xbox One?

December 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Microsoft’s Arcadia Bring Streaming To The Xbox One?

It’s already been widely reported that Microsoft is working on game-streaming technology, long enough that the company has apparently started over at least once. According to a new ZDNet report, Microsoft halted work on one such project called “Rio,” and has since begun building a new streaming service code-named “Arcadia.” ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley cites sources within Microsoft with the news that Arcadia is being worked on by a new team in the company’s Operating... 

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Is Borderlands Headed To The Xbox One And PS4?

December 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Borderlands Headed To The Xbox One And PS4?

Sources are sighting a rating seen on the Australian classifications that seem to point to an upcoming Remastered Edition of Borderlands is coming for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. So far this has remained unconfirmed by publisher 2K and franchise developer Gearbox. The new remastered version is expected to be simply called “Borderlands Remastered Edition”, but with no confirmation from 2K and Gearbox it is difficult to say what all it might contain or if it is simply a converted and compiled version... 

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Microsoft Opens Up Halo

December 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Microsoft Opens Up Halo

Project Orleans, the cloud engine that powers Xbox hits Halo Reach and Halo 4, is being taken open source. The engine, which has also played a vital role in the development of Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform, will be released under an MIT licence next year by Microsoft Technologies after being trailed at this year’s Microsoft Build Conference. This is the latest in a long line of open-source announcements by Microsoft this year as the company tries to reinvent itself for the... 

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