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Watch Dogs For Wii U Coming In November

September 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Watch Dogs For Wii U Coming In November

Finally, Ubisoft has a release date for the Wii U version of Watch Dogs. While we don’t know if that many people are waiting for the Wii U version, when it does release it could very well end up being one of the last M rated titles for the Wii U console. The release date for the Wii U version of Watch Dogs appears to be November 18th in North America and November 21st in Europe. This ends the original release delay that Ubisoft announced for the Wii U version as resources were moved to prepare... 

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Will eSports Overtake the NHL?

September 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will eSports Overtake the NHL?

You can’t accuse eSports League CEO Ralf Reichert of always telling people what they want to hear. At last month’s FanExpo Canada in Toronto, Ontario, just a few blocks away from the Hockey Hall of Fame, Reichert told GamesIndustry.biz that he saw competitive gaming overtaking the local pastime. “Our honest belief is it’s going to be a top 5 sport in the world,” Reichert said. “If you compare it to the NHL, to ice hockey, that’s not a first row sport, but... 

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Is Video Game Music Production Being Outsourced?

September 10, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Video Game Music Production Being Outsourced?

In July, Gamasutra’s annual developer salary survey reported that the best compensated job for hands-on game creators wasn’t programmer or producer, but audio professional. That didn’t sound right to the organizers of audio conference GameSoundCon, so they conducted their own survey aimed squarely at audio specialists in the gaming industry, the results of which they released today. Gamasutra acknowledged its own numbers on audio professionals were likely skewed by a few factors.... 

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Will Gamers See An Alan Wake 2?

September 9, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Gamers See An Alan Wake 2?

While we would not call Alan Wake from developer Remedy Entertainment a disappointment, we would say that it took a long time to make, cost a lot of money, and didn’t quite live up to what everyone though it would be in the end. The one thing about Alan Wake has been however, that over time it has perhaps gained a bit of a following. Creative director Sam Lake from Remedy has been quoted as saying that, “while the sequel for Alan Wake didn’t work out at this point, but we are definitely are... 

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Ryse Coming To A PC Near You Next Month

September 9, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Ryse Coming To A PC Near You Next Month

Crytek will be self-publishing the PC version of Ryse: Son of Rome that will be released on Steam starting on October 10th. Crytek promises a benchmark for PC gaming graphics with support for 4K resolution. The PC version promises a number of graphics enhancements over the Xbox One release and Crytek claims that they have given the developers the chance to really show what the Crytek engine can do without compromising quality thanks to the hardware available today. To run the PC version of Ryse,... 

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Are Video Games Revealed Too Early?

September 8, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Video Games Revealed Too Early?

You’re sitting at home, watching one of the major E3 presentations. A brand-new AAA video game has just been revealed and the teaser trailer actually makes it look pretty hot. You’re halfway through watching the trailer, interest piqued, and now you’re wondering, “When’s this coming out?” Now you see it; it’s slated for the holiday season… of the following year. You’re going to be waiting a solid 18 months, and that’s assuming the project... 

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Will Activision Buy Take-Two?

September 4, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Activision Buy Take-Two?

Take-Two’s share price rose nearly five per cent to 23.66 last week as rumours circulated that the publisher may be the target of a potential takeover by Activision. Mike Hickey, an equity researcher for the Benchmark Company, penned a note which fuelled the trading, claiming that the two companies were engaged on an “emerging romance”. “For Activision, acquiring Take-Two Interactive would be a no-brainer, in our view, circling some of the strongest development talent and... 

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Should Nintendo Hit The Reset Button?

September 3, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Should Nintendo Hit The Reset Button?

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto doesn’t want to make games for “passive” people; the attitude that games ought to be to be a roller-coaster ride, to entertain without challenge, is, to his mind, “pathetic”. That was the message from the legendary game designer in an E3 interview with Edge magazine, published in this month’s edition; it’s been presented by other news outlets as a sign of a Nintendo U-turn, moving away from the casual market it sought with... 

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Will GTA 5 Debut This Fall On The Xbox One And PS4?

September 2, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will GTA 5 Debut This Fall On The Xbox One And PS4?

Sources are saying that it is very possible and maybe even likely that Grand Theft Auto 5 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC will not make it for release this holiday season. Instead it is very likely that it might slip till first quarter of 2015 instead. The rumors of it not making release this holiday season started at Gamescom, but the whispering has not stopped. According to those claiming to be in the know, Rockstar did have a new version of GTA 5 for next-gen that it was showing at Gamecom,... 

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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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