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Blizzard Entertainment Wins Cheating Lawsuit

April 14, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Blizzard Entertainment Wins Cheating Lawsuit

Blizzard Entertainment has asked for $8.5 million in damages from Bossland, a German company that makes and sells cheats and hacks for its most popular games. This is the latest and probably final step in a legal complaint Blizzard filed in July 2016, which accused Bossland of copyright infringement and millions of dollars in lost sales, among other charges. Cheat software like Bossland’s Honorbuddy and Demonbuddy, Blizzard argued, ruins the experience of its products for other players. According... 

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The Witcher Franchise Goes 25 Million Units

April 12, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
The Witcher Franchise Goes 25 Million Units

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt continues to pay off for CD Projekt. The Polish publisher today reported its financial results for calendar year 2016, and the hit 2015 role-playing game loomed large over another successful campaign for the company. CD Projekt said its revenues “continued to be dominated by ongoing strong sales” of The Witcher 3 and its two expansions. While the base game and its first expansion debuted in 2015, the second and final expansion pack, Blood and Wine, arrived last... 

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Is Nintendo’s Switch Going To Be A True Success Story?

April 6, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Nintendo’s Switch Going To Be A True Success Story?

After a few years of writing articles cautioning people not to write Nintendo off just yet, it feels most peculiar to type these words, but here we go: could we all just calm down a little bit about Nintendo? Yes, the Switch is off to a very solid start; and yes, Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a damned near perfect video game – but the swing of the pendulum away from the doom and gloom of the Wii U’s final months is now threatening to bring us into breathless, giddy over-optimism that the... 

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Can Nintendo Sell 20 Million Switches In 2017?

April 5, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Nintendo Sell 20 Million Switches In 2017?

Despite complaints that the Switch had a few problems, Nintendo thinks it will sell between 10-20 million of them in the first year. Nintendo released the Switch in March 2017 and flogged a million units in the first week. Nintendo president Kimishima Tatsumi said that by the time Nintendo wants to start selling something else, the Switch’s overall sales will have reached 110 million units. Much depends on how well Microsoft’s new Xbox game console codenamed Project Scorpio will... 

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Is Facebook Really Trying To Compete Against Nintendo’s Switch?

April 3, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Facebook Really Trying To Compete Against Nintendo’s Switch?

In a move that positions the social giant against video platforms like Twitch and YouTube, Facebook today has announced that people can now live broadcast from a PC or laptop – something that was only possible via mobile devices since last year. More importantly to the game industry and the world of online influencers, this expansion of Facebook Live also extends to live streaming of PC software. “If you’re a gamer, this new feature makes it easier than ever to stream your PC gameplay... 

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Can Violence In A Game Promote Safety?

March 30, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Violence In A Game Promote Safety?

When the original Doom was released in 1993, its unprecedentedly realistic graphic violence fueled a moral panic among parents and educators. Over time, the game’s sprite-based gore has lost a bit of its impact, and that previous sentence likely sounds absurd. Given what games have depicted in the nearly quarter century since Doom, that level of violence no longer shocking so much as it is quaint, perhaps even endearing. So when it came time for id Software to reboot the series with last year’s... 

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Can Microsoft Make Game Pass Profitable?

March 29, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Microsoft Make Game Pass Profitable?

Of all the various innovations we’ve seen in this console generation, it may be the business model changes that have the most lasting impact on the games industry. Though originally introduced in the back half of the previous generation, the notion of giving consumers “free” games on a monthly basis for continuing their subscription to console online services has become a standard part of the model in this hardware generation. The degree to which this is expected, and to which the... 

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Can Washington D.C. Become The Center Of eSports?

March 22, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Washington D.C. Become The Center Of eSports?

Washington D.C. intends to become the home of eSports in the United States, with a strategy that includes sponsorship of the NRG Esports team and the construction of a $65 million stadium. The city’s plans, which were revealed to Mashable, will be executed by Events D.C., the District of Columbia’s convention and sports authority. The deal with NRG Esports is among the first instances of a city sponsoring a pro gaming organisation, and Washington D.C. will now have its logo and branding... 

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Sega Acquires Crytek Black Sea Developers

March 15, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Sega Acquires Crytek Black Sea Developers

In an effort to bolster Total War developer Creative Assembly, Sega Europe today has announced that it’s acquired Crytek Black Sea and added the 60-person team from Bulgaria to the prominent UK developer. Crytek Black Sea has been renamed Creative Assembly Sofia and will be working on a number of unannounced projects. Tim Heaton, Studio Director at Creative Assembly, commented: “Now in our 30th year of games development, with an army of multi-million selling titles to our name and a history... 

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Are Analyst Right About The Nintendo Switch?

March 10, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Are Analyst Right About The Nintendo Switch?

The games industry’s leading analysts have highlighted just how difficult it is to predict how well Nintendo Switch will perform. IHS, SuperData, DFC and Niko Partners’ predictions range from 4.4m to 10m shipped by the end of 2017. DFC thinks Nintendo Switch will sell 8.3m units in its first year, as detailed back in January, to eventually hit an install base of 40m. IHS estimate a rather weak first year for Switch at just 4,4m, reaching 10m by year two and 30m by the end of the lifecycle... 

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Does The Nintendo Switch Have a Pixel Problem?

March 8, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Does The Nintendo Switch Have a Pixel Problem?

Nintendo has doing its best to see off stories that its new Switch portable console is blighted with dead pixels. Those who have got their paws on the Switch have been complaining of distracting dead or stuck pixels, or light or dark patches on the screens of their brand-new consoles. Nintendo’s answer to this is that such pixels are “normal” and are not defects. In contradiction to this statement, Nintendo claims that only a small number of cases have been reported. Either way if you have... 

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Mass Effect: Andromeda PC Specs Revealed

March 6, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Mass Effect: Andromeda PC Specs Revealed

EA and Bioware have released official PC system requirements for its upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda game that has gone gold and will be launching on March 21st. According to details provided over at EA’s Origin site, those looking to play the new Mass Effect game will need at least an Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD FX-6350 CPU, 8GB of RAM and Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB graphics card. The recommended system requirements rise up to an Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD FX-8350 CPU,... 

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Will Christmas 2017 Gauge The True Success Of Nintendo’s Switch?

March 3, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Christmas 2017 Gauge The True Success Of Nintendo’s Switch?

It doesn’t feel right. It all seems so muted. Sure, there are those that can’t decide if Nintendo has made the ultimate games machine or the most pointless, but even so, it doesn’t feel like a new machine from the most iconic name in video games is a little over a week away. Up until yesterday’s onslaught of unboxing videos, there has been a distinct lack of significant press coverage. Where’s the massive media campaign? Where’s the release countdowns? Where’s... 

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Is The Xbox Game Pass A Good Move For Microsoft?

March 2, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The Xbox Game Pass A Good Move For Microsoft?

Microsoft has just made the Xbox One console a bit more interesting by announcing a new subscription service called the Xbox Game Pass, which will give access to over 100 games for US $9.99 a month, when it launches later this spring. The Microsoft Xbox Game Pass will include over 100 games, like Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16, and SoulCalibur 2. Unlike other similar subscription based services, Xbox Game Pass will allow users to download available games and buy them with a 20 percent discount... 

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Is The Independent Game Developers Future Bleak

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The Independent Game Developers Future Bleak

Never more than a stopgap that was hugely inadequate to the gap in question, Steam Greenlight is finally set to disappear entirely later this Spring. The service has been around for almost five years, and while it was largely greeted with enthusiasm, the reality has never justified that optimism. The amassing of community votes for game approval turned out to be no barrier to all manner of grafters who launched unfinished, amateurish games (even using stolen assets in some cases) on the service,... 

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