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It's never easy to say goodbye, but if you're still sitting on a mountain of PlayStation 2 games, you're quickly running out of time to cash in one final time on the titles you may have grown up playing, at least at GameStop. As of June 1, 2013, GameStop will longer accept PS2 trade-ins of any kind, including games, accessories, or systems. A poster on Reddit snapped the photo you see below, and a quick call to one or more GameStop locations is all it takes to confirm that the new and used games retailer will no longer accept PS2 trades of any kind after the end of this month. Image Source: Reddit... Read more...
If you've somehow managed to miss the long and fun ride known as Skryim, you owe it to yourself to check it out (assuming you're into RPGs). And to make sure you don't miss anything Skyrim has to offer, Bethesda this week announced plans to release The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition, which will include the most up-to-date version of the original game and all three expansions. In addition to the Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn add-ons, the Legendary release will also come with "added features like combat cameras, mounted combat, Legendary difficulty mode for hardcore players, and... Read more...
Nintendo Co. on Wednesday is back in black after reporting its first full-year loss in the history of the company last year. This time around, Nintendo's financial report reflects a profit of 7.1 billion yen (around $71.7 million) for its fiscal year ended in March, up from a loss of 43.2 billion yen ($436 million) in the prior year. At the same time, Nintendo posted an operating loss of 36.4 billion yen, or $366 million. What those numbers reveal is that Nintendo benefited from a recent weakening of the yen, which hit a four-year low earlier this month, ultimately helping the company squeeze out... Read more...
Game related spending declined yet again last month, falling 10 percent $992.5 billion, according to the latest data published by the NPD Group. However, that number doesn't tell the whole store. In fact, it may account for only half of what gamers actually spent on game related software, hardware, and accessories. How so? "When you consider our preliminary estimate for other physical format sales in March such as used and rentals at $190 million, and our estimate for digital format sales including full game and add-on content downloads including micro-transactions, subscriptions, mobile apps,... Read more...
There's still a large audience for games with a high level of difficulty. Such would explain why Dark Souls, the spiritual successor to Demon's Souls and one heck of a tough game, has sold 2.36 million copies to date, according to data released by developer From Entertainment. The includes 375,000 sales in Japan on the PlayStation 3 console. The rest of the world accounts for 1.3 million copies for the PS3 and Xbox 360 game consoles. Add to that sales of the Prepare To Die Edition for the PC, which totaled 137,000 units in Japan and another 555,000 around the world, and you come up with the 2.36... Read more...
If your moral compass doesn't dissuade you from pirating games, maybe the prevalence of malware will. According to the latest research from AVG, game hacks and cracks almost always contain malicious code, as in more than 90 percent of the time, depending on where the downloads originate. In other words, for every 10 times you download a keygen or cracked copy of a game, you're lucky if just one of those files isn't infected. This doesn't just apply to cracked copies of popular titles, either. Some gamers get more than they bargained for when they go in search of shortcuts to character development.... Read more...
What's that, you've never heard of Torment: Tides of Numenera? That's okay, because even without your knowledge, and therefore your support, developer inXile Entertainment was still able to raise nearly $4.2 million on Kickstarter, attracting pledges from 74,405 backers. That feat qualifies it as Kickstarter's most funded video game ever. "All of us made history yesterday, reaching a new record for the most funded video game on Kickstarter! Thank you so much for your support, both through your pledges and through your spreading the word to others," inXile Entertainment told fans after the campaign... Read more...
Electronic Arts beat out AT&T, Ticketmaster, and several other companies to advance to the semifinals in the Consumerist's annual "Worst Company in America" award, as voted by the people (an anti-popularity contest, if you will). If EA pulls out a victory, it will repeat as Grand Champion of the not-so-prestigious award, and if you think companies aren't paying attention to the results, think again. Peter Moore, chief operating officer at EA, penned a blog post in defense of the company he works for, stating that "the tallest trees catch the most wind." Beyond deep thoughts, Moore points out... Read more...
Rovio, creator of the wildly popular Angry Birds franchise, has every reason to smile. The developer announced its financial results for the company's full calendar year for 2012, noting that total consolidated full year revenue ballooned to €152.2 million (around $195 million), up more than 100 percent compared to 2011. "Year 2012 was another record-breaking year for Rovio. We doubled our revenue with an EBIT margin of 50 percent, more than doubled our headcount, established new offices and a New Business Ventures unit," said Rovio CFO Herkko Soininen. "Also, to protect our own, as well as... Read more...
Blizzard was very forthcoming in admitting that Diablo III is "not living up to its full potential" in terms of the co-op experience, adding that "it can often feel not worth the effort" to jump into multiplayer when playing solo "can often feel easier and more efficient." If you feel the same way, you'll be happy to know that co-op was a major point of focus in the latest patch (version 1.0.8). One of the multiplayer improvements Blizzard introduces in version 1.0.8 is the ability to specify a "matching tag" for Public Games. In addition to selecting a difficulty, quest, and MP level, gamers can... Read more...
Ouch. There just aren't too many other ways to say it. As the video game world enters a period of rapid transition, the old players are starting to show signs of wear. The home console market just isn't what it used to be, and neither is the importance of physical media and retail shops. As more and more gamers find their fix in mobile gaming, it's getting tougher for the mainstays to remain relevant. GameStop is a company in search of its next move, and it's losing a lot of money as it tries to find it. The company's Q4 2012 earnings saw a loss of $270 million, on sales of $3.56 billion. Consolidated... Read more...
Creating a stable economy in an online game is difficult to do – and the only people surprised to discover that were Diablo’s game director and the higher ups at Blizzard, it turns out. The game’s auction houses, which let players hawk in-game loot for virtual gold and real-world money, were a bigger draw than its creators expected. The result was bad news for the quality of the game, says former director Jay Wilson. Who knew gold could cause so much trouble? Image credit: Blizzard Wilson, who spent seven years on Diablo III and left the game (though not Blizzard) earlier this... Read more...
Ouya yesterday began shipping its $100 Android console to early backers of the project that took Kickstarter by storm, blowing past the initial $950,000 goal and raising nearly $8.6 million by the time it was all said and done. Everyone else has to wait until June 4, which is when it will be on store shelves, real and virtual (Amazon.com, Best Buy, GameStop, and Target). Alternately, you can pre-order an Ouya for a Benjamin along with an extra controller for $50 more. Either way, June 4 is the console's big day. In case you need a refresher, Ouya wields an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM,... Read more...
Apple iPad and iPhone owners are in for a treat. Come this summer, Firaxis and 2K Games will port the turn-based tactical role-playing strategy game to iOS, the game's developers announced at PAX East. The ported title will come with all the same features found on the PC and console versions. "It's a straight port. We have not made any game play exceptions," XCOM: Enemy Unknown Lead Designer Jake Solomon told Joystiq at the event. "You play the exact same game, it's just now fully playable on an iPhone or an iPad." Solomon was decidedly more coy when pressed for pricing information, saying only... Read more...
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