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Superdata: Digital Games Spending Increased Nine Percent in March

Game Politics - 6 hours 29 min ago

Digital games spending in the United States grew significantly in the last year, according to research firm Superdata. According to Superdata's March 2014 report, the US digital games market raked in right around $936 million in sales during the one year period, up nine percent from March 2013.

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GameStop 3.0 pushing company beyond games

GamesIndustry.biz news - 6 hours 34 min ago
Retailer planning to close 120 game stores while doubling number of Spring Mobile, Simply Mac locations in current fiscal year
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Zynga upgrades exec team as Pincus steps down from operational role

GamesIndustry.biz news - 6 hours 40 min ago
Zynga lost $61 million in the first quarter but the company did exceed Wall Street's expectations
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That Dragon, Cancer developer shares grace through game design

Gamasutra - News - 6 hours 47 min ago

Josh Larson exhorted fellow developers to think of games as a form of communication between themselves and their players in a talk given today at the 12th annual Games for Change festival. ...

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ICHEG Adds Atari Arcade Materials to Vast Archives

Game Politics - 7 hours 59 min ago

The International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) revealed that it has added materials documenting the history of Atari's coin-op business from 1972 to 1999 to its archives. This material includes original artwork, videos, marketing materials, source code, design documents, and much more. The collection details the production of nearly every game in Atari's coin-op lineup.

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Call of Duty Sore Loser Sends SWAT Team to Long Island Home

Game Politics - 8 hours 28 min ago

According to this Huffington Post report, a sore (and unidentified) loser who lost a game of Call of Duty match sent a police SWAT team to his opponent's house. According to the report, which is based on reporting from the New York Post, a police SWAT team was dispatched to a Long Island, N.Y.

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See Jane study exobiology: A new approach to role models in games

Gamasutra - News - 8 hours 48 min ago

Rob Jagnow writes on how scientist Jane Van Susteren became a character in Extrasolar: "her transition from biology consultant to in-game character wasn't the intent from the start." ...

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Report: 'Bravely Default' Banned in Saudi Arabia

Game Politics - 8 hours 59 min ago

According to this Destructoid blog (from a reader named "Lord Spencer" who lives in Saudi Arabia), the government has banned the Square Enix 3DS game Bravely Default for promoting sexual behavior in children and pedophilia. While it is not at all shocking that the government in this country bans a particular game, the reasoning for the Bravely Default ban is as over-the-top as one can get.

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FTC OKs Facebook purchase of Oculus

GamesIndustry.biz news - 9 hours 7 min ago
US trade regulator grants approval for $2 billion acquisition to proceed
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TIGA to Run Games Tax Relief Tour in May

Game Politics - 9 hours 13 min ago

TIGA, the trade group that represents the video games industry in the UK, announced that it will facilitate a series of events around the country to help developers understand the importance of the new Games Tax Relief recently approved by the government. The tour will start in Oxford, England sometime in May, and all of the events will be free for developers to attend. These events will feature input from UK industry veterans as well.

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Spoiler: Steam games with high Metacritic scores tend to sell well

Gamasutra - News - 9 hours 14 min ago

According to data gathered as part of Ars Technica's ongoing Steam Gauge project, games with extremely high Metacritic scores tend to see significantly higher sales on Steam than those with extremely low scores. ...

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SOE 'All Access Pass' Delayed to April 29

Game Politics - 9 hours 23 min ago

It looks like those who were keen on playing Sony Online Entertainment's catalog of online games for a flat monthly fee will have to wait just a little bit longer. SOE announced today that it has delayed its "All-Access Pass" subscription plan to April 29. The company previously delayed its launch from April 6 to April 23, but this week it delayed it one more time. Why another delay? To ensure that the transfer to the "All Access Pass" subscription system is seamless, says SOE.

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Comcast Unleashes Army of Lobbyists to Get Merger With TWC Approved

Game Politics - 9 hours 39 min ago

Not content to sit on its laurels while it waits for various agencies to scrutinize and either approve or deny its $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast has unleashed an army of lobbyists and influencers on Washington D.C.

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Automatic avoidance for player characters on an indie budget

Gamasutra - News - 9 hours 42 min ago

Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone) describes how he's emulated the smart input optimization you see in triple-A games in his upcoming Volume -- in a quick and simple way. ...

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Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR gets FTC approval

Gamasutra - News - 10 hours 13 min ago

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has granted antitrust approval to Facebook's proposed acquisition of Oculus VR, allowing the deal to move forward as planned. ...

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Hack-Man: An interview with Watch Dogs' creative director

Gamasutra - News - 10 hours 57 min ago

Creative director Jonathan Morin speaks about decisions made during the development of the hotly anticipated Watch Dogs, and his expectations for the next generation of games. ...

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Blog: Are innovative games too risky for Kickstarter?

Gamasutra - News - 11 hours 27 min ago

"Hex Heroes didn't take off on Kickstarter as we anticipated. This campaign was in the works for over four months. Why wasn't Hex Heroes funded in its first three weeks?" ...

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So you want to publish a game in China...

GamesIndustry.biz news - 12 hours 16 min ago
Eutechnyx CEO Darren Jobling offers advice to anybody traveling gaming's own Silk Road
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Xbox One debuts in Japan September 4

GamesIndustry.biz news - 12 hours 21 min ago
Microsoft sets date for third attempt to gain foothold in Japanese console market
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Cloud Chamber: The TV show you play on Steam

Gamasutra - News - 12 hours 23 min ago

How the heck do you describe Cloud Chamber? Imagine following along with your favorite TV series, and after each episode you're able to jump online, dig deeper into what you watched, and discuss the twists and turns with fellow viewers. ...

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