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  • PS Plus free games for September 2015 revealed by Sony: Includes Grow Home, …
    PS Plus free games for September 2015 revealed by Sony: Includes Grow Home, … Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Sony has released the list of free games for September 2015 that PlayStation Plus members can download and play. The Japan-based technology giant has decided these games via the Vote to Play campaign that allowed Plus members to vote on a game of choice for Sony's September offering. PlayStation Plus members, as a result of having participated in Sony's Vote to Play campaign, will get to play the most expected Grow Home for free when the game is released to PS4 in September. More »

  • Witcher 3 devs CD Projekt Red think DLC should be free
    Witcher 3 devs CD Projekt Red think DLC should be free Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Free DLC should be an "industry standard" according to Marcin Iwinski, co-founder and CEO of CD Projekt Red, the developers behind fantasy RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The Nordic studio's open world epic released with the promise of 16 free pieces of future DLC, the last of which was recently released. "I would really like to see such initiatives become an industry standard rather than an exception to the general rule, and I hope that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has set a good example," said Iwinski on the game's official website. More »

  • Dota 2 Rick and Morty announcer pack: Adult Swim cartoon stars lend voices to …
    Dota 2 Rick and Morty announcer pack: Adult Swim cartoon stars lend voices to … Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    In a unexpected but brilliant bit of cross-promotion, Adult Swim cartoon stars Rick and Morty have leant their voices to Dota 2 as part of a new commentary pack now available for Valve's enormous multiplayer online battle arena (Moba) game. Rick and Morty is a popular series which focuses on the interdimensional exploits of Rick, an alcoholic scientist and sociopath, and his meek grandson Morty. The commentary pack can be bought through the Dota 2 store for £5.33 ($7.99 USD). More »

  • Super Mario Maker level brings Metroid to Wii U (sort of)
    Super Mario Maker level brings Metroid to Wii U (sort of) Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Metroid Prime: Federation Force for 3DS – has been met with disdain for being such a departure from what fans love about the series. Perhaps those fans will find some solace in this Super Mario Maker creation, which uses the deep and intuitive creation tools of Nintendo's upcoming game to create a familiar 2D Metroid experience with Mario tropes. More »

  • Fallout Shelter players logged more than 3,000 years of play-time in mobile …
    Fallout Shelter players logged more than 3,000 years of play-time in mobile … Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Fallout Shelter was released on iOS on 14 June and was an instant success, topping the App Store chart and pulling in huge amounts of money for developers Bethesda. The gaming giant has now revealed some stats about the game's first month – including that players logged well over 3,000 years of play-time. Bethesda shared its infographic on its website, revealing the data behind the hugely successful launch. More »

  • Tommykaira ZZ: Roland musical tech gives this Tesla rival a 'spaceship' …
    Tommykaira ZZ: Roland musical tech gives this Tesla rival a 'spaceship' … Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Comparing the sound of a sports car's exhaust to a musical instrument is nothing new but for electric cars, this means taking an entirely different approach. Electric cars such as the BMW i3 already have a science fiction soundtrack thanks to their motors and energy recover systems, but this partnership with Roland would make the ZZ – a two-seater convertible sports car – sound even more alien. More »

  • Sonic is in Super Mario Maker - Sega and Nintendo's rivalry officially  …
    Sonic is in Super Mario Maker - Sega and Nintendo's rivalry officially  … Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    In news any gamer from the 90s will find hard to believe, Sonic The Hedgehog is a playable character in the latest Mario platformer, Super Mario Maker. This all stems from Super Mario Maker's previously announced Amiibo support, the extent of which can now be seen here. Super Mario Maker is Nintendo's big hope for final few months of 2015 and arguably for the console itself, which has endured disappointing sales despite a strong line-up of first party software. More »

  • Dad Claims McDonald's Happy Meal Mario Toy 'Performs Sex Act Gesture'
    Dad Claims McDonald's Happy Meal Mario Toy 'Performs Sex Act Gesture' Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    The Super Mario figure came free with the lunch deal Tyler Atfield bought for his three-year-old daughter from the store in Plymouth, Devon More »

  • Star Wars Battlefront's Darth Vader PS4 and 8 other rubbish special-edition …
    Star Wars Battlefront's Darth Vader PS4 and 8 other rubbish special-edition … Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Special-edition video game consoles are nothing new. At Disney's D23 fan convention on 14-16 August, DICE and EA revealed another to hit shelves in 2015, a Darth Vader-themed PS4 made for the upcoming release of Star Wars: Battlefront. If there is a base design for special-edition consoles, it is: "Slap a something familiar on it and make the controller five different colours." Sometimes this works, but not here. More »

  • Gaming fans resurrect beloved 1980s ZX Spectrum in UK
    Gaming fans resurrect beloved 1980s ZX Spectrum in UK Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    A gaming console that was the forerunner of today's PlayStation and Xbox has been brought back to life more than 30 years later after an online fundraising campaign by nostalgic fans More »

  • Splatoon: Free Rainmaker ranked battle mode heading to Wii U shooter this w …
    Splatoon: Free Rainmaker ranked battle mode heading to Wii U shooter this w … Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Splatoon is getting a new ranked battle mode called Rainmaker, and it's arriving as a free update for the hit Wii U shooter early on 14 August at 3AM BST, and 13 August in North America (7pm PT, 10pm ET). As Splatoon's co-director Tsubasa Sakaguchi explains in an introduction to the new mode: "The two teams have to fight over control of the Rainmaker, and try to take it all the way to the other team's base. To date two game modes have been introduced to Splatoon in addition to the vanilla game type which sees opposing teams compete to cover as much of any given map's surface area in their team's ink as they can before the timer runs out. More »

  • Josh Gad 'relished' letting loose for Pixels
    Josh Gad 'relished' letting loose for Pixels Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    The Frozen star got to show his angry side in a scene in Sony’s new sci-fi adventure. More »

  • Important: UFC champ Ronda Rousey reveals her favourite Pokemon in Reddit A …
    Important: UFC champ Ronda Rousey reveals her favourite Pokemon in Reddit A … Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion 'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey has revealed her favourite Pokemon is number 151, Mew. My favorite Pokemon is Mew and I used to moderate a Pokemon forum. Rousey – who defended her title with a 34-second knockout victory over Bethe Correia on 1 August – has always been a proud nerd, and is a particularly big fan of Dragonball Z, Game of Thrones and World of Warcraft. More »

  • eSports: Counter Strike World Championship not in Valve plans despite Dota 2 …
    eSports: Counter Strike World Championship not in Valve plans despite Dota 2 … Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The International Dota 2 Championship was an enormous success for organisers Valve, grabbing headlines for its enormous $18m (£11.5m) prize pot, which meant a $6.6m bounty was split between members of winning team Evil Geniuses. Despite the ever-growing summer tournament's success and the huge amount of money Valve made from the event, the company is not in a rush to hold a world championship for its other popular eSports title Counter Strike: GO. Speaking to IGN, Valve's Erik Johnson said: "We're pretty comfortable with different projects taking different approaches to solve similar problems. More »

  • Wearable iSkin silicone controls your smartphone with a tap of your arm
    Wearable iSkin silicone controls your smartphone with a tap of your arm Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Scientists have developed a touch-sensitive silicone which can turn any part of the human body into a surface for controlling a smartphone. Developed at the Max Planck Institute and Saarland University in Germany, the material, called iSkin, could be used to add music playback controls to a wearer's arm, or a way of quickly answering or rejecting a call by tapping anywhere on their body. "Current electronics are mostly using rigid components which are very uncomfortable to wear on the body and are limiting the locations to, for example, the wrist or on the head to be worn," co-developer Martin Weigel told Reuters. More »

  • Nintendo and DeNA preparing announcement of first mobile game to be released …
    Nintendo and DeNA preparing announcement of first mobile game to be released … Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The first product of the partnership between Nintendo and DeNA will be announced soon and released by the end of the year, according to DeNA president Isao Moriyasu speaking during the company's first quarter financial report. Toto went on to translate the words of Moriyasu, who also briefly touched on the death of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. "We cannot talk about details, but we are making good progress with Nintendo. More »

  • Dollar up on Fed rate talk, Asia markets mostly rise
    Dollar up on Fed rate talk, Asia markets mostly rise Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Asian markets have mostly risen, tracking a second straight rally in New York, while the dollar also pushed higher after the Federal Reserve upgraded its outlook on the US economy More »

  • Oculus debuts virtual reality film 'Henry'
    Oculus debuts virtual reality film 'Henry' Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Oculus is hedging its bets that an adorable critter named Henry can help convince consumers — and Hollywood — about the viability of virtual reality as a storytelling medium. The VR company, which Facebook ... More »

  • Nintendo reports profit but no word on new president
    Nintendo reports profit but no word on new president Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo posted an 8.28 billion yen ($67 million) profit for the fiscal first quarter, helped by better sales and a cheap yen, but did not announce a new president to lead the company after the death this month of Satoru Iwata. More »

  • Nintendo swings to profit in April-June, sales up 21%
    Nintendo swings to profit in April-June, sales up 21% Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Japanese video game giant Nintendo said Wednesday it swung to a $67 million net profit in the three months to June, owing to a jump in console sales and a weaker yen. More »

  • Nintendo swings to first-quarter operating profit on strong figurine sales, …
    Nintendo swings to first-quarter operating profit on strong figurine sales, … Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd on Wednesday booked a profit for the April-June quarter, defying market expectations for a loss due to a weaker yen and strong sales of its "amiibo" figurines which are sold as accessories to its popular games. Nintendo swung to a first-quarter operating profit of 1.1 billion yen ($9.3 million) from a loss of 9.5 billion yen a year earlier. More »

  • Nintendo reverses into quarterly profit on yen, sales growth Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Nintendo posted an 8.28 billion yen ($67 million) profit for the fiscal first quarter, helped by better sales and a cheap yen that boosted overseas earnings. Nintendo Co., the Japanese video-game maker ... More »

  • Oculus hopes hedgehog Henry will spike VR interest
    Oculus hopes hedgehog Henry will spike VR interest Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Oculus is hedging its bets that an adorable creature called Henry can help convince consumers - and Hollywood - about the viability of virtual reality as a storytelling medium. More »

  • Nintendo 'Working On A Sleep Tracking Alarm Clock With A Built-In Projector …
    Nintendo 'Working On A Sleep Tracking Alarm Clock With A Built-In Projector … Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    According to patent sketches on Neogaf, the alarm clock-sized gadget will include a microphone, camera and sensors to measure the user’s pulse rate and temperature More »

  • China lifting ban on sales of video game consoles
    China lifting ban on sales of video game consoles Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — China is lifting its ban on sales of video game consoles to promote the industry and a new manufacturing zone in Shanghai. More »

  • China Lifts Games Consoles Ban After 15 Years
    China Lifts Games Consoles Ban After 15 Years Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    China has lifted its ban on sales of video games consoles which has been in force for 15 years. The sales ban was imposed in 2000 over concerns Chinese children would waste time playing video games. Consoles manufactured in the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone will automatically be approved for sale in the rest of the country, according to a Ministry of Culture notice dated Friday. More »

  • WTO slashes tariffs on IT goods but implementation held up
    WTO slashes tariffs on IT goods but implementation held up Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Trade Organization finalised a list of 201 information technology products to be freed from import tariffs in a $1.3 trillion deal on Friday, but said it was still short of the critical mass of countries needed to put it into force. “Today's agreement is a landmark,” WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said in a statement, adding that the value of trade involved was worth 7 percent of the global total, more than world trade in cars. The product list includes new-generation semi-conductors, GPS navigation systems, medical products which include magnetic resonance imaging machines, printed circuits and satellites, the WTO said. More »

  • Call of Duty and Battlefield need a World War 2 resurgence
    Call of Duty and Battlefield need a World War 2 resurgence Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Battlefield Hardline and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare are wholly divorced from war and its real life implications. World War 2, at least in the sense of popular mythology, was a clear story of good versus evil, complete with dozens of battles and events to re-appropriate into spectacle. More »

  • GT Academy sees PlayStation gamers get a shot at competing in real-world professional …
    GT Academy sees PlayStation gamers get a shot at competing in real-world professional … Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    The quest for the next great racecar driver is under way this summer at the GT Academy. Now they will be tested to see if their skills in the virtual world translate to the real world in the American finals of the GT Academy at the Nashville Motor Speedway. The GT Academy is a driver discovery program founded by PlayStation and Nissan in 2008 that selects and trains the most talented Gran Turismo gamers from around the globe. More »

  • Roughly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism
    Roughly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    “Other countries have spied on American companies, and they have stolen from them, but this is likely the first time—occurring months before the late November attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment (SNE)—that a foreign player simply sought to destroy American corporate infrastructure on such a scale. “Like Humphrey Bogart saying, ‘Play it again, Sam,’ Tom Cruise jumping on a couch is one of our mass hallucinations. More »

  • After Toshiba scandal, foreign investors want tougher Japan governance step …
    After Toshiba scandal, foreign investors want tougher Japan governance step … Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    By Denny Thomas and Michelle Price HONG KONG (Reuters) - Japan needs bolder measures such as harsher criminal sanctions for fraud and whistleblower protections to improve corporate transparency and prevent a repeat of the accounting scandal seen at Toshiba Corp , foreign investors and governance experts said. Toshiba's chief executive Hisao Tanaka and a string of other senior officials resigned on Tuesday after an independent inquiry found he had been aware the company had inflated its profits by $1.2 billion (768.69 million pounds) over several years. The scandal is a major setback for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has made improving corporate governance a central theme in his bid to reinvigorate Japan's economy and entice more foreign capital. More »

  • 8-Bit Icons: A look at the video games of 'Pixels'
    8-Bit Icons: A look at the video games of 'Pixels' Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Q(asterisk)bert is ready for his close-up. More »

  • ‘Smart Boy’ Concept Images Show What A Nintendo Smartphone Could Look Like
    ‘Smart Boy’ Concept Images Show What A Nintendo Smartphone Could Look Like Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Described by its designer, Pierre Cerveau, as ‘a smartphone infused with the gaming essence of Nintendo’, the Smart Boy is a modern Android smartphone incorporating the retro look of Nintendo’s famous Game Boy handheld console. The concept images also include a touching tribute to the legendary Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, who tragically passed away at the age of 55 last week. Mr Iwata appears in a screen shot with Nintendo character Mario along with a discreet message reading ‘In Loving Memory’. More »

  • The Internet flooded with tributes to Nintendo chief
    The Internet flooded with tributes to Nintendo chief Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Nintendo Co. President Satoru Iwata's death from an illness at 55 is being mourned by game fans around the world. They're sharing Iwata Mii avatars, creating pictures with farewell messages on the Nintendo ... More »

  • Game makers reflect on death of Nintendo's Iwata at age 55 Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Video game creators and colleagues of Nintendo President Satoru Iwata shared their reactions to his death from a bile duct tumor at age 55: More »