Archive for June 2010
City of Heroes Dev Diary – The Making Of Super Booster V: Mutation
In the latest developer diary from Paragon Studios, David Nakayama, City Of Heroes Art Lead and Floyd Grubb, Sr.
Aion and Special Force Directors Join Kingdom Under Fire 2
Blueside has revealed that two prominent game directors have now joined the Kingdom Under Fire 2 development team.
The two new additions to the team are creative director Yong-Chan Jee and project manager / lead server programmer, Young-Sun Lee. Yong-Chan Jee is known as the man behind designing NCSoft’s MMORPG Aion: The Tower of Eternity and Young-Sun Lee was the former director of Special Force, one of the most popular FPS games in the history of Korean online gaming.
DICE Listening To Medal Of Honor Beta Feedback
DICE has posted a round-up of its latest beta details and findings, suggesting that several concerns from the PC crowd will be addressed.
China Introduces Strict Regulations For Online Gaming
Chinese publication Xinhua is reporting that China’s Ministry of Culture has passed a series of regulations that will force online games companies to protect minors from “unwholesome” content.
Bleszinski: Industry "Scared" By Used Game Sales
In an E3 interview with Joystiq, Epic Games’ CliffyB has voiced the opinion that the games industry is “scared” by used game sales.
US Vice President Goes On The Offensive Against Piracy
Appearing at a Washington D.C. press conference alongside Victoria Espinel (U.S.
IncGamers’ E3 Awards
Having spent three days solid running around the LA Convention Centre at E3, we thought it best to finally hand out our awards for the best games of E3.
Dragonica Expansion Live Today
Dragonica players will be able to get their hands on the next expansion for gPotato’s MMORPG from today.
Bill Tiller "Would Love" To Work On Monkey 3 Remake
Bill Tiller has told IncGamers that he “would love” to work on a special edition of The Curse of Monkey Island.
Next City of Heroes Expansion Dated
City of Heroes fans will be able to get their hands on the second major expansion for the game, City of Heroes Going Rogue, on 17 August.
EA Registers Alice 2 Trademarks, McGee Loses Cool
Superannuation, regular spotter of publisher activity, has come up trumps again and noted that EA has registered two trademarks for Alice: Madness Returns.
Vaizey Responds To Scrapped Tax Relief
Minister for culture, communications and creative industries, Ed Vaizey, has told IncGamers he’s “disappointed” the government was unable to secure tax breaks for videogames.The June budget was announced earlier today by George Osborne and, although pretty heavy across the board, it was a surprise to see the tax break relief promised by the Conservatives in the run up to the election had been scrapped.Vaizey told IncGamers despite the scrapping of the relief for now, “[the] Government remain absolutely committed to supporting the Video Games Industry (sic) which offers so much to this country, but because of the hugely difficult economic circumstances we inherited the plans for a tax break can no longer go ahead.”Earlier today TIGA CEO Richard Wilson outlined his anger saying the government had “betrayed” the industry and that TIGA wouldn’t surrender the cause.Vaizey said that he’s aware there will be disappointment with the announcement, but insisted there is still good news in the budget for the industry.”[M]ajor package of reforms to business taxation announced in the Budget is designed to make the UK the most competitive corporate tax regime in the G20 which will benefit the whole UK video games industry.
Osborne Scraps Videogame Tax Relief
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, has announced there will be no tax relief for the games industry.In the latest budget report Osborne said the tax breaks proposed were “poorly planned” and that the government will not introduce any tax breaks for the industry.This is a complete U-turn from both the Tory and Lib Dems message in their run-up campaigns to the election, and contradicts MP Ed Vaizey’s message of support for the industry and deputy PM Nick Clegg’s message of providing relief as soon as possible.Last year, as shadow minister for Culture, Media and Sport, Vaizey told IncGamers there needed to be more transparency in the way the industry was working, and he criticised the various trade bodies in the industry.
Alpha Protocol Patch Planned, DLC Unlikely
Choice-based RPG Alpha Protocol seemed to polarise reviewer opinion on release (often the sign of a title trying something interesting), but most agreed that the game’s experience was marred by a few bugs.