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Scottish games industry valued at £0 in new government report

The British government has released a new report on the Scottish economy, in which it claims that its videogame industry has a value of precisely £0.

By John Robertson | 7 Sep 2012 | 5

Report: Vivendi still looking to sell Activision Blizzard; Sony not interested, Microsoft haggling price

Media powerhouse Vivendi is still looking to get rid of its majority €8 billion stake in Activision Blizzard, a “credible source” claims.

By John Robertson | 7 Sep 2012 | 3

Valve is entering the hardware market

After various rumours and the odd leaked screenshot and document, it seems that Valve really are now entering the hardware market.

By John Robertson | 4 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on Valve is entering the hardware market

Cross-platform play is not going to happen, says Fifa 13 producer

Still living in hope that one day you’ll be able to play games across platform?

By John Robertson | 3 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on Cross-platform play is not going to happen, says Fifa 13 producer

Kickstarter and similar pose no threat to publishers, says Charles Cecil

Some commentators have said that crowd-funding sources such as Kickstarter marks the beginning of the end for the traditional publisher.

By John Robertson | 30 Aug 2012 | 1

Most big budget games “forget about the gameplay,” says indie dev

Innovation, in both a positive and negative sense, it’s something of a buzzword in the videogame industry right now.

By John Robertson | 30 Aug 2012 | Comments Off on Most big budget games “forget about the gameplay,” says indie dev

Publishers take the risk, so it’s fair they get the bulk of profits, says Revolution head

Revolution Software managing director and co-founder, and Broken Sword creator, Charles Cecil believes that it’s fair that publishers take the “lion’s share” of profits when they’re the ones taking the risk by fronting the development costs.

By John Robertson | 29 Aug 2012 | Comments Off on Publishers take the risk, so it’s fair they get the bulk of profits, says Revolution head

Microsoft changes logo, mind blown

Turns out it doesn’t take much to blow my mind. A simple logo change from one of the world’s biggest companies and my brain has ended up as a red/pink splodge spread messily across the wall of my ‘office’.

By John Robertson | 23 Aug 2012 | 6

The games to convince you about Vita are coming, says Sony

Many players, publishers and developers have – publicly, or in private – written Sony’s PS Vita handheld off as an expensive mistake and a big missed opportunity.

By John Robertson | 2 Aug 2012 | Comments Off on The games to convince you about Vita are coming, says Sony

Take-Two not happy with Max Payne 3 & Spec Ops: The Line sales

Sales of Max Payne 3 and Spec Ops: The Line have not met the expectations of Take-Two.

By John Robertson | 1 Aug 2012 | Comments Off on Take-Two not happy with Max Payne 3 & Spec Ops: The Line sales

EA’s Origin double its users number in 3 months… or does it?

According to EA, their Origin digital distribution service now has over 21 million registered users.

By John Robertson | 1 Aug 2012 | Comments Off on EA’s Origin double its users number in 3 months… or does it?

Updated Steam user agreement prevents you filing class-action lawsuits

Class-action lawsuits and drawn out and expense, which is why Valve has decided to edit the Steam subscriber agreement to make it impossible for users of the digital distribution service to file them.

By John Robertson | 1 Aug 2012 | Comments Off on Updated Steam user agreement prevents you filing class-action lawsuits

Darksiders dev planning on making a FPS?

Vigil Games, the developer behind the Darksiders series and former-MMO Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium, is advertising for a new senior gameplay programmer.

By John Robertson | 26 Jul 2012 | Comments Off on Darksiders dev planning on making a FPS?

Bioshock dev wants to hire you if you’ve got an 85% on Metacritic

Are you a developer looking for a new job? Want to be part of Irrational Games, the studio behind BioShock?

By John Robertson | 26 Jul 2012 | 1

Mass Effect movie to be based on first game, script finished

It seems that the script for the Mass Effect movie is finished.

By John Robertson | 24 Jul 2012 | 29

‘Consoles are dead’ idea amuses Xbox creator

Seamus Blackley, the man who put forward the idea of Microsoft entering the games console market, has expressed his amusement with the idea that the console market is going the way of the Dodo.

By John Robertson | 24 Jul 2012 | Comments Off on ‘Consoles are dead’ idea amuses Xbox creator

THQ avoid Nasdaq delisting, recovery continues

THQ is going through some rough times right now, but today it has received some much needed good news.

By John Robertson | 24 Jul 2012 | Comments Off on THQ avoid Nasdaq delisting, recovery continues

Dedicated PES studio opening in London, aims to keep series “fresh & exciting”

Konami has officially announced that it will be opening a new studio in London that will be dedicated to keeping the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise “fresh and exciting”.

By John Robertson | 24 Jul 2012 | Comments Off on Dedicated PES studio opening in London, aims to keep series “fresh & exciting”