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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former EA Canada head hired as THQ production executive

THQ president Jason Rubin has hired Ron Moravek as the publisher’s executive vice president of production.

By John Robertson | 23 Jul 2012 | Comments Off

Silent Hill: Downpour studio could be shut down

Following work on Silent Hill: Downpour, Czech studio Vatra Games is at risk of being closed down.

By John Robertson | 23 Jul 2012 | Comments Off

Lack of new consoles mean customers are getting bored, says Ubisoft

Yves Guillemot, chief exec of Ubisoft, has said that the longer than usual console life cycle we’re currently experiencing has resulted in the publisher being “penalised” and customers getting “bored”.

By John Robertson | 23 Jul 2012 | 1

Limbo not on PlayStation because Sony wanted full IP rights

Playdead decided not to release the brilliant Limbo on Sony platforms because Sony wanted full rights to the IP, confirmed Sony Computer Entertainment’s Pete Smith at last week’s Develop conference.

By John Robertson | 17 Jul 2012 | Comments Off

Russian hacker lets you get Apple in-app purchases for free, thanks CSR Racing

A Russian hacker has figured out a way to get in-app purchases on iPhone and iPad for free, and it doesn’t involve jailbreaking your device.

By John Robertson | 16 Jul 2012 | 1

Vivendi courting Activision-Blizzard buyers

Vivendi, the parent company of Activision-Blizzard, appears to be looking to offload the publisher in order to raise some quick cash for its own ailing finances.

By Peter Parrish | 11 Jul 2012 | 1

Long console generation is biggest mistake Sony and Microsoft have ever made, believes Square Enix

Julien Merceron, Square Enix’s worldwide director of technology, believes that the current generation of consoles has gone on much too long.

By John Robertson | 10 Jul 2012 | Comments Off

MMO market is as big as it’s ever going to be, says Pachter

Speaking earlier today at the Evolve conference in Brighton, videogame analyst for Wedbush Securities, has stated his belief that the MMO market is as big as it’s ever going to get.

By John Robertson | 10 Jul 2012 | 14

Steam chart topped by Arma II and Civilization V

Valve has released their latest Steam chart figures, detailing the most downloaded items for the week ending 6 July.

By John Robertson | 9 Jul 2012 | Comments Off

Super slim PS3 to be announced at Gamescom – rumour

Reports suggest that Sony is intending to announce a new PlayStation 3 model at next month’s Gamescom.

By John Robertson | 5 Jul 2012 | Comments Off

Harvest Moon creator attacks games that are all “the same”

Yasuhiro Wada, creator of the Harvest Moon series, has launched an attack on the fact that there is not enough variety in the games industry.

By John Robertson | 3 Jul 2012 | Comments Off

EU court determines that gamers are allowed to resell digital games

The European Union’s Court of Justice has rules that publishers have no legal right to prevent people from reselling digital games that they have purchased.

By John Robertson | 3 Jul 2012 | Comments Off