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Halo Online For Russia

MARCH 28, 2015 • Later this spring Microsoft Corp. is holding a closed beta for a free-to-play multiplayer online game on the PC in Russia called Halo Online. The title is based on the Halo 3 engine and is set directly after the events in that game. Most of the action takes place on a […]

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China PS4 Arrives

MARCH 24, 2015 • Following a two-month delay the 2,899 yuan ($467) PlayStation 4 and 1,299 yuan ($209) PS Vita officially went on sale in major Chinese cities. No sales figures have been released. The AFP news service reported that the Sony store in Shanghai had 50 people waiting in line to purchase one of […]

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Final Fantasy XI Plans

MARCH 19, 2015 • The first multi-platform MMO, Final Fantasy XI, has had a successful run since appearing on the PlayStation 2 and the PC back in 2002. By 2005, the title had passed 500,000 subscribers and later added the Xbox 360 and PS3 (via backward compatibility). Thirteen years into the game’s run, Square Enix […]

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Nintendo Goes Mobile

MARCH 17, 2015 • After five years of ongoing discussions, Nintendo Co. Ltd. and DeNA Co. Ltd. have agreed to launch a mobile membership service offering new games based on Nintendo IP. The gamemaker will not port existing titles and intends to utilize those of its characters and play mechanics that best translate to users […]

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3DS Leads Feb. U.S. Sales

MARCH 12, 2015 • The release of the February NPD numbers had each of the three big video game hardware makers crowing about results. Microsoft Corp. noted February Xbox One sales were up 84% over January. Meanwhile, Sony Computer Ent. America claimed the PlayStation 4 was number one in both hardware and software sales for the […]

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Nvidia Shows Shield Console

MARCH 4, 2015 • At an E3-style presentation, in San Francisco, Nvidia Corp. unveiled an Android-based home system named the Shield Console. The chipmaker has already released Shield Tablet and Shield Portable devices. The latest Shield is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra X1 processor mated with a 256-core Maxwell GPU equipped with 3GB of ram. These […]

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Leonard Nimoy

MARCH 4, 2015 • Editor’s Note: Last weekend actor and director Leonard Nimoy passed away at the age of 83. Like anyone who loved Star Trek and his character Mr. Spock, his passing leaves me somewhat sad. But I also have my own personal remembrances of the man. Twenty-odd years ago I had the opportunity […]

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PS4 At 20.2M Sold

MARCH 3, 2015 • The PlayStation 4 so far has cumulatively sold 20.2 million units worldwide since its fall 2013 launch through March 1. Sony Computer Ent. Inc. released the new tally during the Game developers Conference in San Francisco. As of last December, the PS4 was available at retail in over 123 countries. In […]

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Unreal 4 Engine Model Changed

MARCH 2, 2015 • As the Game Developers Conference convened in San Francisco, Epic Games, Inc. changed its business model for the Unreal 4 engine. The $19 monthly subscription fee was dropped entirely for the engine and all future updates. The previous 5% cut that Epic required on all gross revenue has now been adjusted […]

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GTA V Shines on PS4/XBX1

FEB. 4, 2015 • The release of Grand Theft Auto V on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last November sold through extremely well, according to Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. By December 31, the title had moved more than 10 million units on the new consoles despite being in release on the PS3 and Xbox […]

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