Google’s Streaming Box

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OCT. 16, 2014 • Google Inc. is back in the television set-top business with its new $99 Nexus Player. Preorders for the unit start October 17 but Google has not announced an official launch date. The Nexus Player is one of the first devices to run on the latest Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS, which has ...Continue Reading

XBX1 Sells 100K in China

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OCT. 6, 2014 • Including preorders the Xbox One sold 100,000 units in the first 24 hours after it launched in China on September 29. The disclosure was made by Shanghai Oriental Pearl Co., Ltd. director Zhang Dazhong in an interview with the Xinmin Evening News. The console's original September 23 release date was pushed ...Continue Reading

Star Citizen at $55M

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OCT. 1, 2014 • Cloud Imperium Games Corp. reports that it has topped the $55 million mark in crowdfunding for its PC space sim, Star Citizen. That makes this the best-funded game using that investment model and the title remains the most funded project of any kind, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. ...Continue Reading

Wasteland 2 Has Legs

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SEPT. 24, 2014 • Four days out from its September 19 release on Steam, Wasteland 2 from inXile Entertainment has generated $1.5 million in revenue. This RPG for PCs benefited from a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise $3 million in 2012. The original funding goal was $900,000, which was then the largest Kickstarter target to ...Continue Reading

A Super Smash in Japan

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SEPT. 16, 2014 • A week after Dairanto Smash Brothers (Super Smash Bros.) for the 3DS debuted in Japan, Nintendo Co. Ltd. disclosed that 1 million units of the handheld title had been sold domestically. That sales tally includes both retail and online digital distribution. Dairanto Smash Brothers becomes only the fourth 3DS title to ...Continue Reading

Mojang Goes For $2.5B

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SEPT. 15, 2014 • Following two weeks of leaked accounts that Minecraft studio Mojang AB was in negotiations to be acquired by Microsoft Corp., both parties announced that the developer will be purchased for $2.5 billion. The deal is set to close by the end of 2014. Mojang and its game properties will pass to ...Continue Reading

Natsume Harvests Success

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AUG. 28, 2014 • Much in the same way Nintendo Co. Ltd. has nurtured a wholesome reputation in the video games it publishes, Natsume Inc. has successfully followed a very similar blueprint starting with the Harvest Moon franchise. That farm simulation series was a trailblazer back in 1997 when it was released on the 16-bit ...Continue Reading

GameFly Unloads Direct2Drive

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AUG. 25, 2014 • Three years after digital distributor Direct2Drive was acquired from News Corp by GameFly, Inc., the service has been sold to Taipei-based AtGames Digital Media Inc. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. GameFly announced the agreement on its website via a note to its customers stating the game retailer will continue ...Continue Reading

GOG Goes Linux

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JULY 24, 2014 • Although Good Old Games had targeted the fall for the launch of its service on Linux, the digital distribution arm of CD Projekt introduced its wares early after successful trials. The only penalty in launching early was the availability of 50 titles instead of the 100 games promised for fall. GOG.com ...Continue Reading

PS4 Heads to China

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MAY 27, 2014 • Sony Computer Entertainment has set up two joint ventures with state-owned Shanghai Oriental Pearl Co. Ltd. to bring the PlayStation 4 to China. One of the joint ventures will be responsible for console hardware manufacturing and sales; while the other is concerned with software development, distribution, marketing, and network services. The ...Continue Reading