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

TESO 5 Weeks at #1 in U.K.

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AUG. 18, 2014 • The Elder Scrolls Online, the MMO from Zenimax Online Studios, has spent the last five weeks as the No. 1 PC game in the United Kingdom. According to GfK Chart-Track data, the title debuted at the top rank during the week ending April 5, but three weeks later started to slip ...Continue Reading

Amazon-Only for Indian Xbox

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AUG. 7, 2014 • The Xbox One is coming to India on Sept. 23 but only through Amazon.in. The exclusive arrangement also extends to all of Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox merchandise including the Xbox 360, Kinect, Microsoft published Xbox titles, official Xbox accessories and Xbox Live. Unlike China, which is only getting the Xbox One with ...Continue Reading

Thai Govt. Bans Tropico 5

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AUG. 4, 2014 • The Cultural Promotion Department of Thailand's Culture Ministry has declined to allow Kalypso Media's Tropico 5 PC game to be sold in the country. The distributor New Era Thailand told the Associated Press that the game could be dangerous to peace and order in the country. The decision will not be ...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

Sony/MSFT Spend $94M on TV

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JULY 3, 2014 • During the first five months of 2014 Sony Computer Entertainment America and Microsoft Corp. combined spent $93.7 million to advertise their latest consoles on U.S. television, as reported in the Wall Street Journal based on estimates provided by research firm iSpot.tv. Total video game industry television advertising spend for the period ...Continue Reading

Games to Hit $100B by 2018

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JUNE 25, 2014 • DFC Intelligence has announced that for the second time this year they are significantly raising their five-year video game forecast.  Overall game software revenue is expected to go from $64 billion in 2014 to $100 billion in 2018.  This includes revenue from PC games, console games and mobile games, but does ...Continue Reading

Watch Dogs Sells 4M

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JUNE 3, 2014 • In one week Ubisoft Entertainment's Watch Dogs sold 4 million units worldwide. The publisher said that tally not only made the title its best selling launch ever, but also makes Watch Dogs the industry's best selling new IP to date. The game is available on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox ...Continue Reading

Behind Ninja Metrics’ Veil

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JUNE 1, 2014 • How and why people spend money in games has taken on much greater importance as the free-to-play model has taken root worldwide. What is relatively novel is which players influence purchases by other players. The concept is not new, consumer electronics companies have been cultivating early adopters for decades – people ...Continue Reading

Tencent Mobile Take Triples

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MAY 15, 2014 • In first quarter financial reporting Tencent Holdings Ltd. announced that revenue generated by its smartphone games tripled from 600 million yuan ($96.3 million) to 1.8 billion yuan ($289 million) from the previous quarter. During the period the paying player base for this mobile content more than doubled. For the quarter ending ...Continue Reading