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Steam Expands Refund Policy

JUNE 4, 2015 • Valve Corp. has instituted a much wider refund policy behind its Steam digital distribution service. Starting this week consumers may request a refund for any reason during the first 14 days of use as long as the title has been played for less than two hours. Game DLC purchased separately is also […]

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1TB PS4 Tested

JUNE 2, 2015 • According to certification documents that were submitted to the U.S. Federal Communications Comm. (F.C.C.) by Sony Computer Ent., two new PlayStation 4 models are planned, one of which is equipped with a 1TB storage device (CUH-1215B), while the other unit (CUH-1215A) is retaining the current 500GB capacity. Other changes in these units […]

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Van Caneghem Goes Mobile

MAY 28, 2015 • Best known as the co-creator of the Heroes of Might & Magic franchise, and more recently co-founding Trion Worlds, Inc., Jon Van Caneghem has launched his latest studio: VC Mobile Ent. The new development operation has already secured $4.5 million in Series A funding led by Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Pacific Sky Investments. […]

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GTA V PC Digital Sales at 75%

MAY 19, 2015 • Part of the results that Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. reported from its fiscal fourth quarter ending March 31 included some intriguing details about the PC release of Grand Theft Auto V. Since the computer version was released on April 14, 75% of units purchased were delivered via digital distribution. By comparison, […]

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Ubisoft Drops Last Gen

MAY 14, 2015 • A year and a half after the arrival of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. disclosed during a financial conference call that it is dropping development on the PS3 and Xbox 360. For the publisher’s fiscal year 2016 all of its AAA releases, with the exception of the […]

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GRID Rolling Out 1080p

MAY 13, 2015 • Although Nvidia Corp.’s Shield devices have no problem supporting higher HD resolutions, the company’s GRID streaming game service has been limited to 720p since it became more widely available last December. This week Nvidia is rolling out 1080p support at 60 frames per second on GRID. A 30 Mbps broadband connection […]

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Shield Branding Adapts

APRIL 24, 2015 • Introduced as the Shield Console last March, Nvidia Corp. is now promoting its new Tegra X1-based set-top unit as the Shield Android TV. The $199 device is expected to launch next month. System specifications include a 256-core Maxwell GPU equipped with 3GB of ram, 4K HD playback, internal storage totaling 16GB, […]

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EA Prunes PC F2P

APRIL 16, 2015 • Electronic Arts Inc. is shutting down four of its major Play4Free titles for the PC platform. Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, FIFA World and Need for Speed World will go offline in 90 days. The publisher said all four PC games were no longer as popular as they once were but did […]

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Paradox’s Grand Strategy

APRIL 14, 2015 • Many major game publishers have withdrawn from genres that used to be staples for the PC platform – the kinds of deep strategy and RPG titles that once defined computer games. It was not a factor of these titles not selling but how much money was available to be made in […]

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Mattrick Leaves Zynga

APRIL 9, 2015 • Don Mattrick has relinquished his positions as chief executive officer and board member of Zynga Inc. The company formalized a separation agreement with Mattrick through which all parties concurred that his employment would terminate on April 8. The agreement provides up to $25,000 to Mattrick to cover fees for legal advice […]

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