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Amazon & EA Discount Plans

JAN. 18, 2016 • Both Amazon.com, Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc. have put in place new discount plans on game title sales. Subscribers to the $99 annual Amazon Prime program now get a 20% discount on all physical game pre-order sales, plus 20% off on all titles purchased within two weeks after release. Amazon also […]

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Square Surprise Box Comes to NA

DEC. 10, 2015 • Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. has included the North American market for its Holiday Surprise Box this year. For $9.99 in the U.S. and €6.49 in Europe, consumers will receive Steam codes for five downloadable PC games from the Square Enix catalog. The promotion runs between December 8th and the 18th, […]

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Star Stable’s Big Ride

NOV. 10, 2015 • The last five years have seen enormous changes for MMORPGs. Most notably the subscription model has been supplanted by freemium monetization, while game design has moved away from open world exploration to more directed and defined mission activities. Bucking this trend is the privately held Star Stable Entertainment AB, based in […]

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ATVI’s Solid Qtr Despite WoW Dip

AUG. 6, 2015 • Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NADAQ:ATVI) stock value increased over 10% as second quarter numbers showed the company beat earnings expectations. Under GAAP reporting, revenue in the second quarter of 2015 increased 8% over the same period last year to just over $1 billion. Using GAAP analysis, net income for Q2 remained very […]

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Chicago Taxes the Cloud

JULY 2, 2015 • Like most major cities, Chicago has an amusement tax levied on concerts, movie exhibition and sporting events within city boundaries. In a first for the Unites States, according to The Chicago Tribune, the city Finance Department has ruled in favor of an extension of the 9% amusement tax and the personal […]

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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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OnLive Shutting Down

APRIL 3, 2015 • OnLive Inc., the ailing cloud-based subscription game streaming service that turned heads back in 2009, is going out with a whimper. The service is ceasing operations on April 30, with Sony Computer Ent. acquiring the company’s portfolio of 140 U.S. and international patents. How much Sony paid for the patents was […]

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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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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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