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MS lops Xbox prices (in North America)

Microsoft cut the price of Xbox in North America to $199 this morning, confirming the suspicions of industry observers and analysts. The price cut puts the console at a rough £137 / €219. Further to the hardware price drop, several of the console's software titles have been moved to a lower price bracket of $29.99, and memory …
Eurogamer.net, 15 May 2002
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£129 isn't £129 – UK retailers revolt over GameCube RRP

When Nintendo originally announced the GameCube's European launch details, it was meant to retail in the UK at £150, a couple of quid below the €249 RRP at current exchange rates. Retailers were soon up in arms about the slim margins this would leave them with though, and soon the street price had risen to around £165 at most …
Eurogamer.net, 24 Apr 2002
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Sony sued by suicide mum

An American woman is taking Sony Online to court after her son committed suicide last Thanksgiving. The man was logged on to Everquest just minutes before he shot himself, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Despite repeatedly suffering epileptic fits while playing the game, 21 year old Shawn Woolley played up to twelve …
Eurogamer.net, 03 Apr 2002
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Xbox: ‘Microsoft has its teeth kicked in’

Leave it to EA's ever-controversial president John Riccitiello to put the boot. According to El Ricco, by way of Blooomberg, "Microsoft has had its teeth kicked in, in both Europe and Japan". Ouch. This may help explain why EA has been quietly shuffling all of their European Xbox releases further back into the summer for the …
Eurogamer.net, 28 Mar 2002
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N64 Killed My Son!

A woman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is suing Nintendo for "unspecified damages" after her 30-year old son died during a marathon session on his N64. the unfortunate man died after hitting his head on a table during a seizure while playing with the console. The man first started suffering seizures after buying his N64 in 1999, …
Eurogamer.net, 27 Feb 2002
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Mythic sued over EULA

BlackSnow Interactive is a company which locates rare and expensive items in massively multiplayer online RPGs such as Anarchy Online and Dark Age of Camelot and then sells them on its website. With seven full-time employees, it is the largest professional gamesmanship organisation this writer is aware of. It is also suing …
Eurogamer.net, 12 Feb 2002
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Europe foots the X-Box bill for Microsoft

It's no great secret that most of the gaming industry views Europe as something of an afterthought, despite the fact that we're already the world's second biggest market for video games and still growing fast. The latest company to catch flak over this attitude is Microsoft, whose Xbox is (finally) launching in our neck of the …
Eurogamer.net, 22 Jan 2002
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Xbox goes under the knife

Xbox Roundup People just will not stop tinkering with their Xboxes! We're all in favour of course, with reservations (the ones that stop us getting sued) so here's a little round-up of things people are speculating on, and some things people have actually done. The first thing we discovered was Icrontic’s articles on disassembly and …
Eurogamer.net, 29 Nov 2001
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Sony frets over PS2 (and XBox)

Sony is feeling the heat of competition breathing down its neck. Kunitake Ando, Sony’s president and COO, has told the FT that the presence of Xbox on the market could shorten console lifecycles. In other words Ando fears that the more powerful Xbox, which actually retails for the same price as PlayStation 2 in the States, will …
Eurogamer.net, 14 Nov 2001
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Telewest launches gaming service

On Wednesday (Sept 26), Telewest Blueyonder herded a bunch of journalists and suits into Covent Garden’s glitzy Nutopia, an all-white dungeon populated by tropical fish and broadband-connected computers. Plying us with champagne and increasingly bizarre and occasionally appetising morsels of food, the cableco. unveiled its new …
Eurogamer.net, 28 Sep 2001
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Gaming industry apparently escapes New York carnage

Yesterday's terrorist attack on New York has shaken America, causing thousands of casualties and shocking the world. At this time our thoughts are with those who have lost friends and relatives in the disaster, and our best wishes go to all of our American readers at this difficult time. Since the explosions yesterday we have …
Eurogamer.net, 17 Sep 2001
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Games biz reacts to terrorist attacks

The gaming industry has, like the rest of the world, been coming to terms with the recent terrorist attacks in America and has decided to delay, cancel, redesign or withdraw some games which may be considered to be in poor taste as a result. This mirrors events elsewhere in the entertainment industry, with several movies and TV …
Eurogamer.net, 17 Sep 2001
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US terror attack linked with computer game

The first inevitable news reports linking the terrorist attacks to computer games have emerged, with Britain's Sky News suggesting earlier this afternoon that the terrorists could have used software such as Microsoft's Flight Simulator games to practice flying to other cities and crashing their planes into buildings. Despite …
Eurogamer.net, 12 Sep 2001
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Titus nominees to replace resigning Interplay board members

Troubled American publisher Interplay has announced a "change of board composition" and future restructuring plans, with confirmation that French company Titus (which now owns 51 per cent of Interplay's stock) has nominated "a slate of individuals for election as directors at Interplay's annual meeting of stockholders". …
Eurogamer.net, 12 Sep 2001
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Sega aims to take 15% of Japanese, US markets

Sega aims to grab a 15 per cent share of the game software market in Japan and the US during the 2003-4 business year, and 12 per cent of the European arena. COO Tetsu Kayama said that Sega's goal "is to become the world's largest game software provider". In order to achieve this, the company reckons it will have to sell 25 …
Eurogamer.net, 07 Sep 2001
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ECTS 2001 redux

A quick look at the more interesting aspects of this season's European Computer Trade Show. Things kicked off with a range of talks, from the future of graphics technology to an exploration of the Xbox's audio systems. The latter also looked at the highly optimised implementations of DirectSound and DirectMusic supported by …
Eurogamer.net, 04 Sep 2001
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NGUK gets fragged

It looks like gaming ISP NetGames UK's decision to cancel their 0800 Internet dialup service was the beginning of the end. As forum posts over the last few days indicate, the entire core staff of the company has been sent packing, and although the servers remain, leagues and tournaments are being placed on hold pending further …
Eurogamer.net, 29 Aug 2001
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Counter Struck!

While many Americans and Europeans take computer games far too seriously, the Far East is a constant source of bizarre gaming news stories, from real-life gangsters demanding protection money in massively multiplayer role-playing games to professional Starcraft players earning six-digit salaries and making regular TV …
Eurogamer.net, 28 Aug 2001
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US GameCube launch delayed

Nintendo is delaying the US launch of the GameCube by two weeks to make sure its got enough units ready to make a big impact. So after a summer in which we have heard any number of rumours claiming that the launch of Microsoft's Xbox console would be delayed by anything from manufacturing problems to trademark infringement, …
Eurogamer.net, 23 Aug 2001
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Eidos in clear over Columbine

In April, families of the victims of the 1999 Columbine high school massacre launched a legal assault on a number of entertainment companies, accusing violent games of being behind the shootings. Rather than, say, lax gun controls, rampant bullying and persecution of anyone considered "different". Unlike high school bullies …
Eurogamer.net, 20 Aug 2001
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Sierra On-Line sacks 148 more staff

A week after Vivendi Universal closed down its Dynamix games development studio it has emerged that the damage was far more severe than previously suspected. The closure of Dynamix and the resulting 97 lay-offs was just part of a major reorganisation at Sierra On-Line, which saw another 148 people being sacked at Bellevue and a …
Eurogamer.net, 16 Aug 2001
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Titus Interactive to take over Interplay

France continued its dastardly plot to dominate the global computer games industry today, as Titus Interactive announced that it had taken control of troubled American publisher Interplay. Earlier takeover talks, thought to be with a Japanese group, were blocked by Titus, which has owned a sizeable chunk of Interplay for some …
Eurogamer.net, 16 Aug 2001
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Nintendo chief speaks

With Nintendo's preparations for SpaceWorld 2001 in full swing, Japanese magazine GB-Advance caught up with director Satoru Iwata to discuss third-party relations, software strategies and more. Among comments about the GameCube's successful reception at E3 and his thoughts on how the software lineup conveys "Nintendo's …
Eurogamer.net, 14 Aug 2001
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Linux game maker Loki runs out of cash

Loki Software, which specialised in porting A-class PC games to Linux, has filed for bankruptcy. According to a report on LinuxPorts, the company owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to Activision and other publishers it has worked with. The company's problems are perhaps unsurprising as Linux gaming is something of a niche …
Eurogamer.net, 14 Aug 2001
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Nintendo will ship 500,000 GameCubes at Japan launch

Nintendo plans to ship 500,000 GameCubes for the Japanese launch of the console on 14 September according to games site Famitsu. Most of these will probably go to pre-orders, but thousands will pack into the centre of Tokyo's Akihabara district in time-honoured tradition to pick up their consoles. The console will only be …
Eurogamer.net, 01 Aug 2001