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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
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PS2 Linux Kit heading for the US?

The official PS2 Linux Kit website for Sony Computer Entertainment America consists of the following lines of text: "PS2 Linux Kit is only available in Japan" "The Linux Kit is designed exclusively for the Japanese model of "PS2", SCPH-10000, SCPH-15000 and SCPH-18000. Since these models are for domestic use in Japan, the …
Eurogamer.net, 26 Jul 2001
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Nintendo spin chief Main to retire

Peter Main, Nintendo's executive veep of sales and marketing, has announced his decision to step down as of 1 February next year. His retirement is being scheduled so that he won't miss the crucial launch of the next-generation GameCube console. Main joined Nintendo in 1987, and has dealt with the rise and fall of many Nintendo …
Eurogamer.net, 19 Jul 2001
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Sony, MS join UK games trade assocation

Britain's independent game developers association, TIGA, has been busy, with the group (co-founded by the likes of Elixir's Demis Hassabis and Rebellion's Jason Kingsley) notching up two new high profile affiliate members this week. European Xbox VP Sandy Duncan had already announced at TIGA's launch in March that Microsoft …
Eurogamer.net, 19 Jul 2001
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PlayStation 2 hard drive out on 19 July?

The much delayed PlayStation 2 hard disk, which includes not only 40GB of storage space, but also an Ethernet adaptor and 56Kbps modem, will be released in Japan on the 19 July, Web site The Magic Box is reporting. The external model will cost ¥19,000 yen (£108) while the internal model will cost slightly less, at ¥18,000 (£102 …
Eurogamer.net, 05 Jul 2001
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Nintendo questions Xbox release date

Peter Main, Nintendo America's executive veep, has spoken out to Japanese magazine Famitsu about his thoughts on the Xbox and GameCube launches. "Microsoft has announced Nov. 8 as its launch date, but I don't think that's final," he said. "Gamecube will definitely launch on schedule though, and it will be a strong contender …
Eurogamer.net, 28 Jun 2001
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Bum tweak kills Gameboy screens

An unfortunate high profile news post on pocket.ign.com may have led to a number of Americans permanently damaging their GameBoy Advance consoles. Complaints arose recently that the display was a bit dark, and inquisitive fiddlers on the IGN message boards put their thinking hats on trying to work out how to overcome this. The …
Eurogamer.net, 22 Jun 2001
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Sega Europe appoints new head

As of June 11, Yoshio Sakai will be President and Chief Operating Officer of Sega Europe, the company announced today. Sakai will shortly be moving to London to take up the post at Sega's West London HQ. His predecessor, Kazutoshi Miyake, intends to move elsewhere in the industry, but will remain at Sega Europe as an advisory …
Eurogamer.net, 08 Jun 2001
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Electronics Boutique gobbles up Gameplay

There was a glimmer of good news for failed dotcom Gameplay today, with news that it has successfully sold its Spanish boxed games division to high street chain Electronics Boutique for £3.4 million. This is somewhat higher than the £1 that the UK boxed games division raised in a management buy-out that must have been paid for …
Eurogamer.net, 08 Jun 2001
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Pace unveils Dreamcast-based ‘home gateway’

Remember the name 'Pace'? Back at the beginning of February, when Sega first announced that it was pulling out of Dreamcast production, UK-based set-top box maker Pace emerged as the company that would build on the technology Sega left behind, incorporating it, it said, into a 'home gateway' product. Finally, Pace today …
Eurogamer.net, 07 Jun 2001
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Nintendo won't do Net games, says president

Nintendo's GameCube was well received at E3 t'other week, attracting many passing eyes. A lucky thing, really, because if it had not, company president Hiroshi Yamauchi was threatening to shut it down indefinitely, according to one of his characteristically understated E3 interviews. Not content with that, he's back again, with …
Eurogamer.net, 30 May 2001
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Games market will be worth $86bn by 2006

The size of the games market could jump by a massive 71 per cent over the next five years, making it an $86 billion industry by 2006, according to a new study from London's Informa Media Group. This will mostly be down to a wave of new console systems - Xbox, GameCube and PlayStation 2 - as well as the the way games will spread …
Eurogamer.net, 30 May 2001
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VAT = Violent Arcade-game Tax?

Germany has a somewhat unenviable reputation as the most trigger-happy nation in Europe when it comes to censorship of violent games, with many having to be edited for release in the country or getting banned altogether. Unreal Tournament, for example, had all of its human characters replaced by robots who "bleed" oil, while …
Eurogamer.net, 23 May 2001
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Sony drops $50 Playstation 2 cut for $100 cut later

Sony has dropped plans to cut the price of the PlayStation 2 by $50 or £50 (depending on territory) across the globe at E3. The current target for the aggressive price drop is thought to be September of this year. Previously it was whispered that Sony would grab headlines at E3 by slicing $50 off the price of the PlayStation 2 …
Eurogamer.net, 03 May 2001
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Leaked Nvidia drivers boost Pentium 4 performance

Reports indicate that the latest leaked Nvidia driver release (version 12.00) significantly improves performance on Pentium 4 machines by a great deal. The new drivers boost performance by up to 90 per cent in business applications, according to one sensational report on German Web site All-About-PC. Gaming performance is also …
Eurogamer.net, 03 May 2001
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AXIA Athlons spotted at online reseller

The term 'AXIA' may be unrelated to the insurance company of nearly-the-same name, but buying an Athlon with this product code will certainly give you piece of mind for the next couple of years. The whole AXIA thing arose almost overnight recently when Overclockers.com started experimenting with the latest revision of the …
Eurogamer.net, 24 Apr 2001
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E3 must love GameCube or we'll kill it – Nintendo

Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi has made a startling revelation about the GameCube's future. Speaking to a Tokyo newswire, Mr. Yamauchi, who is normally over-zealous about such matters, went so far as to say that "if we are unable to see a positive response at E3, this will have a disastrous impact on Nintendo... and we may …
Eurogamer.net, 24 Apr 2001
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Nintendo GameCube launch date slips

Bloomberg's Japanese division has filed a news report claiming that the Nintendo GameCube will miss its July release date in Japan. Although nobody here can decipher the original report, both Reuters and Bloomberg now carry confirmation from Nintendo itself and that the Japanese release date will be the 14 September. Other …
Eurogamer.net, 19 Apr 2001
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PlayStation 2 gets hard disk, broadband slot

Sony has said it before, and no doubt it will say it again. It wants Japanese PlayStation 2 users on a broadband network by next year. So a new version of the console goes on sale next week in Japan, featuring support for a built-in hard disk and broadband adapter. This means that anyone buying a PS2 from now on will be able …
Eurogamer.net, 09 Apr 2001
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Sega employees ‘imprisoned and ignored’

Console giant Sega has assigned 12 disgruntled employees at its Tokyo headquarters to sit in a windowless room from 9am to 5.45pm every day "waiting" for nothing to happen, in order to avoid a financial slap from the authorities. The 12 employees claim the videogame giant is bullying them into quitting, According to an …
Eurogamer.net, 03 Apr 2001
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Electronic Arts to axe more jobs

Electronic Arts has confirmed that it is planning another round of lay-offs, expected to take place later this week. The exact numbers involved aren't known yet, but the axe is expected to fall hardest on the company's online portal, EA.com, which has been haemorrhaging money over the last year. The company recently acquired …
Eurogamer.net, 21 Mar 2001
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Sega announces surprise president

Newly reborn software company Sega has appointed a new president and COO, Hideki Sato, after Isao Owaka died of heart failure last Friday. "The company believes Sato is the best person to take the leadership as he has long experience and deep knowledge about the company's technology and management," a company spokesman said. …
Eurogamer.net, 21 Mar 2001
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Nintendo GameCube set for Spring 2002 Euro launch

It's hardly surprising to see console hardware releases staggered across the globe these days, and so the latest news, that Nintendo will be holding off on the European launch of the GameCube until Spring 2002, should come as no surprise. Comments made in Japan last week on the subject look to have been confirmed, as the machine …
Eurogamer.net, 14 Mar 2001
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Future to axe 75% of Daily Radar staff

We have it on good authority that Future Publishing is to lay off 75 per cent of staff working on its Daily Radar UK content operation as part of an "Internet restructuring". Eight people including the editor are believed to be on the way to a P45, although it is unknown why Future is scaling back the portal operation quite so …
Eurogamer.net, 13 Mar 2001
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Infogrames losses shrink

French publishing behemoth Infogrames has issued a statement today claiming that its losses are down for the last six months ending 31 December because the US side of its operation has moved into profitability. The company's acquisitions in the US have included Hasbro Inc.'s interactive games unit for $100 million in January …
Eurogamer.net, 13 Mar 2001
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WildTangent goes multiplayer

Webgames specialist WildTangent today announced that it will be showing off their Web Driver system's new multiplayer capabilities at the Game Developers Conference later this month, claiming that it is "opening the door to a new level of immersive media content". As the company was co-founded by Microsoft's former DirectX …
Eurogamer.net, 08 Mar 2001