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Angry Birds maker Rovio takes aim at staff, axes a third of them

Angry Birds maker Rovio has announced plans to lay off 260 employees. The Finnish mobile-games-developer-turned-entertainment-franchise said on Wednesday that roughly one third of its work force will be cut as it narrows its focus on its core games and media businesses. "This is personally a difficult decision," said Rovio …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
Nvidia Shield Tablet

Sick burn, LOSER! Nvidia recalls Shield gaming slabs over BLAZE RISK

Nvidia has today urged gamers to stop using its eight-inch Shield tablets, and send them back to base, because they are a fire risk. Nearly 90,000 units in America and Canada have been recalled over fears they will burn players. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a recall notice that there have been four …
Iain Thomson, 31 Jul 2015
Micro Machines

The Breakfast (Table) of Champions: Micro Machines

Antique Code Show The last couple of months have seen the release of MotoGP and F1 2015. Just round the corner is the new Xbox exclusive Forza 6, so there are plenty of driving games around if you feel the need for speed. Micro Machines Beat the machine or challenge a mate My driving skills were honed in simpler times on the Codemasters …
Lucy Orr, 30 Jul 2015
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Gamers zap brain-to-computer kit market to US$200m by 2020

Brain-to-Machine Interface (BMI) products will become a US$200m market by 2020, and the action will kick off this Christmas season according to analyst outfit ABI research. The firm reckons “tapping into brain activity as a means of understanding human behavior, or controlling an external activity are now possible” and that …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2015
Ouya

Game over, Ouya, the Android gaming console

Ouya has been purchased by games house Razer in a move that likely signals the end of the road for its self-titled Android gaming console. Razer said in a Monday release that it had agreed to acquire Ouya, taking on all of its staff members and software products. The Ouya hardware division, including the Ouya Android games …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2015
Double Dragon

Game over for epic 15-year-long console ban, China says

Videogame giants will soon be able to make and sell consoles in China, after Beijing confirmed plans to lift a ban first instituted in 2000. Rules were relaxed in the country in 2014 to allow for the production and sale of "gaming entertainment" in the newly created Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Now, according to the Wall Street …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2015
Tengen's Gauntlet

Happy 30th anniversary, Tengen! Your anti-DRM NES chip fought the law, and the law won

In 1985, Japanese giant Namco got out its wallet, and bought control of Atari Games – the coin-op arcade games maker that was doing rather well compared to its ailing home console cousin, Atari Corp. The deal was the first step toward a massive legal battle that changed the way console manufacturers produced, licensed, and …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2015
Halo 5 Guardians

Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

Trick-cyclists from the University of NSW and Miami University have probably got themselves onto the “gamer-gate” hate list with a study that finds men who get fragged in online games really despise losing to a woman. The study, by UNSW's Michael Kasumovic and Miami uni's Jeffrey Kuznekoff, ploughed through recordings of 163 …
Sony Project Morpheus headset

Project Morpheus VR headset hands-on at the Sony Summer Showcase

Video This year’s E3 saw a bunch more titles added to the Project Morpheus roster and now it seems like the release date for this Sony VR headset is just around the corner – the first quarter of 2016, apparently. At the recent PlayStation Summer Showcase in London, I was given the chance to n00B it up on some of these titles. Sony …
Lucy Orr, 20 Jul 2015

Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

Microsoft, determined to do all it can to get and keep people on its newest operating system (Windows 10, in case you've been buried alive for the past year or so) has turned on Xbox streaming for its users. The company said late on Friday that game streaming was being switched on for all Xbox One owners with a Windows 10 PC …
Team Register, 18 Jul 2015
Angry Birds 2 poster

Global productivity hole to open on 30 July as Angry Birds 2 debuts

The plucky indie games studio made good productivity-destroying and child-enslaving monsters at Rovio have announced that Angry Birds will fly again, the day after Windows 10 upgrades start to roll out around the world. Rovio's announced the second instalment of its clever re-invention of ballistics games will land on July …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2015
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Game of Thrones: Where to now for headless Nintendo?

Game Theory I first met Satoru Iwata three years ago. At the time, the Wii's success was still fresh and the Wii U was still seen as having major potential. This was long before it had been exposed as underpowered and undersupported. Satoru Iwata Satoru Iwata: 1969-2015 Indeed, the Wii U's impending arrival was the chief reason for …
Mike Plant, 16 Jul 2015

Epic Games, Epic Fail: Forumers' info blown into dust by hack

Epic Games, known for its Unreal Engine and the Games of War series, sent a grovelling letter to its forum users this morning explaining that a hack "may have resulted in unauthorised access to your username, email address, password, and the date of birth you provided at registration." Emails announced that the company has …
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata 1959-2015

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata was MORE than a suit – he was a CODER

Obit Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata died late last week after a battle with cancer. Born on December 6, 1959, the 55-year-old Iwata headed up Nintendo from 2002 until the time of his death, but prior to leading the world's largest game house, Iwata had already established himself as an icon in the gaming world. In …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jul 2015
'Rare SNES' found in box of junk. Image credit: DanDiebold, imgur

Did a SUPER RARE Sony-Nintendo PlayStation prototype just pop up online? Possibly, maybe

Vid A precious prototype of what appears to be a Nintendo-Sony Playstation has been paraded online, after the console was discovered languishing in a "box of junk". Youtube Video Dan Diebold uploaded some pictures of the supposed SNES to imgur and said: "My dad worked for a company, apparently one of the guys he used to work …
Team Register, 4 Jul 2015
Shadow of the Beast

Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

Antique Code Show Let’s state one fact clearly from the start: for all its virtues, Shadow of the Beast did not play especially well. Its often half-baked platform action appeared promising at first, but was let down ultimately by having no game-save positions, a frustratingly high difficulty level and a general lack of fair and progressive …
Giles Hill, 25 Jun 2015
Batman: Arkham Knight

Gaming's favourite fly by night. Batman: Arkham Knight reviewed

Game Theory Rocksteady Studios has stated that Batman: Arkham Knight is the last game of the franchise. Fans are in for a real treat. I really enjoyed Batman: Arkham City (2011) with its sense of progression but then thought the shock gloves were excessively overpowered in Batman: Arkham Origins (2013), making combat heavy handed. Batman: …
Lucy Orr, 22 Jun 2015
Star Wars: Battlefront

E3 2015 in a nutshell: Hurry up Hoth, and plenty to Unravel

Game Theory The E3 2015 press conferences have been and gone, leaving us to consider what to make of the gameplay and teaser footage shown-off by Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda and Square Enix. Which devs had us out of our seats and which were faced with an awkward silence? Fallout 4 One man and his dog: Fallout 4 due …
Mike Plant, 19 Jun 2015

Ready to go again, soldier? Final Fantasy VII remake revealed

E3 2015 Game studio Square Enix has announced it is remaking the groundbreaking role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII. An unmitigated sensation upon its 1997 release, Final Fantasy VII sold 2.3 million copies in Japan within three days. Retailers worldwide struggled to meet the subsequent demand, and as of March 2015 the game had …
Xbox One

Microsoft finally finishes its PowerPC emulator

E3 2015 Microsoft kicked off this year's E3 gaming conference by announcing that its x86-powered Xbox One console can now play games built for the PowerPC-based Xbox 360. The Windows giant took center stage at the Los Angeles Convention Center to announce that its latest console will run games that are available for its predecessor. The …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2015

Twitchy Google GAMES YouTube – hits 'play' on MULTI-BEELLION dollar market

Google is set to muscle in on the multi-billion dollar online gaming market, with the launch of a dedicated YouTube app and website. The ad giant, which failed in its bid to buy Twitch for $1bn last year, said in a blog post on Friday that the new service was coming to the US and UK this summer. Twitch was instead snapped up …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jun 2015
Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift noggin-bucket ... heyyy, errr ... have we all got them on already?

Pics+Vid Oculus, on Thursday, showed off its Rift virtual reality digi-goggs that it will sell to world+dog in 2016. The upstart company also announced a new partnership with Microsoft: the Redmond software giant will bundle an Xbox wireless controller with every headset. "We're finally ready to deliver on the dream of VR," Brendan Iribe …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jun 2015
Mega Man

Warm up the Mega Buster: Next-gen consoles to reboot Mega Man series

Capcom has announced it will release a collection of the original six Mega-Man games as a single title for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC platforms. The Mega Man Legacy Collection will bundle the original half-dozen NES titles from the series with online leader boards, mini-games, and a digital "museum" of artwork gathered from the …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jun 2015
Halo 4

Amazon game dev brain slurp bid revealed in industry back-page ad

A job advert posted on Gamasutra has led to speculation about Amazon's plans to branch out in the PC game market. The Kindle king is looking for 26 staff members for its gaming development team in Seattle. "Amazon is committed to gamers, and building great teams who are excited to use Twitch, the AWS cloud, and technical …
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Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

The Strong Museum has chosen its first six honorees for its Hall of Fame for video games – but has omitted some major names in the process. Pong, Pac-Man, Tetris, Super Mario Bros, DOOM, and World of Warcraft were the first titles to win inauguration for the new Hall of Fame. Pong was cited for its influence on popular culture …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Jun 2015

Gamers! Yes, gamers – they'll rescue our streaming Fire TV box, hopes Amazon

Amazon is hoping to crack the streaming media market with a new gaming app that lets you play many of the latest titles for $6.99 a month. GameFly Streaming is available today as an app on the retail giant's Fire TV and lets you rent bundles of games at a time. For example, the "Action Pack" contains seven titles including F.E.A …
Fallout 3

Bethesda all out for 'Fallout 4', fallout for global productivity foretold in countdown

Bethesda has given us all a reason to take time off with the impending announcement of a new Fallout game. The Fallout daddy has put up a countdown ticker for what will likely be the next edition of the beloved post-apocalyptic roleplaying game series. The countdown clock promises some big news for gamers within the next 22 …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Jun 2015
Lego World

New kid on the blocks: Lego Worlds game challenges Minecraft

Lego has created a block-by-block world-building computer game to take on the Microsoft-owned Minecraft series. Lego Worlds is now available via Steam for Windows PCs, and allows players to use virtual plastic bricks to construct and alter landscapes, buildings, forests, mountains, and yeah, you get the gist. "In a galaxy of …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Jun 2015
Splatoon

Colour me bad: Kraken time or damp squid with Splatoon

Game Theory Nintendo might be incapable of depicting any kind of violence in its games (beyond a fat plumber stamping on turtles), but that doesn't mean it can't do team warfare. Splatoon navigates the narrow path between too much violence and too little by furnishing its combatants with water pistols filled with coloured ink. Splatoon …
Mike Plant, 29 May 2015
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VR rift OPENS UP: Total Recall Technologies hurls lawsuit at Facebook's Oculus

Oculus has been named in a lawsuit from a rival, which claimed the Facebook-owned Virtual Reality outfit's founder broke a confidentiality agreement about its head-mounted display. Hawaii-based Total Recall Technologies' (TRT) complaint was filed (PDF) with the US District Court Northern District Court of California on 20 May …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 May 2015
Grand Theft Auto Lindsay Lohan lookalike

Grand Theft Auto maker lobs sueball at BBC over biopic

A spat between the creators of Grand Theft Auto and the BBC has spilled over into a legal feud. Take-Two Interactive, parent company of Rockstar Games, has filed suit against the UK broadcasting company over allegations of trademark infringement for its decision to cast a biopic about the games developer's history. According to …
Shaun Nichols, 21 May 2015
New World Computing Inc, King's Bounty

King's Bounty (1990): Enter the kleptomaniac dragon

Antique Code Show So as Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt stakes its claim as RPG of the millennium, I figured it’s time to look back on a turn-based fantasy questing classic of yesteryear, which definitely doesn’t feature any stuffed unicorn sex. New World Computing Inc, King's Bounty Hunt the sceptre: King's Bounty makes a splash King’s Bounty is a …
Lucy Orr, 21 May 2015
Doug Bowser (left) and Bowser

NINTENDO assigns BOWSER to run North American sales. No, really

Nintendo has announced it has hired Bowser as its new veep of North American sales. Before Mario-playing readers wonder why the company has hired a fire-breathing mutant turtle to run sales, they should know that the Bowser in question is one Doug Bowser, former veep of Global Business Planning at Electronic Arts. Bowser also …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2015
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – a true monster in the making

Game Theory So, I've had sex with three women this week, and before you ask I haven’t changed sexual preference and succumbed to any Sapphic tendencies. No, it’s because I’m balls deep in what may be the defining action RPG of our time — The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Witcher 3: Wild Hunt As I walked out one midsummer morning... The world of …
Lucy Orr, 19 May 2015
Revenant in Doom reboot

Doom is BOOM! BOOM! BACK!

It's been nearly 11 years but Doom is back. Bethesda Software has released a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it teaser for the reboot of the famous first-person shooter and confirmed the game will be “unveiled” on June 14 at the E3 2015 games show in Los Angeles. It's been a long time since we've seen a truly new version of the 22-year …
Iain Thomson, 18 May 2015
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Open source power-up on the way for arcade game emulator MAME

MAME – the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator – is going open source. MAME is beloved of retro-gamers, who delight in its ability to run the ROMs of vintage cabinet and console games on Windows, MacOS and Linux. A single Tweet last week – see below – set the cat among the pigeons for fanciers of such fare. MAME is going open …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2015
Gears of War 3

Bring the Banhammer! Microsoft declares WAR on leaky Gears Xbox users

Microsoft has struck down the Xbox Live accounts of those who have attempted to leak and share videos of its wide-scale beta test of the upcoming Gears of War remake. Kotaku reports that a memo from games testing company VMC said that Microsoft had both permanently banned the leakers from Xbox Live and temporarily disabled …
Candy Crush Saga

Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

Microsoft has announced that Candy Crush Saga will be bundled with Windows 10. Redmond has revealed a deal with the game's developer, King, to bring the mega-hit to its new operating system. Other King games will also appear on the platform. That's good news for King, which is finding it hard to satisfy investors. It's bad …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2015
Nintendo Championships

Nintendo to revive long-dead 'World Championships' contest

Nintendo is planning to hold a new World Championships gaming contest in 2015, marking the first time it has staged such an event in 25 years. Preliminary rounds of the contest will be held around the US on May 30 at various Best Buy retail stores in major cities. Nintendo has not yet posted location or registration info. The …
Shaun Nichols, 14 May 2015

RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit

Update We invite readers to spare a thought today for the operatives at the Royal Air Force's Remote Radar Head (RRH) Staxton Wold tentacle which, while forming a vital part of the UK's Air Surveillance And Control System (ASACS), is apparently no better suited to civilised living than when the Romans first planted a beacon there in …
Lester Haines, 13 May 2015

Tough admin forces hacker to STRIP to PANTS, LEAP to his DEATH

A hacker who had spent weeks pwning fellow Guild Wars 2 players got some stylised justice when the game creators made a spectacle of his banning and character destruction. The hacker had become legend among the the MMO's userbase. Rumours of his appearances propagated like a virus. Kotaku reports that he single-handedly …
AMD CEO Lisa Su speaking at the firm's 2015 financial analyst day

Rip up your AMD obits: Gaming, VR, embedded chips to lift biz out of the red by 2016, allegedly

Struggling chipmaker AMD hosted an all-day meeting in New York City on Wednesday to reassure financial analysts that its product portfolio is strong and it plans to return to growth this year. During the meeting – AMD's first in three years – CEO Lisa Su said she plans to return the company to profitability in the second half …