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Angry Birds to angry words: Rovio flings 14% of its staff out the door

Troubled Finnish gaming studio Rovio has sacked 110 staff, almost 14 per cent of its workforce, but is claiming success as it had planned to dump 130 people. "Rovio estimates that its workforce will be reduced by approximately 110 employees. As part of its reorganization, several positions have been opened for internal …
Iain Thomson, 5 Dec 2014
Rockstar Games – Grand Theft Auto V

Gaming's driving ambitions: The Crew and Grand Theft Auto V

Game Theory If only all of life's hiccups could be solved by driving really, really fast. Luckily for Alex Taylor, The Crew's rather wet-behind-the-ears lead, that would seem to be the case. Joining the race Murder, police corruption and gang warfare are as nothing, it would seem, in the presence of torque, horsepower and, presumably, …
Mike Plant, 5 Dec 2014
Daffy duck, shot (Wabbit season)

#Gamergate folk load flamethrower, roast own feet over GTA V 'ban'

Gamergate has flared anew, and perhaps less coherently, after discount department store chain Target Australia decided to take Grand Theft Auto V off its shelves in response to a successful petition on (after initially resisting the request). The new flareup's lack of coherence comes from the fact that plenty of …

Microsoft: So sorry for NOT paying Xbox indie game devs on time

Making computer games can be a hard slog for indie developers. Big studios have piles of R&D and marketing cash, and it's easy to see your pride and joy fall into unplayed obscurity. Microsoft sought to help indie developers with the Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) portal on its Live console marketplace, which was set up six years …
Iain Thomson, 4 Dec 2014
 The Sinclair Spectrum Vega design.

Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

Comment The Spectrum fanbois at Retro Computers have enlisted the help of Sir Clive to launch a new crowd-funded Spectrum clone. The Sinclair Spectrum Vega is a console that plays games from the '80s – complete with piezo speaker-generated sound and attribute clash. The Vega is being marketed by Retro Computers Ltd, a Luton-based …
Simon Rockman, 2 Dec 2014
Sony PSP Vita

FTC: Sony told big fat WHOPPERS in its PlayStation Vita ads – and now it has to pay

Sony will dish out cash and vouchers to PlayStation Vita gamers following allegations its ads for the handheld console were lies. Commissioners at US trade watchdog the FTC voted five to none to approve the refunds after it was claimed the toy's ad campaign in late 2011 and early 2012 was misleading. The Vita went on sale in …
Iain Thomson, 25 Nov 2014
World of Warcraft: Orcs and Humans

World of Warcraft then and now: From Orcs and Humans to Warlords of Draenor

Antique Code Show As The Dark Portal opens in the new World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor, and all manner of beasties descend upon Orgrimmar, Stormwind and Ashran, I think it’s about time to revisit the RTS game that spawned the franchise, Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. World of Warcraft: Orcs and Humans Prepared to be WoWed New …
Lucy Orr, 25 Nov 2014

Sony quietly POODLE-proofs Playstations

Sony has patched the POODLE SSL vulnerability in its Playstation 3 and 4 gaming consoles. The rolling patch, introduced over the last fortnight, brings Transport Layer Security into Playstation's browsers and apps. SSL 3.0 is dispelled, off the Padding Oracle on Downgrade Legacy Encryption attack. The patch is a 200MB mandatory …
Darren Pauli, 24 Nov 2014
BioWare – Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age, Inquisition: Our chief weapons are...

Game Theory Well done Bioware, you've obviously resisted any Borg-like assimilation into EA and have listened closely to the criticisms of Dragon Age II and its claustrophobic narrative. Suddenly, I’m feeling good about starting my epic RPG battle with rebellious mages and old gods. I’m in this game for the long haul. Be warned, any …
Lucy Orr, 21 Nov 2014
Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4 REVIEW: It's a far cry from Far Cry 3

Game Theory Games are rarely known for providing a roster of characters worthy of a best supporting cast nomination, but Far Cry 4’s medley of misfits and tragic freedom fighters breaks the mould. Far Cry 4 Meet Pagin Min, his interests are world domination, mass slaughter and working with animals (sort of) Top of the bill is Pagan …
Mike Plant, 17 Nov 2014
PlayStation Vita

Sony SPILLS GUTS on OTT service, so far for PlayStations only

Analysis Sony has unveiled its widely expected PlayStation Vue OTT TV service, telling us everything we need to know except the most important part: the price. At present it is just a US phenomenon, which makes sense – if it can make it there it can make it anywhere. It is referred to as a cloud-based TV service and claims to reinvent …
Faultline, 17 Nov 2014

Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

Elite:Dangerous, the revival of classic eight-bit space trading game Elite, won't have a single-player offline mode and space commanders are mad as hell. Frontier Developments, the game's developer, revealed the demise of offline mode in a recent newsletter in which it argues “A fully offline experience would be unacceptably …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2014
Assassin's Creed: Unity

Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris

+Vids Shares in the French games developer Ubisoft have dipped after its new game Assassin's Creed: Unity shipped with huge numbers of crippling glitches. Ubisoft's share price has dropped since the game's release on Tuesday, dropping by more than 13 per cent before rallying. Ubisoft is now frantically working on a fix for the …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Nov 2014
Assassin's Creed: Unity

Shoot to THRILL: Assassin's Creed: Unity and Halo: Master Chief Collection

Game Theory Ubisoft left itself with an uphill struggle in trying to top last year's Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, a game that blended the franchise's core gameplay with a swashbuckling style that its buccaneer subject matter demanded. Assassin's Creed: Unity The style council Black Flag’s Edward Kenway was more of a drunken sailor …
Mike Plant, 14 Nov 2014

Blizzard shows off Overwatch – yet another guardians of Earth FPS

Vids Blizzard Entertainment has unveiled its first new games franchise in over a decade at the BlizzCon jamboree in California. Youtube Video Overwatch is a classic first-person shooter that looks very like Team Fortress and Unreal in gameplay. Teams of six players per team fight it out in a variety of country-specific gaming zones …
Iain Thomson, 8 Nov 2014
Screenshot of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600

It's the WORST game ever, just pulled from a desert DUMP ... now ET can be yours for $500

In a world ... when video games were invading every home ... a legendary American company set out to create ... the most lucrative console game of all time ... It failed ... horribly ... and set the gaming industry on a path ... of annihilation. Atari Inc's 1982 game E.T. The Extra Terrestrial for its 2600 console bombed so bad …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Nov 2014

Call of Duty, GTA V DO NOT make YOUTH more VIOLENT

Millions of people are currently preparing to settle down and play the latest versions of Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto. But when it's game over, will they then put down the controller, pick up a weapon and go cause some mischief? Absolutely not, if you believe the findings of a new report exploring the relationship between …
Jasper Hamill, 5 Nov 2014

Oculus Rift tech-specs 'MANY MONTHS away' from hitting the shelves

The CEO of Oculus reckons his virtual reality upstart is sorta getting close to flogging a Rift headset that's ready for normal people to use. Speaking at a web tech conference in Ireland on Tuesday, Brendan Iribe said the techno-specs will be on general sale within months rather than years. A Rift headset for software …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Nov 2014
Ghouls 'n Ghosts

One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

Antique Code Show In the build-up to the Halloween of 1985, Capcom lobbed this little box of horrors into the unsuspecting crowd of arcade dwellers. With mid-'80s goggles on, it’s easy to see why Ghosts ‘n Goblins gathered attention with its spooky but colourful visuals, alongside some memorably atmospheric ditties and effects. Ghosts 'n …
Giles Hill, 31 Oct 2014
Sony PS4

Sony borks fanboi funboxes with dodgy PS4 update

Support staff for Sony's PlayStation 4 have been sent scrambling after users reported issues with the console's latest firmware update. The PS4 2.00 update had promised a handful of new features for Sony's latest console, including the ability to upload YouTube videos of gameplay, share games with friends, and decorate the …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Oct 2014
Nude gamers

No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

Twitch, the streaming site where users show off their gaming prowess to the public, has altered its terms and conditions to ban users from being cheeky by playing in the buff. "Nerds are sexy, and you're all magnificent, beautiful creatures, but let's try and keep this about the games, shall we?" the firm's updated rules of …
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2014
Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive: Exploding teddy bears, dragon fights and more in a tangerine blast

Game Theory With every passing moment of Sunset Overdrive you can almost feel developer Insomniac Games' collective relief at it being let off the leash. It's the antithesis to the rather dowdy, oppressive affair that was Resistance. Sunset Overdrive Gang of three The evidence is there in every tangerine-coloured explosion, over-the- …
Mike Plant, 27 Oct 2014
The Tardis: Oooo-eee-ooooo © BBC 1963, Courtesy of BBC Worldwide

Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

Doctor Who has been pressganged into the BBC’s “Make it Digital” push to help kids understand computers rather than just playing with them. Its answer: an educational video game. The cunning plan is to sweeten the task of understanding basic coding by sneaking it into something that is fun, in order to reach the kids who don’t …
Dominic Connor, 20 Oct 2014

WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!

Google's practice of leaving Easter Eggs in Android appears to have continued, with a chap spotting a Flappy Bird clone in the new version 5.0, aka Lollipop, release. Here's his video of how to invoke the game, and a look at its gameplay. That Flappy Bird aficionados among you will notice that the game scrolls from right to …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2014
Alien: Isolation

Lights off, nappies on! It's Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within

Game Theory H.R. Giger’s Necronomicon used to be my bedtime book of choice. There’s something about the design of the original Alien that left me with a pseudo sexual queasiness, all moist egg vaginas and huge phallic headed xenomorphs. As the flickering 20th Century Fox Logo fills my screen, like some Videodrome VHS tape, I get a familiar …
Lucy Orr, 14 Oct 2014
Blik's Original Super Mario Wall Decals

Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

Certain slab-fondling fanbois will soon be forced to cough up for a Wii U wave goodbye to their childhoods following Apple's decision to close a loophole in the next version of iOS 8 that allowed console emulators to run on iPhones and iPads. A fresh beta version of iOS 8.1 landed in developers' laps on Tuesday, and it was …
Jasper Hamill, 9 Oct 2014
Microsoft's RoomAlive

Shift up, gran! Microsoft turns living room into AR game 'space'

Youtube Video Microsoft has expanded its IllumiRoom research project into RoomAlive – a demo that combines Xbox Kinect and projectors to turn any room into an interactive augmented reality "space". The RoomAlive demo is at the proof-of-concept phase, being a fairly low-budget-looking holodeck with games where you can whack at …
Team17 Digital: Flockers

Gaming gasm UK: Rubbing shoulders with LEGENDS and newbies

EGX 2014 After a week of hitting ferrets with my new Gauntlet inflatable promotional chicken leg and dying far too often in multiplayer set on hard, it eventually occurs to me: "Lucy needs daylight". Admittedly, I wasn’t outdoors for long as my venture out of the house took me to EGX, formerly Eurogamer Expo and apparently the UK's …
Lucy Orr, 30 Sep 2014
Uncov chronicles the failure of Web 2.0

Titan falls! Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft successor

Games developer Blizzard has confirmed it is cancelling its massively multiplayer online (MMO) game Titan because after spending seven years and an estimated $50m or more developing the title, it just wasn't working out. "We had created World of Warcraft, and we felt really confident that we knew how to make MMOs. So we set out …
Iain Thomson, 24 Sep 2014
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

BLAM, BLAM, BLAM... nooooo! Hacker crew Lizard Squad spits DDoS venom on Call of Duty

Hackers from the group Lizard Squad have reneged on their promise to quit earlier this month, apparently launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on major gaming industry websites. After an attack on the Playstation Network in August, Lizard Squad has added two uber-popular shoot-'em-up games from Activision …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2014
Denmark Minecraft map

The British Museum plonks digital bricks on world of Minecraft

The British Museum has enlisted the help of Redditors to get a model of the museum and its exhibits into the highly popular Minecraft game universe. An employee from the organisation’s Museum of the Future project said in a post to the site that the museum had agreed to back an effort to recreate itself in Minecraft and asked …

Microsoft delays Xbox One launch... Big Trouble in Big China?

Microsoft pushed back the release of its Xbox One console in China to the end of 2014 on Sunday, without explaining why the launch of its product in the People's Republic had been delayed. The Indian launch is expected to take place tonight. GeekWire reported that Redmond needed "a bit more time to deliver the best experiences …
Team Register, 21 Sep 2014

Facebook's Oculus unveils 360-degree VR head tracking Crescent Bay prototype

Pics Rift maker Oculus is touting a new feature prototype that it has dubbed Crescent Bay. The latest headset to be developed by the face-clamping, Facebook-owned gaming company comes, we're told, with new display technology, 360-degree head tracking, expanded positional tracking volume, better weight and ergonomics and beefed up …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2014
Divinity: Original Sin

Divinity Original Sin and Wasteland 2 reviews: Turn-based gaming's NOT DEAD YET!

Game Theory It seems it’s taken Kickstarter to revive the turn-based strategy RPG, especially as the big game developers trip over each other to mishmash genres into huge titles like Destiny, so that everything seems have been turned into a shitty FPS. Divinity: Original Sin Divinity: Original Sin – a quality player Thankfully, Divinity …
Lucy Orr, 19 Sep 2014
Scrooge McDuck

Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

When Microsoft acquires Minecraft maker Mojang for a dizzying $2.5bn, the game's creator won't be coming along for the ride. Markus "Notch" Persson, who released the first version of Minecraft in 2009, said in a blog post on his personal webpage that he will be leaving Mojang following the acquisition, citing his desire to …
Neil McAllister, 15 Sep 2014
Satya Nadella

Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

+Comment Having closed down its own lesser gaming operations, Microsoft is spending $2.5bn on buying one with a big punch – Minecraft maker Mojang. Loss-making Minecraft will break even in 2015, Microsoft said in a statement. The deal is expected to close late this year. Microsoft is doing more than buying a leading and popular game …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Sep 2014

Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

Game Theory Repetition is a funny thing. If I was to write this review and say everything twice (say everything twice), you’d quite reasonably think I was daft. And yet, we gamers tend to delight in the repeat performance. Destiny - Mulitplayer The usual suspects? We even affectionately refer to it as “grinding” – the system whereby …
Mike Plant, 15 Sep 2014
Lego Minecraft

Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

Microsoft is reportedly planning to spend $2.5bn on the rumoured buyout of Minecraft maker Mojang, with a deal speculatively set for Monday. As The Register noted earlier this week, such an acquisition would be the first big payout for new Redmond chief Satya Nadella. Reuters reported that Microsoft would scoop up the game …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Sep 2014

Beware geeks bearing gifts: Steam-draining nasty spreads via Twitch

Infosec bods are warning of new malware spreading through game-streaming web hit Twitch: the software nasty subverts Steam accounts to drain player's wallets, and could take away all their precious weaponry. eskimo I've got 99 problems but a Twitch ain't one The malware spreads by bombarding users of Twitch's chat feature …
Iain Thomson, 12 Sep 2014

Gaming supremo creates maps that turn real world into Sim City

Ian Hetherington, formerly of games companies Realtime Worlds and Psygnosis - yes, the company responsible for '90s legend Lemmings - and has applied games technology to mapping, making your 3D navigation feel like a trip to Sim City. eeGeo's maps can show weather conditions – so you can make it snow – and time of day, with …
Simon Rockman, 10 Sep 2014
Denmark Minecraft map

What the BLOCK? Microsoft to gobble Minecraft-maker 'for $2bn'

New Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has set his sights on Minecraft maker Mojang as his first major acquisition, according to whispers. The move is probably worth the rumoured $2bn price tag in “woah” value alone, since it's practically the only thing that could have diverted attention away from Apple's iStuff launch on Tuesday. …

Celeb nudie iCloud pervs hatched photo-slurping Flappy Bird plot

The hacker ring behind last week's celebrity nude self iCloud privacy flap also planned to use malware to obtain private photographs from compromised Android phones. The hackers swapped snaps on the /stol/ (short for “stolen”) forum on image board AnonIB, a spinoff of the notorious 4chan, including intimate snaps of Jennifer …
John Leyden, 8 Sep 2014