video games

  • Overview: Japan’s Video Game Market In 2011 (Sales, Hardware, Software)

    Overview: Japan’s Video Game Market In 2011 (Sales, Hardware, Software)

    Japan’s video game industry is the world’s second biggest (after the US), but it’s on a downward streak for the fifth consecutive year. Based on sales, the country’s video game industry has contracted by as much as 8% year-on-year, Japan’s biggest gaming magazine Famitsu is reporting [JP]. Between December 27, 2010 and December 25, 2011, Japanese game… Read More

  • Japan Video Game Charts: Bestsellers In First Half Of 2011, This Week Topped By LA Noire

    Japan Video Game Charts: Bestsellers In First Half Of 2011, This Week Topped By LA Noire

    It’s the middle of the year, and the Famitsu [JP], Japan’s (and probably the world’s) biggest video game magazine, decided it’s a good time to release the top 10 of the best-selling video games in Japan in the first half of this year, apart from a list of the top selling titles this week. Read More

  • Dragon Age 2 Comes To The Mac On Day One

    Dragon Age 2 Comes To The Mac On Day One

    The original Dragon Age was a pretty good game — lots of free roaming, but also precise timelines. It wasn’t uncommon to spend 90+ hours in the main story, but at least the story had substance, just a bit long. Today, Dragon Age 2 released, and continuing on the steam from the first, BioWare has released the game for PC, Xbox 360, PS 3 and Mac OS X simultaneously. Read More

  • For Your Protection: Vietnam Bans Late-Night Gaming

    For Your Protection: Vietnam Bans Late-Night Gaming

    It’s not the best time to be a gamer in Vietnam. The country’s government, by way of the Ministry of Information and Communication, has decreed that ISPs there block access to online games between the hours of 10pm and 8am. No late-night raiding for you, I’m afraid. Read More

  • Games Industry Down 5 Percent In January (But Kinect Is Doing Fine)

    Games Industry Down 5 Percent In January (But Kinect Is Doing Fine)

    Everybody panic. The video game industry was down 5 percent this past January compared to January 2010, even if Activision still managed to sell an inordinate number of Call of Duty: Black Ops copies. Read More

  • Portal 2 Now Available For Pre-Order

    Portal 2 Now Available For Pre-Order

    Valve has released the details surrounding pre-ordering Portal 2. The game is available for pre-order right now on Steam (and other retailers), and if you pre-order the game they’ll knock $5 off the price, bringing it down to $45. Read More

  • Video Game Leaks: The Long & Ignoble History

    Video Game Leaks: The Long & Ignoble History

    It’s not the first time this has happened, and it most certainly won’t be the last time. A reasonably complete build of Crysis 2 (reports suggest people have already beaten the game) leaked at the weekend, prompting Crytek, the game’s developers, to release a statement saying that it, along with EA, the game’s publisher, was “deeply disappointed by the… Read More

  • Crysis 2 Dev Build Leaks

    Crysis 2 Dev Build Leaks

    It would appear that Crysis 2 for the PC has leaked in some capacity. A quick look at some of the more popular sites when it comes to this kind of thing suggests that many thousands of people have no problem downloading Crytek’s unfinished game, which is due for release next month. Well, was due for release next month—who knows how this leak will affect development? Read More

  • Analyst: Prepare Yourselves For A Pay-To-Play Call Of Duty

    Analyst: Prepare Yourselves For A Pay-To-Play Call Of Duty

    Now here’s a rumor that will stop many people in their tracks. An analyst at Wedbush Securities, “one of the largest securities firms and investment banks in the nation,” says that he’s “certain to [his] core” that Activision is planning a pay-to-play Call of Duty. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the sound of millions of gamers around the country… Read More

  • Guitar Hero Didn't Die A Natural Death, But Was Killed By Myopic Greed

    Guitar Hero Didn't Die A Natural Death, But Was Killed By Myopic Greed

    Kudos to Activision for doing exactly what so many people had been predicting for years now. The world’s biggest video game publisher said yesterday that it was going to “disband Activision Publishing’s Guitar Hero business unit,” citing a decline in interest in the music game genre. And what could possibly be the reason for that, hmm? Maybe releasing sequel after… Read More