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News: THQ President: Lack Of Vigil Buyer Is A "Travesty"

THQ President: Lack Of Vigil Buyer Is A "Travesty"

There's still some hope for Darksiders

This week saw the sad end of THQ, as the publisher sold off its assets at auction and closed its doors for the last time. SEGA, Koch Media, Crytek, Take-Two and Ubisoft all gathered around for the sale, taking with them most of its IPs and studios. One development team that unfortunately didn't get picked up...

News: FIFA Brand Passes £1 Billion in UK Sales

FIFA Brand Passes £1 Billion in UK Sales

Mario is third, but results are only from 1996 onwards

When it comes to the UK software sales charts, FIFA is often King. While some like to pick on Nintendo's fairly regular entries from Mario, for example, FIFA is an annual affair that, from year to year, promises revolutionary improvements to shake up the series. FIFA 13 did represent a genuine...

News: Nintendo Comes Out On Top In Consumer Experience Poll

Nintendo Comes Out On Top In Consumer Experience Poll

Beating Apple, Sony and Microsoft

A recent poll has seen Nintendo top the list for best customer service, outranking Apple, Sony, Samsung and Microsoft - among others. The findings were charted by Forrester, an independent market research firm that specialises in the tech sector. 7,500 US participants in the survey were asked: “How well did they...

News: Game Over For THQ As Assets Are Purchased By Rival Publishers

Game Over For THQ As Assets Are Purchased By Rival Publishers

Sega, Crytek, Take-Two and Ubisoft pick apart troubled company

2013 hasn't had the best of starts for veteran video game publisher THQ. After buying some time at the end of 2012, the firm slid into bankruptcy just a few days later and as the new year dawned found itself in the position of having its assets - the studios and IPs it owns, essentially...

News: Ralph Nader Targets Violent Video Games and Their Developers

Ralph Nader Targets Violent Video Games and Their Developers

Refers to "electronic child molesters"

After the shocking violence of the Sandy Hook massacre, a lot of political debate in the U.S. has focused on the implications of what happened, along with debates about existing gun laws and the potential causes of such violent behaviour. It's a complex issue with arguments about gun control and mental health...

News: HMV Debt Acquired by Hilco

HMV Debt Acquired by Hilco

Gift cards are being honoured once again

HMV, one of the UK's foremost entertainment media retailers in the UK, and by extension a major part of the video game presence on the high-street, has been in administration since last week. It's been announced today that the company's debt has now been acquired by Hilco, a retail restructuring firm that...

Reaction: Gunman Clive Provides a Positive Example of eShop Success

Gunman Clive Provides a Positive Example of eShop Success

A boost for controlled licensing

The video game industry is in the middle of, arguably, its most unstable period — the landscape is evolving almost too quickly to track. Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft are currently sticking to the course as constants, in general maintaining well-worn business practices while attempting to adjust to new challenges...

News: Atari's U.S. Division Files For Bankruptcy

Atari's U.S. Division Files For Bankruptcy

A bid for freedom from its parent company in France

While filing for bankruptcy in the U.S. is typically an act taken by companies in significant financial trouble, it's being adopted as an escape mechanism by the U.S. divisions of Atari. Atari Inc, Atari Interactive Inc, Humongous Inc and California US Holdings Inc have all collectively filed in...

News: Sony and Kevin Butler Actor Settle Lawsuit Over Wii Appearance

Sony and Kevin Butler Actor Settle Lawsuit Over Wii Appearance

No more Mario Kart Wii for Jerry Lambert

Last year we reported the peculiar news that Sony was taking 'Kevin Butler' actor Jerry Lambert to court over an appearance in a Bridgestone advert in which he was part of a Wii promotion. The Kevin Butler character was, for a significant period, the figurehead of Sony's advertising for PlayStation 3 and...

News: Analyst Firm Concerned That Wii U Will "Lack Broad Appeal"

Analyst Firm Concerned That Wii U Will "Lack Broad Appeal"

Believes Sony and Microsoft successors are due this year

Last week saw the annual tech hoopla of Consumer Electronics Association (CES) 2013, with a number of gadgets such as the Nvidia Project Shield handheld unveiled. Although not all major technology companies were in attendance, it was an opportunity for various contacts to be made and for...

News: Satoru Iwata: Customers Understanding The Wii U "Will Take a Little Time"

Satoru Iwata: Customers Understanding The Wii U "Will Take a Little Time"

"We aim to leave a smile on our customer's faces"

With a New Year and Nintendo's upcoming announcement of its Q3 financial results, Satoru Iwata and his team have plenty to think about. 2013 will be an important year to continue momentum on 3DS with big releases, and more importantly to grow the Wii U audience as much as possible. Speaking to...

News: Zero Escape Director Craves Mainstream Recognition

Zero Escape Director Craves Mainstream Recognition

Ideals remain due to "very humbling" support from fans

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is one of the most unique experiences currently available on 3DS, serving a role well fulfilled by its predecessor — 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors — on DS. Part of its appeal, as shared by many of its strongest advocates, is its strength of...