EMA Hosts Los Angeles Entertainment Summit

July 24, 2013 -

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) is holding its annual Los Angeles Entertainment Summit event this week (July 23-24) in Los Angeles. The event brought together nearly 1,000 people from dozens of entertainment companies for two days of business meetings, tech displays, and seminars focused on the state of the entertainment industry.

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Ready at Dawn Boss: GameStop Makes a Living at the Expense of Everyone Else

July 22, 2013 -

GameStop is taking everybody for a ride with the pre-owned games market, according to Ready at Dawn Studios boss Ru Weerasuriya. And by everybody he means developers and publishers. Speaking to GII, the head of the studio for God of War: Chains of Olympus and upcoming game The Order: 1886, thinks retailers like GameStop are making "a living at the expense of everybody else."

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GameStop Shuts Down PS4 Pre-Orders

July 9, 2013 -

GameStop has shut down pre-orders for the PS4, according to a Game Informer report. According to the story, the top video game retailer in North America has run through its launch allotment of systems. GameStop issued a one sentence statement confirming the news:

"Due to high demand for the system, GameStop is not currently taking additional store reservations for the PlayStation 4," a GameStop rep. told the publication.

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PSA: Ouya Available at North American and UK Retail Outlets Today

June 25, 2013 -

The Android-based home console the Ouya is available in North America and the United Kingdom today. The system is widely available for $99 at most retailers. An additional controller will cost you $49.95.

Currently the system offers consumers over 170 free-to-try games including Chronoblade and Final Fantasy 3, access to services such as Twitch.tv, TuneIn and Plex, and a whole lot more.

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National Governors Association Promotes Marketplace Fairness Act

June 20, 2013 -

Yesterday governors, legislators, congressional leaders, technology companies and small business owners held a meeting to promote the Senate's recently passed Marketplace Fairness Act legislation, which proponents hope will get the same kind of approval in the House. The bill creates ways for states to collect online sales tax across state lines. Traditional retailers say that these taxes level the playing field because it forces all businesses to collect sales tax, and takes away the tax-free advantage online retailers have had for years.

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PS4 Games to be Priced at $60

June 18, 2013 -

Yesterday it was revealed that Microsoft planned to hold the line on pricing for retail game discs for Xbox One to current levels at right around $60. Today we learn that Sony will use the same price point for PlayStation 4 retail game discs.

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Xbox One Retail Games to Sell for $60

June 17, 2013 -

While Microsoft has had its fair share of bad press surrounding the Xbox One console, those still considering a purchase when it is released later this year will at least be happy that the price of new games will remain in line with Xbox 360 retail disc pricing. Games will retail for $59.99, according to an unnamed source speaking to Kotaku.

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SCE Europe Boss: Sony Doesn't Want to Mess with the UK's 'Fragile Retail Market Ecosystem'

June 12, 2013 -

Sony's message on used games and DRM has been pretty consistent company wide during E3, which is something of a miracle, because when you get too many executives out in the wilds talking to the press, usually one or two of them inserts a foot into an open mouth. The latest to say something that gamers will appreciate is SCE Europe boss Jim Ryan.

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Report: Best Buy Pulling Wii U Basic Units from Stores

June 10, 2013 -

It looks like Best Buy may be joining GameStop in "adjusting their stock" of Wii U Basic consoles units too. According to a leaked memo sent to Kotaku, Best Buy is getting rid of its 8GB Wii U stock. The memo tells store employees that "stores should pull all new in-box units and send them back" on June 10-11. "Store should expect to see more Wii U deluxe units arriving in the coming weeks," the memo adds.

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Report: Wii U Basic Being Discontinued at GameStop Later This Month

June 5, 2013 -

Update #2: The Wii U's Basic Set model is not being recalled, according to a statement from Nintendo of America to Polygon:

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Report: GameStop Has Delisted Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Patriots

May 17, 2013 -

Is Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Patriots dead? We're not sure, but GameStop made a dramatic move today that might indicate that something bad has happened to Ubisoft's upcoming game. According to IGN, video game retailer GameStop has removed the game from its database, and is no longer available for pre-order.

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WWE's Kane Hates the Marketplace Fairness Act

May 10, 2013 -

Here's something you may not know: Glenn Jacobs, the man who plays the "Big Red Monster" Kane character on World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and a co-holder of the WWE World Tag Team Championships, is also the co-founder of the conservative group, The Tennessee Liberty Alliance.

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Redbox Gets Some Competition From Gamer Spot Shop

May 9, 2013 -

Signifi Solutions has launched a new video game vending kiosk called the 'Gamer Spot Shop' that allows consumers to rent and purchase video games, going head-to-head with other companies that provide similar services such as Redbox.

Signifi says that most retailers spend a lot of resources to sell video games, but with its kiosk solution retailers can automate the process, have better control over inventory and reduce manpower.

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President Obama Backs Harry Reid's Internet Tax Plan

April 23, 2013 -

The movement to bring State sales tax across the board to Internet retailers got an important endorsement this week as President Barack Obama "enthusiasticlly endorsed" the efforts by Senator Harry Reid (D-NEVADA) to push the Marketplace Fairness Act forward at a breakneck pace - according to The Hill. Senators advanced the bill in a 74-20 procedural vote on Monday evening, one vote less than it received in a test vote last month.

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DLC Keeps Skyrim Relevant, Profitable

March 12, 2013 -

While Bethesda Softworks' popular role-playing game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been out for over a year on various platforms (PC, Xbox 360, and PS3), the company says that it is far from done with the game and that downloadable content is helping the company keep the RPG relevant to this day and make some money in the process. Speaking to UK publication MCV, Bethesda European MD Sean Brennan is using retailers to help push the game’s DLC (Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn) on Xbox 360.

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NPD: Used Games Sales Outpace Full Digital Sales, New Retail Sales Beat Both

March 6, 2013 -

New data gathered by NPD Group offers some insight on how core gamers feel about digital distribution and the purchase of used games. The data comes from a new survey the retail research firm conducted. According to the results of that survey, core gamers have embraced digital distribution, but downloading full game titles has not yet outpaced second-hand game purchases. The NPD survey found that 78 percent of core gamers said that they frequently purchase used games, compared to 70 percent who reported buying full digital games regularly.

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HMV Closing an Additional 37 Stores, Laying Off 464 Employees

February 20, 2013 -

UK retailer HMV will close an additional 37 retail stores and cut 464 more jobs, according to a CVG report. The latest round of store closures add to the 66 stores that were recently closed throughout the UK, and the loss of 930 jobs. The closures were announced by Deloitte, the company overseeing HMV's administration.

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Bold Prediction: 64 Percent PS3 Price Drop after PS4 Announcement

February 15, 2013 -

DealNews, a web site dedicated to bringing you all the latest news on all the hottest items past and present makes a pretty bold prediction: After Sony makes its big announcement (it is presumed) about the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation 3 will see a price drop of 64 percent at retail. They base this price drop percentage on historical retail data for the PS3 versus the PS2 and the Wii U versus the Wii. Here is the crux of the argument:

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HMV Signs New Supply Agreements with Key Suppliers

February 15, 2013 -

UK retailer HMV has managed to secure key new music, video games, and movie releases, after reaching an agreement with key suppliers this week. Earlier in the week it was announced that HMV closed 66 retail stores, which employed an estimated 930 workers.

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GameStop to Close 250 Stores in 2013

February 13, 2013 -

During its part in the recent Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, video game retailer GameStop revealed that it plans to close 250 retail stores in 2013. CFO Rob Lloyd said that the company would close unprofitable and marginally profitable stores and shift customers to retail stores that are "nearby" those locations. Of the 250 closures, around 200 of those stores are in the United States.

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C&VG Investigation Stings Online Retailers for Selling Adult Games to 'Under-Age Boy'

February 8, 2013 -

An investigation conducted by UK gaming publication Computer & Video Games shows that some online retailers are not doing their best to keep under-age children from buying mature-rated video games online. The investigative report (which includes some video) shows a person purchasing three games online without any age verification checks blocking his purchase. The UK-based retailers found to be lacking in this area include Amazon UK, HMV and Zavvi.

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Sixty-Six HMV UK Retail Stores to Close, 930 Employees Affected

February 7, 2013 -

Deloitte, the administrator handling HMV's UK-based business, has identified 66 HMV stores that will be closed in the next two months, according to a Eurogamer report. These retail store closures will affect 930 employees, the firm announced.

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Select Retailers Offering OUYA Pre-Orders

February 5, 2013 -

An update to the OUYA Kickstarter page reveals that the tiny little Android-based console that raised millions in crowd-funding will be available in select retail stores, with some even offering pre-orders.

"We have some good news today," the update reads. "Because of the support for OUYA you showed, some of our favorite stores are going to carry OUYA when it officially launches to the public in June."

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HMV UK Cuts Massive Amount of Work Force

January 31, 2013 -

UK Retailer HMV has cut 190 jobs across the board, according to administrator Deloitte. Earlier reports had pegged the layoffs at 60, but the group overseeing the retailer's administration later confirmed the larger number. Most notably HMV’s head of technology and games Ewan Pinder was given a pink slip today. The 60 workers who lost jobs were apparently from HMV's head office in the UK.

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Half of HMV's UK Locations Could be Closed by Hilco

January 28, 2013 -

While UK retailer HMV will survive to fight another day after HMV Canada owner Hilco took it over, it looks like the chain is about to be streamlined so that it operates more efficiently. MCV (by way of The Daily Mail) is reporting that Hilco may close around half of HMV’s 223 UK stores.

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HMV Canada Owner Buys HMV UK's Debts

January 22, 2013 -

HMV Canada owner Hilco has picked up the tab for the U.K.-based HMV retail chain, The Financial Times reports (subscription required to view). Hilco has purchased the debt that HMV UK owed to Lloyds bank and Royal Bank of Scotland, which is estimated to be around £176 million. Many speculate that Hilco paid far less than the estimated debt that HMV went into administration for.

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GAME Interested in 45 HMV Stores

January 18, 2013 -

UK retailer GAME is interested in buying some of troubled retailer HMV's stores in the UK, according to GII. GAME CEO Martyn Gibbs has confirmed with the Financial Times that his company is in talks with HMV administrators Deloitte about acquiring some of the company's stores in the UK.

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UK Retailer HMV Goes Into Administration

January 15, 2013 -

UK retailer HMV will enter into administration on Tuesday, the company announced. The move to administration (the European equivalent of bankruptcy here in the U.S.) comes after major suppliers like Universal Music, EMI, Warner Brothers and Disney refused to provide further financing needed for the retailer to continue trading. The company has turned to Deloitte as its administrators after lackluster Christmas sales made the retailer unable to secure terms on various loans. If things go badly it could mean the loss of an estimated 4,500 jobs and the possible closure of over 200 stores.

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Best Buy Offers Wii U Basic with Nintendo Land for $299

December 27, 2012 -

If you didn't get a Wii U under the tree but don't have enough money for the more premium retail version of Nintendo's latest living room console, then this tweak from Best Buy might entice you a little. Best Buy is now offering the 8GB basic Wii U bundled with the game Nintendo Land for the same $299 as the basic set costs on its own elsewhere. The premium version retails for $349 and includes a charging cradle for the gamepad, a 32GB storage drive, and the Nintendo Land game.

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UK Retailer Comet to Close All Stores, Lay Off 6,600 Employees

December 17, 2012 -

The end has finally come for UK retailer Comet, as it prepares to close the doors of all its stores in the region on Tuesday. Administrator Deloitte has confirmed to MCV that all of the remaining Comet retail stores will close their doors tomorrow (December 18th). Many of its stores closed for good over the weekend. This shutdown of its operations will result in the loss of an estimated 6,600 jobs just days before the Christmas Holiday.

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Andrew EisenDoesn't matter if you play more games where the cast is the same basic character model. In this type of game, being able to easily tell which character you're looking at serves an important purpose.03/06/2015 - 7:29pm
ZippyDSMleeMechaCrash:Meh I've played more stuff that had pickups rather than set class's.03/06/2015 - 7:22pm
MechaCrashZarya's body type also has a pragmatic reason. Ever notice how in TF2, you can immediately tell who's who because they all have very different profiles? Same deal with Overwatch. If you see Zarya, you KNOW it's Zarya.03/06/2015 - 6:32pm
Adam802http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_27662192/leland-yee-case-judge-pushes-corruption-trial-august03/06/2015 - 6:12pm
ZippyDSMleeNearly anyway the new UT game has color at least. And wow they changed to C++ 0-o03/06/2015 - 5:43pm
ZippyDSMleeCraig R.: Same reason why UT99/04 and UT3 are diffrent, gritty is the thing to do...at least it was... nearly everyone else grew out of dark and gritty….03/06/2015 - 5:40pm
ZippyDSMleeI doubt each model of characters in COH/COV/CO,ect are kept as unique model data.03/06/2015 - 5:39pm
ZippyDSMleemodel shape.03/06/2015 - 5:38pm
ZippyDSMleeMonte:I think it’s more a part of the engine, yes its more work but you should be able to have some sort of physical collision system in place to keep arms and stuff from clipping. Outside of that the data stored is just number variables to change the m03/06/2015 - 5:38pm
Andrew EisenAt least she's smiling in one of the pics.03/06/2015 - 5:31pm
Craig R.It's like somebody took the color palette and decided that anything approaching 'bright' is unacceptable03/06/2015 - 5:30pm
Craig R.Scratching my head as to why DC shows are as dark and drab, color-wise, as the movies look to be03/06/2015 - 5:30pm
MonteIf for instance you make the character fat, you need to make sure the animation of the character moving his arms and gun around, won't result in them clipping into the character's larger stomach03/06/2015 - 5:22pm
Monte@zippy, I imagine creating customizabel, vastly different body types would add a lot more complexity. Like making sure the character's animation still looks right. It can be done, but it can get complicated03/06/2015 - 5:19pm
Andrew EisenSupergirl TV costume: http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/03/06/first-photos-of-supergirl-revealed03/06/2015 - 4:49pm
prh99I think it probably far easier to add a character than strip a feature from game engine that was baked in from the start.03/06/2015 - 4:45pm
Andrew EisenAs I've said twice already, yes, strides in one area do not absolve anyone from criticism over where else they're falling short.03/06/2015 - 3:04pm
ZippyDSMleeI know I know one thing is not the other. Still worth nagging about.I still do not see why they do not put in body sliders and elt people make thier own body types....I'd do fat/pudgy or chibi befor I do ultra generic prefect body......03/06/2015 - 2:59pm
Andrew EisenAgain, yes, it's dumb that there's no offline mode and that's certainly something worthy of criticism but that does not make any positive moves Blizzard makes any less positive. A bummer that the issue that's more important to you wasn't addressed? Sure.03/06/2015 - 2:46pm
ZippyDSMleeBut...but... but my butthurt!!111 LOL :P03/06/2015 - 2:45pm
 

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