Pachter: Xbox 720 in Spring 2014

June 22, 2012 -

Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter expects that Microsoft’s next-generation "Xbox 720" console will be released in the Spring of 2014, adding that he expects the new console to function much like a set top box. Anyone that has followed Microsoft in the last ten years knows that the company has been working on a set top box strategy for a very long time - even before it considered making a video game console.

Pachter adds that he does not believe the speculation on a late 2013 release.

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Report: All GAME Australia Stores to Close By the End of Next Week

June 8, 2012 -

Citing an anonymous source close to the retailer, GameSpot Australia is reporting that all of Australia's GAME retail stores will be shut down by the end of next week. The anonymous source also asserts that the business is now "$120 million in debt."

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Report: Vivendi SA Considering Sale of Activision Blizzard Holdings

June 7, 2012 -

According to a Bloomberg report, Vivendi SA plans to host a senior executive meeting later this month to discuss the possibility of unloading its 61 percent stake in Activision Blizzard. The report comes from several anonymous sources close to the situation, according to Bloomberg. The point of the meeting is to find ways to stop the stock from the continued state it has been in over the last year.

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Report: THQ Closes San Diego Studio, Fires Staff

June 4, 2012 -

What started out as rumors on Twitter and in this Kotaku story has been confirmed: THQ has quietly shut down its San Diego studio and has let everyone that works there go today. Some have speculated that the company did this on the first day of E3 press conferences to avoid media scrutiny.

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Report: Gaikai and Sony in Deal to Stream PlayStation Classics

June 1, 2012 -

According to several published reports, Sony will bring backwards compatibility back to the PlayStation 3 via a new partnership with cloud-based game streaming company Gaikai. Using the company's game-streaming technology PlayStation 3 owners will be able to play first- and third-party classic PlayStation One and PlayStation 2 titles through the service. Sony is expected to make some sort of announcement related to cloud-based gaming next week during its E3 Expo press event in Los Angeles.

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Rumor: Sony Might Acquire Cloud-Based Gaming Service

May 30, 2012 -

According to this MCV report Sony's upcoming announcement about a partnership with a cloud gaming firm may actually lead to an acquisition. Citing a source close to the situation, MCV reports that the deal is much more involved than anyone knows and that it is close to being finalized. While the report doesn't specifically name any particular companies the prevailing rumors is that one of the leaders in the space - Online or Gaikai are probably the most likely targets.

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Report: Dtp Entertainment Filing for Bankruptcy

April 30, 2012 -

Hamburg, Germany-based publisher Dtp Entertainment AG has filed for bankruptcy according to GamesIndustry International. The news comes from GamesIndustry International's German sister site and its editor, Christoph Holowaty.

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Vivendi Strongly Denies Company Break-Up Rumors

April 27, 2012 -

Today Vivendi strongly denied a report from Bloomberg on Wednesday that the company was considering a major reorganization of its various properties. Bloomberg reported earlier this week that the Paris-based conglomerate was discussing the possibility of splitting the company into two parts. One part would include its Universal Music Group and video game company Activision Blizzard. Bloomberg reported this based on sources "with knowledge of the matter."

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Crazy Rumors: Nexon Interested in Acquiring EA

April 26, 2012 -

A ridiculous rumor making the rounds today suggests that MMO company Nexon was in talks to buy Electronic Arts. The report, which began with a Korean newspaper report, caused EA's stock to go crazy during trading today, but anyone familiar with both companies knows that this story is rooted in fantasy. Nexon is best known for its various MMO games, but the most popular here in the United States is Maple Story. IGN has more on the stock rally here, as does Bloomberg.

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Alleged Black Hole Entertainment Developer Takes Ubisoft to Task over Heroes VI

April 18, 2012 -

A person who claims to be an employee of Heroes of Might & Magic VI developer Black Hole Entertainment, lets it all hang out online as he or she lets publisher Ubisoft have it over destroying the company. The poster, known only by the moniker "Derpson" details the rocky development cycle of Heroes VI, and explains why Black Hole Entertainment is no longer working with Ubisoft. Ubisoft owns the Might and Magic intellectual property including "Might & Magic" and "Heroes of Might & Magic."

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Report: Wii U to Carry a Retail Price of $300

April 9, 2012 -

How much are consumers willing to pay for Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U? According to one report, Nintendo thinks they will be more than happy to plunk down $300. According to Forget The Box, "sources closely involved" in manufacturing Nintendo products claim that it costs $180 to make the Wii U  and an additional $50 for the tablet controller. Because of that, the sources say, Nintendo will set the retail price of the Wii U at no less than $300.

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More Next-Gen Xbox Rumors

April 2, 2012 -

Another, day another rumor about the next Xbox console from Microsoft - and this one is a whopper. According to a new rumor at VG247, the next Xbox console system will use "always on DRM" and its disc format will be Blu-Ray disc based. 

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Report: Royal Bank of Scotland Will Help Save GAME

March 29, 2012 -

Troubled UK video game retailer GAME is troubled no more, according to this MCV report. According to MCV, GAME is set to exit administration thanks to some white knight action on the part of a consortium led by the Royal Bank of Scotland. Citing sources "close to the negotiations," MCV contends that "a deal to save the retailer is incredibly close" to being finalized. If that happens, GAME could be out of administration as soon as March 30.

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Rumor Mill: Sony's New Console is a Nightmare for Consumers

March 28, 2012 -

Here we go again. Another "reliable source" - this time with inside knowledge on Sony's next console, offers some rumors that should upset a majority of the gaming public.

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Report: Time Running out for GAME Even as Potential Buyers Show Interest

March 14, 2012 -

Time is running out for UK retailer GAME if you believe this story from MCV, but several companies have quietly approached the troubled retailer about an acquisition according to another MCV report. One of those potential suitors is rumored to be Walmart, which has about 9,000 retail stores nationwide. Why a general goods retailer would want to buy a specialty retailer like games is beyond me.

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Report: Layoffs Hit South Park RPG Team, More at Obsidian

March 14, 2012 -

Joystiq is reporting that Obsidian Entertainment has laid off a number of employees this week, though the exact number of affected employees was not clear as of this writing. The news comes from Obsidian's official forums and an unnamed tipster who sent them the following information:

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EA Rebukes Claim that Mass Effect 3 Day-One DLC is on Retail Disc

March 12, 2012 -

Despite a YouTube video purporting to show that the Day One DLC for Mass Effect 3 was "already on the Disc," EA is pushing back hard on the story today, saying that the whole idea is preposterous because of how big the DLC is.

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Report: GAME Executives Told to Prepare for Administration

March 9, 2012 -

According to a report on MCV, UK video game retailer GAME is telling its employees to be prepared for the company to go into administration (bankruptcy). The company's senior staff was told at a meeting with CEO Ian Shepherd earlier in the week that the chain has approximately two weeks to improve its luck and get its affairs in order before administrators are called in. The company is still hoping for a buyout by GameStop or some other investor.

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Report: GameStop Eyeing GAME's Operations in Spain and Portugal

March 8, 2012 -

According to a report in the Independent, U.S.-based retailer GameStop has expressed interest in buying trouble UK retailer GAME's Iberian operation. The report makes no mention of GAME's UK operations, but points to its stores in Spain and Portugal. Both companies declined comment.

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Report: GAME Directors Might 'Pull the Plug'

March 5, 2012 -

Investors and directors are not confident in UK games retailer GAME, and one report from The Express this weekend notes that company directors are considering "pulling the plug" on the entire operations rather than lose any more money. Executives at the top of the troubled retail chain are concerned that the retailer is negotiating big titles on a "game by game basis," and some investors could lose patience with that way of doing business.

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Report: Hydrophobia Developer to Enter Administration

February 29, 2012 -

According to Eurogamer, Hydrophobia developer Dark Energy Digital will enter into administration. Citing an anonymous source - a former employee who claims to represent 18 other employees - Eurogamer reports that the company is in bad shape and a majority of the staff has not been paid in nearly three months. Dark Energy Digital, run by husband and wife Pete and Deborah Jones, released Hydrophobia on Xbox Live. The game was heavily panned.

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Report: Australian Stores Holding Up a GameStop Acquisition of GAME

February 29, 2012 -

According to an MCV report that relies on anonymous sources, GameStop is interested in buying troubled UK games retailer GAME, but doesn't want to buy the stores in Australia because it conflicts with the business operations they already have there with EB Games. GameStop runs 6,627 stores in 17 territories, which includes a number of Australian EB Games stores it took over after the 2005 merger with retailer Electronics Boutique.

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Report: Activision Lashes Out at Game Blog for Revealing Name of Next Call of Duty

February 17, 2012 -

Activision is not a happy camper today as the name of its next Call of Duty title is leaked by Amazon's French portal, then quickly taken offline. According to the Amazon France page, the name of the next game is "Call of Duty Black Ops 2." The news was first reported by Gameblog.

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Report: THQ Cuts 170 Employees

February 1, 2012 -

More than 170 employees have been cut from various THQ studios, including high profile game industry veteran Mark DeLoura (who served as vice president of technology at the company), according to Kevin Dent, chair of the IGDA Mobile SIG. Dent, who is also the CEO of Tiswaz Entertainment and an advisory board member at PlayHaven, said earlier this month that THQ had canceled its entire 2012 line-up. The company vehemently denied that rumor. Yesterday it was revealed that NASDAQ had threatened THQ with being delisted from the U.S.

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Report: Kazuo Hirai Named New President of Sony

January 6, 2012 -

Nikkei is reporting that Kazuo Hirai will take on a much broader role within the company as its new President. The former President, Howard Stringer will remain as the CEO and chairman of the board, according to the report.

Stringer was named president in 2009 in the hopes that he could turn the company around as its PS3 console battled both the Wii and Xbox 360 for dominance. In 2011 he oversaw the cleanup of one of the biggest security breaches in the company's history.

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Report Analyzes GoDaddy's Initial SOPA Support

January 2, 2012 -

A TechieBuzz report points out an interesting fact about GoDaddy's initial support of SOPA; that it may have been done as a way to deal with some problems related to some pending legal action against the company by some major Hollywood trade organizations. The report suggests that GoDaddy might have supported the bill to gain immunity from a court-case against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

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Report: Microsoft Ignored Video Playback Issues in Dashboard Update

December 19, 2011 -

According to a Digital Factory investigation, the new dashboard update that was supposed to turn the Xbox 360 into a savvy media-friendly device suffers from one serious problem: reduced video playback quality. What's more, Microsoft reportedly knew about it and covered it up, says this C&VG report. Apparently the update forces video content to run at "limited range RGB levels," which results in washed out colors.

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Report: Verizon, Netflix in Acquisition Talks

December 12, 2011 -

Here's a juicy rumor for you: Netflix is reportedly in talks with Verizon to sell its streaming entertainment service to the top phone and broadband provider. Verizon may be preparing to acquire Netflix as a fast way to build its own streaming video service. Verizon wants to buy Netflix because it is hoping to launch its own streaming video service as early as next year, according to anonymous sources close to the deal. 

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Report: Next Dead Rising Contains Themes About Illegal Immigration

December 9, 2011 -

A Siliconera report suggests that the next Dead Rising game is already in the works and will have a serious social issue in the context of its story. Capcom is not commenting on the details of the report, save to say that they have not announced anything about the next Dead Rising game. If the report is true, the next paragraph may contain spoilers that will make you sad in your soul. If you think spoilers are bad, then you might want to stop reading right now.

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Confirmed: GSC Game World Closing, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Canned

December 9, 2011 -

Update: 1c Ukraine’s Sergey Galenkin confirms that GSC Game World has officially closed - as reported by Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

"GSC is closed, a fact confirmed by all. The team is almost completely dissolved, the state has only a few people," wrote Galenkin on his blog. 

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