WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 21st – 27th OCTOBER 2013

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Grand Theft Auto V claimed the prestigious title of ‘Game Of The Year’ at the 31st Golden Joystick Awards yesterday in London, beating Bioshock Infinite and The Last Of Us for the accolade.

The long running Golden Joystick Awards are one of the more credible indications of quality in videogames

The long running Golden Joystick Awards are one of the more credible indications of quality in video games

Naughty Dog didn’t go away empty handed however as The Last Of Us picked up the awards for ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Storytelling’, while the developers themselves were named ‘Studio Of The Year’. Ken Levine (founder of Irrational Games) was given a Lifetime Achievement Award, while the biggest surprise was The Witcher 3 being given the nod for ‘Most Wanted’. Hotline Miami, despite picking up six nominations, walked away with nothing.

Given its mammoth success in sales it is perhaps inevitable that GTA V would get the vote for Game Of The Year, but I personally think that maybe The Last Of Us deserves it more for being bold enough to do something new and pulling it off with such aplomb just as this generation of consoles comes to an end; I’ve yet to finish the game myself (playing through a friend’s copy on visits) but my eagerness to get to the end grows by the day.

In Other News…

Production of the Nintendo Wii, the best selling console of the seventh generation with just over 100,000,000 units sold (although it could still potentially end up third if the PS3 and Xbox 360 remain popular for a few more years) has officially ceased in Japan. Imports of the console to Europe have also ceased this week according to a Nintendo UK representative. The move comes as Nintendo prepare to fully commit all efforts to the Wii U for the fight between the eighth-generation consoles.

Production of the Wii will still continue in America for the time being however, while the Wii Mini is also still making the rounds in Europe.

In addition, UK retailers including Argos, Sainsbury’s and Tesco have begun to sell Nintendo’s new 2DS handheld below its RRP of £109.99 less than two weeks after its release. Each store has set the price at £99 in time for the Christmas rush.

The online strategy title World Of Tanks has had a busy week in the news; in addition to winning ‘Best Online Game’ at the aforementioned Golden Joysticks, they have kindly got involved in a plan to erect a memorial to the first tank in the city of Lincoln (where I went to study at University and frequently visit).

The company have donated £10,000 to the Lincoln Tank Memorial Group, who are looking to build a full size replica of the first ever Mark-I tank, which was produced in Lincoln in 1916. Al King, the global brand director of World Of Tanks, is himself a resident of the county, and the generous donation equates to roughly a third of the total funds the Memorial Group is seeking.

Finally, a positive news story combining my two great passions of history and videogames!

In sales news, Grand Theft Auto V kept its place at the top of the UK Game Sales Charts for a second straight week. Skylanders: Swap Force was the highest new entry at No.3, while a weak debut for Sonic: Lost World saw it miss out on a top ten spot; it ended in 11th place in the charts.

Top Ten For Week Ending 19th October 2013 (from GFK/Chart-Track)

1 – Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North)

2 – FIFA 14 (EA Canada)

3 – Skylanders: Swap Force ()*

4 – Pokemon X (Game Freak)

5 – Pokemon Y (Game Freak)

6 – Beyond: Two Souls (Quantic Dream)

7 – Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (4J Studios)

8 – F1 2013 (Codemasters)

9 – Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft)

10 – Disney Infinity (Avalanche Software)

(* signifies a new chart entry)

And Finally…

Microsoft have kick-started their advertising for the Xbox One in earnest this week with a commercial set to spearhead a reported $100 million campaign. Featuring Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto, Liverpool FC’s Steven Gerrard and that orange car from Forza Motorsport 5, the advert entitled ‘Invitation’ looks to attract not only gamers but fans of football and sci-fi to the Xbox One it seems.

Meanwhile, Sony Europe posted up a nostalgic video at the start of the week celebrating eighteen years of #PlaystationMemories. I admit, manly tears may have appeared on my face upon hearing the amalgamation of noises from Gran Turismo, Crash Bandicoot and Metal Gear Solid amongst others at the start.

You can watch both of these impressive adverts via the links below

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