WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 20TH – 26TH OCTOBER

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Dark Souls II walked away with the prestigious title of ‘Game Of The Year’ at the Golden Joystick Awards on Friday, as the ceremony entered its 32nd year.

As the second longest running gaming award ceremony in the world and one of few that allows gamer’s to vote for the winners, any success naturally demands some attention and FromSoftware’s RPG sequel follows a long line of winners that most recently has included Grand Theft Auto V, Skyrim, Portal 2 and Mass Effect 2.

The notoriously difficult Souls games have earned a somewhat favourable niche over the years, becoming one of the highlights of the last generation

The notoriously difficult ‘Souls’ games have earned a somewhat favorable niche over the years, becoming one of the highlights of the last generation

The other big winners from the ceremony held at the O2 Arena included DayZ, Hearthstone and Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag, which each won two awards apiece. Ubisoft Montreal was (perhaps controversially) awarded Studio Of The Year, Oculus Rift was named Innovation Of The Year for the second time in a row, and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima was given a much deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt was once again hailed as the one to watch for the future with a new cinematic trailer, and the ‘love him or despise him’ YouTuber PewDiePie was named ‘Gaming Personality’.

In Other News

Amazon have officially launched their Fire TV micro-console in the UK, retailing for £79….no prizes for guessing where you can purchase one from.

Launching with a selection of entertainment applications and games including Minecraft, TellTale’s The Walking Dead and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, you’ll need to purchase a separate controller for £34.99 if you actually want to play stuff. It follows Google’s announcement last week that they will launch their own eeirly similar micro-console for the same price called the Nexus Player.

The Fire TV has been on sale in America since April, although Amazon have declined to release any sales figures – they recently wrote off $170 million after lower than expected sales of the Fire Phone.

Rockstar Games have announced that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is to be re-released on Xbox 360 with 720p visuals and Achievements support in celebration of its 10 year anniversary.

The digital release (which is available now for £2.99), will replace the Xbox Originals version which was pulled from the Xbox Marketplace recently – as they are considered separate games, you will need to repurchase the game to have the upgraded support, and saves will not be transferred either. If you have already downloaded the Originals version in the past however, you will still be able to access it via your Download History

Second hand trade shop CEX are to start accepting Bitcoin in 30 UK stores, with plans to roll out support to over 256 shops in the near future.

For those unaware, Bitcoin is a relatively new type virtual currency that no-one truly understands – it has made the headlines in the past for being used in various nefarious deals (including the illegal trading of drugs in the US), and so a video has been popped onto the CEX website attempting to provide a simple explanation. Shoppers in Glasgow and Manchester will be able to convert their money at custom ATM’s in CEX stores in the respective cities.

Sony have confirmed that its PS4 firmware update 2.0 will be released on October 28th. The long awaited patch will introduce the SharePlay feature allowing you to remotely take control of friend’s games for an hour at a time, as well as themes, a USB music player and upload support for YouTube.

Finally, it’s time for me to make my name as a famous gaming man person!

FIFA 15 made it four weeks at the top of the UK Sales Charts this past week, fending off competition from The Evil Within and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. With Sunset Overdrive releasing next week, expect another bump in Xbox One sales.

The other new entry, Codemasters’ F1 2014, could only manage 10th spot after poor reviews.

Top Ten For Week Ending 18th October 2014 (from GFK/Chart-Track)

1 – FIFA 15 (EA Canada)

2 – The Evil Within (Tango Gameworks)*

3 – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (2K Australia)*

4 – Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (Monolith)

5 – Forza Horizon 2 (Playground Games)

6 – Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly)

7 – Destiny (Bungie)

8 – DriveClub (Evolution Studios)

9 – Minecraft: Playstation Edition (4J Studios)

10 – F1 2014 (Codemasters)*

(* indicates a new release)

And Finally

After ‘phenomenal demand’ for tickets to their shows in London and Manchester coming up in November, I’m happy to report that Video Games Live are going to be performing another two concert dates in 2015.

The international musical tour, now in its twelfth year on the road, will visit the Birmingham Symphony Hall on Thursday 26th March and Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Friday 27th March. Tickets have been sold out for a while for the November dates on the 1st & 2nd.

Tickets have gone on sale now from £38 for the cheap seats – if you want to pick one up, then you can make an order via the official website. Having missed out on the chance to go to Distant Worlds & Symphony Of The Goddess this year, that Birmingham performance looks mighty tempting…

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