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WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 31ST MARCH – 6TH APRIL

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Online retailer Amazon has unveiled the Fire TV; a tiny set top box which will feature the ability to stream films, television and, most importantly for the sake of this article, games as well.

Priced at $99, the box runs on Android and offers 2GB of memory, a quad core processor and built in Wi-Fi (a $40 controller is sold separately). Executives at Amazon have hinted that it may be up to three times as powerful as rival devices such as Google’s Chromecast or Roku. The downside at the moment is that Amazon has yet to reveal any plans for release outside of the United States.

The Fire TV box is really very small indeed. Additional popcorn or big-ass TV not included in sale
The Fire TV box is really very small indeed. Additional popcorn or big-ass TV not included in sale

Several big name developers have pledged their support to the system, including TellTale Games who have confirmed that both The Walking Dead & The Wolf Among Us will be playable on the Fire TV. In total 95 games have thus been confirmed, ranging from free-to-play up to $10.

A separate announcement was also made that Metacritic scores for games will now appear on Amazon’s video game listings, offering users the chance to weigh up relatively pointless (and often times, paid for) opinions on products without having to leave the site. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 31ST MARCH – 6TH APRIL

WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 1st – 7th DECEMBER 2013

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The Spike VGX event was live-streamed in the early hours of this morning, and it was an utterly abysmal mess of awkward jokes, ‘world exclusive’ announcements that had already been leaked prior and generally shoddy production. However, there were one or two announcements that made watching the three hour show a bit more bearable.

TellTale Games announced two new episodic projects that they will be working on in 2014; one based around the lore of Game Of Thrones (which had been previously rumored), and more unexpectedly a collaboration with Gearbox Software on a new installment in the Borderlands franchise, Tales From The Borderlands. The real show stealer however was a new project from Hello Games, an independent company based in the UK with just four members of staff, who unveiled the massively ambitious No Man’s Sky – a first person open-world space exploration adventure with procedurally generated worlds that reminds me heavily of the classic Elite.

It was also nice to see some of the developers have fun with the awards that were handed out; the pick of the bunch being the image of Joel from The Last Of Us doing his best Antonio Banderas impression as Naughty Dog picked up the accolade for Best Studio.

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