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A survey conducted by the Independent Game Developers Association has identified Valve as the most desirable game developer to work for. The team behind the likes of DOTA 2, Team Fortress 2, Portal and the digital distribution platform Steam came on top in a poll of over 2,200 developers ahead of the likes of BioWare, Activision Blizzard and even the potential to work independently.
Although Valve have not created a new game for a couple of years now (focusing instead in getting SteamOS & Steam Machines into the living room and denying the existence of Half Life 3), developers have identified the open minded approach to completion of tasks and flat organization of employees as a big factor in why they would want to work there. Other developers appearing in the Top Ten included Ubisoft and its many subsidiary studios, Nintendo, Naughty Dog, Double Fine & Bethesda. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 18TH – 24TH AUGUST
Headline Of The Week
The past week has been understandably dominated by news rolling out from Cologne, as GamesCom took centre stage in the gaming world and managed to spring more than a few surprises.
Both Microsoft and Sony hosted live conferences which I’ve linked below in their entirety for those of you who missed them first time around, but I’ll be highlighting some of my personal picks from the announcements later on in the article.
Microsoft at GamesCom 2014
Sony at GamesCom 2014
Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 11TH – 17TH AUGUST
A few more stories of note broke after I posted my roundup from the first day of GamesCom, summarised here for your reading entertainment.
- The major news from Sony’s conference (for me at least), was hardware related; I commented in my news roundup from yesterday that a new PSP model was on the way, soon after this it was confirmed that the PS3 will be getting a price cut in the UK. You will be able to purchase a PS3 Slim soon for £199, putting it more in line with the Xbox 360. Good to see Sony slashing prices, but has it come perhaps a year or two too late?
- Operation Rainfall, the campaign to get three Japanese RPG’s for the Wii released in America and Europe has been a great success. Xenoblade Chronicles is set for release on Friday here in the UK, and while the other two games had already been confirmed for American release, we got news today that The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower will indeed be arriving in Europe sometime in 2012. It’s a win-win situation all round; as the Japanese companies and Nintendo make some profit, gamers get three well received games (especially Mistwalker’s Last Story, which breaks from the RPG mould by introducing third person shooting and cover mechanics), and the Wii gets a good set of games to finish up with rather than dying with a whimper.
- Nintendo still reckon the Wii has life left in it yet though, and announced a new streamlined Wii which is set to be released in a bundle pack in time for the Christmas rush. The new version of the Wii (which kind of resembles the Wii U in its design) will be bundled with Wii Play and Wii Sports, but for whatever stupid reason will NOT have compatibility with Nintendo Gamecube games or accessories. This makes no sense to me; if you are looking to buy a Wii this Christmas, just get a standard one that had price cuts a while back before E3, as that does have Gamecube compatibility and will be bundled with Wii Sports or Mario Kart anyway.
- We finally have a release date for The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword. You can buy it from the 18th November, placing it slap bang in the middle of everything else that is being released – I’m sure Zelda fans will not be deterred by this one bit. For a full list of everything scheduled to come to Nintendo consoles soon, check this handy article courtesy of CVG.com.
Good stuff all round then, seems like gaming will be an affordable option for this Christmas.
It’s typical. I decide to delay the news for one day, and then EA amongst others drop multiple bombs at the GamesCom conference in Germany. Oh well, means I’ve got more to write about – and believe me, this stuff is sehr gut (very good, as the Germans would say). Let’s crack on:
- The most pertinent thing to discuss is Battlefield 3, and how it has played a massive trump card today. After announcing the addition of co-op gameplay (which seem to be missions separate from the main storyline retaining all the features of normal gameplay) and demonstrating a mission live to the GamesCom audience, they showed off some frankly unbelievable multiplayer footage: the amount of stuff going on in the video is crazy, featuring your standard gun and run action, but with plenty of tanks and other vehicles to keep you occupied.
And jets. So many jets. Continue reading EA Impress At GamesCom With Battlefield, Mass Effect & FIFA, 20 Minutes Of Gears Of War 3 Footage + Six More New Stories