News in the video game world tends to slow down on the run up to Christmas, but for one brand soon it will stop completely – ComputerAndVideoGames.com, the online branch of the long running British media brand, will close down next February. The news was revealed on the site by editors past and present, reliving their fondest moments of being in charge of the site.
Future Publishing (who own several other video game media outlets including Total Xbox and Official PlayStation Magazine) will be shuttering the site and adding content to GamesRadar +, which already has side tabs for SFX and Total Film. CVG was first published as a magazine in 1981, but has been at risk since Future publicly announced intention to sell the brand earlier this year – none of the current staff are expected to have their jobs carried over to Games Radar +
As someone who visits the site on a daily basis and has been able to use it for an excellent source of gaming news, I’m very sad to see that the site will be closing – I hope that the current staff find a replacement job that reflects their professional quality.
Nintendo are to create a port of The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask for the 3DS. The original N64 title was released in 2000, and was hailed as one of the darker instalments in the long running franchise (with a child Link having to relive three days over and over again in order to prevent a creepy looking moon from crashing into the world) – now it will follow in the footsteps of bigger brother Ocarina Of Time in coming to Nintendo’s handheld platform with improved visuals and streamlined controls, set for release in Spring 2015.
Microsoft are reportedly in talks with Mojang, the developers of sales juggernaut Minecraft, to buy the studio – and if the latest reports from Reuters are to be believed, the ballpark figure for the acquisition is an astonishing $2.5 BILLION.
If the rumors of the deal are true then this is strange news indeed, as Mojang’s founder Markus Persson has regularly criticized Microsoft in the past (going as far as claiming that the company were trying to ‘ruin the PC as an open platform’ with Windows 8) – and given Minecraft’s availability on virtual every system under the sun as well (except ironically on Windows Phones), you would suspect that any exclusivity for future content or a possible sequel would not go down well with those already infatuated with the game. More to the point, two billion dollars is a simply ludicrous amount to splash out for a studio that, despite Minecraft’s enviable success, is essentially a one hit wonder.
The Reuters report claims that the deal could be completed as soon as Monday; so watch this space for one of the most expensive and odd deals in video game history to happen.
The Xbox One could potentially have been released without a disc drive following criticism at its second reveal at E3 2013 – that’s according to an interview with Microsoft Studios head honcho Phil Spencer released this week. Speaking in Official Xbox Magazine, Spencer revealed:
“There was a real discussion about whether we should have an optical disc drive in Xbox One or if we could get away with a purely disc-less console, but when you start looking at bandwidth and game size, it does create issues.”
This was in response to overwhelming criticism for the Xbox One’s ‘always online’ requirements which were quickly dropped. Can you imagine the sheer backlash there would have been if this particular u-turn had gone through as well?
In this scenario it appears Microsoft dodged a bullet – the last time a major console manufacturer released a purely digital console was when Sony unveiled the handheld PSPGo; which even by PSP standards flopped. But Spencer’s revelations have ignited the discussion once again of how long it will be until digital retail is the only way forward. Personally, I think the disc will be around for quite a while yet. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 30TH DECEMBER 2013 – 5TH JANUARY 2014→
The year of 2013 has been a busy one; between balancing the last year of my extended stay at University and finally entering the daily grind of the working world, time has gone by much quicker than I would have perhaps preferred. It’s important then to take the time for a brief retrospective, not only to supplement the lazy journalism that comes with the end of the year but because when I stop and think back, it has been another banner year for videogames. Continue reading Dazcooke’s Video Game Land Review Of 2013→
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.
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.